AIPLA 2021 Spring Meeting

May 10 to 14, 2021




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Fee: Various Member and Non-Member Rates
Registration closes May 14, 2021 at 12:00 AM

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We're looking for a great week of learning, sharing, and connecting.  We are bringing together a diverse, global community of law firms, companies, and institutions involved in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and other unfair competition laws at AIPLA's 2021 Virtual Spring Meeting.  Scheduled from Monday, May 10 to Friday, May 14, the Spring Meeting has topics of interest to a wide range of IP practice.  And don't worry, we'll be back in Seattle for the 2023 Spring Meeting.


Topics and sessions include:
  • Filing Requirements with Inventors in Multiple Countries
  • An Update on Special Programsfrom the USPTO
  • Patent Prosecution: PCT, Ex Parte Appeals, and Overcoming Obviousness
  • Copyright and Music Sampling,
  • Trademark Application Best Practices
  • The Intersection Between Patent Prosecution and Patent Litigation
  • IP Lessons of the Pandemic and Leading Your Team and Litigating Cases in a Post Covid-19 World
  • IP in the Supreme Court:  A Review of Recent Decisions
  • Design Patent Litigation in District Courts
  • Interplay between District Court and PTAB Litigation
  • ETHICS: Cannabis and the Law
  • Who Decides Role of Judges and Juries in IP Cases
  • Patent Pools in the Age of IoTs, 5G and NextGen Video Codecs: The Impact of FTC v. Qualcomm
  • Copyright and Fan Fiction Cosplay
  • Recent Impact of Supreme Court Trademark Decisions, and the USPTO’s Use of Failure-to-Function and Ornamentation Refusal
  • ETHICS: Civility, Professionalism and Mental Health in Difficult Times
  • Trade Secret:  Using Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright to Preserve and Protect Trade Secrets and Balancing Privacy and Protection
  • Biotechnology and Chemical Arts Patent Law Update
  • Corporate Practice: Remote Notary Services, IP Protection in a Work-From-Home World, IP and Distressed Companies, and Data,Data Everywhere

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    Arlington, VA. September 16, 2022,- The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) filed an amicus brief in support of the Petition for Certiorari currently pending before the Supreme Court in Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc. v. VIP Products LLC, No. 22-148. The decision below, decided by the Ninth Circuit, involved the unauthorized use of trademarks and trade dress owned by Jack Daniel’s in connection with a dog toy product that purportedly parodied the Jack Daniel’s brand. Jack Daniel’s claimed that the dog toys infringed its rights under the Lanham Act. However, the Ninth Circuit held that the First Amendment protects all “humorous” or parodic uses of others’ trademarks regardless of the nature of the underlying product, becoming the first court to apply such protections outside of Lanham Act disputes involving artistic works.
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    September 7, 2022

    Arlington, VA. August 26, 2022 - The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) filed comments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on the proposed pilot program for instituting a Final Pretrial Conference (PFC) requirement in certain TTAB opposition and cancellation proceedings. Overall, AIPLA supports the pilot program to give the TTAB an opportunity to evaluate its potential effectiveness, recognizing the burden placed on TTAB Administrative Judges and staff when cases with large records are presented for decision. Therefore, AIPLA supports the TTAB in studying and evaluating ways to make these cases more efficient.
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    Arlington, VA. August 24, 2022 - The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) filed comments on Draft Provisions Prohibiting Abuse of Intellectual Property Rights to Exclude or Restrict Competition issued by China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (Draft Provisions).  The comments point out that AIPLA generally believes intellectual property rights (IPR) should not be enforced beyond their effective term limits, given the efficient market realities of portfolio licensing, but recommends the Draft Provisions explicitly permit parties to establish license agreements that license an entire portfolio of IPR, notwithstanding the fact that certain IPRs may expire or be found invalid during the term of an agreement. 
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