Continuing Legal Education

What Every Lawyer Should Know about Intellectual Property - CHICAGO

October 17, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
6.25 MCLE hours, including 0.50 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark St. Suite 900
(map and directions)

Does your client (or potential client) have a company logo, a jingle, an industrial design, an invention, or a patent? Does their company have a trade secret that needs to be guarded? Do they draft architectural design, write novels, develop music, or create artwork? If so, then you won’t want to miss this opportunity to get the information you need to advise and protect your clients on important intellectual property issues! This informative full-day seminar offers a basic overview on a number of intellectual property areas, including copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Attorneys attending this seminar will gain a better understanding of:

  • Common intellectual property issues;
  • Recent developments and political changes to the intellectual property law arena;
  • The benefits of trademark registration;
  • Sending or receiving cease-and-desist letters;
  • Patent concerns in business transaction and patent litigation;
  • Managing confidential disclosures;
  • Eavesdropping and privacy laws;
  • How the Internet has changed intellectual property;
  • The ethical considerations in intellectual property cases;
  • And much more!
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.


Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Charles L. Mudd, Jr., Mudd Law Offices, Chicago



9:00 – 9:15 a.m.  Overview of Intellectual Property
Gain a better understanding of intellectual property, including what it is, why the general practitioner should care about it, and the common situations in which a general practitioner may (knowingly or unknowingly) run into intellectual property issues.
Charles L. Mudd, Jr., Mudd Law Offices, Chicago

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.  Copyright Basics and Recent Developments in Copyright Law
This segment offers a comprehensive overview of copyright law, including works that are subject to copyright protection, the benefits and requirements of registration, transferring copyright ownership, the pitfalls of work-made-for-hire, and dealing with copyrights as part of business transactions.
Cat Tiu, VSA Partners, Inc., Chicago

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  Trademark Basics and Recent Developments in Trademark Law
What is a trademark? When do trademark rights accrue? What are the benefits of trademark registration? Get the answers you need with this presentation on the fundamentals of trademark law. Topics include:  classifications of trademarks, clearance and due diligence, proper trademark use and effective enforcement, and trademark infringement litigation.
Dale R. Kurth, Partridge IP Law, Chicago

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.  Patent Basics and Recent Developments in Patent Law
This session explores the basics of patent law, including patent licensing issues, patent litigation, patent concerns in business transactions, and recent developments in patent law. The required process for representing an inventor is also discussed.
Eugene F. Friedman, Friedman & Friedman, Ltd., Chicago

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Trade Secret Basics and Recent Developments in Trade Secret Law
Get the information you need to effectively advise your clients on how to protect trade secrets and manage confidential disclosures! Additional topics include: issues that can arise in trade secret disputes; recent developments in trade secret law that may affect your client; and drafting/evaluating confidentiality agreements.
Joseph T. Nabor, Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery, Chicago

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.  Eavesdropping, Privacy, and Publicity Law in Illinois – An Overview
This segment examines the developments in eavesdropping, privacy law, and right to publicity law in Illinois.
Eugene F. Friedman, Friedman & Friedman, Ltd., Chicago
Charles L. Mudd, Jr., Mudd Law Offices, Chicago

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.  Intellectual Property in Politics
Discover what happens when intellectual property law and politics collide with this panel presentation.
Eugene F. Friedman, Friedman & Friedman, Ltd., Chicago
Daniel Kegan, Kegan & Kegan, Ltd., Chicago
Shannon A.R. Bond, Attorney at Law, Chicago

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.  Intellectual Property Issues on the Internet
The Internet has made an enormous impact on the intellectual property arena – from domain name and keyword advertising disputes to copyright infringement and digital piracy. This segment offers an exploration of the intellectual property issues that have emerged due to the far-reaching accessibility offered by the Internet, as well as an examination of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Theresa V. Johnson, Law Offices of Theresa V. Johnson, Westmont
Charles L. Mudd, Jr., Mudd Law Offices, Chicago

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.  Ethics Issues in Intellectual Property*
Discover the ethical issues and concerns that may arise throughout an intellectual property case, including unauthorized practice; retainer and trust account issues; conflicts of interest; and registration docket management. The new MCLE requirements are also examined.
Eugene F. Friedman, Friedman & Friedman, Ltd., Chicago

4:30 – 4:45 p.m. Question and Answer – Panel Discussion


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval