Attorneys Fulfilling Their Obligation to Provide Pro Bono Services

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Erin Childs, PBPO
Barkha Patel, PBPO

Join us for lunch on November 10, 2020 for a CincyIP CLE held by webinar. This event will be led by two attorneys at the Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, a locally-based organization that provides free business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations. We will discuss how corporate and intellectual property attorneys can participate in pro bono opportunities that engage their specialized areas of practice; and how attorneys may serve on a Board. We are seeking 1.5 hours of Professionalism/Ethics CLE in Ohio.

Register here by November 6th at 5:00 PM.

About the Speakers:

Ms. Childs is the Executive Director of the Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio (PBPO). She is responsible for advancing the mission of PBPO and frequently lectures about nonprofit and tax-exempt organization law. Prior to joining PBPO, Ms. Childs was an attorney with Thompson Hine, LLP. Ms. Childs has been active in the Cincinnati Bar, serving on the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Bar Foundation. Ms. Childs currently serves on the Nonprofit Law Committee and the Steering Committee for the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers.

Ms. Patel is the Director of Education and Senior Counsel at Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio. She educates nonprofit board members, attorneys, and executives about nonprofit-specific legal issues. Ms. Patel also provides direct legal services to nonprofit organizations and serves as a resource for in-house and law firm attorney volunteers and nonprofit clients. She is admitted to the bar in Ohio and Virginia, a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Nonprofit Law Practice Group, and a Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL) class graduate.

2020-2021 Student-Attorney Mentorship Program – Apply by Sept. 25!

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We are excited to announce that our annual Student-Attorney Mentorship Program is underway!  We invite all interested law students and IP attorneys in the Greater Cincinnati area to apply by September 25, 2020.  

Through the mentorship program, we match local law students interested in intellectual property law with a local intellectual property attorney.  We encourage each mentor-mentee pair to meet 2-3 times throughout the academic year, making the Program an easy commitment for all participants while providing the students an invaluable opportunity to ask questions, learn about IP practice, and grow their legal network while still in school.  Due to COVID-19, we request that at least the first meeting conducted virtually, with the student and attorney jointly deciding thereafter to conduct meetings virtually or in person.  The program has been a great success in the past, and we hope you will help us make this year’s program a success as well.

If you are a local IP attorney interested in participating as a mentor, please contact Alex Czanik at aczanik@fbtlaw.com and indicate your current area(s) of practice.  If you were a mentor in the past, we would love to have you back!  

If you are a local law student interested in participating as a mentee, please complete the Student Form below and email it to Alex Czanik at aczanik@fbtlaw.com.  We will do our best to match all student applicants with an attorney mentor!  Please be sure to indicate the area(s) of IP law in which you are most interested so we can match you appropriately.

CincyIP 2020-2021 Mentorship Program – Student Form

2020 Membership Dues Now Being Collected

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As a Member of CincyIP, you will enjoy access to discounted registration rates for our monthly CLE luncheons and for our annual Premier Conferences.  You will also receive our CincyIP newsletter!

Annual membership dues are an essential element of the budget that enable CincyIP to operate throughout the year and host CLE events of premium quality.  They help to bridge the gap between the programming costs that we incur and registration fees paid by attendees, and they ultimately allow us to provide you with engaging and educational events worthy of your valuable time and attention.

Our membership categories are as follows:

Active-Professional: $85
The majority of our Members are legal practitioners in private practice or corporate environments, and fall within the “Active-Professional” category.

Active-Academic: $55
We recognize that law professors and similar academics may not receive reimbursement for their registration fees through their employer, and thus we reserve a discounted “Active-Academic” category for these individuals.

Associate-Professional: $55
This category encompasses non-lawyer individuals such as interested business persons, patent agents, paralegals, legal assistants, etc.

Honorary/Student: $5
This category encompasses Judges, other distinguished persons, and students.  Please note that this category of membership does not carry voting rights.

If you have questions regarding which category of membership you qualify for, please contact us at president@cincyip.org.

2020 Membership (select one):
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Patent Eligibility: Tips and Tricks for the Efficient Patent Prosecutor

Ritu Singh, Dinsmore & Shohl
John Powell, Procter & Gamble

Join us for lunch on October 20, 2020 for a CincyIP CLE held by webinar. This presentation will give insights and guidance for patent prosecution. We will discuss patent eligibility and case law, techniques to overcome § 101 rejections, and tips for in-house and outside counsel collaboration. We are seeking 1.0 hour of CLE in Ohio.

Register here by October 16th at 5:00 PM.

About the Speakers:

Mr. Powell is currently Director and Assistant General Counsel for Skin Care Innovation at The Procter & Gamble Company (“P&G”). He has a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry. He previously provided legal support for P&G’s Color Cosmetics and Baby Care Innovation groups. In those roles he provided intellectual property support for the Cover Girl, Pampers, and Luvs businesses, including patent preparation and prosecution, freedom to operate, IP strategy, litigation/opposition strategy, contract drafting and negotiation, and client counseling. Mr. Powell has also managed significant foreign and domestic patent portfolios for P&G.

Ms. Singh is an attorney with Dinsmore & Shohl LLP and focuses her practice on patent preparation and prosecution for both domestic and foreign cases. Her background in electrical, computer, and industrial engineering enables her to flexibly work within and across multiple technical areas. She previously worked as an application engineer, building programmable logic controller (PLC) expertise integrating proprietary software and hardware across multiple industrial factory sites. She has significant experience working with intellectual property in the biomedical, mechanical, software, and electronic realms. She has in-depth knowledge about patent eligibility issues surrounding software and electrical arts and has drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications in these areas, being instrumental in their allowance both domestically and internationally. She is adept at working with clients to draft and prosecute patent applications, provide validity and infringement opinions, and handle freedom to operate and prior art analysis.

Supercharge Your Resilience: Upgrade Your Personal Operating System

Anne E. Collier
Anne E. Collier

Join us for lunch on September 22, 2020 for a CincyIP event held by webinar. This interactive, 90-minute webinar focuses on personal and professional development, particularly in response to the challenges presented by COVID-19. We are seeking 1.5 hours of live CLE credit in Ohio for this event.

You are resilient.  However, the challenges presented by COVID-19, from the stress of working at home or colleague, personal, and family wellbeing to dealing with the financial fallout and billable hour pressures, are unprecedented. This is hard. Now is NOT the time to work harder; it’s the time to upgrade your personal leadership operating system so you are energized when you think about how to make the most of the upcoming challenges.

You will learn how to: 

  • Tap into your strengths when needed most, including fortifying confidence, performance, and renewal;
  • Recognize your leadership style’s particular challenges, and be able to mitigate the effect of those challenges, thereby strengthening your ability to lead, manage and collaborate; and
  • Use strategies for remaining effective in the face of difficulties while developing greater resilience over the long term. 

This event is for lawyers at every level.  

Register here by September 18th at 5:00 PM.

About the Speaker:

Anne E. Collier is the CEO of Arudia, a firm dedicated to improving culture, collaboration and communication. She is an expert leadership coach steadfast in her commitment to excellence and her clients’ goals. 

Ms. Collier helps individuals, teams, and organizations amplify accomplishments, improve financial stability, and achieve greater self-actualization: they perform well because they are confident, deliberate, and resilient.