CincyIP Election Season


With the end of 2021 upon us, we are currently seeking nominations for the following CincyIP positions:

The following officers will serve a 2-year term (2022-2024):
– Vice President
– Secretary

Board Members
We are also seeking nominations for four board members, each of whom will serve a three-year term (2022-2025). 

Have some great candidates in mind? Nominate them today by emailing Nominations are due by November 29, 2021.

You can view the full list of current CincyIP Officers and Board members here. As a reminder, only Active Members as of November 1, 2021 may vote in CincyIP elections. Elections are anticipated to occur December 6-December 10 this year.


Attorneys Fulfilling Their Obligation to Provide Pro Bono Services


Erin Childs, Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio
John Kirkpatrick, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Join us on December 14, 2021 for a discussion on how intellectual property attorneys can participate in pro bono opportunities that engage their specialized areas of practice, led by John Kirkpatrick of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Pro Bono Program and Erin Childs, Executive Director of Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio.  

This webinar will be 75 minutes. We anticipate 1.25 Professionalism CLE credit in Ohio for this event.  

Register here by December 10th at 5:00pm.

About the Speakers:

Erin Childs is the Executive Director of Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio (PBPO). Ms. Childs sets strategy, recruits volunteer attorneys, promotes client outreach and education, and lectures about nonprofit and tax-exempt organization law. She is responsible for advancing the mission of PBPO and frequently speaks 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, including 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. She graduated from Saint Louis University and received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

John Kirkpatrick is a Patent Pro Bono Team member and Staff Attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He is dedicated to making sure that all inventors have access to the patent system, including those who are financially under-resourced. He works with patent pro bono programs across the nation to guarantee pro bono coverage in all 50 states pursuant to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). Previously, Mr. Kirkpatrick served as a patent examiner and was employed by a private intellectual property firm. Mr. Kirkpatrick received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and graduated, cum laude, from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. He is a member of the Virginia Bar.


Section 337 and the U.S. International Trade Commission

Deanna Okun,
Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP
Lauren Peterson, Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP
Tom Schaumberg, Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP

Join us on October 19, 2021 for a discussion on Section 337 and the U.S. International Trade Commission, led by Deanna Tanner Okun, Lauren E. Peterson, and Tom M. Schaumberg of Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP. 

Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) provide a powerful tool for intellectual property rights holders in the United States to protect their IP against infringement in importation. 

Navigate this intersection of international trade and intellectual property with this presentation from experienced attorneys at Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP. They will cover an overview of Section 337, benefits to litigating at the ITC rather than in federal district court, the Commission’s recent efforts to expedite proceedings in the interest of conserving resources, and some recent trends and developments.

We anticipate 1.0 hour of CLE in Ohio.  

Register here by October 16th at noon.

About the Speakers:

Deanna Tanner Okun is an international trade lawyer providing legal and strategic international trade policy advice to steer companies through the intersection where innovation confronts barriers, such as intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices, or regulatory hurdles. She is the managing partner at Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP. Deanna’s practice involves all aspects of unfair trade litigation and trade remedy advocacy.  Her Section 337 work includes all stages of litigation at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) from pre-institution consultation to post-remedy enforcement with Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Lauren E. Peterson is an international trade and intellectual property attorney focusing her practice on Section 337 unfair competition investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). She represents clients in a diverse assortment of industries, including steel, pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements, barbeque grills, consumer lighting, footwear, computers, flash memory devices, hospital beds, and office machines. She has handled claims involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, false designation of origin, and antitrust violations.

Tom M. Schaumberg has litigated Section 337 unfair competition cases for over 40 years before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Tom has long been involved in shaping policies that have an impact on Section 337. Currently, he is focusing on issues that have arisen under Section 337 with respect to non-practicing entities and standard-setting organizations.