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    IP Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions Online Video CLE (IP Section program recorded November 2015) - Special price for IP Section members! (click image for details)
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    Register Now! The Future of Intellectual Property - November 10, 2016
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    • Recorded Section Program: IP Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions

      IP Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions 

      Recording now available!

      Total Credits: 6.5 (Professional Practice 2.0, Skills 3.0, Ethics 1.5) 

      IP Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions, presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section, was held November 10, 2015.

      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

      NYSBA Member price: $215 | Non-Member Price: $325
      Intellectual Property Law Section Member Price: $125
      Not a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section? Dues are only $30 per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! (Join online or call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm)


      (recorded November 10, 2015)

    • 28th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports and IP Law Summit -- November 9-13

      28th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports and IP Law Summit

      November 9-13, 2016 | Riviera Maya, 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 9-13, in Riviera Maya, Mexico, at the Secrets Resort & Spa. 

      View Program Brochure (PDF)

      Registration (through ABA)

      Call for Speakers: If you would like to speak at The Law Summit, please contact the program chairs:
      Darryl Cohen at
      Scott Keniley at

      To book or to obtain additional information, contact Jane at or by phone at 404.974-4893 to book or go online at

    • The Future of Intellectual Property - November 10,2016


      November 10, 2016 | 8:55 am – 5:00 pm 
      Then Join us for a networking reception! 5:00 - 6:30pm

      Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP (between 45th/46th street)
      1177 Avenue of the Americas
      New York, New York 10036


      Live and Webcast!

      The world is a rapidly changing place, with ideas and businesses speeding across timelines and media platforms. Our highly experienced panelists will explore how factors such as emerging technologies, new federal laws, geopolitical shifts and the rapid globalization of commerce will impact IP rights for years to come.
      Appropriate for both new associates and seasoned practitioners, this Program will look at the particular challenges faced by start-up ventures and the use of new media platforms, the state of European IP rights in a post-BREXIT world, some of the current initiatives and future plans of the USPTO, how to use the new Defending Trade Secrets Act to best protect IP, and the ethical issues surrounding the quickly changing IP landscape. 

      Agenda and Speakers 
      8:15-8:50 AM              Registration and Continental Breakfast 
                                          Sponsor: Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP  

      8:55-9:00 AM              Welcoming Remarks 

      9:00-10:00 AM            Intellectual Property Rights in a Post-BREXIT World 
                                          This panel will explore the possible implications for European trademarks and registered designs and IP enforcement in a post-BREXIT landscape. 
                                          Our speakers will address best practices for advising clients and managing risk   during this transitional period.

      Moderator:                 Robin Baydurcan, Associate, Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu
      Speakers:                    John Richards, Of Counsel, Ladas & Parry
                                          Ainslee Schreiber, Vice President & Associate General Counsel at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
                                          T. Alexander Puutio, Communications & IT Section, UN Secretariat - Procurement Division  

      10:00-11:00 AM          What You Need to Know About the New Defend Trade Secrets Act
                                           This panel will provide guidance to counsel on how to leverage the DTSA to protect intellectual property rights and employers’ interests. Our speakers will examine key sections                                       of the DTSA such as the ex parte seizure provision, and discuss tactical considerations of actions under the DTSA. They will also explore the differences between the Uniform                                           Trade Secrets Act and the DTSA, and the DTSA’s effect on state laws and causes of action. 

      Moderator:                Erica D. Klein, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP 
      Speakers:                   John P. Jett, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
                                         Mark Baghdassarian, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
                                         Eliza Kaiser, Special Counsel, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP 
      11:00-11:15 AM          Morning Break 
                                          Sponsor: Locke Lord LLP  

      11:15-12:15 PM          Venturing Forward: Issues Facing Start-Up Companies
                                           Our speakers will focus on IP issues specific to start-ups, including whether, when, and why to seek IP protection, and the value-add to outside investors. This panel will include                                         inside and outside counsel, and early/late stage investors. 

      Moderator:                  William R. Samuels, Esq., W.R. Samuels Law PLLC
      Speakers:                     Nehal Madhani, Esq., CEO, Alt Legal
                                           Garnet S. Heraman, Angel Investor & Founder, Anvil Venture Partners
                                           Everett Carbajal, Esq., Law Office of Everett Carbajal, P.C. 

      1:15-2:15 PM              Ethical Considerations in Data Security and Protection
                                          This panel will address certain of the ethical issues surrounding the quickly changing data protection and privacy landscape. We will address realistic threats you may encounter in                                      the practice of law and essential measures you need to secure the confidential client and firm data on your firm’s computer network.  

      Speaker:                     Scott Aurnou, Esq., CIPP/US, CIPT 

      2:15-3:15 PM              The USPTO Today and Tomorrow
                                          The Trademark Law Offices Group Director of the USPTO will discuss current initiatives and future trends in technology, electronic filing, trademark examination and the                                                     registration process.  

      Moderator:                  Charles Wergell, Partner, Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu 
      Speakers:                    Dan Vavonese, Group Director for the Trademark Law Offices, United States Patent and Trademark Office 
      3:15-3:30 PM              Afternoon Break
                                         Sponsor: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP  

      3:30-5:00 PM              Beyond the Second Screen
                                          This panel will focus on the proliferation of new ways to market content including native advertising and through multi-media platforms and the emerging technologies behind                                         multi-platform distribution. Our panelists will address the regulatory challenges behind their content strategies, as well as the IP and related security protection challenges and                                         opportunities created by these platforms and technologies, and the application of existing legal structures and doctrines to the new ways in which consumers are engaging with                                        content. 

      Moderator:                 Vejay G. Lalla, Partner, Davis & Gilbert LLP 
      Speaker:                      Lori Mason, General Counsel, COMPLEX 

      5:00-6:30 PM              Networking Reception
                                         Sponsor: Thomson Reuters 


      Section member: $150.00
      NYSBA Member: $180.00
      Non-NYSBA Member: $235.00
      Law Student Member: $50.00 

      In-Person Registration Fees Include: MCLE Programming, Materials, Continental Breakfast, Refreshment Breaks, Lunch and Networking Reception

      Not a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section? Dues are only $30 per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! (Join online or call the Member Resource Center 1-800-582-2452, M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm) 

      For further information, please contact Kristina Maldonado at 

  • 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.

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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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