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MIPLA Gathering; May 16, 2024 at Birmingham Pub

Thursday, May 16 2024, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM, at Birmingham Pub 555 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009

Please save the date for a MIPLA gathering on May 16, 2024 at 5:30pm at the Birmingham Pub. Join us for an evening of networking with an assortment of beverages and appetizers available. There will be a presentation by Mike Turner on the recent LKQ Federal Circuit en banc case on design patent obviousness. Further details to follow.

MIPLA Virtual Event: Initial Decisions of the UPC and Unitary Patent Filings

Tuesday, March 12 2024, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM,

Please join us on March 12, 2024 for a virtual presentation on initial decisions of the UPC and unitary patent filings in 2023 by Max von Vopelius (Eisenführ Speiser).

Topic: Initial decisions of the UPC and unitary patent filings in 2023

Speaker: Max von Vopelius specializes in drafting, prosecuting and enforcing German, European and international technical property rights, as well as in opposition proceedings against German and European patents.

 

Agenda 

11:45am ET Networking

12:00pm ET Presentation

 

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MIPLA Virtual Event: Changes in Chinese Design Patent Law

Tuesday, February 27 2024, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM,

Pease join us on February 27, 2024 for a virtual presentation by Jingchen Zhang and Butian Ma.

Topic: Changes in Chinese Design Patent Law

Speakers: Jingchen is a senior patent attorney at China Patent Agent (HK) and has accumulated rich experience in design prosecution as well as design nullity actions. Butian is a litigator at China Patent Agent (HK) with significant experience in patent litigation. They are both invited being speakers at AIPPI China IP seminar last year.

 

Agenda

11:00am ET Presentation

12:00pm Et Networking

 

Zoom Info

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Meeting ID: 846 7056 9907

Holiday Toy Drive hosted by IOC, MIPLA, & OCBA

Tuesday, December 12 2023, 4:30 PM - 12:00 PM, at Fillmore 13 Brewery (7 North Saginaw Street, Pontiac, Michigan 48342)

Happy Holiday Season!

Please join us for a Holiday Toy Drive jointly hosted by the MI IP Inn of Court (IOC), MI IP Law Association (MIPLA), and the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA)!  We have done similar events in prior years and the turnout has been fantastic.  This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues while giving back to our community.

The toy drive will take place on December 12th at 4:30 PM at Fillmore 13 Brewery (7 North Saginaw Street, Pontiac, Michigan 48342; https://fillmore13brewery.com/).

A free parking lot is located just around the corner from the building at the corner of Wayne and Lawrence. Paid street parking may also be available on Saginaw Street.

Heavy appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Please note that while 4:30 PM is listed as the start time, guests may arrive any time from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM, and stay as long as they like. Guests may also enjoy a casual dress code (or even a festive dress code) for this event.

We kindly ask that all guests bring a toy as a contribution (STEM-based toys if possible). For convenience, we have also provided a shared Amazon shopping list if you wish to order one or more items online and have them shipped directly to the IOC for donation. All toys will be donated to the Salvation Army Pontiac Community Center. The link to the Amazon List is below:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3D9MW81FY10WM?type=wishlist

RSVP Link: https://forms.gle/NNz6JHRhPhU9z4bLA

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Bryan Lemanski at blemanski@youngbasile.com

MIPLA Presentation on the Importance of Cultural and Social Awareness in Trademark and Branding

Tuesday, November 14 2023, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM,

 

Topic: The Importance of Cultural and Social Awareness in Trademark and Branding

Speaker: Caleb Green is an Intellectual Property Strategist and Technology attorney in the Dickinson Wright Las Vegas office. Caleb’s experience revolves around trademark prosecution, intellectual property litigation and enforcement, and intellectual property management. Caleb is an avid speaker on topics corning intellectual property law, and is a regularly presenter for the International Trademark Association (INTA), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the National Bar Association (NBA).

Agenda

11:45am ET Networking

12:00pm ET Presentation

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MIPLA Virtual Event: Federal Circuit Cases of Interest in 2023

Tuesday, October 24 2023, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM,

Pease join us on October 24, 2023 for a virtual presentation by Rick Hoffmann on Federal Circuit Cases of Interest in 2023.

Topic: Federal Circuit Cases of Interest in 2023.

Speaker: Rick Hoffmann is president of Reising Ethington and leads its litigation group.  Rick has litigated intellectual property disputes at every court level from state courts up to the United States Supreme Court.  Rick is a frequent panelist and contributor to IAM, and has twice been named to IAM 300 Global leaders.  In addition to his legal practice Rick is an adjunct faculty member at U of D Mercy School of Law teaching Patent Law.

Agenda

11:45am ET Networking

12:00pm ET Presentation

Zoom Info

TBD

2023 MIPLA Judge’s Banquet and Golf Outing

Monday, August 14 2023, 11:00 AM - 9:00PM, at Wabeek Country Club 4000 Clubgate Drive Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

2023 MIPLA Judge’s Banquet and Golf Outing

Wabeek Country Club 4000 Clubgate Drive Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 Phone: 248-855-0700

www.wabeekcc.com

11:00 AM Golf Registration, lunch and driving range

1:00 PM Shotgun start

6:00 PM Cocktail reception and open bar

7:00 PM Dinner, recognition, awards and prizes

Golf & Banquet

$190/Member

$210/Non-Member

Registration and practice begin at 11:00 am and a lunch buffet will be concurrently served.

Shotgun start is at 1:00 pm. The format will again be a scramble tournament with prizes for lowest overall score, closest to the pin, and longest drive. Included in this package are a cart, complimentary beer, beverages, and snacks throughout the course.

Banquet Only

$70/Member

$90/Non-Member

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm.

The buffet includes a beef tenderloin carving station, a fish selection, and vegetarian pasta.

Awards and presentation of the MIPLA donation to the Theodore Levin Foundation will follow dinner.

 

Judges Banquet Invitation and RSVP Form 2023

MIPLA Spring Fling 2023

Thursday, June 15 2023, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM,

Please join us for the MIPLA Spring Fling 2023. Open bar and food included.

Great Lakes Culinary Center
24101 W. 9 Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48033

Purchase tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mipla-spring-fling-tickets-638069181097

Menu includes the following:

STATIONARY HORS D’OEUVRES
Imported and Domestic Cheese Board

STATION ONE
Salad Station

STATION TWO
Interactive Pasta Station

STATION THREE
Southwest Taco Station

STATION FOUR
Fire Roasted Pizza Station

DESSERT
Cookies
Bite-Size Cupcakes
Brownies

MIPLA Virtual Event: EU Unitary Patent and EU Unified Patent Court

Wednesday, June 07 2023, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM,

Please join us on June 7, 2023 for a virtual presentation on the EU Unitary Patent and EU Unified Patent Court by John White (Harness IP).

Topic: EU Unitary Patent and EU Unified Patent Court

Speaker: John White John is presently “Special Counsel” at Harness IP, tasked with outreach to entities in need of IP legal services. He is known informally as the “Dean of Patent Law”. John has helped prepare more than seventy percent of all currently active U.S. patent attorneys and agents for their careers as patent practitioners. Since 1995, John has been the creator, author, and principal lecturer for PLI’s Patent Exam Course and has taught 1200+ would-be patent attorneys and agents annually since then. He has also taught 400+ U.S. patent examiners Law & Evidence. He regularly serves as a USPTO procedure Expert in patent litigation.

Agenda

11:45am ET Networking

12:00pm ET Presentation

Zoom Info

TBD

MIPLA Presentation (Virtual): Yao Yao “Introduction of patent prosecution and IP litigation in China”

Tuesday, April 18 2023, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM,

Dear MIPLA Community:

Please join us on April 18, 2023 for a virtual presentation on patent prosecution and IP litigation in China by Yao Yao (Reising Ethington).

Topic: Patent Prosecution & IP Litigation in China

Agenda

11:45am ET Networking

12:00pm ET Presentation

Zoom Info

(We’ll update this section with the Zoom info ahead of the meeting)

MIPLA Virtual (possibly Hybrid or In-Person) Meeting – Steve Duxbury (EPO Filing Strategy)

Tuesday, March 21 2023, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM,

Dear MIPLA Community:

Please join us on March 21, 2023 for a virtual (possibly hybrid or in-person) presentation on a new EPO Filing strategy by Steve Duxbury (Arnold & Siedsma (Germany)).

Topic: New EPO Filing Strategy (saving costs, maximizing rights)

Agenda

11:45am ET Networking

12:00pm ET Presentation

Zoom Info

We will update this invite with the Zoom login info ahead of the meeting. We might also have this meeting in-person or hybrid.

Virtual MIPLA Presentation: Copyright Claims Board

Tuesday, February 07 2023, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM,

Topic: Copyright Claims Board

Description: The Copyright Claims Board (“CCB”) was created by legislation tucked inside one of the Covid-19 relief bills in 2020 and is meant to provide copyright owners with a cost-effective alternative to litigation in federal district court. It just began hearing cases a few weeks back in June 2022. There is a good deal of information practitioners should know about the process for bringing claims and opting out of proceedings.

Speaker Bio: Kristyn C. Webb is an associate attorney at Fishman Stewart in the copyright, trademark, and litigation practice groups. She recently completed her Postgraduate Diploma in US, UK, and EU Copyright Law at King’s College London, and is writing her dissertation for her Master’s Degree on the newly created Copyright Claims Board (“CCB,” aka, the Copyright Small Claims Court).

Agenda

11:45am ET Networking

12:00pm ET Presentation

Zoom Info

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Virtual MIPLA Meeting: Trade Secrets, Non-Competes, UREEA with Maxwell Goss

Tuesday, January 24 2023, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM,

Please join us on January 24, 2023 for a virtual presentation by Maxwell Goss (Fishman Stewart).

Topic: Trade Secrets, Non-Competes, and the Evolving Workplace

Description: Remote work, greater employee mobility, and digitization are transforming the workplace – and presenting new threats to trade secrets. This presentation discusses the promise and perils of non-compete agreements to combat trade secret misappropriation in the evolving workplace. Particular attention is given to the growing scrutiny and regulation of non-competes, including the Uniform Restrictive Employment Agreement Act, President Biden’s executive order regarding non-competes, and the recent flurry of state-level non-compete legislation.

Speaker Bio: Maxwell Goss, a partner at Fishman Stewart PLLC, is a litigation and trial lawyer representing clients in trade secret, trademark, copyright, and patent cases in Michigan and around the country. Max also provides strategic advice on IP, technology, and business law.

Agenda

11:45am ET Networking

12:00pm ET Presentation

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Virtual Presentation on Patent Assignments

Tuesday, December 06 2022, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM,

Please join us on December 6, 2022 for a virtual presentation on patent assignments by Bryan Hart (Bejin Bieneman).

Topic: Patent Assignments

Agenda
11:45am ET Networking
12:00pm ET Presentation

Zoom Info
To be sent closer to the meeting

MIPLA Law Student Happy Hour

Thursday, October 27 2022, 6:00PM - 9:00PM, at Motor City Brewing - 470 W. Canfield, Detroit, MI 48201

Join MIPLA and law students from the metro-Detroit area at Motor City Brewing (470 W. Canfield, Detroit, MI 48201) on October 27, 2022 from 6pm-9pm. A flyer is attached. Please reach out to William Hurles (whurles@dickinson-wright.com) or Mackenzie O’Brien (obrien@darrowmustafa.com) with questions.

IP Training for Non-IP Professionals

Tuesday, October 25 2022, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM,

Please join us on October 25, 2022 for a presentation by Raymond Guarnieri (Executive IP).

Topic: Intellectual Property Training for Non-IP Professionals
Learn the best approaches for ensuring non-IP professionals in an organization have a functional understanding of the basics of intellectual property.

Topics include:

  • Enhancing or refreshing corporate culture around innovation and IP.
  • Improving the overall savvy of an organization on patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, confidential information/NDAs, and everything in between.
  • Improving the internal perception of an IP department within other parts of an organization.
  • Reaching inventors that are spread among disparate geographies.
  • Increasing the quantity and quality of invention disclosures.
  • Avoiding infringement risks arising from lack of knowledge/awareness about IP rights.
  • Motivating sales teams to showcase how IP differentiates a company’s products and services from the competition.
  • Dealing safely with suppliers, joint development partners, customers, any anyone else with whom a business must share confidential information on a regular basis.
  • Ensuring fragile trade secrets are handled safely by employees who “need-to-know.”

Agenda

11:45am ET Networking
12:00pm ET Presentation

Zoom Info

TBD

Presentation on Claim Construction

Tuesday, September 27 2022, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM,

Please join us on September 27, 2022 for a presentation by Steve Susser from Carlson, Gaskey & Olds.

Topic: Claim Construction
Claim construction is perhaps the single most significant pretrial event in most patent litigation. Often, it is case dispositive. Even when not, it has the potential to reshape the case. And it is not only important for litigators. A patent prosecutor who can anticipate claim construction challenges will be able to lay the groundwork for a more effective enforcement of that patent.

In this presentation, you will learn about:

  • The typical claim construction process and some variations
  • How to prepare for the claim construction phase
  • Tips to make your claim construction presentation outshine your adversary’s
  • Common claim construction issues and how to solve them like –
    • How to choose the appropriate claim term for construction?
    • As the patent holder, do you ask for “plain and ordinary meaning” or propose a construction?
    • Is this the right time to argue indefiniteness?
    • At which point in the litigation do you want to address claim construction?

Speaker Bio
Steven Susser has been with Carlson, Gaskey & Olds since 2012. He has been trying commercial cases since 1995 and patent cases since 2000. He has come to love the challenge of unlocking that terrain between a claim that is too narrow to enforce and one that is too broad to maintain. He thanks his colleague, Josh Patrick, for his assistance with this presentation.

Agenda
11:45am ET Networking
12:00pm ET Presentation

Zoom Info
We will update this invite with Zoom info ahead of the meeting

2022 MIPLA Judge’s Banquet and Golf Outing

Monday, August 15 2022, 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM,

Download the 2022 MIPLA Judge’s Banquet and Golf/Tennis Outing Reservation Form.
RSVP/Payment due by August 5, 2022.

Golf & Banquet
$160/Member
$180/Non-Member

Registration and practice begin at 11:00 am and a lunch buffet will be concurrently served.

Shotgun start is at 1:00 pm. The format will again be a scramble tournament with prizes for lowest overall score, closest to the pin, and longest drive. Included in this package are a cart, complimentary beer, beverages, and snacks throughout the course.

Banquet Only
$55/Member
$75/Non-Member

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm.

The buffet includes a beef tenderloin carving station, a fish selection, and vegetarian pasta.

Awards and presentation of the MIPLA donation to the Theodore Levin Foundation will follow dinner.

Wabeek Country Club
4000 Clubgate Drive
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Phone: 248-855-0700
www.wabeekcc.com

11:00 AM Golf  Registration, lunch and driving range
1:00 PM Shotgun start
6:00 PM Cocktail reception and open bar
7:00 PM Dinner, recognition, awards and prizes

 

 

Interested in becoming a member?

MIPLA MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION (2022-2023)

 

 

MIPLA Spring Fling – June 3, 2022

Friday, June 03 2022, 6:45pm - 10:45pm,

 

Detroit River Cruise – Infinity & Ovation Yacht Charters (https://www.infinityandovation.com)

  • Date: June 3, 2022 (boarding at 6:45pm; departure at 7:15pm; return at 10:45pm)
  • Departure: Jefferson Beach Marina (24400 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48081)
  • Price (per attendee): MIPLA Members & Guests – $95, Non-Members & Guests – $120, Students & Guests – $75

Every registrant will be permitted to bring one guest at the registrant’s rate. For example, if you’re a MIPLA member, you can bring one guest at the MIPLA member rate for a total of $190 ($95 per ticket). If you are a non-member, the cost for you and your guest will be $240 ($120 per ticket).

Registration is limited to 130 attendees.

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mipla-spring-fling-boat-cruise-tickets-298152922417

MIPLA Virtual Event – Open-Source and IP Licensing

Wednesday, May 11 2022, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM,

Please join us on May 11, 2022 for a presentation by Brian Adams from Qualcomm. 

Topic: Open-Source Software and IP Licensing

Agenda 

11:45am ET Networking 

12:00pm ET Presentation  

  

Zoom Info 

The invite will be updated with the Zoom link ahead of the meeting

 

We look forward to seeing you!