Sweepstakes, Contests, & Giveaways: Keeping Your Client’s Promotion Legal


Lori Krafte, Wood Herron & Evans L.L.P.

Join us on May 11, 2021 for our next webinar, led by Lori Krafte of Wood, Herron & Evans L.L.P. 

We’ve long seen promotions on the back of cereal boxes and other consumer packaged goods, but now there is hardly a type of business where we don’t see them, including B2B. 

But as great as they are for marketing, they can create real exposure if you aren’t careful.  When is your client’s promotion actually an illegal lottery?  When is it creating unacceptable infringement or false advertising risks?  What is required to comply with the law?  How do social media platforms affect the structure and rules of the promotion? 

We’ll go over the compliance basics and discuss the common pitfalls of sweepstakes, contests, and giveaways. We anticipate 1.0 hour of CLE credit in Ohio.  

Register here by May 7th at 5:00 PM.

About the Speaker:

Lori Krafte is a Partner with Wood Herron & Evans. She also teaches Advertising Law and Trademark Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. 

Ms. Krafte counsels clients in all areas of advertising and media law, privacy, trademarks, copyrights, and domain name disputes and other Internet law matters.  Ms. Krafte has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, Ohio Super Lawyers, Cincy Leading Lawyers, Chambers USA, and IP Stars. She holds a CIPP/US certification (Certified Information Privacy Professional – U.S.).

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


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


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.

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Enforcing Patents on Online Marketplaces

Timothy Ardizzone, PhD, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Join us on April 13, 2021 for our next webinar, led by Timothy Ardizzone, PhD, of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. 

Although online marketplaces like Amazon provide brands unprecedented growth opportunities, they also give a similar advantage to brand competitors and unauthorized sellers by offering an inexpensive and easy forum to market copycat, competitive, counterfeit, and grey market products. A well-developed patent portfolio allows brands to protect against competitors marketing copycat and competitive products that infringe their patent rights. Typically, brands enforce their patent against infringers through cease and desist letters and lawsuits. Due to the high costs associated with patent infringement lawsuits and the relative ease with which sellers can obtain and sell infringing products on marketplaces, litigation-based enforcement is cost prohibitive against most marketplace sellers. Fortunately, online marketplaces offer processes for asserting intellectual property rights directly with the marketplace. For example, Amazon offers three processes for addressing patent infringement on its marketplace, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. When deciding which marketplace IP enforcement process to use, it helps to understand the pros and cons of each submission type. Dr. Ardizzone’s presentation will walk through the different pathways available to patent owners to enforce their rights on Amazon as well as on Walmart.com, eBay, and Alibaba. We anticipate 1.0 hour of CLE credit in Ohio.  

Register here by April 9th at 5:00 PM.

About the Speaker:

Timothy D. Ardizzone, PhD is of counsel in the Cincinnati office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. As a member of the firm’s nationally recognized Vorys eControl, Dr. Ardizzone counsels businesses on issues related to e-commerce and online brand protection and helps manufacturers and brands address the problems and harness the opportunities created by e-commerce and online marketplaces.  

Dr. Ardizzone’s practice focuses on designing and implementing efficient enforcement that utilize investigation, technology, and legal tools to identify and remove unauthorized sellers. Dr. Ardizzone develops these custom strategies and programs to assist his clients with their online distribution issues, including pricing, product diversion, counterfeit, patent infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition, and unauthorized internet sales. In addition to his eControl practice experience, Dr. Ardizzone has over ten years of patent experience in biotech, chemical, and mechanical technologies, as well as experience in trademark preparation and prosecution, litigation, due diligence investigations, and contract preparation and negotiation. Dr. Ardizzone received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law., his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and his B.S. from Tulane University.

In-House Considerations for IP, Data Privacy, and Financial Crimes

Jessica Dipre, Fifth Third Bank
Alyssa Sanker, Fifth Third Bank
Daniel Kerlakian, Fifth Third Bank

Join us on March 23, 2021 for our next webinar, led by three attorneys at Fifth Third Bank: Jessica Dipre, Alyssa Sanker, and Daniel Kerlakian. Ms. Dipre, Ms. Sanker, and Mr. Kerlakian will present on in-house considerations regarding IP, data privacy, and financial crimes. They will speak on employee-created IP, strategic plans for cultivating new intellectual property, and the proper protections for the actual IP and the employee. The presentation will include a discussion of cannabis-related IP considerations and joint innovation with external companies and organizations. The presentation will then move into data privacy, discussing the general landscape of the field, challenges particular to in-house attorneys, and the implications on relationships with outside vendors. Finally, the presentation will conclude with a discussion on financial crimes, including a discussion on the changing legal landscape and specific developments concerning cannabis. We anticipate 1.0 hour of CLE credit in Ohio. 

Register here by March 19th at 5:00 PM.

About the Speakers:

Jessica Dipre is a Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel with Fifth Third Bank.  She manages a team of attorneys responsible for information security, privacy, intellectual property, marketing, and financial crimes.  

Alyssa Sanker is a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel with Fifth Third Bank. She is responsible for advising business partners on information security, privacy, intellectual property, and marketing.  

Daniel Kerlakian is a Vice President and Legal Counsel with Fifth Third Bank. He provides legal support to business partners related to information security, privacy, and financial crimes.