February 17, 2012

IP Buzz - February 2012

4 min

Venable Strengthens National Patent Prosecution/Litigation Practice with Addition of Five Attorneys

Venable welcomes partners Mark Shanks, Toni-Junell Herbert, and Michele Van Patten Frank; of counsel Therese Finan; and associate Fabian M. Koenigbauer. The group will focus on litigation, as well as patent counseling and prosecution in biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and software. In addition, the group handles M&A, commercialization and licensing of IP assets.

Venable Adds Noted National Advertising and Consumer Protection Lawyers

Venable LLP welcomes Randal Shaheen and Amy Mudge, two of the country’s leading practitioners of advertising and marketing law to its Washington office.


Federal Circuit Vacates Opinion in Marine Polymer Technologies, Inc. v. Hemcon, Inc. Agreeing to Rehearing En Banc; Venable files amicus brief on behalf of industry associations
Meaghan Hemmings Kent  and Michael Gollin

On February 10, 2012, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) filed a joint amicus brief for the Marine Polymer Technologies Federal Circuit en banc review. BIO and PhRMA are two of the leading trade associations representing life sciences companies. Michael Gollin, Venable partner, was lead counsel, working with Venable attorneys Bill Coston, Martin Saad, Meaghan Hemmings Kent, and Fabian Koenigbauer.

Please click here to view the amicus brief.

Product Configuration Trade Dress Claims Can Be Costly
Martin L. Saad

Two recent federal court rulings rejecting the protectability of alleged trade dress in product configurations should make plaintiffs think twice before pursuing such claims. In both cases, the plaintiffs lost at summary judgment and now face the prospect of paying defense counsel fees and the costs incurred in defending against the claims.

China Cracks Down on Counterfeit Goods
Christopher S. Crook

In early February 2012, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced that, in the first quarter of 2012, a number of Chinese Agencies will focus on cracking down on those making and selling counterfeit goods in rural China.

Posthumous Works: Keeping the Genius Alive

Venable partner Joshua J. Kaufman authored an article on the various issues surrounding the publication of Posthumous Art Works published by an artist’s estate in the January 2012 issue of Art World News.


"Protecting Your Intellectual Property under Government Contracts" and "Patent Prosecution Process and Pitfalls to Avoid"

February 13, 2012

Jeffri A. Kaminski presented at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County hosted by Cyber Incubator@bwtech on "Protecting Your Intellectual Property under Government Contracts" and "Patent Prosecution Process and Pitfalls to Avoid."

"Intellectual Property: Increasing Your Return on Investment," hosted by Venable LLP and Stout Risius Ross

February 23, 2012 - 8:00 a.m. EST

Venable partners Mark S. Vecchio, Frank M. Gasparo, and James E. Nelson will participate in a roundtable discussion on intellectual property strategy and best practices.

"Significant Changes in Advertising Law 2012" live webcast for The Knowledge Group

February 24, 2012- 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST

Venable is a proud sponsor of this webcast series. Join us for a presentation by Roger A. Colaizzi and other industry speakers on key legal issues in advertising law.

Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and LES Joint Programming - AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, March 14 - 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST

The joint program will feature the Honorable Randall Rader, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, presiding over a mock trial entitled: The Case of the Snake-Bit University – Inventorship and How Far Does a License Go?
Michael Gollin and Devesh Srivastava will be participating

Minding the Gap: Fixing Problems with Chain of Title from Inventor to University - AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 15 - 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST

Moderated by Michael Gollin

Janna C. Tom, University of California
Bryce C. Pilz, University of Michigan Law School
Kevin A. Marks, Roche Molecular Diagnostics


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