The council of the Intellectual Property Law Section met repeatedly over the year to address a number of issues concerning its membership, including various substantive changes in the law. The council organized and sponsored a series of seminars intended to provide continuing legal education for its membership.
At the annual meeting in September, the section sponsored a seminar concerning domain name disputes and related internet issues.
The section also sponsored its annual spring seminar at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Approximately 200 people attended seminars on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rule changes; PCT practice; cybersquatting, domain names, and related issues; tradedress protection; valuation of intellectual property; intellectual property issues in mergers and acquisitions; the status of the Festo appeal; and tips and tricks for patent preparation and practice. The luncheon keynote speaker was the Honorable Arthur J. Tarnow from the Eastern District of Michigan.
The spring seminar also included a roundtable discussion with law students. The students were guests of the Intellectual Property Law Section for lunch.
The 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Workshop will be held July 25-27 at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. About 200 attendees are expected. The workshop will include presentations directed to updates on trademarks, patents, copyrights, and internet law. Additional seminars will be directed to ethics, intellectual property litigations, and intellectual property strategic planning and management.