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February 2024 CIPLA Meeting

  • February 01, 2024
  • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Aloft Cleveland Downtown (1111 West 10th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113)


  • Active CIPLA Member


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):

1) Licensing and Transactions Committee (1.00 hr CLE credit)

Topic: IP in IT Vendor Agreements

This presentation will focus on protecting data and intellectual property in IT vendor transactions.

Speaker: Alison Evans, Partner at Benesch

2) Litigation Committee (1.00 hr CLE credit)

Topic: Schedule A Patent Cases

This presentation will focus on why Schedule A cases are filed, how the law is evolving around Schedule A cases, and tips for filing and defending against Schedule A cases.

Speaker: Joshua Friedman, Partner at Calfee

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: Trademark Strategy in Athlete Brand Protection

Keynote Speaker: Howard Shire, Partner at Troutman Pepper (visiting from New York, New York)

Howard has more than 30 years of experience in protecting and defending his clients’ products and IP rights against infringement. His experience includes trademark infringement and dilution cases, trademark and copyright counterfeiting cases, trade dress litigations, patent litigations, and prosecution. Howard also counsels clients on internet issues and the selection of new trademarks and domain names. His client base notably includes representation in the sports and entertainment industry, including Cleveland's own Lebron James.

Howard is also a trained mediator and member of the International Trademark Association’s Panel of Trademark Mediators. He is a  member of the International Trademark Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Howard currently serves as editor-in-chief of Intellectual Property Strategist and is a former editor-in-chief of The Trademark Reporter, the leading scholarly journal devoted to trademark law.

Dinner Entrée Options:
  • Airline Chicken, Parmesan Risotto, Green Beans
  • Sirloin Filet, Parmesan Risotto, Green Beans
  • Eggplant Parm (Vegetarian), Parmesan Risotto, Green Beans

    Each entrée is accompanied by a Caesar Salad and Nutella cheesecake 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:  Dinner – $15; Committee CLE – Free


      Any cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26th, 2024. Please email with any cancellation—no fax or telephone cancellations will be honored.

      Next Meeting:

      The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 7th. Please plan to attend!

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