Bill Coston, a partner in Venable's Intellectual Property Litigation Group, will serve as the program co-chair. Mr. Coston argued and won a landmark IP case in the U.S. Supreme Court (Samara Brothers v. Wal-Mart) and has litigated numerous compelling IP cases throughout the country involving products and services as diverse as electric guitars, athletic apparel and equipment, smallpox vaccines and computer network architecture. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
The seminar is structured around a hypothetical drawn from a real life situation facing corporate counsel -- a mix of patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright claims that rivals any law school exam you have ever taken. The seminar features preeminent litigators and corporate counsel from across the United States, addressing the latest case law developments, trial strategies and cost management issues. The program spans diverse IP litigation topics, including trademark, patent, trade secret, copyright law and anticounterfeiting in a cross-section of industries, including pharmaceuticals, tobacco and consumer products. A two-track approach, tailored to the varied interests of attendees, will meet the needs of trial counsel, claims professionals, corporate counsel and young lawyers.