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    Save-the-Date: November 10, 2015 IP Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York City
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  • Events
    • November 10, 2015: IP Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions

      The Intellectual Property Law Section is pleased to present a full-day MCLE program for new associates and seasoned practitioners:


      2015 IP Due Diligence Slider

      November 10, 2015 
      Live and Webcast!

      8:55am - 5:00pm (Registration: 8:15am)
      Networking reception following

      Location: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
      1177 Avenue of the Americas |  New York, NY 10036

      MCLE Credit: 6.5 credits
      3.0 in Skills; 2.0 in Areas of Professional Practice; 1.5 in Ethics
      Appropriate for both experienced and newly-admitted attorneys. (Note: Newly admitted attorneys [less than 24 months] must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit)

      Topics include: 

      • Considering the deal
      • Asset review
      • Licenses
      • Drafting representations and warranties, indemnification obligations
      • Preparation of IP schedules, assignment and other IP-related documents
      • Ethical considerations

      Full agenda and faculty listing coming soon!

      IP Section Member: $125

      NYSBA member (not a member of the IP Section): $150 
      Non-member: $210
      Law students: $50

      Group Rate: Groups of 3 or more from the same company save 20% off the registration rate. Groups may register by contacting the NYSBA Member Resource Center at or (800) 582-2452. 

      Registration >

    • November 11 - 15, 2015: Entertainment, Sports and IP Law Summit, Cancun

      27th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports and IP Law Summit

      November 11-15, 2015 | Cancun, Mexico
      Presented by the ABA Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries
      co-sponsored by the NYSBA Intellectual Property Law Section 

      This year, our Section has joined with the NYSBA's and the Florida Bar's Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law (EASL) Sections as program co-sponsors of the highly successful Annual North American Entertainment Sports & IP Law Summit (the "ESIP").  It will be held November 11-15, 2015, in Cancun, Mexico, at the 5 star Ritz-Carlton resort. 

      View Program Brochure (PDF)

      Registration (through ABA)

    • October 22-23, 2015: Sixth Corporate Counsel Institute


      Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, 2015

      9:00 a.m.—5:30 p.m. on October 22nd 
      8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on October 23rd  

      Cornell Club
      6 East 44th Street
      New York, NY  10017

      Sponsored by the Corporate Counsel Section and the Intellectual Property Law 
      Corporate Counsel and Intellectual Property Law Section members: $325 | NYSBA members: $375 | Non-members: $475


      Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Benjamin Lawsky, Former Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services

      This program is approved for up to 10 CLE Credits (4.0 Ethics and Professionalism Credit; 5.0 Professional Practice Credits; 1.0 Skills Credit) This program is transitional and suited for all attorneys including those that are newly admitted.
      Program Description
      The Corporate Counsel Institute brings together a distinguished faculty to address the wide array of issues important to in-house and corporate counsel.  In seven content packed plenary sessions, the Institute faculty will cover vital topics, including employment hot topics, managing the arbitration process, ethics, human trafficking, cybersecurity privacy, update on not for profit law, and valuing your company’s intellectual property. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from key in-house counsel and outside practitioners.

      AGENDA: October 22nd 
      8:30 – 9:00 a.m.             Registration and Continental Breakfast 
      9:00--9:15 a.m.               Introductory Remarks 
      9:15--10:05 a.m.             Employment Hot Topics for In-House Counsel  
                                                      • Medical marijuana and the workplace ramifications;
                                                      • NLRB update - new employer approaches to protected concerted activity and handbooks;
                                                      • Religious accommodation issues post-EEOC vs. Abercrombie decision;
                                                      • Immigration reform and associated employment issues.

      Panel Chair: Mitchell F. Borger, Esq., Group Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Macy’s, Inc.

      Moderator: Philip B. Rosen, Esq., Partner, Jackson Lewis LLP

      Speakers: Mercedes Colwin, Esq., Partner, Gordon & Rees LLP; Gary H. Glaser, Esq., Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; Vicki Walcott-Edim, Esq., Senior Counsel, Macy’s, Inc.

      10:10—11:00 a.m.            A Guide for In-House Counsel To Realize the Intended Benefits of the Arbitration Process   
      Some would argue that the arbitration process no longer conjures up visions of fast and expeditious dispute resolution.  But with rising litigation costs and shrinking corporate legal department budgets, arbitration can be a cost-effective solution.  This panel of experienced advocates and arbitration professionals will explore best practices for reigning in the process and realizing the intended benefits of a quicker, less expensive result.  Topics to be covered include clause drafting techniques; selecting and working with arbitration counsel; active involvement of the corporate legal department in the process; selecting the best arbitrator; and arbitration advocacy skills.  

      Panel Chair: Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, Esq., 
      Director, Stout Risius Ross, Inc.

      Speakers: Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, Esq., Director, Stout Risius Ross, Inc.; Richard H.  Silberberg, Esq., Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Jeffrey T. Zaino, Esq., Vice President, American Arbitration Association; Eric Koster, Esq. Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Ethan Allen Global, Inc.,  

      11:00-11:15 a.m.               Morning Break  

      11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.        Ethics: The Corporate General Counsel’s Perspective 
      This session is designed to help business lawyers do their jobs better and faster while fulfilling their ethical obligations and professional responsibilities.  The session will focus on improving the quality and maximizing the value of legal services for corporate clients.  The panelists will engage in a candid discussion about particular ethical dilemmas which corporate counsel frequently encounter.  The session will identify significant ethics challenges which delivery of corporate legal services presents and will show business lawyers how to select and implement strategies which address those challenges as effectively as possible.  The format for the session will be an interactive panel discussion in which the panelists will respond to questions from the moderator.  This format is intended to encourage a lively give and take among the panelists, the moderator, and the audience.

      Panel Chair: Robert L. Haig, Esq., Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

      Speakers: Ricardo A. Anzaldua, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, MetLife, Inc.; Sheila K. Davidson, Esq., Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, New York Life Insurance Company; Michael D. Fricklas Esq., Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Viacom Inc.; J. Kevin McCarthy, Esq., Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Bank of New York Mellon Corporation; Thomas A. Russo, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, American International Group, Inc.; Michael J. Sharp, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Leucadia National Corporation; Gerson A. Zweifach, Esq., Senior Executive Vice President and Group General Counsel, Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.

      12:05—1:35 p.m. Lunch 
      Keynote Luncheon Speaker Benjamin M. Lawsky, Former Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services

      1:35 - 2:25 p.m.                   Human Trafficking: An Overview for Corporate Counsel
      An overview of human trafficking issues as it pertains to corporations and in-house counsel.  

      Panel Chairs: Rachelle Stern, Esq., Associate Counsel, Macy's, Inc.,  Jessica Thaler Esq., Bliss Lawyers and Yamicha Stephenson, Esq., Associate, Deloitte Transactions & Business Analytics LLP

      Moderator: Hon. Toko Serita, Acting Supreme Court Justice, Queens Criminal Court

      Speakers: Ms. Tenaz H. Dubash, M.S., Victim Assistance Specialist, Homeland Security Investigations, (HSI) New York; Evelyn Chumbow, National Survivors Network, Survivor of Child Labor Trafficking in the United States; Michael E. Ryan, Esq., Brooklyn DA, Former Head of Human Trafficking Bureau; Martina E. Vandenberg, Esq., Founder and President, Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center 

      2:30 – 3:20 p.m.                How Do I Know What My Company's IP is Worth?
      Corporate counsel face a variety of complex issues relating to their company's intellectual property, including, enforcement, protection, purchase/sale/licensing and supply chain issues, among others. This presentation provides corporate counsel with the tools to understand how to value the intellectual property at issue and how to use those same valuation tools to determine the best course of action from a financial perspective. Attendees will gain an understanding of the opportunities and threats that can arise in the intellectual property context and how to assess the impact of such opportunities and threats on a company's bottom line.

      Panel Chairs: Charles Chen, Esq., Hickies, Inc,  Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, Esq., Director, Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services, Stout Risius Ross, Inc. and Natalie Sulimani, Esq., Sulimani & Nahoum P.C.  . 

      Speakers: Daniel Boglioli, Esq., Assistant Chief Counsel, Time Warner Cable, Inc.; Marc Lieberstein, Esq., Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend LLP; Michele Riley, Esq., Managing Director, Stout Risius Ross, Inc.; Alphonse Valbrune, Esq., Vice President, Genpact, Inc.

      3:30-4:20 p.m.                  Update: Not For Profit Law 
      Updates since the passage of the NYS Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013

      Panel Chair:  Jessica Thaler Esq., Bliss Lawyers and Jana Behe, Esq., Director of Contracts & General Counsel, NYSTEC 

      Moderator: John D. Feerick, Esq.,  former Fordham Law School Dean and Founder of the Feerick Center for Social Justice 

      Speakers: Courtney Darts, Esq., Director of Education, Pro Bono Partnership; Karin Kunstler Goldman, Esq., Deputy Bureau Chief, Charities Bureau, Office of the Attorney General; Lesley Rosenthal, Esq., VP, General Counsel & Secretary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York; John R. Vero, Esq., Partner, Couch White, LLP- Albany

      4:25—5:15 p.m.               Cybersecurity & Privacy Laws: What In-House Counsel Needs To Do   After The Breach
      This session will discuss the legal impact of cyber breaches and the applicable privacy laws.  A data breach could affect profits so in-house counsel needs to know how to minimize the impact of a data breach.  This session will identify the cyber criminals, address the regulatory impact, discuss the reporting obligations and notification laws and highlight the impact of global laws.

      Panel Chair: Yamicha Stephenson, Esq., Associate, Deloitte Transactions & Business Analytics LLP

      Speakers: Austin Berglas, Senior Managing Director, K2 Intelligence, Cyber Investigations and Incident Response; Chris Lang, Esq., Global Privacy Officer, UPS; Joseph V. DeMarco, Esq., Partner, DeVore & DeMarco LLP; Lisa Sotto, Esq., Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP

      AGENDA: October 23rd 
      8:15 – 8:45 a.m.                Registration and Continental Breakfast 

      8:45-11:30 a.m.                Ethics for Corporate Counsel 

      Panel Chair: Steven G. Nachimson, Esq., Compass Group USA, Inc.

      Speakers: Anthony E. Davis, Esq., Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; Jorge Dopico, Esq. Appellate Division, First Department, Departmental Disciplinary Committee; Michael S. Ross, Esq., Law Offices of Michael S. Ross; Jerome Snider, Esq., Professional Responsibility Counsel, Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP; Michele Coleman Mayes, Esq., Vice President & General Counsel, New York Public Library


      For Questions, please email Beth Gould, Section Liaison. To Register over the phone please contact the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452

  • About

    The Intellectual Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association introduces members of our Association to the interesting and growing areas of law which make up Intellectual Property Law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and Internet intellectual property law issues. We provide educational programs, other activities and invite the participation of attorneys, law students and non-lawyer members of the business community. We invite our members to take advantage of substantive legal research through our Law Watch search results, to discuss issues and ideas in our discussion groups, and to participate fully in the e-community of the site.

    Meet the Chair
    Charles T.J. Weigell, III, Esq.

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    The Intellectual Property Law Section extends its gratitude to the following for their significant sponsorship over the past year:

    Brooks Brothers
    Cahn Litigation Services
    Davis & Gilbert LLP
    Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
    Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
    FTI Consulting
    Hiscock & Barclay LLP
    Kilpatrick Townsend
    Stout Risius Ross

    Micro Strategies
    NYLS Institute for Information Law and Policy
    Park IP Translations
    Physique 57
    Pryor Cashman LLP
    Reckitt Benckiser
    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
    Thomson Reuters/Thomson CompuMark
    Tory Burch

  • Bright Ideas

    Bright Ideas

    The Intellectual Property Law Section Newsletter (Bright Ideas) features peer-written, substantive articles about current issues in intellectual property law, including social media, patents, copyrights and trademarks. Also included are recent cases and updates on Section programs and events. Bright Ideas is published three times per year by the Intellectual Property Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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  • Coming Soon!

    Intellectual Property Law Section Community - Coming Soon!

    We are pleased to announce that the Intellectual Property Law Section will soon offer a private online professional community—for IP Law Section members only.

    NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools.

    Stay tuned for details about the Intellectual Property Law Section Community!

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