2021 Intellectual Property Litigation Virtual Seminar Agenda

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*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Time (Central) Program CLE
12:00–12:15 p.m. Welcome and Introductions

Peter J. Henein, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Toronto, ON
12:15–1:15 p.m. Eliminating Racial Disparities and Bias in the Justice System

Justice Alan Page (Ret.), former Justice of the Supreme Court of Minnesota, member of the NFL Hall of Fame, and Co-Founder of the Page Education Foundation will discuss ways we help eliminate racial disparity and bias in our justice system.

Hon. Alan C. Page (Ret.), Co-Founder, Page Education Foundation, Minneapolis, MN

Interviewed by DRI President
Emily G. Coughlin, Coughlin Betke LLP, Boston, MA
1:15–1:25 p.m. Break
1:25–2:25 p.m. Copyright Formalities as the Bane of African-American Artists from Blues to Hip-Hop

African-American music artists have a deep foundation within the American music industry, having created entire genres of music, including ragtime, blues, funk music, and hip-hop. However, there has been a wide gulf between the creative contributions and innovations of Black artists and their entitlement to ownership and compensation under copyright law. Professor Kevin G. Greene will discuss the critical role of copyright formalities, such as registration, publication, and copyright terminations in facilitating wealth transfers from artists and creators to non-creators like record labels and music publishing companies, as well as proposals for copyright reform that target the least advantages in society.

Kevin J. Greene, Professor, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA
2:25–2:35 p.m. Break
2:35–3:35 p.m. Why Your Trademark Survey is Almost Always Wrong

General wisdom demands survey evidence in trademark infringement cases. But, how reliable is your survey Bill Miller from General Mills will discuss the pitfalls of trademark surveys and why they so rarely provide an accurate reflection of consumer impressions.

William Miller, General Mills, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
3:35–3:45 p.m. Break
3:45–4:45 p.m. Intellectual Property Committee Meeting

Open to all
4:45–5:45 p.m. Networking Reception - "Choose your Favorite IP Seminar City"

Nashville, TN
Chicago, IL
Denver, CO
Austin, TX

Friday, May 14, 2021

Time (Central) Program CLE
12:00–12:10 p.m. Welcome and Introductions

G. Warren Bleeker, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, Glendale, CA
12:10–1:10 p.m. New Strategies for Avoiding and Defending Patent Infringement Lawsuits

Patent litigation continues to be complex and costly.  But, both the complexity and costs have shifted dramatically over the past several years.  We’ll talk particularly about the limited venue in patent cases, the rise of the Waco Division of the Western District of Texas under Judge Albright, Patent Eligibility and its Limits, and Administrative Trials before the USPTO’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board.

Dennis D. Crouch, University of Missouri Law School, Colombia, MO
1:10–1:20 p.m. Break
1:20–2:20 p.m. Culture and Copyright: Musical Challenges to Judicial Reasoning

Copyright law reflects cultural biases about appropriate forms of music production and reuse and the role of notation. Professor Arewa looks at the history of musical notation (or lack thereof) relating to rhythm and timbre and how cultural bias has affected the development of copyright jurisprudence as it relates to African American music.

Olufunmilayo Arewa, Temple University, Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PA
2:20–2:30 p.m. Break
2:30–3:30 p.m. Do You Have a [Trade] Secret: "Reasonable Measures" for Trade Secret Protection

This presentation will examine what constitutes reasonable measures to protect trade secrets, including practical advice for assessing your (or a client’s) trade secret protection to ensure that you have trade secrets to protect and are maximizing enforcement options.

Rachael L. Rodman, Ulmer & Berne LLP, Columbus, OH
3:30–4:30 p.m. Networking Reception - The Mermaid's Tongue

Sign up for The Mermaid's Tongue, an interactive art heist thriller where three teams will compete to solve clues and crack codes to hunt down The Mermaid's Tongue. Most importantly, winners will take away bragging rights!

You must register in advance to participate here. The individual cost is $65. Eileen Rumfelt will follow up with those who sign up.
4:30 p.m. Adjourn