Recent Developments in the Law of Patent Claim Definiteness

06/24/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
In its 2014 Nautilus v Biosig ruling, the Supreme Court seemed to have reined in the Federal Circuit’s rather permissive interpretation of the law of definiteness for patent claims. Nevertheless, the Federal Circuit’s 2015 ruling in the same case on remand, and some other recent court rulings, show that in most situations the new interpretation may not change the practical outcome. In this presentation, our panelist will review these recent developments and discuss their practical applications. In particular, how patent practitioners may adapt to these changes will be discussed. ...
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What's It REALLY Like Working with Start-Ups?: Summer Career Series 2015

06/17/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
The BBA is pleased to provide this lunch series where new lawyers and law students will get an inside look at the practice of law from attorneys in a variety of practice areas. Join us to hear practitioners speak about the path that led them to their career, learn about the day-to-day reality of their work, and get advice for your own career development....
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CLE - Hot Topics in Copyright Law: Content Creation and Distribution and the Prospects for Copyright Reform

06/10/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This panel discussion will focus on the state of copyright law, existing legal regimes governing the creation and distribution of content, and the prospects for copyright reform. The panelists will focus their attention on music, taking about protections for musical compositions and sound recordings, compulsory vs. market-based approaches to licensing, the roles of various institutional players in the music industry (including publishers, labels, and performance rights organizations), and the scope of the fair use doctrine. ...
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CLE - Surviving a Cyberattack: Preparedness and Resiliency in Action

06/08/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Learn how to respond to a cyber attack and how to be proactive in developing a response plan and spotting issues before an attack occurs....
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ZIP Code Data Collection Litigation in Massachusetts: Emerging Claims and Defenses

06/04/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
ZIP code data collection cases at Point of Sale (POS) in retail stores are one of the fastest growing class action trends in the country. Join the Privacy Law Committee to learn about the typical claims and defenses in these cases, how to identify the various statutes relied upon by plaintiffs, the various paths of litigation and resolution, and assess strategies in addressing these cases. ...
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2014-15 Supreme Court IP Round-Up

05/20/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Our panel of experts will analyze this term's IP cases and discuss their implication for lawyers and litigants. ...
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Biosimilars Update

05/19/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Hear updates on the latest legal developments in biosimilars, including the status of pending biosimilars patent litigation, citizen petitions filed with the FDA, and the FDA Biosimilars Final Guidance issued on April 28, 2015....
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Intellectual Property of Artistic Integrity: An Overview of VARA

05/13/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Moral rights are a special category of recognized intellectual property rights afforded to the visual arts. Join the Arts, Entertainment, and Sports Law Committee to learn more about the Visual Artists Rights Act, and the extent to which artists have rights to prevent their works from being distorted, mutilated, modified and/or destroyed and how these rights have evolved....
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Net Neutrality Explained: The Consequences of the FCC's Decision to Regulate Broadband Providers

05/01/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Keep up to date on net neutrality. Learn what net neutrality is and what the FCC’s decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecommunications service means. Attendees will have a better understanding of this cutting edge topic, explained in an accessible manner by a tech-savvy law professor and scholar. ...
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Licensing Intellectual Property in the Arts & Entertainment World

04/16/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Learn about practical issues related to licensing IP in the art and entertainment industries. Panelists are a diverse group of experts, and include in-house and outside counsel from the television, sports, publishing, and computer gaming industries....
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Tactics for Counsel When Drafting and Prosecuting US-Origin Applications

04/15/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Join the International Intellectual Property committee in a discussion about how US patent counsel can maximize their opportunities in Europe by being aware of the subtle yet important differences between European and US patent law and practice. Attendees will learn tips and tricks on how to handle these issues and differences....
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IP Basics Workshop in Trademark Law: Responding to an Office Action

04/14/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This program will cover the basics of responding to an Office Action by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) relating to a pending trademark application....
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Transforming Fair Use: Recent Developments in Copyright Law

04/08/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Join Glenn Pudelka and Kelly Donahue, both from the Boston office of Locke Lord, in a discussion of recent fair use cases and the status of transformativeness in the fair use analysis....
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Double Patenting Under the AIA

04/07/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This program will cover the judicially-created doctrine of obviousness-type double patenting. The discussion will include issues associated with basing obviousness-type double patenting on the first patent to expire, rather than solely on the basis of the first patent to issue. ...
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The Internet of Things: What You Need to Know

03/27/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
How do you handle issues in relation to the Internet of Things? This program will provide an introduction to this topic. Our speaker will outline the regulatory developments and business considerations in relation to this growing field of technology. ...
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Patent Prosecution in the Age of Subject Matter Eligibility: A Roundtable Discussion

03/19/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This roundtable discussion about recent developments in the law of patent-eligible subject matter will focus on the examination of patent applications in the life sciences and in computer technology....
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Coding and Law: Empowering Practice through Software Development

03/16/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Empower your practice by keeping up to date on current technology. During this program, attendees will learn how to utilize tools such as QnA Markup and common app development languages to streamline your work....
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UDRP Proceedings: What You Need to Know

03/09/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Join the IP Litigation committee for a primer on UDRP Proceedings from our experience speaker. ...
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Software as a Service (SaaS) Agreements: Key Concepts and Issues in Drafting and Negotiating SaaS Agreements

03/03/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Want to learn more about SaaS Agreements? After this program, attendees will have greater insights and knowledge to assist their clients in drafting, negotiating and conducting due diligence in connection with SaaS agreements....
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Social Media "Take Downs": The Removal of Stakeholder Posts Without Wreaking Havoc

01/30/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
In this climate of social media fueled activism, can employers still protect their brand? Join the Computer & Internet Law Committee for a discussion of current social media issues for business and non-profit brands. ...
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IP Litigation Insurance: Benefits and Drawbacks of Coverage, and Practical Implications for Litigation

01/26/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Panelists will engage in an enlightening discussion to provide key insights on the various issues that arise from the use of IP litigation insurance, as well as the practical aspects of obtaining patent insurance coverage....
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BBA Briefing: All About Walk to the Hill & The Case for Increased Funding for Civil Legal Aid

01/22/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
2015 is a very important year for civil legal aid. Following “Investing in Justice,” the report of the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts, we now know more about the justice gap than ever before. Join us for a briefing about the issues at hand....
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Expert Testing and Computational Simulations in IP Litigation : Risk vs. Reward

01/21/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
After this seminar, attendees will know what types of experimental testing and computational simulation are available to an engineering expert witness and how to use testing or simulation effectively in IP litigation. Several case studies will be presented....
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Intellectual Property Protection and the Exploitation of Fictional Characters

01/14/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Our panelist will be discussing the exclusive rights afforded to owners of fictional characters through copyright and trademark law, and the ways in which the laws attempt to balance private property rights with the right of the public to enjoy the collective culture....
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CLE - 15th Annual Intellectual Property Year in Review

Join the Intellectual Property Section for their premiere event of the year! Learn what you need to know about the most important intellectual property cases and legislation of 2014....
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Working with Digital Forensic Experts

01/08/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
For this program, senior representatives from leading data security companies will discuss ways for lawyers to effectively work with computer forensic experts. They will also review current trends in data security and digital forensics....
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Intellectual Property Basics Workshop: Copyright Fundamentals

01/06/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
The second in the IP Basics Workshop Series, this workshop will focus on the fundamentals of copyright litigation. Our speaker will cover the following topics: - Copyright creation and registration - Protection of copyrights - Licensing (e.g., work-for-hire agreements) - Copyright infringement, defenses, and fair use - Take down letters - Safe harbor protection...
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Strategies in Life Sciences Collaborations

12/11/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Experts who lead efforts to sponsor research, enter joint R&D, license technology and otherwise fill pharmaceutical pipelines will discuss strategies, risks, and war stories in an informal setting. ...
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The Constitutional Trump Card: How a Trademark Infringement Game is Won Using a First Amendment Defense

12/10/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This session will address the tension between constitutional protections for expressive works and the Lanham Act’s prohibition on trademark infringement, unfair competition and false advertising....
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Intellectual Property Basics Workshop: Licensing Agreements

12/02/2014 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
The second annual IP Basics Workshop Series kicks off with a comprehensive seminar on licensing in intellectual property...
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Patent Infringment and Filing in China

12/01/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Join the International and Intellectual Property sections in learning about filing patents in China. Our speaker will discuss how to deal with infringement problems in China, filing, and updates on China's PTO....
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Teva v. Sandoz: Supreme Court Revisits Markman

11/24/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This program will discuss the Supreme Court's October 15th hearing in Teva v. Sandoz, where the Court will revisit the standard of appellate review of patent claim construction set forth in its 18-year-old Markman decision. Our panel of experienced patent and appellate litigators will review the issues presented to the Court and discuss how the Court appeared to address those issues at the oral argument....
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Who Owns Your Online Personality? A Mash-Up of Competing Rights on Social Media

11/20/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
After this seminar, attendees will know more about the laws governing the Right to Privacy and the Right of Publicity via social media and the statutes and case law, as well as two legal experts sharing their opinions on the future growth in this area of intellectual property and internet law....
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The State of Fair Use in Academia After the 11th Circuit’s Opinion in the Georgia State Copyright Case

11/19/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
One of the biggest IP issues facing educational institutions today is the application of copyright law to emerging technological opportunities....
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Pink, Pins, and Gleeks: Thoughts on International Trademark Practice and Avoiding Brand Disasters

11/12/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Prepare for the perils of haphazard international trademark strategies (or lack of strategies), focusing on recent cases involving Pinterest, Fox's Glee, and Victoria's Secret's PINK in Europe and the UK. Our speaker will provide an overview on international trademark practice and avoiding brand disasters....
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CLE - Akamai, Aereo and Alice, and the Resulting IP Law Advancements and Ambiguities

11/04/2014 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Explore the recent Supreme Court decisions in Limelight Networks v. Akamai Tech., ABC v. Aereo, and Alice Corp. v. CLS Int’l Bank, the resulting changes in the law, reactions from the Federal Circuit and potential ramifications for their future decisions....
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Propounding and Responding to Written Discovery Requests: Best Practices Advice

10/27/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This program will focus on the fundamentals of propounding and responding to written discovery requests. Presenters will offer practical advice that lawyers can apply in their daily practice, as well as provide examples of best practices when dealing with written discovery....
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The Power and Pitfalls of 3D Printing

10/22/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
In the last year, 3D printing—also known as additive manufacturing—has captured the attention of investors, inventors, the media, and more. We will discuss the IP issues that arise from 3D printing, and will provide a 3D printing demonstration....
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Understanding the Contours of Prior Art Under the AIA

10/16/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
A key aspect of the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) is the expansion of the activities and publications that are considered "prior art" to AIA applications (i.e., patent applications having effective an filing date on or after March 16, 2013). As these AIA applications are starting to enter the examination phase in the USPTO, understanding AIA's redefinition of prior art will be the key to successful patent prosecution. The presentation will provide an overview of the fundamental changes to prior art under the AIA and related safe harbor, and will offer recommendations for navigating these uncharted waters....
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The Ins and Outs of Sponsorship and Endorsement Contracts

10/08/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Hear from Associate Team Counsel for the Celtics, Vered Yakovee, along with Greenberg Traurig’s Alan Sutin and David Dykeman, as they compare and analyze the hot topics that can arise when drafting a sponsorship or endorsement contract....
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Seven Years After KSR v. Teleflex: The Test for Non-Obviousness & the Crown Jewel of Patentability

09/22/2014 - 12:00PM to 2:00PM
This presentation will explain the test for non-obviousness as it has been applied by the Federal Circuit in its leading decisions over the past seven years, how the test has been applied in major technological areas, and will demonstrate that the true test for non-obviousness can be explained by reference to a few basic principles that are set forth in KSR and exemplified in major Federal Circuit court decisions. ...
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6th Annual Symposium on Employee Non-Compete Agreements, Confidential Information, and the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

It has been argued that employee non-compete agreements (NCA’s), in addition to being unfair, have hurt innovation and enterprise creation in Massachusetts. Advocates for the status quo insist that the NCA’s are strictly scrutinized and necessary for the protection of confidential information of employers. The 188th General Court Senate overwhelmingly approved an economic development bill that included both a BBA-tweaked version of the 48-states-adopted Uniform Trade Secrets Act and a compromise mechanism to discourage overreaching employee NCA’s. These provisions were “held in conference.” In the BBA’s sixth summer symposium on these issues, legislators, administrators and lawyers advocating or advising on reform will provide an overview of recent developments and issues going forward. Arguments will be made for the status quo. There will be opportunity for attendee questions and presentation of views. ...
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Trade Dress Developments and the Diary of a “Wimpy” Struggle for Shelf-Space

09/10/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Hear from Paul Sennott, who will specifically discuss the function and value of trade dress protection in the publishing world, informed by his own experiences representing Jeff Kinney and his "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series of children’s books....
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Trade Secrets and Employee Non-Compete Agreements Recent Legislation: What Next?

08/11/2014 - 4:30PM to 6:30PM
A much publicized legislative provision to reform the law of employee non-compete agreements and a provision to enact the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA” in a version “tweaked” by the BBA) were passed overwhelmingly by the state senate in the Economic Development bill, S.2241, but were held in conference from the H.4181 enacted by the General Court July 30, 2014. Two days earlier, the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed LightLab Imaging v. Axsun Technologies in which a lower court decision to deny a permanent injunction for trade secret misappropriation arguably was made on the 1939 Restatement (First) of Torts rather than the UTSA-1995 Restatement (Third) of Unfair Competition formulation of trade secret law. Please join us for a debriefing on the legislation and recent litigation by some of the players and participate in a preliminary evaluation of whether the BBA-tweaked UTSA needs further adjustment or a return to the Official Text. ...
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Sports Law Roundtable Featuring Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann: The Donald Sterling Controversy

08/08/2014 - 12:00PM to 2:00PM
Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann leads a panel of sports law experts to discuss the Donald Sterling controversy and the legal, business and ethical issues relating to his impending ouster from the NBA. The efforts to remove Mr. Sterling from the NBA touch upon many different areas of law, including the right to privacy, constitutional law, antitrust law, contract law, tax law, probate law, the rules of evidence, and the extent to which the courts will review the decisions of private associations like the NBA. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion on Donald Sterling and the many issues that his saga poses for the law, business and ethics of sports....
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The FBI Speaks Out: Economic Espionage and Protecting Trade Secrets

07/30/2014 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Trade secret thefts, both domestic and international, cost U.S. companies billions of dollars per year. Over 85 percent of trade secret thefts involve employees and business partners. It is imperative to put a trade secret protection program in place. The FBI will show you why and how....
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