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October 2023 CIPLA Meeting

  • October 17, 2023
  • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Aloft Cleveland Downtown (1111 West 10th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113)

Our *NEW* Location:

Aloft Cleveland Downtown

1111 West 10th Street

Cleveland, OH 44113

Parking options include the on-site garage, the Flats East Surface Parking Lot, and valet.


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

Patent Committee (1.00 hr CLE credit)

Topic: PTAB Updates: Hot Topics with Parallel Proceedings

This topic will be presented by Finnegan, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the world, and includes issues such as the current status of district court and Patent Trial and Appeal Board estoppels, and the current status of discretionary denials in view of parallel litigation.

Speaker: Tim McAnulty, Partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP (visiting from Washington D.C.)

In-House Committee (1.00 hr CLE credit)

Topic: Oops! You Got Your Corporate Governance and Tax Law in My Patent Law!

At the intersection of IP law and tax law, this topic will focus on different ways that companies use their corporate structure and IP assignments to maximize the economic benefit of the IP portfolio.

Speaker: Panel discussion featuring David Monateri, IP Counsel at Avient Corporation and Daniel Bucca, Counsel at BakerHostetler

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

Dinner (6:15–7:30 p.m., 1.00 hr CLE accreditation will be applied for):

Topic: Post-Mortem IP: The Right of Publicity after Death

Keynote Speaker: Mike Serra, Corporate Counsel at Cisco (visiting from Detroit, MI)

The right of publicity is a state-law IP right that enables a party to sue for the appropriation of the commercial value of a person’s identity, but how does death impact this right? While a party’s right to privacy generally ends upon death, publicity rights may continue. With the rise of generative AI, new AI songs are bringing late artists, like John Lennon and Tupac, back from the dead, such that the consideration of publicity rights is more important than ever. Post-mortem IP rights can be complex as there is no federal cause of action and state laws vary on publicity rights and extending them post-mortem.

Mike is a senior corporate counsel focused in regulatory affairs, cyber security and national security at Cisco. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional in Europe (CIPP/E) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT). Mike previously served as product counsel for Cisco's cloud-based security offerings. Prior to joining Cisco, he worked at a large business law firm in Detroit where he was focused in IP rights and litigation. Mike is also a 2022 recipient of the prestigious Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 award.

*DISCLAIMER* All speaker remarks are those of the individual speaker, and not a reflection of the speaker’s employer.

Dinner Entrée Options:

  • Airline Chicken, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Broccolini
  • Short Rib, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Broccolini
  • Stuffed Pepper (Vegetarian), Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Broccolini

    Each entrée is accompanied by a House Caesar Salad and Tiramisu for dessert.


    • Members:  Dinner – $35; Committee CLE – Free,
    • In-House Members: Dinner – $30; Committee CLE – Free,
    • Non-Members:  Dinner – $45; Committee CLE – $45, or
    • Student Members and Non-Member Students:  Dinner – $15; Committee CLE – Free


      Any cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2023. Please email with any cancellation—no fax or telephone cancellations will be honored.


      Thanks to Questel for sponsoring our meeting and supporting CIPLA! Questel representatives will be available at the meeting to answer any questions about their services.

      Questel ( is a true end-to-end intellectual property solutions provider serving 20,000 organizations in more than 30 countries for the optimal management of their IP assets portfolio. Whether for patent, trademark, domain name, or design, Questel provides its customers with the software, tech-enabled services, and consulting services necessary to give them a strategic advantage. We use state-of-the-art technology such as artificial intelligence, big data, or blockchain, powered by an unparalleled network of international experts, to optimize the maintenance of any IP asset while streamlining the internal processes of our corporate and law firm clientele.

      These solutions, when combined with our IP cost management platform, deliver clients an average savings of 30-60% across the entire prosecution budget. Beyond IP, Questel’s mission is to facilitate the development of innovation in an efficient, secure, and sustainable way.

      Next Meeting:

      The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 8th at The University of Akron. Please plan to attend!

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