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Intellectual Property Webinar Series Library

Upcoming Webinars

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Past Webinars

“Key Considerations in Negotiating Trademark Licenses”
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Presenters: Louise Arnott & Luke W. DeMarte

Trademarks are one of your company’s most valuable assets. Licensing your mark to others can unlock a brand’s value, but a bad deal can put your brand at risk. In this webinar, attorneys Louise Arnott and Luke W. DeMarte will discuss key trademark license terms and strategies for managing disputes and enforcement issues surrounding trademark licenses. Louise and Luke will highlight common traps for the unwary, and explore effective tools for negotiating trademark licenses.

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“Navigating the Public Use and On Sale Bars”
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Presenters: J. Donald Best & Kenneth M. Albridge, III

The public use and on-sale bars to patentability have long been a part of United States patent law. Nevertheless, legal jurisprudence in this area has continued to develop in recent years. In this webinar, J. Donald Best and Kenneth M. Albridge, III will discuss recent, notable decisions from the federal courts and explore the differences between pre-AIA and AIA standards, the differences between third-party and patentee public use, the on-sale bar in the context of supplier-manufacturer relationships, and the experimental use doctrine.

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“Stopping the Online Sale of Counterfeit Goods”
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Presenters: Lori S. Meddings & Kevin P. Moran

The prevalence of online counterfeit goods is on the rise, but there are efficient and effective tools available for acting against and preventing such activity. While no one has the answers to eradicate all counterfeits, Michael Best attorneys Lori S. Meddings and Kevin P. Moran will arm you with a number of strategies for implementing a solid prevention and enforcement program.

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“Intellectual Property & Post-Sale Restrictions: Protecting Your IP Downstream”
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Presenters: Jeffrey D. Peterson & Kenneth M. Albridge, III

Over the past five years, the Supreme Court has taken steps to curtail the ability of intellectual property rights holders to restrict post-sale conduct involving their goods and creative works. Most recently, in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., the Supreme Court held that a patentee’s decision to sell a product exhausts all of its patent rights in that item, regardless of any restrictions the patentee purports to impose or the location of the sale. In this webinar, attorneys Jeffrey D. Peterson and Kenneth M. Albridge, III will discuss the Supreme Court’s recent decisions in this area, provide strategies for avoiding exhaustion of IP rights, and explore alternative paths for enforcing post-sale conditions.

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“SaaS Agreements – A View from the Customer’s Prospective”
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Presenters: Derek C. Stettner & Gregory T. Helding

By 2020, nearly 80 percent of all software will be provided as a service rather than as a copy with a license. Companies that are not already operating in the cloud, will be. In this webinar, attorneys Derek C. Stettner and Gregory T. Helding will discuss key points to consider when negotiating a Software as a Service (SaaS) contract, mainly from a customer’s perspective. Topics discussed will include ownership of customizations, data rights, information security and confidentiality, usage metrics, uptime and performance warranties, issue response and resolution times, and contract termination.

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"PTAB Remands and Real Parties-in-Interest"
June 27, 2017
Presented by: Gilberto E. Espinoza, Brian T. Mangum & Mircea A. Tipescu

In this webinar, attorneys Gilberto E. Espinoza, Brian T. Mangum, and Mircea A. Tipescu will address: 

What to Expect When the Federal Circuit Remands Your Case to the PTAB:
You successfully appealed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB's) Final Written Decision, and the Federal Circuit remands the case back to the PTAB. What do you do next? Can you submit new evidence or new arguments? What is the scope of briefing, if any? Presenters will address these and other questions that arise when your case is remanded to the PTAB.

Who is the real party-in-interest? 
In this portion, presenters will review recent decisions by the PTAB related to identifying real parties-in-interest in inter partes review petitions and discuss how to avoid having your petition dismissed for failure to properly name all real parties-in-interest.

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"What's Next: Now that your IPR is over, who is estopped, and what does the district court do?"
May 30, 2017
Presented by: Kevin P. Moran & Marshall J. Schmitt

In this webinar, attorneys Kevin P. Moran and Marshall J. Schmitt will explore such issues confronting the courts and provide practical advice about how to account for these issues as petitioners and patent owners adapt to the post-AIA world.

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"Subject Matter Eligibility: Avoiding § 101 Issues in Protecting Life Science Inventions & The State of Software Patents Three Years After Alice"
May 3, 2017
Presented by: Brian T. Mangum

Lisa L. Mueller, Chair of Michael Best’s Life Sciences Industry Group, will present an overview of case law and best practices related to patent subject matter eligibility of life sciences inventions, particularly with respect to diagnostic related inventions. Attorney Brian T. Mangum will also present an update on post-Alice case law and USPTO practice with specific focus on software patents and computer-implemented inventions.

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"Design Patents: The Basics and Beyond"
December 15, 2016
Presented by:  Edward J. Evans & Matthew D. Brown

In this webinar, attorneys Edward J. Evans and Matthew D. Brown will provide an introduction to design patents and insight on how they might fit into your organization’s patent strategy. Ed and Matt will cover the basics of design patents, including how they differ from utility patents and what subject matter can be covered by one. They will also discuss preparation and prosecution of such patents, post-issuance topics such as post-grant review challenges and enforcement, and international design protection.

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"Conducting Contests, Sweepstakes, and Promotions on Popular Social Media Platforms"
November 17, 2016
Presented by: Jeffrey H. Brown

In this webinar, Attorney Jeffrey H. Brown will include an overview of contest and sweepstakes law. Jeff will focus on key considerations promotion sponsors need to keep in mind when conducting contests and sweepstakes on popular social media platforms.

"Considerations for European Patent Protection Post-Brexit"
October 20, 2016
Presented by: Richard L. Kaiser & Brian J. N. Marstall

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union ("Brexit") has caused significant uncertainty about the status of intellectual property rights in the UK and Europe and has delayed the implementation of the European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court systems. In this webinar, attorneys Richard L. Kaiser and Brian J. N. Marstall will discuss Brexit’s impact on patent protection in the UK and Europe, for both existing patents and new application filings, and what applicants can expect if the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court systems eventually go into effect.

"Marketing and Brand Enforcement on Social Media"
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Presented by: Lori S. Meddings & Laura M. Konkel

Social media is a popular marketing tool used by businesses to reach a wide and diverse audience. Despite its ease of use and utility, social media presents a variety of challenges related to the use and protection of intellectual property. In this webinar, attorneys Lori S. Meddings and Laura M. Konkel will  focus on using social media platforms in connection with brand protection and enforcement, managing gripe sites and social media backlash, and exploiting the promotional benefits of social media while minimizing its legal and commercial risks.

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"Financial Elements of IP Licenses"
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Presented by: Jeffrey D. Peterson

In this webinar, Attorney Jeffrey D. Peterson will discuss how to capture the right consideration structure for envisioned technology products, including running royalties based on sales, running royalties based on manufacture, upfront payments, milestone payments, and more. Strategic decisions in drafting and managing auditing provisions for such consideration structures will also be addressed.

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"Understanding Your Contracts: Reducing Trade Secret Risk Through Review and Modification of Contracts"
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Presented by: Eric H. Rumbaugh

Forty-eight states have adopted the Uniform Trade Secret Act, which provides robust protection of trade secrets. The trick for businesses is to ensure their confidential information will enjoy protection under trade secret law at some uncertain date in the future. Trade secret law requires businesses to take "reasonable" steps to maintain the secrecy of their information, especially in contractual relationships. The challenge is to create language which will trigger trade secret protection but not impair business relationships and contractual functioning. In this webinar, Attorney Eric H. Rumbaugh will provide practical steps businesses can take to review their contracts and rubrics for reviewing, revising and improving contracts to improve trade secret protection, without impairing business flow.

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"Subject Matter Eligibility - 35 U.S.C. § 101: Practice Tips for Overcoming an Alice Rejection"
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Presented by: Derek C. Stettner & Brian W. Jacobs

In this webinar, attorneys Derek C. Stettner and Brian W. Jacobs will present the history of subject matter eligibility case law, the current USPTO guidelines concerning subject matter eligibility and post-Alice Federal Circuit decisions. The webinar will provide practical advice for drafting and prosecuting patent applications focusing on software and computer implemented inventions.

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"Pouring Oil on Troubled Waters: Understanding and Navigating the Stages of Patent Prosecution"
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Presented by: Aaron K. Nodolf & Matthew D. Brown

In this webinar, attorneys Aaron K. Nodolf and Matthew D. Brown will explore the different stages of prosecution at the U.S. Patent Office, including exemplary issues commonly faced by applicants and effective ways to move prosecution forward. Aaron and Matthew will also outline best practices at each stage to avoid, or overcome, the prosecutorial “rough seas” often experienced by applicants.

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"Understanding Your IT System: Strategies for Reducing Trade Secret Risk"
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Presented by: Eric H. Rumbaugh

Businesses store data in various ways and places, which can often present substantial risk related to intellectual property and trade secrets for incoming and departing employees. While it is important to investigate risks in a timely manner, businesses can often prevent risk, or make legal action substantially less expensive and more effective, if they understand the ways in which their own systems save information and how those systems can be adjusted to meet trade secret and intellectual property protection and litigation needs. In this webinar, attorney Eric H. Rumbaugh will discuss practical basics for non-IT professionals and will help professionals interface with their IT staff to make effective, cost-efficient decisions which protect the company's intellectual property assets and trade secrets, while at the same time avoiding cost and impairment of IT systems.

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"Overview of Post-Grant Proceedings Under the America Invents Act"
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Presented by: John C. Scheller & Kenneth M. Albridge, III

Various types of post-grant proceedings are available for challenging the validity of issued patents before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board under the American Invents Act, including inter partes review, post-grant review and covered business method proceedings. Attorneys John C. Scheller and Kenneth M. Albridge, III will give an overview of the general purpose, requirements and procedures for each type of proceeding and will explore respective limitations and benefits of each proceeding, recent trends and their potential effect on pending or potential district court litigation.

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"Trade Secret Best Practices for Incoming and Outgoing Employees"
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Presented by: Eric H. Rumbaugh

As the electronic transfer of information has become easier, the temptation for incoming and departing employees to bring proprietary, confidential and trade secret information with them to their new jobs can be irresistible, creating substantial risks. Michael Best Attorney Eric H. Rumbaugh will update attendees on the legal landscape and focus on practical actions and best practices businesses can adopt to protect their goodwill and intellectual property, while at the same time reducing legal exposure.

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