08.08.14 | 2014 Mark T. Banner Award winners to be honored at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.

During the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting, the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) will present the 2014 Mark T. Banner Award to the following honorees:

  • Hon. Paul R. Michel, Former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Hayden W. Gregory, Legislative Consultant, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
  • Kenneth D. Crews, Lawyer, Professor, and International Copyright Consultant

The Mark T. Banner Award Luncheon will be held Friday, August 8, 2014 from 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

The keynote speaker will be David Friedman, Senior Vice President/Special Counsel for the Red Sox and Senior Counsel for the club’s parent corporation, Fenway Sports Group.

About the award

This award, established in honor of the late Mark T. Banner, is presented to an individual or individuals who have made an impact on IP law and/or practice. Winners of this award have expressed a clear passion and enthusiasm for, and advanced the practice, profession and/or substance of IP law through extraordinary contributions to, among, other things, teaching, scholarship, innovation, legislation, advocacy, bar or other association activities, or the judiciary.

About Mark Banner

Mark Banner, who served as Chair of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law from 2002 to 2003, sought, demanded, and attained the very best from himself and from everyone around him. The latter characteristic made him and those around him seek excellence in all they did: advocacy, work, relationships, intellectual property matters, and work for the ABA-IPL Section.

The IP community and the entire legal profession considered Mark not only one of the best IP trial lawyers in the United States, but also one of the country’s best trial lawyers, period.

Mark’s work transcended narrow principles of IP decisional law and wove in the fabric of general law to reflect the reality of his legal positions in a way that not only was easy to understand, but also was reasonable and cogent.

His gift, in addition to his trial experience, was to truly teach, varying the performance to conform to a student’s style. He often referred to his teaching as a “labor of love.”

For more information on the Mark T. Banner Award Luncheon, please visit the ABA-IPL website.