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.  

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Banner Witcoff will partner with Jockey International to host a patent roundtable luncheon on Oct. 9 in Kenosha, Wisc.

Attorneys Katie Becker, Aseet Patel, and Brad Van Pelt will lead the roundtable discussion that will touch on a variety of patent topics, including patent monetization, global IP considerations, corporate inventor incentive programs, and much more.

The event will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and will include lunch. CLE is pending.

To RSVP or to learn more, email

Banner Witcoff attorney Scott M. Kelly will speak at the 20th Annual Virginia Intellectual Property Legal Institute on Oct. 4 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Scott will lead a session about patent developments and will discuss patentable subject matter, prior art, cease-and-desist letters, time bars in IPRS, and PTAB reviews.

Now in its 20th year, the Virginia Intellectual Property Legal Institute provides attendees with updates on important legal developments in IP law over the past year. The day-long program is designed for attorneys practicing in the fields of intellectual property, technology, computer and Internet law, outsourcing, e-commerce, and software licensing, development, distribution, and procurement.

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The next North Shore Corporate IP Roundtable program will take place on Oct. 11 in Northbrook, where the discussion will focus on IP due diligence in corporate transactions.

Sponsored by Banner Witcoff, the program will feature speakers Christine Castellano and Sara Vinarov, Ph.D. Christine is a global Fortune 500 general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer, as well as a certified diversity professional. Sara serves as intellectual property counsel at Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas LLC.  

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 northern suburbs.

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

The North Shore Corporate IP Roundtable program was created to provide educational and networking opportunities for in-house corporate counsel. Due to its success, the firm-sponsored initiative was expanded to Chicago’s west suburbs. The next West Suburban Corporate IP Roundtable program will take place Nov. 15.

Banner Witcoff is sponsoring the closing reception of the PTAB/TTAB Live Hearing Stadium Tour, which will take place Oct. 3 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago.

The event will feature “live Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings where judges will share tips for successful advocacy before the Boards,” according to the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO partners with law schools across the country to host these Stadium Tour events, which include trademark opposition hearings and AIA proceedings.

The reception Banner Witcoff is sponsoring will follow the full-day program. Click here for more information on the event.  

Banner Witcoff attorney Joseph J. Berghammer will moderate a panel on Sept. 25 at the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) 47th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Joe, a member of the IPO’s Annual Meeting Program Committee, will moderate a panel exploring practices to protect product and product packaging trade dress. The panel will address strategies to obtain and maintain these rights, distinctions in protectability among jurisdictions, and the risks and rewards to registering product and product packaging rights.

Panelists will include Sophie Anger of Mars, Inc.; William Miller of General Mills, Inc., and Christine Pompa of YETI.

Click here to register or for more information about IPO’s Annual Meeting.

Banner Witcoff is sponsoring the 2019 Annual Awards and Installation Gala for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Inc. (APABA-DC).

The event will take place on Sept. 26 at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in D.C. and will include a reception and dinner. The program will also feature an awards presentation, a swearing-in ceremony for the 2019-20 APABA-DC board of directors, and a keynote speech by Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s antitrust division.

Click here for more information or to register to attend the gala.

Banner Witcoff attorneys Robert S. Katz and Christian LaForgia will speak at the 2019 American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Annual Meeting.

Banner Witcoff is sponsoring the three-day conference set for Oct. 24-26 in National Harbor, Maryland. Both Rob and Christian will speak on Oct. 25.

Rob will lead a session on how to draft your design patent application to ensure you cover as many jurisdictions as possible.  Christian will speak on a panel about using a check list approach to getting your IP strategy started.

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