April Meeting (April 18, 2018)

April Meeting (April 18, 2018)

Please join us as our April Pupilage group will explore some of the most interesting defendants in all of copyright law--cosplayers!  Come learn about the exciting topic of copyrights covering clothing and costume designs in "Copyright Wars:  Attack of the Cosplayers."

A word from our co-chairs:

Have you ever watched the Dragon Con parade march down Peachtree Street and wondered whether any of those folks get sued for making and wearing such awesome—but unlicensed—costumes?  Well, as you’ve probably already guessed, they certainly do!  And if you’re curious about these kinds of cases, we hope you will join us for our presentation, which will follow the adventures of two unlikely Star Wars cosplay heroes, who team up with some unexpected friends to combat the overwhelming might of the Disney IP Empire.  Will our heroes preserve their right to wear unlicensed, custom-made Star Wars costumes?  Or are they doomed to defeat by the legendary Star Wars Copyrights?  And how many times can we bag on the new Star Wars film without totally abandoning the narrative arc?  Come find out! 

RSVPhttp://evite.me/ZFrecWxC6s

March Meeting (March 21, 2018)

March Meeting (March 21, 2018)

Join us on Wednesday, March 21, at Taylor English for a fun event covering the completely straightforward and entirely predictable concept of Fair Use in Copyright!  Have you ever posted to Instagram and thought, “That pic is amazing! I could make a lot of money selling that one!”? Well, world-famous appropriation artist Richard Prince does just that—and he just might be committing copyright infringement in the process. Come join us Wednesday as we explore the interplay between the world of appropriation artwork and fair use as a defense to copyright infringement.

Program Co-Chairs: Sarah LaFantano and Jason Grier

Host:  Taylor English

Meeting Schedule: Reception from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Program from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

Location:  Taylor English - 1600 Parkwood Circle, Suite 200 (Second Floor) - Atlanta, GA 30339

Parking/Transportation:  Parking is free.

Guest Policy & Registration:  atlantaipinn.org/guests/

Brief Graders and Judges Needed for AIPLA Moot Court Competition

Brief Graders and Judges Needed for AIPLA Moot Court Competition

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) returns for the Southeastern Regional Competition of its prestigious Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition for law students. Those interested in grading briefs between February 10, 2018, and March 9, 2018, or judging oral arguments at the competition on March 23–24, 2018, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, can click "Read More" below for details.

NDGA Soliciting Comments on Proposed New Rules Affecting IP Cases

NDGA Soliciting Comments on Proposed New Rules Affecting IP Cases

The Northern District of Georgia is proposing new Local Rule 3.4 and new Local Patent Rule 1.4 to require appropriate parties in patent, copyright, and trademark cases to complete and file AO Form 120 and/or AO Form 121, as applicable.  The Court also is proposing revisions to Local Rule 83.4A, which governs recording equipment in courthouses.  The Court is soliciting comments on these proposals from the public and the bar through Friday, March 2, 2018.  This notice has additional details.

Patent Pro Bono Opportunity for Patent Prosecution Attorneys & Agents (Feb. 27, 2018)

Patent Pro Bono Opportunity for Patent Prosecution Attorneys & Agents (Feb. 27, 2018)

Join members of the State and Atlanta Bar IP Section for a fun, simple, and no-continuing-obligation pro bono opportunity on Tuesday, February 27, at the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts/Georgia PATENTS Intake Clinic for low-income inventors. You can give 1 or 2 hours, at your choice, and you will be able to review materials in advance of the meeting.  Click through for additional details.

January Meeting (Jan. 31, 2018)

January Meeting (Jan. 31, 2018)

Our next meeting, generously sponsored by the great people at Thomas Horstemeyer, will be held at GA Tech at 5:00 p.m. on Wed., January 31, 2018.  Joe Staley and Arvind Reddy lead this month's program, called "Shark Tank: Considerations for Innovators Commercializing Products."  Join two teams of innovators, one representing UGA and another representing Georgia Tech, as they take their ideas to Shark Tank.  Let’s learn about some considerations that innovators should keep in mind when commercializing an idea.  See how good legal advice can help you survive the Sharks and how bad advice gets you eaten alive!  Please join us on Wednesday, January 31 at Georgia Tech.  We promise we won’t make any UGA jokes about the National Championship Game (just kidding, we definitely will).

5:00pm – 6:00pm (optional)  Panel Presentation for GA Tech students by Inn members on careers in IP.

5:30pm – 7:00pm  Reception  (students will join at 6:00pm)  N.B.:  As this is being held on a college campus, anyone wishing to consume alcohol will need to provide valid ID.

7:00pm – 8:00pm  Program

RSVP here no later than Jan. 24, 2018:  http://evite.me/15tDCfK1ed

Click through for additional parking details.

Holiday Party - December 13, 2017

Holiday Party - December 13, 2017

This year’s Holiday Party will be at the Piedmont Driving Club on Wednesday, December 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. RSVP for the event no later than Friday, December 8 at 5 pm: http://evite.me/6TYDtDCn7f.

If bringing a guest, register and pay for your guest here: http://atlantaipinn.org/guests/. The Holiday Party is free to all members, but there is a $35 fee for all guests.

The Inn will collect business attire for donation for the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency again this year. There will be boxes inside the Club where you can drop your gently used business attire donations before entering the party.

Complimentary valet is available. A friendly reminder that the Club requires men wear coat and tie for this event.

November Meeting (Nov. 15, 2017)

November Meeting (Nov. 15, 2017)

Ready to finally get that tattoo you’ve always wanted?  Then do not miss this month’s presentation by our November Pupilage Group.  It turns out, the pain involved in getting a tattoo is not limited to the needle used to apply the ink.  Oh no.  There are all sorts of copyright issues involved that can greatly exacerbate the discomfort.  Please join us on Wed., November 15 to learn all about why you may want to rethink the ink.

Program Co-Chairs: Robin McGrath and Tennell Lockett

Host:  Kilpatrick Townsend

Meeting Schedule: Reception from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Program from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

Location:  Kilpatrick Townsend - 1110 Peachtree Street NE - Atlanta, GA 30309

Parking/Transportation:  Parking will be validated, but we ask that guests please consider carpooling.

Guest Policy & Registration:  atlantaipinn.org/guests/

October Meeting (Oct. 18, 2017)

October Meeting (Oct. 18, 2017)

Please join us as our October Pupilage group presents "Not Throwing Away My Shot!: Jurisdiction & Venue Challenges and the Changing Patent Infringement Landscape."  Assigning away your client’s patent for sovereign immunity from infringement suits?  Finding a regular and established place of business in the post-T.C. Heartland venue world? Dueling frenemies? This show’s bringing it all.  Be prepared to be amazed, enraptured, and enlightened by Pupilage Group 2’s off, off, off Broadway, and completely unauthorized, production of HAMILTON.  Work!

Program Co-Chairs: Matt Warenzak and Chittam Thakore

Host:  Fish & Richardson

Meeting Schedule: Reception from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Program from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

Location:  Druid Hills Golf Club - 740 Clifton Road - Atlanta, GA 30307

Parking/Transportation:  Parking will be validated, but we ask that guests please consider carpooling.

Guest Policy & Registration:  atlantaipinn.org/guests/

Thank You to Chasing Lovely

Thank You to Chasing Lovely

Chasing Lovely is a folk-pop duo who were an integral part of our September Inn meeting, acting in the skits and performing several songs.  The Inn extends a big thanks to bandmates Chloe and Taylor for helping to make the evening special!  If you are interested in listening to their music, learning more about them, or learning how you can hire them to put on an intimate house concert, please visit chasinglovely.com.  Here are some upcoming tour dates:

Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival: October 7th
Eddie Owen Presents Annual Shootout, Duluth: November 24th
Eddie's Attic Bi-Annual Shootout, Decatur: December 9th

Don't Miss Out on Key Mentoring Opportunities!

Don't Miss Out on Key Mentoring Opportunities!

Mentoring is a key feature of the Inn of Court experience.  This year, the Atlanta IP Inn of Court is revamping its mentoring program to include larger mentoring groups and, yes, bigger prizes!  Communication and tracking has also been streamlined through the GroupMe system.  Members can find additional details in this presentation.  Members also should have received an e-mail identifying the members of their mentoring groups.  And if you need a reminder of who is in your group, the pairings are posted here.  A big thanks to Cynthia Parks, our Mentoring Chair, for developing this program!

September Meeting (September 13, 2017)

September Meeting (September 13, 2017)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm (new member orientation from 5:00 to 5:30pm) - Peachtree Club courtesy of Ballard Spahr

Please join us as our September Pupilage group kicks off the new Inn year with "Chasing the Ethics of Multiple Representation:  This One Goes to Eleven."  Chasing Lovely, a self-described folk/pop duo, and their hapless bandmates, start the night at a joyful house concert but end up in a quagmire of ethical issues. The night will include music, laughter, and a chance to win autographed CDs — but only if you can spot the issues!

Program Co-Chairs: David Hricik and Tina McKeon

Host:  Ballard Spahr

Meeting Schedule: New member orientation from 5:00 to 5:30 PM.  Reception from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Program from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

Location:  Peachtree Club, 28th Floor - 999 Peachtree St., NE - Atlanta, GA 30309

April Meeting (April 19, 2017)

April Meeting (April 19, 2017)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm - Northern District of Georgia

Please join us as our April Pupilage group teaches us about domain name disputes!  Trademark law and domain names have clashed for more than 20 years.  Although the legal issues are now well-developed, the cybersquatting problem is far from resolved.  Indeed, last year saw a record number of domain name disputes filed with WIPO, the leading provider of services under the popular Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).  Still, many trademark owners (and even IP practitioners) are unaware of how to avoid and resolve these issues, even as new top-level domain names and dispute policies have been created.

Program Co-Chairs: Doug Isenberg and John Harbin

Host:  U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Meeting Schedule: Reception from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Program from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

Please park in the "Gulch" parking lot, which can be accessed using the directions located here: http://www.gand.uscourts.gov/atlanta-division-parking-information.  After checking in with security, please proceed to the 23rd floor.  The meeting will take place in the ceremonial courtroom.

Atlanta Diversity Program Highlighted by American Inns of Court President

Atlanta Diversity Program Highlighted by American Inns of Court President

Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart, President of the American Inns of Court, recently discussed diversity in the Bencher magazine.  He highlighted two diversity programs, including a program hosted by our own Atlanta IP American Inn of Court!  He stated:

The Atlanta IP American Inn of Court engaged the important, yet sensitive, subject of diversity by devoting one of its monthly programs to "Diversity Issues in the Profession."  ... The program was led by a private consultant who used entertaining skits and vignettes and other interactive methods with Inn members that resulted in positive, informative, and entertaining discussions about diversity in several dimensions of professional life.

He concludes by stating that "[o]ne of the signature strengths of the American Inns of Court movement is that local Inns are consistently able to present to its members a variety of challenging and often sensitive subjects through creative and interesting program models."  We couldn't agree more!  Congratulations to Alexis Simpson and John North for organizing such a noteworthy and informative program.

March Meeting (March 15, 2017) - Plus Mentoring Panel

March Meeting (March 15, 2017) - Plus Mentoring Panel

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 4:30pm to 8:00pm - Eversheds Sutherland

Please join us as our March Pupilage group teaches us all about trade secrets!  And before the reception, there will be a mentoring and professional development panel discussion featuring Cynthia Parks, Sherry Knowles, Dan Kent, Jim Johnson, Tony Askew, and Kevin Cranman.  Space for the mentoring panel is limited, so please let Kevin Cranman know if you intend to attend.

Program Co-Chairs: Alan White and Charley Brown

Host:  Eversheds Sutherland

Meeting Schedule: Mentoring panel from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. Reception from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Program from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

The reception prior to the program will be held at The Peachtree Club, 999 Peachtree Street NE, 28th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Parking will be validated, but please consider carpooling or taking MARTA to the Midtown Station.  The parking garage at 999 Peachtree can be accessed from the left on Peachtree St or on the right from Juniper St. just past 10th.  Please park in the visitor spaces located on levels 2, 3, or 9. 

Brief Graders and Judges Needed for AIPLA Moot Court Competition

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) returns for the Southeastern Regional Competition of its prestigious Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition for law students. Those interested in grading briefs between February 8, 2017, and March 1, 2017, or judging oral arguments at the competition on March 17–18, 2017, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, can click "Read More" below for details.