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Recent Developments in Copyright Law

Join us on February 13th, when Melissa Kern, a partner in the Cincinnati office of Frost Brown Todd LLC, will discuss recent developments in copyright law, including “fair use,” the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and new safe harbor protections for online service providers.

REGISTER HERE by February 8th at noon.

*This month’s meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites downtown, which is on Vine Street around the corner from The Cincinnatian.   

About the Speaker:

Ms. Kern counsels clients on intellectual property issues including copyright, privacy and information security, information technology, publishing, electronic contracting, and internet law. One area of particular interest to Ms. Kern is the intersection of information technology, privacy, and education.


Developments in Trademark and Unfair Competition Law

Join us on January 9th, when Ted Davis, a partner in the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, will discuss developments in trademark and unfair competition law over the last twelve months.

Mr. Davis’s remarks will focus on the invalidation of the Lanham Act’s prohibition of registration of potentially disparaging marks on First Amendment grounds, variation among federal circuit courts on the prerequisites for accounting of defendants’ profits, the continued implications of Octane Fitness v. Icon Health and Fitness, and continued findings of fraud on the USPTO by courts (but not by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board).

REGISTER HERE by January 4th at noon.

*This month’s meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites downtown, which is on Vine Street around the corner from The Cincinnatian.   

About the Speaker:

Ted Davis divides his practice between domestic and international litigation and client counseling in the fields of trademark, copyright, false advertising, and unfair competition law and has particular experience in trade dress and gray market disputes, litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and with large-scale trademark clearance and registration projects. He is a past chair of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, on behalf of which he has testified before Congress on trademark and Internet issues, and he also has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association, which he has represented in a number of amicus filings before the United States Supreme Court.  He has been recognized by numerous organizations for his work in the area of IP.  Mr. Davis is a frequent author on intellectual property topics, and his articles have received the Ladas Memorial Award (three times) from the International Trademark Association, as well as the Burton Award for excellence in legal writing.



Patent Pro Bono Program: An Investment in Economically Under-Resourced Communities

Join us on December 12th for a presentation by Grant Corboy, Patent Pro Bono Administrator of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and Ted Theofrastous, Managing Attorney of the IP Venture Clinic at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will discuss a relatively new way that attorneys can give back and support their local communities by providing free legal assistance to financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses through the USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program.

The Patent Pro Bono Program offers a unique opportunity for patent professionals to provide pro bono assistance, in their area of expertise, in preparing and filing of patent applications.   When Congress enacted the America Invents Act (AIA) in 2011, they did so with an understanding of the nexus between innovation and the U.S. economy. Therefore, participation in the Patent Pro Bono Program not only helps individuals gain access to the patent system, but has the potential to change, for the betterment, the financial circumstance of those individuals that apply.  View the video below to learn about inventor assistance through the Patent Pro Bono Program.

Mr. Corboy will provide background on the USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program, and share information on the growth and impact of the Program.  In addition, Mr. Corboy will discuss the challenges associated with pro bono representation in an IP environment.   Mr. Theofrastous will share information on the IP Venture Clinic and the “holistic” approach that his Clinic takes with its applicants, where qualified applicants are not only provided patent prosecution assistance, but law students assist in business formation counseling and help founders reach agreement on key issues prior to formally launching a business.  Mr. Theofrastous will also discuss how IP practitioners can become involved.

REGISTER HERE by December 7th at noon.

*This month’s meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites downtown, which is on Vine Street around the corner from The Cincinnatian.   

About the Speakers:

Grant Corboy joined the Office of Enrollment Discipline (OED) as a Patent Attorney in 2016.   As a member of the Patent Pro Bono Team, he is dedicated to making sure that all inventors have access to the patent system, including those who are financially under-resourced.  In addition to his Patent Pro Bono responsibilities, Mr. Corboy also serves as a Staff Attorney investigating discipline and enrollment matters.   Mr. Corboy was a Primary Patent Examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and, prior to joining the USPTO in 2010, he worked for fifteen years in industry as a design engineer, project manager and government contracts manager with DuPont and Lockheed Martin. Mr. Corboy is a member of the Maryland bar, and he is registered to practice before the USPTO.  He graduated, cum laude, from The University of Baltimore School of Law and received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and his Masters of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Ted Theofrastous is Managing Attorney of the IP Venture Clinic and Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.   Mr. Theofrastous has extensive experience in the field of high technology development and commercialization, both as a business architect/manager and as a legal professional. Prior to founding his corporate legal practice and ThetaSquared, a strategic technology commercialization firm, Theofrastous served as managing director and fund counsel for a small family venture fund, where he created and managed a portfolio of new and existing technology startup investments. Before the fund, Theofrastous managed a diverse IP portfolio and launched startup companies for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation designed to commercialize products based on CCF intellectual property. Theofrastous’ roles related to the tech startups he works with typically include business structuring and operational planning, developing an intellectual property strategy, negotiating financial investment and playing an active role as a manager and/or director. Before joining CCF, Theofrastous practiced in the Cleveland and London offices of the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., where his primary practice focused on the nexus of investment capital and technology. At Squire Sanders and CCF, he handled matters ranging from high tech start-up ventures to multi-billion dollar domestic and off-shore private equity fund offerings. Theofrastous’ business background consists of over twenty years’ working as a technologist, executive and board member to design and implement new and re-engineered products and business systems. Theofrastous also teaches courses in Technology Commercialization & Venture Law at the School of Law and the School of Engineering.