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Licensing Industry Professionals Elizabeth Dambriunas and Jim Kipling will discuss concepts, structure, and preferred positions of Licensors and Licensees in the context of current market forces. In particular, the speakers will discuss pressure resulting from balancing leverage between the parties when that leverage is utilized to negotiate away from boilerplate contracts and what headaches ensue on both sides in this brave, new world. Elizabeth Dambriunas is Of Counsel at Levine Plotkin & Menin, LLP, formerly SVP Business & Legal Affairs, Deputy General Counsel, MTV Networks Kids and Family Group. Jim Kipling is Partner of Counsel at Dinsmore, formerly Generaly Counsel for Kenner Toys.
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Join us for a moderated panel discussion on measuring the quality and value of intellectual property work and overcoming the measurement difficulties posed for intellectual property work, which is not directly tied to a particular income stream. The discussion will address the utility of measurements based on various publicly available data, including statistics provided by the USPTO and responses to surveys conducted by intellectual property organizations. It will also talk about how to deal with information which is harder to quantify, such as changes in scope due to amendments made to get an application approved and the level of complexity of particular tasks.
The panel will be focused primarily on patent preparation and prosecution, and will include both in-house and outside counsel perspectives. The moderator will be William Morriss, a member at Frost Brown Todd LLC, with speaker Joshua Lorentz, a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
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Current Trends in Computer Security
The world has experienced quite a spectrum of computer security attacks in the last couple years and they have changed in interesting ways. While 99.9% of investigations deal with IP theft on some international basis, the issues very rarely make it to a courtroom. Understanding the technical approaches to rapid response, remediation and working with the business on damage assessments are key to helping clients deal with these issues since many of these incidents never see the inside of a courtroom.
A panel of experts, including Nick Hoffman, an incident responder at GE, Craig Hoffman, partner at Baker Hostetler, and Jon Garon, Director of NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute, will discuss recent computer security attacks, how they have recently evolved, and how the immediate and long term responses to these attacks have developed to address the ever-changing threats. The panel will also address how attorneys can assist clients to prevent against an attack, and what to do when they are the victim of an attack.
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Greg Ahrens, Partner at Wood Herron & Evans LLP, will speak on the consequences of IP prosecution during litigation. The goal in preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark, and copyright applications is to gain issuance or registration of the application. However, techniques used or actions taken during preparation and prosecution of patent, trademark, and copyright applications may have unintended consequences that are revealed when the issued (or registered) intellectual property is litigated. For example, courts may find the issued property to be invalid or unenforceable or may limit the scope of protection based on the prosecution record. In particular, certain statements made (or even omissions) in the application and/or during prosecution, failure to comply with formal requirements, or fraudulent or inequitable dealings with the issuing office (e.g., the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office) can be detrimental to the intellectual property holder’s litigation position. For example, with respect to patent law, the presentation will likely address claim construction, doctrine of equivalents, prosecution history estoppel, and/or inequitable conduct. In the trademark and copyright contexts, the presentation will address failure to satisfy certain formal requirements, as well as limitations on the scope of protection that may arise during prosecution.
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Geoffrey Pinski, Director with the University of Cincinnati Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization Office, and Korie Counts, Technology Manager in the Center for Technology Commercialization at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will speak on technology transfer and licensing. The presentation will focus on the challenges around the transfer and licensing of new technology from research institutions to industry and identify pitfalls and best practice tips for overcoming the complexities of the process.
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