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January 31, 2019 CIPLA Meeting - University of Akron School of Law

  • January 31, 2019
  • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • University of Akron School of Law C. Blake McDowell Law CenterAkron, Ohio 44325-2901


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University of Akron School of Law
C. Blake McDowell Law Center 
Akron, Ohio 44325-2901

Parking: Please park at the EJ Thomas  Performing Arts Hall (located directly across the street from the Law School) 198 Hill Street Akron, OH 44325-0501



CLE Meetings (4:30–5:30 p.m., CLE accreditation will be applied for):

IP Litigation (1.00 hr CLE credit)

Grading Patent Remedies: Dependent Claims and Relative Infringement

Professor Daniel Brean, the University of Akron School of Law

Patents define an inventor’s exclusive rights via claims. The claims are drafted in varying degrees of technical specificity, such that each claim is legally distinct—some may be valid or infringed while others are not.  Yet when it comes time to remedy infringement, the differences among the claims are too often treated as meaningless.  Professor Brean’s presentation will explore the nature of patent remedies and demonstrate how meaningful differences in claim scope can result in meaningfully different remedies.  Focusing on dependent patent claims, he will show, for example, how courts have routinely side-stepped the question of how a damages award might change if more or fewer claims are infringed.  He will also show how parties (and their experts) can leverage the degree of infringement into better judgment outcomes. 

Trade Secrets Committee (1.00 hr CLE credit)   

Trade Secrets: The General Knowledge, Skill, and Experience Paradox

Professor Camilla Hrdy, the University of Akron School of Law

Are you an employer with trade secrets, an employee thinking of moving jobs, or an IP lawyer who wants to learn more about the law of trade secrets? If any of these apply, this talk is for you. Professor Hrdy will provide an update on trade secret law under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, and will assess important issues in the law today, including protecting trade secrets abroad, the interaction between federal and state law, and how trade secret law deals with protection for employees' "general knowledge, skill, and experience."   


Cocktail Reception (5:30–6:15 p.m., open bar) - EJ Thomas

 Reception Menu: 

  • Classic Cheese Tray: Swiss, Cheddar and Pepper Jack Cheeses served with Pita Chips and Crostini
  • Seasonal Fruit
  • Open Bar  
Dinner (6:15–7:30 p.m.):    

Speaker:  Dave Kappos,

Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP      

From August 2009 to January 2013, Mr. Kappos served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In that role, he advised the President, the Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on intellectual property policy matters. As Director of the USPTO, he led the Agency in dramatically reengineering its entire management and operational systems as well as its engagement with the global innovation community. He was instrumental in achieving the greatest legislative reform of the U.S. patent system in generations through passage and implementation of the Leahy‑Smith America Invents Act, signed into law by President Obama in September 2011.


Dinner Menu:

  • Main Options
    • Beef short rib slow roasted and fork tender served in its braising liquid
    • Chicken Francese – light parmesan battered chicken breast smothered with lemon, white wine garlic sauce
    • Stuffed Pepper – a vegan quinoa stuffed yellow pepper served with a simple pan tomato sauce
  • 2 Sides
    • Fingerling Potatoes
    • Italian Green Beans
  • Dessert
    • Assorted layer cakes
  • All meals include a Garden Salad and two dressings, fresh rolls and butter iced water, iced tea and coffee service   



Members:  Dinner – $30; CLE –Free

Non-Members:  Dinner – $40;CLE – $40

Student Members and Non-member Students:  Dinner –$15; CLE – Free

FREE COVERED Parking AT the EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall 198 Hill Street Akron, OH 44325-0501 (located directly across the street from the Law School).  A PARKING PASS WILL BE TO ALL REGISTRANTS PRIOR TO THE MEETING.  

 Next Meeting: February 28, 2019 at the Marriott at Key Center  

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