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Past Events

May MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, May 18 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, at Virtual - Zoom

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, John Rothchild of Wayne State University will be speaking about biometric privacy law. Specifically, Mr. Rothchild will speak about technology that identifies us by capturing our biometric identifiers—such as fingerprints, hand or face geometry, and voice patterns—is becoming more widespread. Your face might unlock your smartphone, or allow you to be collared by a law enforcement agency. A hand scan might identify you to a time clock and, soon, allow you to check out of a Whole Foods store without standing in line. Your financial institution knows who you are over the phone from the sound of your voice. The expanded collection and use of biometric information creates privacy concerns and is regulated by special-purpose state laws. Class-action lawsuits have resulted in eye-popping settlements. This talk will offer an introduction to biometric information and its uses, discuss state-law regulation of biometric information with an emphasis on the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, and describe some state and local bans on the use of facial recognition technology.

April MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, April 20 2021, 12:00PM - 1:00PM, at Virtual - Zoom

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Scott A. Hogan, a shareholder at Reising Ethington P.C., will be presenting “Functional Claiming in the Aftermath of Williamson.” Mr. Hogan is a registered patent attorney with over a decade of experience in the manufacturing industry and a graduate degree from MIT, where he studied polymer science and was named an inventor on his first of several U.S. and foreign patents. Mr. Hogan’s presentation will examine the effect of the 2015 en banc opinion by the Federal Circuit in Williamson v Citrix Online LLC. While apparently a subtle change in means-plus-function claim analysis at the time of the opinion, the actual effect has been decidedly more drastic.

Please email Andrea Arndt at AArndt@dickinsonwright.com your RSVP by April 13th and Andrea will send you a link to the meeting a few hours before the meeting starts, so that the information does not get lost in your inbox.

March MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, March 23 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM, at Virtual - Zoom

On Tuesday, March 23rd, Melissa Eckhause, a visiting Assistant Professor at Detroit Mercy Law, will be presenting on “Changes to IP Law under the Covid-19 Relief Bill.” The presentation will examine the newly enacted Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act , which creates a small-claims tribunal to hear copyright infringement matters with damages under $30,000, and the Protecting Lawful Streaming Act, which makes certain pirated streaming a felony.  The presentation also will discuss the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020, which, among other things, creates new procedures for ex parte challenges of existing registrations.

February MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, February 23 2021, 12:00PM - 1:00PM, at Virtual - Zoom

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, Steven L. Permut, a shareholder at Reising Ethington P.C., will be presenting “Failed Trademarks that Enhance the English Language.” Mr. Permut is a registered patent attorney with a robust trademark practice, and he was also a professor of trademark and unfair competition law at Ave Maria School of Law.  Mr. Permut’s presentation will provide a review of trademarks that have become genericized, along with strategies for advising trademark clients at the outset of the marketing and registration process.

Please email Andrea Arndt at AArndt@dickinsonwright.com your RSVP by February 16th and Andrea will send you a link to the meeting a few hours before the meeting starts, so that the information does not get lost in your inbox.

January MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, January 19 2021, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, at Virtual - Zoom

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Dr. Andrew M. Malec, Partner & Managing Director at O’Keefe and Anson E. Smuts, Director & Senior Economist at O’Keefe will present a webinar on the Economics of Intellectual Property. Dr. Malec is the Practice Leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property (“IP”) Group and is also the firm’s Chief Economist. As a practicing economist, he specializes in utilizing his economics and statistical background to assist in providing economic advisory services to litigators on complex, commercial litigation matters. He has significant litigation support experience in economic damage quantification, expert witness testimony, and valuation opinions. Dr. Malec has provided expert opinions and/or testified in state and federal courts and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings on a variety of litigious matters including, but not limited to, automotive recalls, breach of contract, intellectual property infringement/trade secret misappropriation, intellectual property valuation, product liability, and statistical analysis. Anson E. Smuts, CMA, CFE, CVA utilizes his strong knowledge of accounting and finance principles, mergers and acquisitions, business valuation, intellectual property, and data analysis to identify strategies for business growth and development. Mr. Smuts has assisted clients with post-acquisition disputes involving earn outs and working capital adjustments, business valuations, financial budgeting and projections, damages in intellectual property matters, damages in fiduciary duty and employment matters, and fraud investigations. In this presentation, Dr. Malec and Mr. Smuts will discuss how to monetize and protect the value of intellectual property, the derivation of royalty rates, intellectual property valuation considerations, and economic damage remedies.

Please email Andrea Arndt at AArndt@dickinsonwright.com your RSVP by January 12th and Andrea will send you a link to the meeting a few hours before the meeting starts, so that the information does not get lost in your inbox.

November MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, November 17 2020, 11:45 pm - 1:00 pm, at Virtual - Zoom

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, from 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm, Adrian Cyhan and Nicole Nan of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP will be presenting “Negotiation Ethics: Principles and Practice.”

This presentation is focused on fostering ethical negotiations between parties – whether or not the participants are attorneys – and related considerations and practices. Through various hypotheticals and real-life scenarios, the speakers will examine how ethical behavior can lead to better, more productive outcomes and avoid higher costs down the road. The presenters will also explore ethical aspects of negotiations and transactional practice in general, as well as how to create and foster more ethical negotiations in various situations.

This meeting will include networking from 11:45 am – 12:15 pm, and the presentation will start at 12:15 pm.

We will be hosting this meeting virtually on Zoom. Please email Andrea Arndt at AArndt@dickinsonwright.com your RSVP by November 10th and Andrea will send you a link to the meeting a few hours before the meeting starts (so that it does not get lost in your inbox).

Please contact Frank Smith at fsmith@dickinsonwright.com with any questions concerning these meetings or visit http://mipla.org/. We look forward to virtually seeing you!

October MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, October 20 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, at Virtual - Zoom

Please join us to hear from USPTO Administrative Patent Judge David McKone, who will be speaking about his experience on the USPTO Patent Trial & Appeal Board, and about how COVID-19 has affected PTAB hearings.

We will be hosting this meeting virtually on Zoom. We encourage you to join us early at 12 PM for 15 minutes of marketing through Zoom breakout rooms. Our substantive program will follow at 12:15.

Please email Andrea Arndt at AArndt@dickinsonwright.com your RSVP by October 19th and Andrea will send you a link to the meeting a few hours before the meeting starts, so that the information does not get lost in your inbox.

September MIPLA Luncheon

Thursday, September 17 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, at Virtual - Zoom

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network, will be speaking about the management of patent risk in software, including parallels between open source technical and patent collaboration. More specifically, Mr. Bergelt will be presenting on defensive patent aggregation and the parallels between open source technical development under a collaborative model and patent risk mitigation under a similar approach. Mr. Bergelt will also address prospective solutions to enable open source hardware patent risk mitigation.

 

We will be hosting this meeting virtually on Zoom. Please email Andrea Arndt at AArndt@dickinsonwright.com your RSVP by September 16th and Andrea will send you a link to the meeting a few hours before the meeting starts (so that it does not get lost in your inbox).

 

Please contact Frank Smith at fsmith@dickinsonwright.com with any questions concerning these meetings or visit http://mipla.org/. We look forward to virtually seeing you!

 

Powerpoint presentation: Click here

January MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, January 28 2020, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, at The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, Marc Lorelli of Brooks Kushman will be presenting: “The ‘Other’ Judicially Created Patentability Exception: Design Patent Functionality” at The Skyline Club in Southfield.

Cost – $25 members; $35 non-members

RSVP here by January 21, 2020.

November MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, November 19 2019, 11:30AM - 1:00PM, at Somerset Inn, 2601 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084

On Tuesday, November 19, 2010, Hiroyasu Ninomiya and Hiroshi Higuch of the Japanese Patent Attorney Association will be presenting on Japanese patent law at the Somerset Inn in Troy.

Cost – $25 members; $35 non-members

RSVP here by November 10, 2019.

October MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, October 29 2019, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, at The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

On Tuesday, October 29, Steven Susser and Tim Murphy of Carlson, Gaskey & Olds will be presenting on International Trade Commission Proceedings at The Skyline Club in Southfield.

Cost – $25 members; $35 non-members

RSVP here by October 22, 2019

2019 MIPLA Judge’s Banquet and Golf/Tennis Outing

Monday, August 19 2019, 11:00AM - 9:00PM, at Wabeek Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Download the Judge’s Banquet Sign-up Form

2019 Spring Fling

Friday, June 07 2019, 6:00PM - 8:00PM, at Detroit Axe - 344 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI

See attached flier for additional info. Please RSVP to Chris Smith (csmith@brookskushman.com) by
May 24, 2019

Invite

May MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, May 21 2019, 11:30PM - 1:00PM, at Andiamo Restaurant, Bloomfield Hills

On May 21, Brian Levin from the Department of Justice will provide an overview of the latest cyber and IP threats, including data breaches, malware, and insider theft. He will also cover the importance of attorneys developing relationships with law enforcement in advance of a cyber incident or IP theft, as well as the importance of alerting law enforcement as soon as possible after an incident does occur. He will also address common concerns and misconceptions associated with involving law enforcement in these matters.

Andiamo Bloomfield Hills
6676 Telegraph Rd
Bloomfield Twp, MI 48301

April MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, April 30 2019, 11:30PM - 1:00PM, at The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield

On April 30, Susan Kornfield of Bodman PLC will be presenting an update on copyright, trademarks, right of publicity, and the First Amendment with respect to intellectual property.

The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield

February MIPLA Luncheon

Wednesday, February 27 2019, 12:00PM - 1:00PM, at Somerset Inn, Troy, MI

A Powerpoint document of the presentation can be found below:

MIPLA presentation

Joop Elzas and Robbert Keij of the Netherlands-based firm Arnold & Siedsma will present an Update on European Trademark Law, including:

(1) the European system and the legislative changes that have been adopted over the past few years;
(2) some recent relevant cases of the European Court of Justice; and
(3) the developments around Brexit.

Discussion with Acting Register of Copyrights

Thursday, February 21 2019, 2:00PM - 6:00PM, at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Karyn A. Temple, the acting Register of Copyrights, will give a presentation on the current state of the Copyright Office A panel discussion and cocktail reception will follow.

Space is limited. Tickets are complimentary with a requested $10 donation at the door.
Please be considerate when RSVP’ing. Cancelation will be accepted up to 3 days prior.
Please see the RSVP link in the flyer. The event password is “copyright”.
registarOfCopyrightsVisit

February 21, 2019
2:00 – 6:00 PM
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
651 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit MI

September MIPLA Luncheon

Friday, September 07 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, at Skyline Club (2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075)

MICHIGAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW ASSOCIATION
Presents
September Lunch & Learn
Mary Denison – the USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks will be speaking on the “State of the Trademark Office.”
Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
Friday, September 7, 2018
11:30 – 1pm
Please RSVP to Chris Smith (csmith@brookskushman.com) or Tiye Greene (tgreene@brookskushman.com) by September 2, 2018.
$25 members / $30 non-members
Ms. Denison joined the USPTO in 2011 as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations where she was responsible for USPTO trademark application, legal examination, and registration processes. She has led outreach to the trademark legal community, small businesses, and applicants without legal counsel, and has been an active participant in meetings with the world’s largest trademark offices, promoting projects aimed at harmonizing trademark practices and procedures.
Please join us in welcoming her!

2018 MIPLA Judge’s Banquet and Golf/Tennis Outing

Monday, August 20 2018, 11:00AM - 9:00PM, at Wabeek Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, MI

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World IP Day Michigan at MSU College of Law

Thursday, April 26 2018, 8:30AM - 1:00PM, at MSU College of Law

(Note: this is a 3rd party event and is not sponsored by MIPLA)

Join MSU’s A-CAPP Center, International Business Center, and Global Food Law for a half-day event in recognition of World IP Day. Participants will engage in a networking lunch and three discussion panels, Packaging Challenges and Opportunities, Protecting Your IP on E-Commerce, and Emerging Markets: Best Practices for IP Issues.

http://a-capp.msu.edu/content/world-ip-day-michigan

For questions or additional event information, please contact Kari Kammel kkammel@msu.edu