Banner Witcoff attorney Robert S. Katz will moderate a panel at the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Leadership Meeting on Nov. 22 in Austin, Tex.

The panel, “Avoiding Design Patent Procurement and Enforcement Errors,” will highlight common errors made in design enforcement efforts. Rob —who serves as chair of INTA’s Design Committee — and the panelists will also provide tips on how to avoid errors.

INTA’s Leadership Meeting, which takes place Nov. 19-22, brings together the association’s leaders and volunteers once a year. The meeting offers attendees advanced-level educational programming and opportunities to network with colleagues from around the world.

More information about the meeting is available on INTA’s website.

Banner Witcoff attorney Darrell G. Mottley will speak at the Cleveland Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s (CIPLA) International Committee meeting on Nov. 21.

Darrell will discuss the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, which governs the international registration of industrial designs. The agreement went into effect in the U.S. in 2015, allowing U.S. applications to file a single international design application to obtain protection in multiple countries.

Darrell will highlight the agreement’s key features, examine its implications, and offer practice tips. He has spoken and written on this topic several times, including for a practice note published in Thomson Reuters Practical Law.

For more information or to register for the CIPLA event, click here

Banner Witcoff is sponsoring a reception on Nov. 6 following an Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) program at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Presented by IPLAC’s Amicus Committee, the program will offer tips for excellence in IP appellate advocacy. Banner Witcoff attorney Robert H. Resis, who chairs the Amicus Committee, will speak about opportunities to gain experience in IP appellate advocacy through work with the committee.

Banner Witcoff attorney Charles W. Shifley is president of IPLAC, the country’s oldest bar association devoted exclusively to intellectual property matters. The association is made up of more than 1,000 members with interests in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

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The next West Suburban Corporate IP Roundtable program will take place on Nov. 15 in Oak Brook, where the discussion will focus on IP due diligence in corporate transactions.

Sponsored by Banner Witcoff, the program will feature speakers Christine Castellano and Ivan Kirchev. Christine is a global Fortune 500 general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer, as well as a certified diversity professional. Ivan is senior counsel of IP Licensing at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

They will discuss IP due diligence in corporate transactions and provide attendees with practical considerations and best practices. A Q&A session will follow the program, which is intended for in-house counsel who address IP issues and live in, or work in, Chicago’s western suburbs.

Lunch will be provided, and one MCLE credit is pending. Attendees must register in advance. To register or for more information on the West Suburban or North Shore Corporate IP Roundtable programs, email info@bannerwitcoff.com.

The West Suburban and the North Shore Corporate IP Roundtable programs were created to provide educational and networking opportunities for in-house corporate counsel.

Banner Witcoff attorney Robert S. Katz will discuss best practices for protecting graphical user interface (GUI) for a Nov. 26 webinar.

Rob and his co-presenter will provide guidance to IP counsel on obtaining meaningful design protection for GUI – the icons and other visual indicators used to control phones, electronic devices and other technology.

They will also discuss trends in user experience, the advantages of design patent protection over other forms of IP, and the protection of designs used in augmented reality and virtual reality.

Click here for more information or to register for the Strafford webinar titled, “Leveraging Design Patents to Protect Graphical User Interfaces.”

Banner Witcoff is sponsoring the Equal Justice Works Annual Dinner, which will take place on Oct. 24 in Washington, D.C.

The annual event honors attorneys committed to public service and supports the nonprofit organization’s efforts to facilitate opportunities for attorneys and law students to engage in public interest law.

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Banner Witcoff is sponsoring the 2019 Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference, which will take place Nov. 13-15 in Chicago.

Presented by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation, this year’s conference falls during the Section’s centennial celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

The conference will feature women attorneys leading the way in the courtroom, judiciary, and legal profession. Among other topics, programming will focus on trial skills, and insurance, products liability, and securities and financial litigation.

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Banner Witcoff attorneys Scott M. Kelly and Kirk A. Sigmon will discuss challenges in patenting video games and virtual reality on Oct. 25 at the 5th Annual Chicago Video Game Law Summit (CVGLS). Banner Witcoff is sponsoring the event, which will take place at the Chicago Bar Association.

As part of their session, Scott and Kirk will examine the challenges related to patenting video games and virtual reality, and explore how virtual and augmented reality further change the game.

Scott will also speak on a panel discussing 2019’s hot topics in video game law, including legislation, litigation and transactions.

CVGLS is a daylong event featuring discussions on the latest developments in video game law by game developers, industry representatives and legal experts. Click here for more information or to register.

Banner Witcoff is sponsoring the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago’s (IPLAC) annual dinner on Oct. 17 at The Standard Club in Chicago.

Now in its 125th year, the event honors the federal judiciary. At this year’s dinner, IPLAC will present U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with its Distinguished Judicial Service Award.

Banner Witcoff attorney Charles W. Shifley is president of IPLAC, the country’s oldest bar association devoted exclusively to intellectual property matters. The association is made up of more than 1,000 members with interests in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Click here for more information on the event and IPLAC.

Banner Witcoff attorney Robert S. Katz will moderate a panel at the 18th Open Forum of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), set to take place from Oct. 9-12 in Vienna, Austria.

Rob will moderate an Oct. 10 session exploring the protection of product configurations in the current climate. Rob and the panelists — Michael Conway, partner at Haseltine Lake; Shirley Fu of Sanyou IP Group; and Jaime Lemons, vice president of trademark and design at NIKE — will discuss the requirements to obtain product configuration trademark rights in various jurisdictions, as well as challenges and tips to acquiring these rights.

Rob is vice president of FICPI’s U.S. Section and serves as liaison to FICPI for the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law.

FICPI is a global organization supporting intellectual property attorneys. Now in its 18th year, FICPI’s Open Forum provides attendees with updates on important developments in IP law, as well as opportunities to network and exchange ideas with practitioners from around the world.  

Click here for more information about FICPI’s Open Forum.