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2016 Annual Conference Registration

October 7 and 8, 2016

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort®

Riverside, Iowa

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Jim Hallenbeck,  Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association or (612) 373-6938

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Friday October 7, 2016 at 7:15 AM CDT


Saturday October 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM CDT

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Riverside Casino & Golf Resort®

3184 Highway 22

Riverside, IA 52327

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Dear IIPLA Member:

I hope you are planning to join us for the 2016 IIPLA Annual Meeting and CLE, at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa.  If you have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible so that we may establish an accurate headcount.

Please note that this year we will have a full day on Friday, October 7th and a half day on Saturday, October 8th.

There is a block of hotel rooms reserved for the evenings of both October 6th and 7th at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort.  The rooms are $99.95 the evening of October 6th and $139.95 the evening of the 7th.  You can call 877/677-3456 and ask for the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association room rate.

The registration fee is a $40 less this year at $385, although students are free unless they would like to join the cocktail reception and dinner following the programming on Friday, October 7th.  CLE credit will be applied for and I am expecting approval for 10.5 hours total including an hour of ethics.

Please find the planned schedule below.

Event Schedule 

October 7th

Breakfast 7:15 to 8:00 - donuts and pastries


8:00 - 8:50       Patent Litigation Topic

Aaron R. Fahrenkrog
Robins Kaplan LLP


8:50 - 9:40       Mastering Section 2(d) of the Lanham Act: Strategies for Overcoming Likelihood of Confusion Refusals in the USPTO

Section 2(d) of the Lanham Act can form a powerful bar to registration of your client's trademark. A trademark practitioner who has handled thousands of applications and registrations will explain successful strategies for overcoming likelihood of confusion refusals. Learn which DuPont factors to highlight in your response, how and when to use consent agreements, and other alternatives for overcoming the rejection. Sample responses, consents and other useful documents will be provided.

Felicia J. Boyd
Barnes & Thornburg LLP


Break in morning at 9:40 to 10:10


10:10 - 11:00 

IP Legislative Overview

Vincent E. Garlock
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Arlington, VA

11:00 - 11:50   Ready For A Challenge?  The Impact of IPRs On Patent Management 

IPRs have changed the way that patents are enforced. Patents will likely be reviewed in the PTAB before they are litigated in district court.  We have learned lessons from current IPR practice that provide insight for better patent management and assertion.  Is your patent portfolio ready for the challenge?

Timothy Bianchi
Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, PA


Lunch and Business Meeting 12:00 to 1:30

Overview of the recent Federal Circuit McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Decision
Prof. Carl Moy
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
St. Paul, Minnesota


1:30 - 2:20       Patent Law's Enablement Requirement

Prof. Jason Rantanen
University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City

2:20 - 3:10       Prosecuting a Copyright Infringement Action, Liability and Damages, From C&D to Complaint

Davin Curtiss
O'Connor & Thomas, P.C.
Dubuque, IA


Break in afternoon 3:10 - 3:30


3:30 - 4:20       

Recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Decisions

David P. Swenson
Farney Daniels PC


4:20 - 5:20      35 U.S.C. 101 Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Topic

Heidi S. Nebel
McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C.
Des Moines, Iowa


6:00 Cocktails and Dinner


October 8th

Breakfast 7:15 to 8:00 - donuts and pastries

8:00 to 12:00


8:00 - 8:50       IP Issues in Contracts

Drew Larson
Brown, Winnick, Graves, Gross, Bakerville and Schoenebaum, P.L.C.
Des Moines, IA


8:50 - 9:50       USPTO Speaker - Ethics and Pro Bono Program

Break in morning at 9:50 to 10:10


10:10 - 11:00  TBD


11:00 - 12:00  Trade Secrets Topic

Glenn Johnson
Nyemaster Goode PC
Cedar Rapids, IA

The good, the bad, and the indifferent:  A review of the private right of action under the Economic Espionage Act as amended by the Defend Trade Secrets Act.  The Defend Trade Secrets Act brings federal question jurisdiction into play, and theoretically will provide for greater consistency across the United States in the civil enforcement of trade secret misappropriation claims.  The Act rejects the Imminent Disclosure Rule and restricts injunctive relief insofar as it may deviate from applicable state noncompetition laws.  Seizure rights and whistleblower protection is also provided by the Act.


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Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have.



Jim Hallenbeck

President, IIPLA