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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Upcomming Events

Perfect Partnership Between Attorneys and Paralegals

IPLAC Paralegal Committee is hosting a lunchtime roundtable discussion with Joe Nabor (Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP) and Ed Latek (LexisNexis ®)

The event will be on Friday April 25, 2014 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm at Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP 120 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1600, Chicago, Illinois 60603. Lunch will be provided by LexisNexis ®

Joe Nabor will be discussing the Perfect Partnership between Attorneys and Paralegals in light of the recent Two-Way media LLC v. AT&T Operations Inc. et al. decision. Ed Latek will be discussing resources to monitor case status, progress, happenings, and how to implement good practices and strategies for case monitoring.

The fee for event is $5 for IPLAC members and $10 for non-members payable at the door. This program is eligible for one Professional Responsibility CLE credit in Illinois.

Please contact Cindi Schermerhorn (cschermerhorn@fitcheven.com) to RSVP, as seating is limited.

News of Note

IPLAC Job Board
The IPLAC job board is now online at http://www.iplac.org/JobBoard/. IPLAC hopes that this new service will allow local companies and firms to more easily connect with local IP practitioners looking for new employment opportunities. Job seekers can use the site for free. Seekers can even sign up for an RSS feed listing all the jobs as they are posted to the site. Companies and firms pay a nominal fee of $35.00 to post a job for up to 60 days. An option to make your job posting a "spotlight" job that is featured on the home page will cost $50.00. In order to post a job, firms must fill out the online form at http://iplac.org/JobBoard/Instructions/ and submit it. No paper submissions will be accepted. Payment can be made by check payable to IPLAC and sent to Kevin Thompson, Vice Chair, IPLAC Website Committee, Davis McGrath LLC, 125 S. Wacker, Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois 60606.

New Online Registration and Payment System
IPLAC is pleased to announce a new online registration and payment system, which is now operational. IP practitioners can now complete IPLAC membership applications or renewals online and pay dues by credit card. Through a separate but parallel “shopping cart,” IPLAC members and guests can register and pay for IPLAC programs via the website. In addition, new and renewing members can easily contribute online to the IPLAC Educational Foundation. Please note that you will still be able to join IPLAC, renew your membership, contribute to the Educational Foundation, and register for programs the “old-fashioned” way, but do check out the new system. Corporate renewals should also be done by mail, as they involve discounted rates and multiple individuals.

Get Involved

President's Update

Brent A. HawkinsDear IPLAC Friends:

As we transition into the autumn season, new school years and get back in the full swing of work, I want to reflect on some of the hard work of the IPLAC committees that took place over the summer. I would like to thank Ritu Chander, Zane Coleman and the rest of the IPLAC Patent Agents Committee for organizing a wonderful webinar entitled “Patent Drafting From the Litigator’s Perspective.” The webinar, presented by Howard Rockman, provided insightful tips on maintaining an eye on potential patent litigation when drafting and prosecuting patent applications. In addition, the IPLAC Amicus committee filed an important brief in Maersk Drilling USA, Inc. v. Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc.

Other IPLAC items of interest:

  • IPLAC officially launched its Facebook page. Please join our growing roster of IPLAC Facebook "friends," and follow events, activities and accomplishments of IPLAC and its members.

  • Please search your archives for historical IPLAC photos and memorabilia that you could share with the Historical Records Committee. We would love to see your old IPLAC photos from time past.

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 14th as the day we are hosting our Annual Patent Law Symposium at the Standard Club followed by our 120 the Annual Judges’ Dinner at the Standard Club. Please join us for an IP-filled day! Please remember that it is never too late to join an IPLAC Committee. Please contact me at bhawkins@mwe.com or (312) 984-7764 if you are interested in committee work. I encourage you all to continue to stay involved. Remember, our organization is only as strong as you, our members.

Warmest regards,
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Brent A. Hawkins

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