Alert May 11, 2006

Recent Developments at Goodwin Procter

Recent Conferences, Seminars and Speaking Engagements

AIPLA Spring Meeting
Dates: May 3-5, 2006
Location: Chicago Hilton & Towers, Chicago, IL
This was the annual meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Several IP-related topics were covered, including: patents, licensing, trademarks/copyrights and ethics. Ira Levy was a program coordinator for this event and moderated the “Litigation (Complex Case Management) Multi-District Issues” panel. 

NYIPLA Judge’s Dinner
Date: March 24, 2006
Location: Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, NY
The firm was a sponsor of this 84th annual awards dinner honoring the federal judiciary. The event consisted of a CLE program during the day on the interface between the Federal Circuit and the District Court on claim construction, chaired and moderated by Ira Levy, and an awards dinner in the evening featuring keynote speaker, author Scott Turow. 

2006 E-Commerce Global Summit
Dates: March 16-17, 2006
Location: Marbella Country Club, San Juan Capistrano, CA
The Internet Business Law Services presents this annual event which provides perspectives on e-commerce regulations, international Internet legal challenges, best practices of their organizations and their clients, case studies with unique insights, and frank discussions as to what direction e-commerce regulation will take over the next 2-5 years. Jackie Klosek was a member of the faculty for this event and offered a global perspective on data security and emerging standards in preventing and responding to data security breaches.

Advanced Licensing Agreements 2006
Dates: March 6-7, 2006; March 16-17, 2006
Locations: PLI Center, New York, NY; PLI Center, San Francisco, CA
This program was designed to address some of the more complex issues that arise in drafting and negotiating intellectual property licenses. Ira Levy was the co-chair for this program as well as a presenter on the “Trademark Licensing from the Inside and Outside” session. Steve Charkoudian presented the “Patent and Technology Licensing” session.

Patent Basics for the Non-Specialist
Date: March 2, 2006
Location: PLI Center, New York, NY
This event helped in-house counsel, general attorneys and business managers identify and understand key patent issues facing their organizations in today’s highly competitive business environment. Kingsley Taft delivered the “Patent Issues in M&A Transactions” presentation.

Citigroup’s Global Healthcare Conference
Date: March 1, 2006
Location: Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC
Ira Levy participated in the “EPO Patent Litigation: Possible Outcomes for Amgen & Roche” panel which explored the key legal issues surrounding Amgen’s EPO patent infringement case against Roche, including the relevance of prior rulings related to the Amgen patent case against Transkaryotic Therapies (TKT)/Aventis, the potential structure of CERA and implications for infringement and non-infringement, and procedural issues related to the litigation process.

Maximizing Returns of Your Intellectual Property Portfolio
Dates: January 26-27, 2006
Location: The Harvard Club, New York, NY
This event, produced by The Wall Street Transcript, brought together authorities in the intellectual property field to discuss methods for deriving value from intellectual assets, strategies for insulating your patent portfolio from legal challenges, and techniques for valuing an IP portfolio. Ira Levy presented “Due Diligence for Executing Your Licensing Strategy.”

Practical Approaches to Trademark Clearance Issues
Date: January 23, 2006
Location: International Trademark Association Headquarters, New York, NY
Ira Levy served as the host of this two-hour roundtable discussion that covered current trademark issues.

 

Publications

Ira J. Levy published “Licensing Due Diligence” in the March 1, 2006, issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Jacqueline Klosek published “IP Due Diligence: A Key Component of Corporate Transactions” in the March 1, 2006, IAM magazine supplement From IP to IPO 2006

Kingsley L. Taft published “Reviving Your Life Sciences Deals Through Restructuring,” in the February 20, 2006, issue of Mass High Tech 

Ira J. Levy and Anastasia M. Fernands published “Building a Strong Case for the Defence” in the February 1, 2006, IAM magazine supplement IP Value in the Life Sciences Industries

 

Victories and Related Developments

Goodwin Procter recently filed a trademark infringement and trademark dilution action on behalf of our client Roll Call, Inc. – the publisher of the well-known Capitol Hill newspaper – against Roll Call Strategies, a Kentucky firm that registered to lobby Congress on behalf of several of its clients. The action claimed that Roll Call Strategies, a new consulting and lobbying organization, had chosen its name with the intention of trading on our client’s stellar reputation on Capitol Hill. The infringement was particularly disturbing because the credibility of a newspaper such as Roll Call depends on the perception that it is impartial, which perception the existence of a lobbying firm with a similar name directly threatens. Several days after we filed the lawsuit, the parties entered into a settlement agreement whereby Roll Call Strategies agreed to change its name. The action was brought by Adam Chud, with assistance from Collette Goodman and Kandis Koustenis.