NJIPLA Names David J. Kappos as 2014 Jefferson Medalist

The New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA) is pleased to name David J. Kappos as the 2014 Jefferson Medalist.  Mr. Kappos, the former Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of United States Patent and Trademark Office, is a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP.

Following a 64 year tradition, the NJIPLA presents the Jefferson Medal annually to someone who has made exceptional contributions to the field of intellectual property law.  Previous Medalists include judges, members of Congress, Patent and Trademark Office officials and leaders of the intellectual property bar.

Mr. Kappos will be honored at the Jefferson Medal Dinner on Friday, June 6, 2014.  The event will be held at The Hilton at Short Hills, Short Hills, NJ.

2014 Membership Renewals - Due January 31

NJIPLA 2014 annual dues for Active Members are $100. Payment is not required of Student and Life Members. Renewal payments may be made online via credit card or PayPal. To make payment arrangements via check, please email njadmin@njipla.org or call (908) 533-3188.

2014 Calendar of Events

The NJIPLA is pleased to offer a full calendar of events throughout the coming year. 

On Thursday, February 6th, the NJIPLA will present Branding and Brand Protection in Digital Media: How Social and Emerging Media Have Broadened the Scope of IP Counseling.  To be held at the Hyatt Regency - New Brunswick, this half-day CLE program will review the biggest social media platforms, various laws and regulations that impact a social media initiative, and the best practices in using third party materials in social media programs. Topics will include:

  • How brands are activating in the digital and social media space
  • Legal issues to consider, from the FDA to the FTC
  • Special considerations in clearing, building and protecting brands in social media
  • Building a corporate social media policy
  • Patent consideration in social media initiatives, startups, and creating mobile apps
  • Counterfeit and brand protection issues relevant to online and social media space

"We are excited to spread our wings and tackle a topic with broad appeal not only in IP circles, but which lawyers, generally, are grappling with: providing counsel in the digital and social media space," says Jake Feldman, Chair of the Trademark Committee for the NJIPLA. "Our program will have topics relevant for trademark attorneys, patent attorneys, and general practitioners who give counsel in this space."

The 2014 Patent Litigation Seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 12th  at the Woodbridge Hilton in Iselin, NJ.  Featuring presentations by leading practitioners, this half-day CLE program continues to be one of the most popular events sponsored by this organization.  Presentations will include:

  • From Clones to Claims 35 Years of Patent Claims to DNA Sequences
         James F. Haley, Jr., Ropes & Gray, LLP
  • Supreme Court and 35 USC Section 101
         Jonathan E. Singer, Fish & Richardson, P.C.
  • Patent Exhaustion after Bowman
         Paul R. Q. Wolfson, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP
  • Inter Partes Review vs. Litigation in Hatch-Waxman / Paragraph IV Challenges
        Lisa M. Ferri, Mayer Brown, LLP
  • Inequitable Conduct - Still A Viable Defense? (Ethics Credit)
       Stephen S. Korniczky, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
This half-day CLE program includes 1.0 CLE Ethics credit while satisfying requirements for a total of 4.5 CLE credits in New Jersey and 4.0 CLE credits in Pennsylvania and New York. 

Join the Young Lawyers of NJIPLA for a night of networking with the IP Law Society of Rutgers Newark and their alumni on Monday, March 31st.  Five distinguished members of the IP community, ranging from in-house counsel to private practice, will present "Exploring Career Options in Intellectual Property: In-House, Law Firm, Academia".  This Panel, sponsored by the IP Law Society of Rutgers Newark, begins at 5:00 p.m. and free of charge. The Young Lawyers Networking Event will take place at Rutgers School of Law - Newark from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the lower atrium.  Reservations are $25 per person and may be made online here.

The NJIPLA is proud to co-sponsor the 30th Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.  The full-day conference, to be held at the New York Marriott Marquis, is designed to satisfy 8.0 NJ / NY CLE credits and 6.5 PA CLE credits.  Leading edge topics will cover: USPTO Practice, High Tech, Pharmaceuticals/Life Sciences, Litigation, and Ethics.  This program is sponsored by Joint Patent Practice Continuing Legal Education, Inc. and co-sponsored by Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association, New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, New York Intellectual Property Law Association and Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association.  Additional information, including guest speakers and registration details, may be found here.

Events planned for later in the year include:

  • Jefferson Medal Dinner (June 6, 2014)
  • NJIPLA/NYIPLA Event (September, 2014)
  • 12th Annual Fall Lecture Series (Late September, 2014)
  • 28th Annual Pharmaceutical & Chemical Patent Practice Update (October, 2014)
  • Fourth Annual Electronics, Telecom & Software Patent Practice Update (November, 2014)
  • Ethics in IP (December 10, 2014)

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Upcoming Events

06/06/2014 6:30 PM • The Hilton at Short Hills


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