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Gastro-Intellectual Property Symposium, February 19th, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

posted Jan 26, 2013, 5:42 PM by CK Ipls   [ updated Feb 12, 2013, 2:28 PM by Dunstan Barnes ]
Gastro IP 2013 Poster

The Second Annual Gastro-Intellectual Property Symposium at Chicago-Kent will focus on innovation in food around the world, from molecular gastronomy to organic and genetically modified food.


Members of the general public and attorneys seeking CLE credit should register at


  • 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.: Registration (lobby)
  • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Panel discussion and Q&A session (auditorium)
  • 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Reception (lobby)
  • Nick Kokonas. Along with chef Grant AchatzNick Kokonas has revolutionized the dining experience through innovative, cutting-edge restaurants Alinea and Next, and bar The Aviary Alinea is commonly known to as one of the best restaurants in the world. Alinea's co-owner Mr. Kokonas appeared as a panelist in the inaugural Gastro-IP Symposium.  Alinea has also inspired a number of bloggers who have attempted to recreate Alinea dishes at home, including Alinea at HomeAlineaphile, and The Alinea Project.
  • Kevin Boehm James Beard nominated restaurateur Kevin Boehm, along with partner Rob Katz, have not only built a successful restaurant group, Boka Restaurant Group, but have established a restaurant culture built on great chefs, inspired hospitality, and amazing design.  Boehm and Katz have opened 10 restaurants in Chicago in under 10 years, including BokaBalena,The Girl & The GoatGT Fish & OysterPerennial Virant, and (most recently) The Little Goat.   Boehm's accolades include being named "40 Under 40" in Crains in 2010 and winning (withKatz) Restaurateurs of the Year from Time Out Chicago in 2010 and the Chicago Tribune in 2011.
  • Thomas and Lori LeavittThomas and Lori Leavitt are both members of Ground Up Chicago, a Chicago chef collective "committed to building a local and sustainable farmer-chef connection through education, access and support."  In addition, the Leavitts operateWhite Oak Gourmet, which is a personal chef service that has been serving the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago since 2004.  They are "devoted to bringing you the best locally sourced food from this region, working with local farmers to provide our customers the very best organic and sustainably produced meat, dairy and produce."
  • Sendil Devadas.  Sendil Devadas is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at DuPont Pioneer and a graduate of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  DuPont Pioneer (formerly Pioneer Hi-Bred) has been headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa since Henry A. Wallace, who later became 33rd Vice President of the United States, founded it in 1926 as the Hi-Bred Corn Company.  DuPont Pioneer is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, agronomic support, and services to farmers. "Innovative and customer-focused, Pioneer seeks to increase farmer productivity and profitability, and to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Increasing populations, changing economies, and limited cultivatable land are significant factors drivingPioneer to use the broad application of plant science to improve the value generated from each field."  DuPont Pioneer has business operations in more than 90 countries, more than 100 research locations, and more than 12,300 employees worldwide.

It should be a great event, and we look forward to having you there!