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Friday, October 24, 2014

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Upcoming Events

IPLAC_symposium_sponsorship2 (88K) October 21, 2014
New Members' Reception

5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at SOUTH BRANCH TAVERN AND GRILLE, 100 South Wacker Drive (SE corner of Monroe and the Chicago River)

October 28, 2014

On October 28, 2014, the Trademark Committee is pleased to host a presentation by Mark Evans of Smart & Biggar (Toronto) entitled “Canada's Significantly Amended Trademarks Act---What You Need to Know (and be doing) Right Now.” Mark will present on Canada's most radical changes to its Trademarks Act in 50 years. These amendments will result in faster, simpler and cheaper protection for both brand owners and trademark pirates. Learn about these important developments and what U.S. brand owners should be doing now to fully protect their rights north of the border.
For additional information, please contact Anna King
To register, please contact Stacy Knight

October 30, 2014 - Chicago, IL
Discussion on Differences in Paralegal Process in German and in U.S.

Co-hosted by IPLAC Trademark Committee and Chicago Bar Association – Time and Venue to be announced soon.
IPLAC Paralegal Committee is honored to have Ingrid Jahr and Detlef von Ahsen from Kuhnen and Wacker, German patent firm presenting a lunch time event on October 30, 2014 from 12-2. Ingrid and Detlef will be discussing the German paralegal process and how it is similar and different from American paralegal process. The event will be held at Akzo Nobel, Inc. 525 West Van Buren, Chicago, Illinois and box lunches will be provided. You will need to check in at the guard station. Cost of the event will be $5 for IPLAC members and $10 for non-members. To make sure we have enough lunches for everyone, please rsvp to Cindi Schermerhorn at cindi.schermerhorn@akzonobel.com.

Friday, November 14, 201
Annual Judges’ Dinner

We are pleased to announce the details for our annual Judges’ Dinner on Friday, November 14, 2014, and you do not want to miss this one. This year’s Dinner will be held at the Standard Club, Chicago, Illinois. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. As always, this year’s event promises to be an exceptionally fun and entertaining evening and is a great opportunity to treat your clients and colleagues to a very enjoyable evening. Click here for full details.

March 12, 2015
Appellate Practice Event

Co-hosted by IPLAC and The Richard Linn Inn of Court at McDermott, Will & Emery Firm. Further details to follow.

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, Co-Chair, IPLAC Website Committee, Ladas & Parry LLP, 224 S. Michigan, Suite 1600, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

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

Garrett LeachDear IPLAC Members and Friends:

This is my first letter as President of IPLAC. Let me open by thanking the members and the Board for bestowing me with this great honor. I promise to work hard during the next year to justify your trust. If there is anything I can do to assist any member with IPLAC, please feel free to contact me or any member of the Board.

During the past few months we have had a number of successes at IPLAC. In addition to several wonderful programs by our committees, many of us enjoyed a great day of golfing and tennis at our annual Field Day. A special thanks to Serena Pruitt and Betsy Derwinski for organizing another great Field Day. Also, on June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court specifically recognized IPLAC's claim construction book in its Nautilus decision. A special thanks to Edward Manzo and the other book authors as well as the Amicus Committee who made this recognition possible.

As I close this first letter, I want to repeat the challenge I issued at the Annual Dinner: Be active and get involved. Join a committee, attend events and become an important part of our truly great organization.

Garrett Leach

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