CLE - Managing Mismanagement: Fraud, Misconduct, and Conflicts of Interest in the Research Realm

04/17/2014
Allegations converning fraud, misconduct, and conflicts of interest in connection with grants and clinical research frequently surface in the news. Such events can not only result in sanctions and lasting harm for the reputations of institutions and individual researchers; dealing with these issues costs time and money. Our panel of experts will examine the latest cases concerning fraud and misconduct, how to prevent them, and how to deal with them when they do occur....
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Protecting Trade Secrets in the Age of Social Media

04/17/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
While most employers today have implemented social media policies that govern such things as if and when employees may access social media during the workday and appropriate uses thereof, but many companies fall short in protecting their trade secrets and customer relationships or goodwill. Employees, especially younger ones, may unwittingly put their employers at risk simply by connecting with customers and/or vendors on LinkedIn, or by boasting about their latest achievements on Facebook or Twitter. Or they may be using social media intentionally to solicit customers or employees after termination. This program will address how employers can recognize and mitigate these risks without overreaching and subjecting themselves to liability. ...
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Museum Law in a Digital World

04/10/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Our presenter will discuss issues such as the permissibility of the use of images of objects, copyright clearances, use of names and likenesses, termination of copyright transfers and merchandise licensing....
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Boston Bar Association Chess Night

04/01/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Please join the Intellectual Property Law Section for a fun and social evening of chess at the BBA. Appetizers, beer, and wine will be available. This program is co-sponsored by the Boylston Chess Foundation. ...
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Film and Television Production - Legal Issues and Recent WGBH Projects

04/01/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
WGBH Deputy General Counsel Jay Fialkov will share his vast knowledge about the acquisition, production, and distribution of television and film programming, using examples from current projects at WGBH. ...
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CLE - Hot Topics in Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants

03/20/2014
Representatives from the bench and bar will discuss the latest developments in the law of trade secrets and restrictive covenants in Massachusetts, including the implications of pending legislation that would adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and create statutory standards for restrictive covenants in Massachusetts....
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Global Data Breach Notifications and Management

03/20/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Data breaches in the US may contain foreign resident data, such as in large credit card breaches. Understanding what to do next is important. Here is what will be addressed: Examples where breaches contain foreign resident data; breach notification obligations in other countries beyond the US, in Europe and other countries; how to decide when and whom to notify in foreign breaches; what laws or rules apply to these notifications; what are the content requirements or forms of notification in other countries; what data protection or other authorities require notices? ...
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Obviousness in the US: Establishing Non-Obviousness in the Context of Site-Specific DNA Recombination

03/18/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Kristin A. Connarn (McDermott Will & Emery, Boston), a partner in the Intellectual Property Prosecution, Transaction and Strategy practice group, will discuss the recent Federal Circuit decision in Institut Pasteur et al. v. Focarino and considerations for establishing nonobviousness in the context of site-specific DNA recombination...
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Intellectual Property Basics Workshop: Licensing Agreements

03/17/2014 - 04:00PM to 07:00PM
The first in the IP Basics Workshop Series, this workshop will focus on licensing agreements across the various IP fields....
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Prospects of IP Assertion in the US International Trade Commission

03/06/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The US International Trade Commission (USITC), in its executive role of protecting American industry, has evolved as an intellectual property enforcement forum. With American companies shifting much of their manufacturing abroad and off-shore companies establishing operations in the US, it is not unusual that a domestic industry petitioner in one proceeding is a respondent importer in another....
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Providing Legal Assistance to Artists and Cultural Organizations

03/05/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
This interactive discussion will prepare you to accept pro bono cases from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and will also help you to build a client base in the arts community. Topics will include:...
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Standards, Patents and Antitrust

02/26/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This session will feature a litigator and economist discussing key issues from several recent antitrust cases from the District of Massachusetts, the First Circuit and other federal courts around the country involving industry standards and intellectual property....
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Drivers of Cleantech Innovation: Policy, Capital, and IP

02/11/2014 - 12:30PM to 01:30PM
Massachusetts has been perennially named the #2 state for cleantech (after our perennially #1 West Coast cousins). During this roundtable program, two lawyers engaged in the local cleantech economy will lead a discussion on the policy, business, and legal issues driving cleantech innovation....
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The Promise and Peril of "Big Data"

01/27/2014 - 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Our panelists will encourage us to think about whether current legal constructs (e.g., notions of privacy and liberty) are adequate to confront Big Data issues, or whether new constructs need to be developed. We will also explore the potential benefits of using Big Data to address social problems....
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Unmasking the Anonymous Hacker: What to Do if Your Client's Data Security Is Breached by an Anonymous Hacker

01/24/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
This roundtable addresses what to do when an anonymous hacker or other defendant uses the anonymity of the internet to damage your client, whether to propagate damaging information a simple libel or through the theft and disclosure of valuable trade secrets....
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What Every Estate Planner Should Know About Copyright Law, the Right of Termination and Royalties

01/23/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
The 1978 revision to the copyright law granted authors, artists, songwriters, and other such creators the right to terminate any transfers or assignments of rights after 35 years. This session will provide a brief introduction to copyright law, the right of termination, and how to avoid problems when representing artistic client....
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The Disappearing Model Orders: Limitations on e-Discovery, Claims and Prior Art in Patent Cases

01/22/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Without attempting to speculate (too much) on why the Model Orders disappear, this program will review the Model Orders and summarize the impact they have had on individual cases and the Local Rules adopted by the district courts....
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Patent Troll Remediation: Taking the "P" Out of "IP" Part III?

01/16/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The Innovation Act may be in place by the time of this brown bag roundtable. In any case, Stephen Y. Chow, Partner, Burns & Levinson LLP, will provide briefing of its provisions – which include a partial reversal of the "American Rule" of litigants paying their own costs, restrictions on pleading and discovery and further extensions of patent-opposer "rights" in the new administrative proceedings....
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CLE - 14th Annual Intellectual Property Year In Review

01/09/2014
Join us for the biggest BBA Intellectual Property event of the year! Learn what you need to know about the most important intellectual property cases and legislation of 2013. This program offers insight that is straight and to-the-point right from those in the know! ...
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Intellectual Property Licensing in the Shadow of Bankruptcy

12/19/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Licensees of intellectual property under custom software licenses, pharmaceutical collaboration agreements, trademark licenses under franchise agreements and other types of licenses often make considerable investment relying on performance of the licensor. Bankruptcy of the licensor can result in serious negative consequences for licensees....
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CLE - An Insider’s View of False Advertising Disputes – from the FTC, NAD, and In-house Counsel

12/18/2013
As advertising has shifted from traditional media like print, television, and radio to newer media -- namely digital and social media, the opportunities for advertisers to run afoul of established guidelines have increased. This program will provide practical guidance to in-house and outside counsel to help avoid allegations of false advertising and, if faced with such allegations, to effectively defend against them. ...
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Prior Art Masterpieces: Key Prior Art in Computer Science

12/10/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Prior Art is central to patent litigation and finding the right piece of art in computer science can be a difficult assignment. Mr. Hicks will identify several key pieces of prior art in computer science, review several case studies of the prior art in the computer software and electrical engineering patent space. Mr. Hicks will also opine on best practices in conducting function-and system-oriented prior art searches in computer-patent matters....
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A Best Practices Guide for Corporate Use of Social Media

12/03/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
We will be providing a guide for corporate use of social media, including a discussion of potential misuses of social media either by a company or by competitors, fans, customers, or other third parties, and the legal basis for taking action to remedy such misuses. We will also consider legal grounds for taking action as well as practical ways to address these issues short of litigation, and discuss practical consequences of these remedies. We will include recent examples from the news and lead a discussion and Q&A of examples the attendees may have....
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Protecting Against Counterfeit Goods: Practical solutions that Work Abroad

12/02/2013 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
This program will explore how the practical difficulties of combating counterfeiting have contributed to a slowly-shifting legal landscape where intermediaries such as online marketplaces, search engines, payment processors, and advertisers are shouldering increasing responsibility to avoid trafficking in counterfeit materials. In addition to discussing the impact of some of the landmark contributory infringement cases such as Tiffany v. eBay and Viacom v. YouTube/Google, the program will look at other tools available to combat counterfeiting, such as prejudgment asset restraints and the broad remedial measures courts have been willing to impose on counterfeiters in recent years....
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Corporate Investigations and Background Checks

11/19/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Confronted with the growing menace of insider breaches, cyber-attacks and fraud, organizations are constructing robust incident response strategies that detect, identify, and direct how an investigation should proceed. Hear two former US Prosecutors share their experience and expertise in conducting meaningful internal investigations using proven techniques and behavioral analysis within the bounds of the FCRA and Global Privacy and Data Security Laws. Our experts will be available to offer insights and answer questions on effective internal investigation management....
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FDA Process and Due Diligence Tips For Plain Old Corporate Lawyers

11/14/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
If you feel mystified by FDA processes, and don't know the high-level diligence questions to ask about drug development and medical device approvals, come hear two industry pros explain the ins and outs of these processes....
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Oracle v. Google: Are APIs Copyrightable?

11/13/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Given the pervasive use of application programming interfaces (APIs) in the software industry, the extent to which APIs are protected by copyright law is of great interest and importance to the industry and copyright lawyers. The issue was faced squarely in Oracle v. Google, a case tried in the Northern District of California in 2012, and now on appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. This program will review the district court decision and the issues on appeal in the context of the broader question of copyright protection for computer code....
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Post-Grant Proceedings: What We Have Learned from the First Year

11/12/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
This program will go over lessons learned over the course of the first year of post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trials and Appeal board. It will cover the topics from both the petitioner's and patent owner's perspectives, going over changes that have occurred, strategies that have and haven't worked, etc. The program will also include real-world stories from the speakers experience working on covered-business method post-grant reviews and inter partes reviews....
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Patent-Eligible Subject Matter in the US-- Genes and Diagnostics: A Myriad of Issues in Biotech IP

11/07/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Laura A. Coruzzi, a member of the Jones Day team that twice argued the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics case at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and at the U.S. Supreme Court, will discuss recent Supreme Court decisions under Section 101, along with what the Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. and Myriad patent-eligibility standards mean for the future of patent law in the field of personalized medicine....
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Crowdfunding: Successful Campaigns and Budgeting

10/21/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Crowdfunding has become a popular way for artists to raise money for their work. Berklee professor Peter Alhadeff and musician/Berklee professor Mitch Haupers for first-hand advice about launching and managing successful crowdfunding campaign....
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A Short Course in European Patent Drafting and Prosecution for the US Practitioner

10/16/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
This lunch program will address what every US patent attorney should know about the drafting of patent applications for eventual prosecution in Europe. Our speaker, an experienced EPA from one of Europe’s leading biotech hubs, the Medicon Valley (Eastern Denmark and southern Sweden) will guide you through a recommended strategy for drafting and prosecuting European applications. He will also provide an update on the future Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent to come into effect. ...
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Effectively Communicating Data Security & Privacy Risks Within Your Company And To Your Clients

10/11/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Merely listing out the horror stories of financial woes and reputational damage resulting from data breaches does not seem to be enough to cause people to accurately assess the risks from events that improperly disclose private information. For this brown bag lunch, we will have an interactive roundtable discussion on strategies for conveying data security and privacy risks in order to have greater impact....
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Unpaid Internships: Mitigating Risk and Alternatives

10/11/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Entertainment companies traditionally have experienced the most problems related to unpaid internships. Join Mandy Petrillo from the Red Sox and Scott Connolly of Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton PC for a discussion about avoiding pitfalls when hosting unpaid interns and alternative arrangements....
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Art Disputes: Who Owns International Artifacts?

09/25/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Join us for a discussion of recent developments involving the ownership of cultural property, and the implications of these developments for art institutions....
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FTC v. Actavis - Where do Hatch-Waxman settlements go from here?

09/19/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Mark Ford, a Boston-based partner in WilmerHale's Antitrust and Competition Group, and Kristen Johnson Parker, an associate in the Boston office of the plaintiffs' class action litigation firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, will discuss this and other recent developments in the law regarding Hatch-Waxman settlements. Both have practices which focus on cases at the antitrust-IP intersection....
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Criminal Investigations and the Future of Data Privacy in the Wake of Edward Snowden and the NSA Surveillance Program

09/18/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Join Assistant United States Attorney Amy Burkart, and The Ashcroft Group's Data Privacy Counsel, Ellen Giblin, for an informative and lively discussion about the future of criminal investigations and data privacy in the wake of recent global events....
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Computer Forensics, eDiscovery and Privacy

09/10/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
This session will be a behind-the-scenes look at trends in the eDiscovery marketplace, as well as the business drivers for sound data collection methodologies, data privacy tools and information management best practices....
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Trademark Clearance 101: Basics on How to Analyze Potential Risks and Strength of Your Client's Proposed Trademarks

09/09/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
This program discusses the basics of conducting and analyzing a trademark clearance search and provides tips for counseling clients or in-house business teams with respect to a trademark's availability, registrability, and relative strength....
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5th Annual Symposium on Employee Non-Compete Agreements, Trade Secrets and Job Creation

07/23/2013 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Massachusetts court decisions extend enforceability of non-compete agreements to protect "confidential information" that does not meet certain conditions for trade secrets seen in American Law Institute's 1939 Restatement of Torts. Have broad employee confidentiality agreements changed the common law presumption against servitudes? Would joining forty-eight states (including California and most recently Texas) in adopting the more modern Uniform Trade Secrets Act help make Massachusetts more competitive? Please join us in a review of the landscape and an informal discussion/debate from 4-6 pm, networking reception to follow from 6-7 pm. Our distinguished panel includes:...
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Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property Disputes: 2013 Landscape

06/28/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Marty Pentz and Jenevieve Maerker will discuss insurance coverage for trademark, copyright, and unfair competition claims, and insurance products addressing expenses of patent litigation. The discussion will cover both the potential for coverage under standard commercial general liability (CGL) policy "personal and advertising injury" provisions and the ways in which such coverage may be supplemented by newer offerings, such as "Media Perils" liability insurance and IP defense and abatement insurance....
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CLS Bank v. Alice Corp.: Making Sense of the Federal Circuit's En Banc Decision

06/26/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The Federal Circuit's recent en banc decision in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp. illustrates the divisions within the court of appeals regarding patentable subject matter. During this brown bag lunch program, patent attorneys from Finnegan LLP will review the CLS case and offer analysis, including thoughts about making sense of the different views at the Federal Circuit....
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Cybersecurity Conference: Law, Policy, and Regulations

06/17/2013 - 09:00 AM to 06/20/2013 - 05:00 PM
Roger Williams University will host a four day program this June on the legal and policy landscape of cyber risks, both foreign and domestic. The program will be divided into two modules - domestic law and policy the first two days and international law and national security the second two days - each of which will end in a capstone simulation project. Speakers include computer scientists, policy-makers, national security experts, academics, and attorneys practicing in this field....
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Preparing US Patent Application for European Prosecution

06/06/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
A discussion of European Patent Law developments including the unitary patent court. A discussion of pitfalls of European procedure and how to prepare a U.S. Patent Application for successful European Patent Office prosecution....
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Patentable Subject Matter & Medical Diagnostic Methods: How Prometheus May Impact Personalized Medicine

05/29/2013 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
The program will provide the tools you will need to draft claims that sustain or challenge claims that fail the emerging tests for patentable subject matter with a particular focus on medical diagnostic methods. You will receive an in-depth analysis of the Supreme Court's and Federal Circuit's recent decisions affecting patentability of claims regarding personalized medicine....
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Bankruptcy Proofing a Prepaid Trademark License

05/16/2013 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
The Bankruptcy Code provides no statutory protection for trademark licensees; if a trademark license is rejected in bankruptcy, at least one U.S. Court of Appeals has held that a trademark licensee loses its right to use its licensed trademarks. The presenters are authors of an article, “Trademark Licensing in the Shadow of Bankruptcy”, to be published in the May 2013 issue of The Business Lawyer that addresses this and related topics....
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It's Mine to Resell: Extending the First Sale Doctrine to Foreign Copyrighted Works

04/29/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
In Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the United States Supreme Court applied the first sale doctrine to copyrighted works made outside the United States. This brownbag discussion will discuss the Court's reasoning, as well as the potential implications of this recent decision....
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So You Want to Write a Book? Practical and Legal Issues of Writing a Book in a Rapidly Changing Publishing Environment

04/18/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
"Writing a book" is on a many a list of life-long hopes and goals. In a publishing climate where bookstores are closing and Amazon seems to be taking over the world, can you still do this? Should you? Many aspiring writers put long hours into their manuscripts without background knowledge of what comes next: a proposal, an agent, and an extremely competitive marketplace.Boston literary agent and attorney Kathryn Beaumont will take you through the practical and legal basics of today's increasingly digitally dominated publishing world....
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