May 2, 2018 Brown Bag CLE: Ethics for IP Professionals

Topic:  Ethics for IP Professionals:  The Three C’s – Communication, Conflicts, and Client Trust Accounting

Slides: Ethics for IP Professionals The Three C’s

Case: Maling v. Finnegan

Description:  Presented by Emil Ali Esq., this CLE will cover topics relevant to patent and trademark practitioners, and provide an in-depth discussion about subject matter conflicts, common communication issues, and how poor accounting practices can lead to discipline. This event is a must for in-house and law firm practitioners to learn best practices, and get a chance to walk through hypothetical situations.  We will also discuss how Oregon’s Rules of Professional Conduct compare to the ABA and USPTO Rules.

Emil Ali is an associate at Carr Butterfield, LLC. Mr. Ali formerly investigated and assisted in the prosecution of attorney misconduct at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Office of Enrollment and Discipline. While at the OED, Mr. Ali led a team of attorneys to promulgate the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct, which are based upon the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

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April 4, 2018 Brown Bag CLE: Will your trademark license become an inadvertent franchise?

Topic:   Will your trademark license become an inadvertent franchise?

Slides:  Power Point – Inadvertent Franchises

Article:   Article – Inadvertent Franchises in Trademark Licensing

Description: Presented by Dennis Steinman. The franchise model has been a useful tool for businesses to expand their concept. Trademarks are generally the cornerstones of the franchise system. However, unsuspecting practitioners may create a franchise relationship through trademark licensing. Franchise laws are onerous, and attorneys should be careful not to subject their clients to these laws inadvertently. This CLE explains what creates a franchise relationship and how to avoid it.

Dennis Steinman is a partner at Kell, Alterman & Runstein, L.L.P.  He received his B.A. from Temple University and his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School.  Mr. Steinman is an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School and he teaches the Federal Litigation Practice Seminar.  Mr. Steinman was a franchise executive for nearly 20 years, he is a leading franchise attorney and is a frequent speaker on franchise-related issues.

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March 7, 2018 Brown Bag CLE: IP Bootcamp for Business Lawyers and In-House Counsel

Topic:   IP Bootcamp for Business Lawyers and In-House Counsel

Presentation Materials:  Intellectual Property Bootcamp

Description: This presentation will outline the similarities and differences between the four basic types of intellectual property (‘IP”), as well as:

– best practices for protecting your clients’ IP assets at home and abroad;

– forum selection and strategies should you need to enforce their IP rights;

– how different categories of IP can overlap for any given product or service in the real world; and

– what are the “gotchas” to watch out for in litigation, IP contracts, transactions and negotiations.

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February 16, 2018 Intellectual Property Review—Updates and Changes from 2017

Brochure – IP Review – Updates and Changes from 2017

Please join the Intellectual Property Section to examine the past year’s activity with Intellectual Property Review—Updates and Changes from 2017. This year’s CLE program will review Federal cases and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings and pending Supreme Court cases and federal circuit court developments. Enjoy a special lunch presentation “Why Does the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Matter to the Clients?” by Amanda Gratchner, IdeaLegal LLC.

January 3, 2018 Brown Bag CLE: Crafting Demand Letters: Strategic Considerations for How Much to Say

Topic:   Crafting Demand Letters: Strategic Considerations for How Much to Say

Slides:  Crafting Demand Letters

Speaker: Please join us as Nathan Brunette presents on the considerations that go into how much detail to provide in demand letters, with a focus on patent infringement demand letters. This CLE identifies potential goals of writing demand letters, and the relative risks of saying too much vs. too little depending on what the demand letter seeks to accomplish. In particular, he will discuss strategic considerations for demand letters in light of TC Heartland, and whether (and when) TC Heartland changes the calculus as to whether a demand letter should be detailed or vague. Speaker bio: Nathan Brunette is a litigator and partner at Stoel Rives, LLP. His practice focuses on patent and other intellectual property litigation. He has represented clients in state and federal courts, private arbitration, and Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy proceedings. His experience includes litigating patent, trademark, trade dress, licensing, cybersquatting, trade secret, civil antitrust, and commercial matters. Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Nathan clerked for the Honorable Timothy Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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November 1, 2017 Brown Bag CLE: Trade Secret v. Patent: A Comparison Of Intellectual Property Protections

Topic:   Trade Secret v. Patent: A Comparison Of Intellectual Property Protections

Slides:  Trade Secret v. Patent – Brown Bag CLE Materials

Speaker: Please join us as Klaus Hamm presents on the relative advantages and disadvantages patent vs. trade secret protection for intellectual property. This CLE compares and contrasts patents and trade secrets and their relative advantages and disadvantages, including obtaining protection, the scope and duration of protection, licensing, enforcement and remedies. He also will discuss advising clients on pursuing one or both protections, and how litigation tactics differ in patent and trade secret cases. Recent decisions and their impact on the relative advantages of the two types of IP will be discussed.

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September 6, 2017 Brown Bag CLE: The ALI Restatement of Copyright Law–How it is Being Made

Speakers: Please join us as Professor Lydia Loren gives a presentation on her work on the American Law Institute’s upcoming Restatement of the Law of Copyright. As one of the Associate Reporters on the project, Professor Loren is one of a handful of authors of the Restatement, which is the first Restatement designed to cover copyright law. The project is projected to address many substantive areas of copyright law including the subject matter and standards for obtaining copyright protection, the scope of protection, the rules of copyright ownership, the standards for proving infringement, the doctrines of secondary liability, and remedies for infringement. Begun in 2014, the Restatement will take approximately five to six years to complete. Come learn how this and other Restatements are made!

Slides: Sept-2017-Brown-Bage-CLE-Materials

August 2, 2017 Brown Bag CLE: Patent Litigation in Europe

Speakers: Please join us as speaker Dr. Christian Wende, LL.M. gives a presentation on Patent Litigation Strategies for enforcing national patents stemming from an EP application. Dr. Christian Wende is an intellectual property lawyer and partner at DTS Patent in Munich, Germany. He has practiced Patent and trademark law since 2007 with a technical focus in Engineering. He is also a lecturer on patent law at the Technical University of Munich and the University of Hagen.

Slides: August-2017-Brussels 1a vs. Settlement Agreements

May 3, 2017 Brown Bag CLE: Craft IP: Common Issues in the Food and Beverage Industries

Topic:   Craft IP: Common Issues in the Food and Beverage Industries


Speakers:  Please join us as speaker Sheila Fox Morrison reviews some of the IP issues unique to the food and beverage industries, including branding trends, trade dress protection and enforcement, the interplay of trademarks and labeling requirements, as well as more traditional topics related to challenges of geographically descriptive and surname marks (especially in the wine industry).
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April 5, 2017 Brown Bag CLE: How to Navigate the Intersection Between Trade Secrets & Public Records Law

Topic:   How to Navigate the Intersection Between Trade Secrets & Public Records Law

Slides:  Trade Secrets and Public Records

Speakers: Please join us as Hans Huggler & John Rake present on trade secrets exemptions to public records disclosure in Oregon, Washington, and federal law.  This presentation will cover the following topics:

  • What exemptions to public records disclosure apply to trade secrets and confidential business information?
  • When are trade secrets protections overridden by the “public interest”?
  • What administrative and litigation procedures apply to public records disputes?
  • What are best practices for businesses and government entities that are interested in sharing trade secrets and confidential business information?

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