Intellectual Property Diversity & Inclusion Training: What Every IP Attorney Needs to Know

Please note the December CLE will be held at the Backstage Event Center, located at 625 Walnut Street (above Horse & Barrel and across the street from the Aronoff Center).

Join us on December 10, 2019 for a discussion with Tammy Bennett of Dinsmore & Schohl LLP. Ms. Bennett will cover the business case for diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias barriers, and intellectual competency.

One hour of Attorney Conduct CLE is anticipated for this event.

Register here by Wednesday, December 4 at noon.

About the speaker:

Ms. Bennett has more than 15 years of employment law experience providing counsel in HR compliance and best, and next, practices. She creates HR tool kits, policies and procedures, conducts training, evaluates performance, oversees workplace investigations and leads networking events such as round tables.

Ms. Bennett specializes in providing clients practical advice and training regarding leave management, including the FMLA and ADAAA, wage and hour, talent acquisition (recruitment), EEO compliance, diversity and inclusion, conflict management and dispute resolution, leadership development and human resources management. She also consults on recent HR issues, such as the multigenerational workplace, LGBTQ trends and HR data analytics.


Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Update: Significant Intellectual Property Decisions 2018-2019

Join us on Tuesday, August 13 when April Besl, Oleg Khariton, and John Luken of Dinsmore & Shohl will provide an update on Supreme Court and Federal Circuit intellectual property decisions of significance in 2018 and 2019.

The speakers will cover Helsinn v. Teva (AIA On Sale Bar), WesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corp. (recovering overseas damages for Section 271(f) violation), Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions Inc. v. Renesas Electronics America Inc. (when an offer to sell takes place), and Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. v. Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (101 eligibility and method of treatment claims). 

Register here by August 12th at noon.

About the Speakers:

Ms. Besl is a partner in Dinsmore’s Cincinnati office. She focuses her practice on non-patent intellectual property matters, including trademarks, copyrights, social media, Internet law, advertising and trade secrets. She services a large and diverse portfolio of trademarks and copyrights, domestic and worldwide, for a variety of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to individual entrepreneurs. She has experience assisting clients with emerging issues related to the impact of social media, the web and technology on their business and marketing strategies. Ms. Besl 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.

Mr. Khariton is an associate in Dinsmore’s Cincinnati office. He focuses his practice on patent infringement litigation in the U.S. district courts and post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has experience representing clients in a broad range of technical areas, including mechanical, chemical, and biochemical technologies, which includes handling various aspects of patent litigation, such as dispositive motions practice, discovery, claim construction, and depositions. As part of his post-grant practice, he has participated in numerous inter partes reviews, handling nearly all written submissions, working with experts, and taking and defending depositions. In addition, he has experience briefing and arguing patent appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Luken is a partner in Dinsmore’s Cincinnati office. His practice focuses 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.


Pitfalls & Protections in Licensing Agreements – December 13, 2011

CincyIP Presents:
Pitfalls & Protections in Licensing Agreements

Thomas McGrath
TMG Consulting


Jim Kipling
Wood, Herron & Evans LLP

Jim Cunningham
C-Cap Angel Capital Hub

December 13, 2011

11:45am – 1:30pm

The Cincinnatian Hotel
This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 total CLE hour instruction.

“Pitfalls and Protections in Licensing Agreements” will be presented by Thomas McGrath, former General Manager of the Hasbro Inc. Global Toy Group, and James Kipling, former Vice President Business and Legal Affairs of Hasbro, Inc. Over a ten (10) year period, Messrs. McGrath and Kipling collaborated in developing and implementing strategies for the acquisition of many of the most successful and most “toy-etic” licensed properties that have appeared in the toy and game industry, including: entertainment properties such as the Star Wars Trilogies, the DC Comics Superheroes, and the Jurassic Park series; professional and collegiate teams indicia and players, such as MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL; and NASCAR and its principal Driver Teams.

Basic deal structures will be described, and ten (10) cases involving specific provisions of agreements will be illustrated with “dos and don’ts” that can separate good agreements from potentially disastrous ones. Mr. McGrath will give business overviews, while Mr. Kipling will describe negotiation and drafting techniques.

Tom McGrath, founder and president of TMG Consulting, is a toy/children’s entertainment executive with over 25 years of experience in the industry. After receiving some great classical marketing training and experience in brand management at P&G, Tom began a 16 year career with Kenner/Hasbro. He spent much of the ‘90s as the head of their Cincinnati-based Boys Toy Division, helping that group grow its sales six-fold behind brands such as Star Wars, Batman, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jurassic Park, Pokemon, Nerf, Tonka, etc. In the late ‘90s Tom was promoted to General Manager of the entire Hasbro Toy Group, extending his responsibilities to include the preschool and girls areas, with brands such as Playskool, Bob the Builder, and Play-doh.

In late 2000 Tom left Hasbro in order to found TMG Consulting, a firm dedicated to helping toy and children’s entertainment companies with their strategic, marketing, product development, property development, and licensing needs. Tom’s business focuses on toy consulting, entertainment consulting, and conducting seminars to help clients stay current with industry trends and to help train their personnel in key areas within the toy industry.

Jim Kipling is Of Counsel with Wood, Herron & Evans. Jim was Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for the Hasbro, Inc. Kenner Division for 20 years and subsequently has been in private practice for 10 years. He has negotiated master merchandising License Agreements resulting in cumulative product sales in excess of $6.5 billion, with all major entertainment studios and other licensors for such properties as Star Wars Trilogies, Marvel Universe, Disney Library, Dreamworks Animation Library, Batman, Jurassic Park, Care Bears, Pokemon, as well as establishing strategic relationships with all major professional sports leagues and players’ associations, NASCAR, its driver teams and sponsors.

Jim was responsible for all legal and intellectual property aspects of product, packaging and advertising development for Kenner/Hasbro, with particular attention to patent, trademark, copyright and children’s advertising issues. He also supervised the procurement, policing and enforcement of the company’s intellectual property rights, and all transactional and regulatory issues for the $650 million Kenner Division. Prior to Hasbro, Jim was a patent attorney with General Electric Co. for three years in the company’s Aircraft Engine Division, prior to joining Kenner/Hasbro. Jim has represented public and private companies as well as individuals, including manufacturers, publishers, and inventors in all of his areas of expertise. Making good use of his engineering background, Jim also handles inventorship transactions and technology transfers for a variety of clients.

Cancellations will not be accepted without a 24 hour notice.