15th Annual Virginia Information Technology Legal Institute 2014 (USB Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 7.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 7.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $285 - USB with electronic materials
$315 - USB plus printed materials (includes electronic materials)
Available Through: 9/30/2017

Information

A pre-recorded video replay of the October 2014 live seminar, 15th Annual Virginia Information Technology Legal Institute 2014.


Topics Include:

  • Ethics Issues Related to IT/IP Practice
  • Technology Law and Trade Secret Developments
  • Tips for Preparing a Case for Litigation in Federal Court or at the USPTO
  • Trademark and Domain Name Developments
  • Copyright and Patent Developments
This popular, long-running program is an update of the 2014 legal developments in information technology law and related areas of intellectual property law, that are most important to practicing attorneys and their clients. It is designed for attorneys practicing in the fields of intellectual property, high technology, computer law, Internet law, outsourcing, e-commerce, and software licensing, development, distribution, and procurement.

 

Schedule

Faculty

FACULTY
Danny M. Awdeh, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP / Washington, DC (Expand/Collapse Bio)
Danny Awdeh is an experienced trademark lawyer who serves an international clientele on a wide variety of trademark issues, with a focus on global portfolio management, litigation, disputes, and strategic counseling. He routinely represents clients in high-stakes litigation in federal district and appellate courts as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). In addition to obtaining favorable trial verdicts before the TTAB and judgments before the courts, Mr. Awdeh has negotiated countless business-oriented solutions tailored to the needs of clients' global business and legal objectives.

Additionally, strategic portfolio management and counseling for U.S. and international clients with extensive international portfolios is an important part of Mr. Awdeh's practice. He has served as lead counsel on numerous high-profile global trademark portfolios; obtained important judgments around the world; launched global brands; and negotiated worldwide trademark license agreements involving $100+ million in royalties. Under Mr. Awdeh's counsel, for example, Ritz-Carlton has become one of only a handful of U.S. companies to have its trademark recognized as well-known by the Chinese courts. Mr. Awdeh has been recognized by his peers and in-house counsel as among the top trademark lawyers for contentious and non-contentious work, and has been described as a "versatile rising star" who wins praise from clients for his "measured, commercially oriented approach."
Hon. Scott R. Boalick, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board / Alexandria (Expand/Collapse Bio)
Vice Chief Judge Scott R. Boalick was appointed as an Administrative Patent Judge in 2007. Prior to joining the Board, Vice Chief Judge Boalick served as a patent attorney with the Department of the Navy at two different laboratories. Before that he was an associate at Fish & Richardson and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin A. Schall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Vice Chief Judge Boalick received a J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center where he was a Notes and Comments Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal. He received both a M.S.E. in Systems Engineering and a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. Vice Chief Judge Boalick is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, and is registered to practice before the USPTO.
John B. Farmer, Leading-Edge Law Group, PLC / Richmond (Expand/Collapse Bio)
John B. Farmer is a member of the Leading-Edge Law Group, PLC, an intellectual property (“IP”) boutique law firm in Richmond, Virginia. He served as chairman of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He writes a monthly IP and technology law column for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He is listed in the top rank of Virginia IP attorneys by Chambers USA and listed for IP in Best Lawyers in America. He is a past chair of the IP Section of the Virginia State Bar. He is a past president of the Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association. He graduated from the University of Virginia and its law school. After graduation from law school, he clerked for the Hon. Donald S. Russell, Judge of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for the Hon. James C. Cacheris, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division.
Kenneth M. Frankel, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP / Reston (Expand/Collapse Bio)
Ken Frankel is a partner at the Finnegan law firm, in its Reston, Virginia office. He litigates intellectual property rights in United States federal courts and advises clients on IP issues involving technology, trade secrets, standards, antitrust, and patent misuse in licensing and enforcement of IP. Prior to joining Finnegan, he served for 16 years as a trial attorney in the U.S. Justice Department's Antitrust Division. Ken has been actively involved in leadership positions in the American Intellectual Property Law Association, including as chairman of the Antitrust Committee and the Trade Secret Committee.
Thomas J. Hibarger, Stroz Friedberg / Washington, DC (Expand/Collapse Bio)
Thomas Hibarger is a Managing Director in Stroz Friedberg’s Washington, D.C. office, where he is responsible for directing engagements including cybercrime and data breach response, digital forensics and eDiscovery. In addition, drawing on his extensive experience as Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Mr. Hibarger is responsible for leading investigations on behalf of public and private corporations, and law firms, involving matters of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-bribery and corruption, due diligence, internal corporate fraud, employee misconduct, and theft of intellectual property. Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Hibarger served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. for nearly 25 years, most recently as Chief of the Criminal Division. As criminal Chief, he oversaw all federal investigations and criminal cases brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Mr. Hibarger supervised four sections, including nine section chiefs and deputies, and approximately 70 AUSAs responsible for major cases of fraud and public corruption, cybercrimes, intellectual property prosecutions, RICO conspiracy investigations, national security matters, asset forfeitures, and money laundering. He provided strategic advice and legal guidance, while also briefing the U.S. Attorney and Department of Justice Officials on high profile sensitive matters. Before his term as Criminal Chief, Mr. Hibarger was a Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) prosecutor for three years. Mr. Hibarger investigated and prosecuted significant cases involving botnets, online identity theft, phishing, DDOS attacks, computer intrusions, webpage defacement, and copyright infringement. In addition, he advised AUSAs throughout the office on ECPA and investigative techniques relating to digital evidence.
Gerald Ivey, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP / Washington, DC (Expand/Collapse Bio)
Gerald Ivey has extensive experience in the areas of civil litigation and trial advocacy. He concentrates his practice primarily on jury trial patent cases involving biotechnology, medical devices, Internet technologies, and mechanical products. Mr. Ivey has acted as lead trial counsel in jury cases for biomechanical devices, including cardiovascular stents; pharmaceutical products, such as glaucoma, arthritis, and autoimmune medications; wind and gas turbines; and, Internet and computer hardware and software technologies. He has tried more than 60 cases to juries in federal and state courts. Mr. Ivey was previously a partner at another law firm where he served as trial counsel on major product liability cases involving a variety of claims such as brake failure and loss of steering in automobiles; claims of sudden acceleration and crashworthiness in motorcycles and all terrain recreational vehicles; and electrical system failures in products such as elevators, automobiles, and computer monitors. Over the years, Mr. Ivey has also handled numerous cases involving medical malpractice claims; wrongful death actions; and commercial, construction, and employment litigation. He currently serves as codirector and lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School Trial Advocacy College. He has also been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School since 1993, where he instructs third-year law students in trial advocacy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Tobey B. Marzouk, Marzouk & Parry / Washington, DC (Expand/Collapse Bio)
Tobey Marzouk formed the law firm of Marzouk & Parry in 1986 with a focus on Information Technology law counseling and litigation. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Information Technology Law (2010 – 10130 and was named Copyright “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2013 Best Lawyers Washington, DC. Mr. Marzouk has also been listed in the 2012 and 2013 Super Lawyers (Washington, DC) in the field of Intellectual Property. He has served as Consulting Editor to Internet Law and Business and the Computer Law Reporter, leading legal journals of the high technology industry. Mr. Marzouk has lectured extensively on information technology law and has authored three books on technology licensing and software and computer law, as well as numerous articles in national and international trade and legal journals. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from Harvard Law School.
Hon. Gerald F. Rogers, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board / Alexandria (Expand/Collapse Bio)
Gerard Rogers is a member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as Chief Administrative Trademark Judge of the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. As chief judge, he has management responsibility for the processing of trademark appeals, oppositions, and cancellation proceedings; the preparation and issuance of precedential decisions of the Board; and collaboration with stakeholders to enhance Board processes and procedures. He joined the Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark examining attorney in 1987. From 1990 to 1992, he worked as a staff attorney for the Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks. Mr. Rogers joined the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in 1992 as an interlocutory attorney and held that position until he was appointed to the position of administrative trademark judge in 1999. In 2009 he accepted an appointment as Acting Chief Administrative Trademark Judge, and in 2010 the word Acting was removed from the title. Mr. Rogers is a graduate of New England School of Law and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.
Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods LLP / McLean (Expand/Collapse Bio)
Tom Spahn has practiced as a commercial litigator with McGuireWoods since graduating magna cum laude from Yale University and receiving his J.D. from Yale Law School. Among other things, he has tried cases involving James Madison’s birthplace and America’s most popular walking path. He has argued on behalf of a Central Asian republic in a New Delhi, India, Court, and taken depositions in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In March 2009, he was invited to Reykjavik, Iceland, to discuss an ethics issue on Iceland's leading news and interview show. Mr. Spahn regularly advises a number of Fortune 500 companies on issues involving ethics, conflicts of interest, the attorney-client privilege, and corporate investigations. He has written several editions of a book on the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine. The latest version is 750 pages long, and is accompanied by a 31,500-page compilation of approximately 18,900 case summaries (all of which he prepared). He also has written a book on Virginia defamation law; a book on ethics issues facing Virginia in-house lawyers; two other book chapters, and over 60 articles in Virginia and national publications. The ABA’s General Practice Section honored his article on “Litigation Ethics in the Modern Age” as one of the “Best Articles Published by the ABA” in 2004.
Bradley C. Wright, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. / Washington, DC (Expand/Collapse Bio)
Bradley Wright is a shareholder in the Washington D.C. office of Banner & Witcoff, where he concentrates on prosecution, litigation and counseling in patent and copyright matters, especially in the electrical and computer areas of technology. He is a former law clerk to the Honorable William C. Bryson of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which hears all patent appeals in the United States. He earned his electrical engineering degree from MIT and his law degree, with distinction, from George Mason University School of Law. Brad is the Editor-in-Chief and co-author of Drafting Patents for Litigation and Licensing, published by BNA Books in 2008. He has earned an AV peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and was named one of the World's Leading IP Strategists by Intellectual Asset Management magazine in 2009 and 2010. He has also taught patent law and copyright law at George Mason University School of law for many years as an adjunct faculty member.

MODERATOR AND CHAIR
John B. Farmer, Leading-Edge Law Group, PLC / Richmond (Expand/Collapse Bio)
John B. Farmer is a member of the Leading-Edge Law Group, PLC, an intellectual property (“IP”) boutique law firm in Richmond, Virginia. He served as chairman of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He writes a monthly IP and technology law column for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He is listed in the top rank of Virginia IP attorneys by Chambers USA and listed for IP in Best Lawyers in America. He is a past chair of the IP Section of the Virginia State Bar. He is a past president of the Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association. He graduated from the University of Virginia and its law school. After graduation from law school, he clerked for the Hon. Donald S. Russell, Judge of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for the Hon. James C. Cacheris, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division.

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