2024 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 ($75 EARLY BIRD THROUGH FEBRUARY 1, 2024)
The majority of our Members are legal practitioners in private practice or corporate environments and fall within the “Active-Professional” category.

Active-Academic: $55 ($45 EARLY BIRD THROUGH FEBRUARY 1, 2024)
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 ($45 EARLY BIRD THROUGH FEBRUARY 1, 2024)
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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Social Media and Marketing Considerations for IP Lawyers

April Besl, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Please join us on August 22, 2023, for our next CLE event. This month’s CLE will be held from 12:00 to 1:15 pm via webinar. We anticipate 1.00 General CLE credit in Ohio for this event.

Our speaker will be April Besl of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. Ms. Besl will cover Social Media and Marketing considerations for today’s IP attorneys. For the vast majority of businesses today, social media is a key component of their advertising strategy, in some cases the only avenue through which they advertise. Ms. Besl will take attendees through the legal pitfalls of advertising on social media covering not only how to advertise safely and in compliance, but also what to do when you need to take action against someone else on social media. Ms. Besl will further cover the most recent updates to the FTC’s Endorsement Guides, which were released in July of 2023.

The webinar event will be approximately 60 minutes.

Registration is:

  • free for CincyIP members, 
  • free for students and academics, and 
  • $15.00 for non-members. 

Register here by Monday, August 21, 2023, at 5:00 PM. CincyIP will send a webinar link to all registrants after event registration closes.

About the Speaker:

April Besl has experience assisting clients with emerging issues related to the impact of social media, the web and technology on their business and marketing strategies. April helps clients protect and enforce their trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property from misuse via social networking sites, search engine optimization strategies, and keywords, as well as against misuse on mobile devices and other emerging technologies. In addressing these evolving issues and technologies, she provides a direct, strategic and thoughtful approach tailored to the culture and goals of each individual client.

Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Review – Intellectual Property

Please join us on July 18, 2023, for our next CLE event. This month’s CLE will be held from 12:00 to 1:15 pm via webinar. We anticipate 1.00 General CLE credit in Ohio for this event.

Our speakers will be John Luken and Matthew Molloy of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

John Luken
Matthew Molloy

Mr. Luken and Mr. Molloy will discuss this term’s Supreme Court decisions directed to Copyright Fair Use (Warhol v. Goldsmith), Parody as Protected Speech in Trademark Law (Jack Daniel’s v. VIP), and Patent Enablement (Amgen v. Sanofi). Additionally, they will discuss the upcoming Supreme Court trademark decision in the “Trump too small” case (Vidal v. Elster) and Federal Circuit decisions directed to patent eligibility for diagnostic methods (CareDx Inc. v. Natera, Inc.), AI Inventorship (Thaler v. Vidal), IPR Estoppel (Ironburg Inventions), as well as some follow-on decisions of Minerva and Arthrex.

Finally, Mr. Luken and Mr. Molloy will also discuss any changes in the law or courts, including the judicial fitness lawsuit against Federal Circuit Judge Newman.

The webinar event will be 60 minutes.

Registration is:

  • free for CincyIP members, 
  • free for students and academics, and 
  • $15.00 for non-members. 

Register here by Monday, July 17, 2023, at 5:00 PM.

About the Speakers:

John Luken focuses his practice on patent infringement litigation and appeals, as well as complex commercial and other intellectual property litigation. He has handled patent infringement cases involving a variety of services and products, including commercial forms and related software, software-related business method patents in the printing and financial services industries, metal beverage cans and closures, surface coal mining blasting methods, liquid beverage concentrates and related packaging, automated barge refurbishing methods, service station petroleum equipment, and retail security products. While his practice currently focuses largely on patent infringement matters, John has handled a wide variety of other types of complex litigation matters, ranging from securities, commodities, RICO and fraud claims arising out of complicated derivatives transactions to shareholder derivative litigation, environmental litigation, business and government contracts cases, and ERISA class action cases. Clients appreciate his ability to prioritize their needs and objectives and to  approach  matters  flexibly  and  creatively  –  rather  than  in  a  one-size-fits-all  manner. John’s methods help complex matters be resolved favorably, expeditiously and cost-effectively. He has been an active member of the influential Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG-1), participating in several Sedona drafting teams, including the Sedona Case for Cooperation (urging more rational, expeditious, and less expensive discovery processes).

Matthew Molloy is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of patents in the U.S. and abroad. He manages international patent portfolios and his practice encompasses a variety of technical areas such as chemical/chemical engineering, materials, polymers, petroleum refining, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, mechanical engineering, software, and business methods. Additionally, Matt is experienced in rendering patent opinions, including freedom to operate, validity, state-of-the-art, patent landscape, patentability, and due diligence opinions. He is adept at negotiating, drafting and analyzing IP licensing agreements, and has counseled a broad range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to small startups, regarding the protection of intellectual property and innovation. His patent and intellectual property knowledge has led to speaking engagements over the last year related to supreme court and federal circuit intellectual property and patent law decisions.