Continuing Legal Education

2013 Cyberlaw Symposium (CHICAGO)

September 11, 2013
8:55 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
6.25 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)

Update your knowledge on important issues in the intellectual property arena!

Don’t miss the 2013 Cyberlaw Symposium where you will learn to more effectively advise your clients on a number of intellectual property topics, including:

  • Developments in eavesdropping law;
  • Open source software;
  • Creative Commons licensing;
  • Cyberbullying;
  • Forming and enforcing online contracts;
  • Developments in copyright and trademark on the Internet;
  • The history of copyright and patent “trolls”;
  • Internet usage and how it affects employer considerations;
  • The ethical issues associated with an attorney’s use of the Internet;
  • 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.

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



8:55 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions
Charles L. Mudd, Jr
., Mudd Law Offices, Chicago

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Eavesdropping Update: ECPA, SCA, CFAA, and Illinois Equivalents
This comprehensive overview discusses the developments in eavesdropping law on both the federal and state levels. Topics include the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the Stored Communications Act (SCA), and the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA), as well as the amendments (proposed and otherwise) to the Illinois equivalent of the ECPA.
Theresa V. Johnson, Law Office of Theresa V. Johnson, Westmont

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Open Source Software and Creative Commons Licensing
This segment examines the operation of licenses for open source software and their potential pitfalls, as well as legal questions and best practices for their use. Copyright issues regarding Creative Commons licenses are also discussed.
Dale R. Kurth, Partridge IP Law, P.C., Chicago

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Cyberbullying, Nude Pictures, and Employment Harassment
The emergence and growing prevalence of social media networks unwittingly produced a means by which individuals, naïve or nefarious, can exacerbate the harmful effects of bullying. This presentation explores the various methods and tactics that can be deployed in an effort to curtail the effects that cyberbullying produces. Bullying, education initiatives, and employer intervention are examined.
Charles L. Mudd, Jr., Mudd Law Offices, Chicago

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  Best Practices and Recent Developments in Online Contracting
Don’t miss this discussion on the basic principles of forming/enforcing online contracts and the recent developments in relevant case law/statutory authority. Useful e-commerce best practice tips and suggestions are included.
Alan R. Singleton, Singleton Law Firm, P.C., Champaign

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Don’t Take My Tweet to Bed: Developments in Copyright and Trademark on the Internet
Update you knowledge on some of the more intriguing developments with copyright and trademark on the Internet, including potential infringement from imbedded tweets and other nuanced Internet issues.
Dennis F. Esford, Windy City Trial Group, Chicago

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.  Litigation Developments in Cyberspace: Developments with Patent Trolls
Join us for a discussion on the history of patent trolls with regard to the recent actions in Washigton. Topics include: complaints about counsel; business conflicts; licensing issues; settlements; defendants; and whether the demise of the IP troll is imminent.
Christopher J. McGeehan, McGeehan Technology Law, Ltd., Chicago

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.  Litigation Developments in Cyberspace: The Sordid History of Copyright Trolls
Following recent updates on patent trolls, this segment explores the history and recent developments regarding copyright trolls. Join us as our speaker discusses efforts to educate the judiciary on copyright trolls, the far-reaching recent developments in California involving counsel for copyright trolls, settlement strategies, and the ethical complications arising from BitTorrent and P2P Litigation
Mark A. Petrolis, Of Counsel, Mudd Law Offices, Chicago

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.  Litigation Developments in Cyberspace: Anti-Slapp and Other Defenses to Defamation Litigation
Continuing from the previous segment, this litigation-based presentation discusses the current trends involving anti-slapp and other defenses to defamation actions. Recent developments in relevant case law, strategies for responding to the suits, and additional traps for the unwary are also explored.
Nicole E. Kopinski, Rakoczy Molino Mazzochi Siwik, LLP, Chicago
Stephanie M. Snyder, Mudd Law Offices, Chicago

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.  Employer Considerations of Internet Use among Employees and Customers
Discover how Internet use continues to affect employer considerations, including social media access, the use of accumulated customer data, bring your own device (BYOD) issues, and more.
Charles L. Mudd, Jr., Mudd Law Offices, Chicago

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.  Professionalism & Ethics: Internet Issues*
Gain a better understanding of the ethical issues and concerns associated with attorneys’ use of the Internet, including the ethical issues of cloud storage and computing, the ethical considerations regarding the permissible content of law firm websites, and more.
Eugene F. Friedman, Friedman & Friedman, Ltd., Chicago


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval