Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

AIPLA CLE Webinar: Patents and Tribal Sovereign Immunity

January 23, 2019 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)


1.5 CLE Credits


Fee: $95.00 and Up

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Native American Tribes have historically enjoyed immunity from private suits, including suits under U.S. intellectual property statutes.  In 2017, Allergan assigned patents covering its Restasis® dry-eye medicine to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in order to avoid an Inter Partes Review challenge to those patents.  The Patent Trial and Appeal board found that the Tribe’s immunity didn’t apply to IPR proceedings, the Federal Circuit affirmed, and the Tribe is likely taking its case to the Supreme Court.  In this presentation, we will discuss the background of sovereign immunity, how it applies to Native American Tribes and their property interests, the various legal issues raised in the case to date, and predictions about the Supreme Court’s take on those issues. 
Presented by: James Major of Norris McLaughlin and Jim Klaiber of Hughes Hubbard.


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General/Non-Member Rate

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2-10 Attendees per Site
All attendees must participate at the same location.



11-20 Attendees per Site
All attendees must participate at the same location.



21+ Attendees per Site
All attendees must participate at the same location.




Registration includes:

  • For multiple-attendee sites, all participants must attend at the same location.
  • CLE certification/processing for applicable states.  Reference CLE Information below for complete details.  
  • Webinar materials, including complete CLE processing information, accessible 24-48 hours before webinar date.

Cancellation Policy:

To get full refund, registrant must request refund five (5) days prior to live event. If less than five (5) days, registrant is transferred to product.


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Webinar access is compatible with any Windows 7 or later computer, Android OS devices, or Apple/iOS devices.  Check system compatibility here.

Accessibility for hearing impaired:

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CLE Restrictions: 

ATTENTION attorneys in Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah
These states mandate attorneys can only view a webinar independently at their own computer to receive CLE credit.  Multiple attendees prohibited.

ATTENTION attorneys in Arizona

Arizona does not certify courses or providers. Arizona lawyers are required to independently review AZ's regulations and make their own determination that it qualifies for credit towards their MCLE requirements. MCLE Regulation 104(A) identifies the standards to apply.  AIPLA will email an attendance affidavit to registrants requesting AZ CLE credit after the webinar.

ATTENTION attorneys in New Hampshire

New Hampshire attendees must self-determine whether a program is eligible for credit, and self-report their attendance according to NH Supreme Court Rule 53.  The New Hampshire Minimum Continuing Legal Education (NHMCLE) Board does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement.  AIPLA will email an attendance affidavit to registrants requesting NH CLE credit after the webinar.   

 Disclaimer:  AIPLA is a nonprofit national bar association.  The sole purpose of this CLE program is to provide educational and informational content.  AIPLA does not provide legal services or advice.  The opinions, views and other statements expressed by contributors to this CLE program are solely those of the contributors.  These opinions, views and statements of the contributors do not necessarily represent those of AIPLA and should not be construed as such.

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