Trade Dress Developments and the Diary of a “Wimpy” Struggle for Shelf-Space

09/10/2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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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6th Annual Symposium on Employee Non-Compete Agreements, Confidential Information, and the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

09/16/2014 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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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Seven Years After KSR v. Teleflex: The Test for Non-Obviousness & the Crown Jewel of Patentability

09/22/2014 - 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
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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