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Third Annual Patent Wars: Return of the Patents, Feb. 26, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Chicago-Kent

posted Feb 3, 2014, 1:46 PM by CK Ipls   [ updated Sep 10, 2014, 12:59 PM ]

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Don't miss out on this fantastic event!

Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs), and Patent Trolls. Whatever you call these companies they are impacting the technology and patent law landscape in the United States. The Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Society invites you to a panel discussion on this topic given by some of the leading lawyers that deal with these issues every day. Chicago-Kent IPLS in conjunction with the Chicago Bar Association is hosting the third annual patent wars event. CLE will be offered to attorneys. Your ticket price includes food, drinks, and admission to the panel discussion.

Date:  Wednesday February 26, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm (CLE program 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm)

Location:  Chicago-Kent Auditorium and Lobby

Food: Provided by Pastoral

Event Description:  This year's event will be an exploration of the impact that NPEs have had on the patent litigation landscape as well as a look into some pending legislation and the impact it will have on the future practice of patent law. 


  • 5:30 - 6:00: Cocktail Reception
  • 6:00 - 7:30:  Presentation
  • 7:30 - 9:00:  Reception with food and drinks provided

  • $5 - IPLS Paid Members (Pay at the Door)
  • $10 - Law Students (Pay at the Door)
  • $20 - General Public (Pay at the Door)
  • $0 -  CBA CLE Advantage Members (1.5 MCLE Credit)
  • $50 - CBA Members (1.5 MCLE Credit)
  • $100 - Attorneys (1.5 MCLE Credit)

Speaker Bios

David Schwartz

Professor Schwartz teaches patent law, patent litigation and intellectual property strategies classes at IIT Chicago-Kent. In 2012, Professor Schwartz received the Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT. Prior to entering academics in 2006, Professor Schwartz practiced intellectual property law, focusing on patents and patent litigation, for over a decade. From 2000 to 2006, he was a partner at two intellectual property boutique firms in Chicago, where his practice included patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets litigation; patent and trademark prosecution; and intellectual property-related transactions. He began his career in 1995 as an associate at Jenner & Block.

Professor Schwartz's research focuses on empirical studies of patent law and judicial behavior, including of the use contingent fee representation in patent litigation; reversal rates in patent claim construction cases; litigation involving non-practicing entities; the effect of the presumption of validity on jurors; and the doctrine of equivalents. He has also studied the use of legal scholarship by the judiciary. His scholarship has appeared in leading law journals such as the Cornell Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, theMichigan Law Review, and the Northwestern Law Review.


Gary Cunningham

Gary Cunningham is a Senior Counsel at Motorola Mobility LLC with over twenty years of experience in IP creation, licensing, litigation and complex transactions. In his present assignment, his practice is focused on creating and building an IP portfolio in connection with the wireless communication field, and particularly in power management and design enabling technologies. He leads and teams with clients to drive innovation by directed inventing in key areas of technology. 

Previously, Mr. Cunningham was the lead IP in business counselor for a business unit now at Motorola Solutions, Inc. His responsibilities included strategy development, planning and teaming with business leaders to achieve their objectives through IP leveraging, licensing and litigation. He was also lead IP counsel for a number of divestitures and technology incubators. Mr. Cunningham is a recipient of Motorola’s Office of General Counsel Award for Professional Excellence.


David Donoghue

R. David Donoghue is a trial attorney and the deputy practice group leader of Holland & Knight's Intellectual Property Group, focusing his 15 years of experience upon intellectual property litigation and particularly upon patent disputes. Mr. Donoghue's most recent trial experience includes a jury verdict finding of willfulness, a full trebling of damages and a full award of attorney's fees in the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Donoghue has also been chosen as lead trial counsel in RPXIS’s insurance program defending companies against non-practicing entities.

Mr. Donoghue was previously with Delphi, the world's largest automotive supplier, where he was a founding member of Delphi's Technology Licensing and Litigation Group and handled substantial international intellectual property litigation and licensing matters.

Mr. Donoghue has served as an adjunct professor at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, teaching legal research and writing and intellectual property courses. At the beginning of his legal career, Mr. Donoghue served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gordon J. Quist, federal district judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.


Matthew McAndrews

Matthew G. McAndrews is a Partner of Niro, Haller & Niro in Chicago. Mr. McAndrews has a broad base of experience in intellectual property, technology licensing and Internet/information law with a concentration in trial and appellate practice. He has represented dozens of clients in intellectual property matters involving such diverse technologies as wireless networking systems, electronic gaming systems, medical imaging systems, spinal implants, dental implants, diabetes infusion devices, safety syringes, healthcare mobility devices, healthcare and medical information systems, Internet messaging and communication systems, power management and distribution systems, and cordless power tools, among others. In the medical technology, Internet communication, and wireless networking fields alone, Mr. McAndrews has recently negotiated licenses and settlement agreements for his clients resulting in tens of millions of dollars in recoveries.

Mr. McAndrews was honored among the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” in 2005. He is frequently interviewed by national publications, including the The Wall Street Journal and Law360. Locally, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin covers Mr. McAndrews’ cases and Chicago Lawyer Magazine published a feature article on him in its April 2013 edition. He is a member of the bars of several federal district and appellate courts, including the Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois, and has a near-perfect record on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. McAndrews has also practiced in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. McAndrews graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 with a degree in Economics and received his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in 1995. He and his wife, Beth, are raising their four daughters in Northwest Suburban Chicago.

Third Annual Gastro-Intellectual Property Law Symposium, Nov. 7, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Auditorium

posted Oct 17, 2013, 8:47 PM by CK Ipls   [ updated Sep 10, 2014, 1:04 PM ]

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Save the date! Buy your tickets now for the third annual Gastro-Intellectual Property Symposium at Chicago-Kent on November 7th. The event will focus on trademark issues related to the Cuban Embargo, and what might happen when the embargo ends.
Food and drink will be provided for the event and come included with your ticket purchase.
  • The history of the Embargo
  • IP Litigation that has occurred as a result of the Embargo
  • What may happen when the Embargo ends
  • 5:30 - 6:00 - Cocktail reception
  • 6:00 - 7:30 - Panel Discussion
  • 7:30 - 9:00 - Food and drinks provided by IPLS, food provided by 90 Miles Cuban Café!
  • General Public - $20
  • Students - $10
  • IPLS Paid Members - $5
    • Step 1: Select "Add to Cart" next to IPLS GastroIP Symposium
    • Step 2: Enter your name & email address at the bottom of the next page
    • Step 3: Select your category under "Registration" below (Paid IPLS Members $5, Students $10, and General Public $20)
    • Step 4: Hit "Continue," and proceed to checkout
Judith L. Grubner is a partner at Arnstein & Lehr LLP in the firm’s Chicago office, specializing in intellectual property law. She has concentrated her practice on intellectual property, business and litigation.  She currently practices in trademarks, copyrights, advertising, unfair competition, domain name disputes, and sweepstakes, contests and game promotions law.

Ms. Grubner is a member of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and Chicago Bar Association.  She has published numerous articles and has been a lecturer in the fields of trademark, copyright and sweepstakes law for over 25 years.  She graduated from Oberlin College in 1973 and The George Washington University National Law Center in 1976.  She is admitted to the state and federal courts in Illinois and the District of Columbia, including the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, as well as several other U.S. District Courts and U.S. Courts of Appeals.


Joseph F. Schmidt has over 30 years of experience attending to clients' intellectual property and business matters. He represents clients in trademark infringement, copyright infringement, unfair competition, false advertising and other IP matters in federal and state courts. He also handles opposition and cancellation proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and domain name dispute proceedings. Additionally, Joe is an experienced lead trial counsel with success in both bench and jury trials and appeals. His trial practice is enhanced by his extensive experience with the clearance, registration, protection and enforcement of trademarks, trade dress, and copyrights in the U.S. and internationally.

He also has extensive experience in licensing, advertising substantiation/false advertising, U.S. and international trademark portfolio management, manufacturing and distribution agreements, and U.S. Customs protection and enforcement. Mr. Schmidt formerly taught the IP strategies course as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Mariano Municoy worked during his legal studies in different courts in Argentina and received his law degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 2001 with specialization on administrative law. In 2002 he became an IP Agent and in 2004 he received an LL.M. in International Intellectual Property Law with high honors from Chicago-Kent where this year he has taught the class Trademark Law in Latin America. In 2008, Mariano completed an LL.M. in Law and Economics from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina where his final thesis focused on the interplay between patent rights and antitrust law under Argentinean law. His academic interests include teaching different courses on IP legal and business matters including classes within the LLM on Latin American Law organized since 2013 among WIPO, Austral University and INPI (the Argentina PTO). Mariano regularly publishes works on IP matters in local and international forums.
Since 2005 Mariano works for the Latin American IP law firm Moeller IP Advisors where advises and designs legal strategies related to patents, trademarks, domain names and copyright protections as well as anti-counterfeiting and transfer of technology matters. Mariano is an active member of different organizations like the ABA, INTA, IPO, RAPS, among others.

Young Alumni Social, Thursday September 12, 5 pm - 8 pm, 10th Floor Event Room

posted Sep 10, 2013, 11:14 AM by CK Ipls   [ updated Sep 10, 2013, 11:53 AM ]

Come out and meet Chicago-Kent IP alums who were recently in your shoes. Food and drink will be served. PLUS, pay your dues, $10 dollars for the whole year, to become a paid member of IPLS which gets you access to our fantastic outline database, and discounted event prices.

Don't miss this great opportunity to meet some of our wonderful alumni and hear their stories!

IPLS Class Picking Panel: Tuesday, April 30 at 1 p.m. in Room C35

posted Apr 29, 2013, 2:56 PM by CK Ipls

Come and listen to outgoing and incoming IPLS board members such as Nelson Rosario, Ryan Janski, Brett Weber, Dan Roth, and Dunstan Barnes discuss their views on classes for next year.  Other board members may appear instead of or in addition to these individuals.  This event will provide a valuable opportunity to ask upper level students questions about available courses. We will be talking specifically about such classes as:
Legal Writing III
Con Law
International IP
Patent Law
Genetics & the Law
and on, and on, and on.....Although the event is aimed primarily at 1Ls, all IPLS members are invited and encouraged to attend to discuss their own views on courses.

IPLS will provide pizza.

IP Course Information Session. Wednesday, April 17 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Room 305

posted Apr 16, 2013, 8:25 PM by CK Ipls

An information session regarding the IP courses for next year, including the Summer IP Writing Class, will be held on Wednesday, April 17 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Room 305.  A brief overview of the IP courses will be provided, including the switch in scheduling the Copyright and Trademark courses (both day and evening) in one semester.

Copyright Trolls and Gay Porn: Tuesday, April 16 at 12 noon in Room 345

posted Apr 15, 2013, 11:13 AM by CK Ipls   [ updated Apr 16, 2013, 6:30 AM ]

Chris McElwain from Saper Law Offices, LLC will talk about the Flava Works cases, which involve some sort of steamy mix of copyright trolls and gay porn. Be there at noon in Room 345. Pizza will be served.

Kent alumni come to talk clerkships, interview tips, etc. Tues. Apr. 2, Noon, Room 345

posted Mar 30, 2013, 4:48 PM by CK Ipls

Kent alumni Jessica and Chris Kaiser to give perspectives on federal or IP clerkships, interview tips, summer associate tips, and a run down of what firms are typically looking for: Tuesday, April 2 at 12 noon in Room 345.

Mr. and Mrs. Kaiser have both clerked for Paul Michel, former chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  With years of experience working at a law firm, both of them have plenty of advice to share with IPLS Members about clerkships, interview tips, things to do (and not do) as a summer associate, and what firms are typically looking for in a law student.

IPLS hopes to provide food and drink.

Great Conference at Chicago-Kent "PatCon 3," April 12-13

posted Mar 25, 2013, 2:14 PM by CK Ipls

Chicago-Kent is fortunate to host a fascinating conference this upcoming April 12th and 13th, the third annual installment of Patent Conference. The conference focuses on academic scholarship, and trends concerning Patent Law. Attending the conference is free for students!
The main website for the conference is here.
The conference schedule is split into two days: Friday, and Saturday. Both days are open to Chicago-Kent students.
The list of presenters is an impressive compilation of scholars from around the country.
Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to see what is going on in the world of patent law!

Alumni Reception, April 4, 6 pm - 9 pm, 10th Floor Event Room

posted Mar 20, 2013, 3:54 PM by CK Ipls   [ updated Mar 26, 2013, 7:18 PM ]

Please RSVP to for this fantastic event.
Please join us for this lovely event.

IP Protection and Startups, ELS Event, Wednesday, April 3, 3 pm - 4 pm in Room C20

posted Mar 20, 2013, 9:39 AM by CK Ipls

IPLS is pleased to announce an event that we think will be of great interest to our members. The Entrepreneur Law Society is hosting an event on Wednesday April 3 from 3-4 pm in room C20. The speakers include two prominent IP practitioners who help lead the startup scene in Chicago. Jon Pasky is the the co-founder of Techweek, the Midwest's largest technology and innovation conference. Chris Cain is the co-founder of Catapult Chicago, a peer-sourced technology accelerator. This event will focus on critical issues in intellectual property and will cover:
  • The Basics of Intellectual Property Protection
  • Common Intellectual Property Mistakes by Startups
  • Developing an Intellectual Property Strategy
  • Intellectual Property Transactions and Agreements
 Food and refreshments will be provided. 

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