December 27, 2006Press Release

Laff selected by International Trademark Association to become a member of the Panel of Neutrals

Chicago, IL Charles A. Laff, a partner in Michael Best’s Chicago office and a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, was recently selected from a large number of applicants to become a member of the Panel of Neutrals by the International Trademark Association. This innovative Alternative Dispute Resolution program has been very successful in resolving trademark and unfair competition disputes without litigation, and its greatest strength has been the distinguished Neutrals.

To become a member of this panel, neutrals must have substantive legal knowledge coupled with training in mediation and must make a commitment to continue to gain relevant knowledge through experience and training during their tenure on the panel.

Laff is a partner with over 40 years of experience in intellectual property law. Much of Laff's work relates to intellectual property litigation. He has been lead trial and appellate counsel in hundreds of lawsuits involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, antitrust and contracts in both federal and state courts throughout the United States. His experience includes both bench and jury trials and presenting numerous oral arguments before federal and state appellate courts and patent and trademark tribunals, including the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which hears all of the patent infringement appeals emanating from the U.S. district courts.

Laff represents clients in the licensing, sale and acquisition of patent, trademark, copyright and merchandising rights. He has prepared, filed, prosecuted and advised regarding, numerous utility and design patents and trademark and copyright registrations throughout the world. These patents have related to toys, tricycles and other ride-ons, medical and dental devices, biotechnology, drugs, industrial

ovens, packaging and packaging machinery, wheel chair vehicle lifts, business methods, chemical processes, and numerous others in the mechanical, electrical, and computer field. He also has helped clients establish and enforce U.S. Customs blocks and has interfaced between clients and U.S. Customs agents in connection with customs' seizures and other matters. Additionally, he has served as an arbitrator and mediator in patent and trademark infringement and licensing cases, and as an expert witness and consultant in patent and copyright cases.

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