Continuing Legal Education

2012 Cyberlaw Symposium - CHICAGO

June 21, 2012
8:55 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
6.50 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
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Update your knowledge on important issues in the intellectual property arena!
Intellectual Property law changes dynamically from month-to-month, particularly in those areas related to the Internet and cyberspace matters. Join us for the 2012 Cyberlaw Symposium where you will learn to more effectively advise your clients on a number of intellectual property topics, including:
  • Employee avatars in virtual worlds;
  • Open source software;
  • Creative Commons licensing;
  • Cyberbullying;
  • Litigation trends involving patent, trademarks, and copyright “trolls”;
  • Politics and intellectual property;
  • Hosting information on the Internet;
    Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.
  • Cloud computing;
  • And much more!
Intellectual property attorneys, general practitioners, and specialized lawyers interested in better understanding intellectual property issues and technology-related matters – with basic to intermediate practice experience – will benefit from the information presented throughout this seminar.
Program Coordinator\Moderator:
Charles L. Mudd, Jr., Mudd Law Offices, Chicago


8:55 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Employer Regulation of and Response to Employee-Avatars in Virtual Worlds: Live Demonstration
Virtual worlds open up unique opportunities for businesses to extend their reach into various markets; however, an employee’s use of an online avatar – whether as a private individual or business representative – creates an unusual dilemma for employers in controlling market identity, as well as the consumer’s perception of the business. This live demonstration of a virtual world explores the employer’s predicament in responding to and regulating employee avatars.
Charles L. Mudd, Jr., Mudd Law Offices, Chicago
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Open Source Software and Creative Commons Licensing
This segment discusses the operation of licenses for open source software (including their potential pitfalls), as well as best practices for their use. Copyright issues regarding Creative Commons licenses are also discussed.
Dale R. Kurth, Partridge IP Law, Chicago
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break (beverages provided)
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Remedies Before and After Litigation
Social networking sites unwittingly produce a means by which individuals can exacerbate the harmful effects of bullying. This segment explores the various methods and tactics that can be deployed to curtail the effects of cyberbullying.
Charles L. Mudd, Jr., Mudd Law Offices, Chicago
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Best Practices and Recent Developments in Online Contracting
Better understand the basic principles of forming and enforcing online contracts with this informative segment that examines the recent developments in relevant case law and statutory authority. Useful e-commerce best practice tips and suggestions are also included.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Looking Forward: A Discussion on Hot Topics in Cyberlaw from Consumer and Business Perspectives
In this session, the speakers draw upon current experiences and recent cases to summarize their sense of the near-future issues, problems and opportunities in cyberlaw. The session closes with a town-meeting-style discussion of their perceptions and predictions.
Daniel Kegan, Kegan & Kegan, Ltd., Chicago
Nicole E. Kopinski, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi, LLP, Minneapolis, MN
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Litigation Developments in Cyberspace: Trolls and Other Monsters on the Loose
“Trolls” are companies that do not make products, but instead extract licensing income from others’ intellectual property portfolios. This presentation discusses the litigation trends involving patent, trademark, and copyright “trolls” that are prowling the Internet for targets. Topics include: the strategies being used in response to the suits, additional traps for the unwary, and recent developments in relevant case law.
Kristin L. Lingren, VSA Partners, Inc., Chicago
William J. Voller, III, Loeb & Loeb, Chicago
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Intersection of Politics and Intellectual Property
Discover how politics and intellectual property intersect in the legal arena.
Eugene F. Friedman, Friedman & Friedman, Ltd., Chicago
Theresa V. Johnson, Law Office of Theresa V. Johnson, Westmont
Daniel Kegan, Kegan & Kegan, Ltd., Chicago
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break (refreshments provided)
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Wikileaks: Liability for Publication or Hosting Information on the Internet
In the wake of Wikileaks’ publication of certain diplomatic cables from U.S. Embassies, a flurry of dialog has arisen concerning liability and First Amendment implications. Examine how the Wikileaks issues could impact the liability of clients that publish or report on the Internet and/or impact client Internet Service Providers that host that information.
Theresa V. Johnson, Law Office of Theresa V. Johnson, Westmont
Eric R. Waltmire, Erickson Law Group, P.C., Wheaton
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Cloud Computing
How do attorneys protect their clients’ confidential information when data is floating in a cloud? What happens if your cloud crashes? What if someone won’t get off your cloud? This segment grapples with demystifying the nature of the cloud, explains how cloud computing can benefit your practice, and discusses ways to manage the professional obligations imposed on the attorney (and information technology gurus) to ensure ethical data management in the cloud.
Theresa V. Johnson, Law Office of Theresa V. Johnson, Westmont
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Professionalism and Ethics Presentation – Internet Issues*
Discover the ethical concerns that can arise when attorneys use the Internet, including the issues with cloud storage/computing and those involving the permissible content of law firm websites.
Eugene F. Friedman, Friedman & Friedman, Ltd., Chicago
*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval