Welcome to the 2013 - 2014 Michigan Law Intellectual Property Student Association.
Current Event Schedule

Below are just a few of the events planned for the Winter 2014 semester. We look forward to seeing you!
February 2014
February 19 - 12:00pm-1:00pm, SH 0225 - Jessica Litman on ABC (et al.) v. Aereo
A discussion of ABC v. Aereo, a case recently taken up by the Supreme Court to examine the issue of retransmission rights in local television broadcasts, with primary commentary provided by Professor Jessica Litman. This talk is intended for students interested in intellectual property law, broadcast rights, copyrights, technology, and the legal strictures governing our ability to sit back and watch some TV.

February 26 - 12:00pm-1:00pm, Hutch 138 - PLIP Information Panel
Bidding, especially in conjunction with OCI
Interview preparation (OCP's Mock Interview Program)
Interview tips
General resources

March 2014
March 14 - 11:50am-12:50pm, South Hall 1225 - Life as a Knobbe Martens IP Lawyer
Michigan Law Students with Technical Degrees:
Join Knobbe Martens for a presentation
Knobbe Martens cordially invites 1L, 2L and 3L students with a technical background and interested in IP law to join us for a presentation entitled: Life as a Knobbe Martens IP Lawyer.
Meet with lawyers from one of the country's most prominent intellectual property law firms to learn more about our practice, our people, and why we offer an opportunity second to none to build a rewarding career in IP law.

March 26 - 12:00pm-1:00pm, Hutch 138 - Winter GBM

Past Events

Fall 2013 Events

September 2013
September 19 - 4:30pm-6:00pm, Aikens Commons Lower Level - Student Organization Open House

September 23 - 12:00pm-1:00pm, South Hall 1020 - Fall GBM
Come learn about IPSA and our upcoming events!
Jerusalem Garden lunch will be served!
We'll be holding elections for: 2 1L Representatives, 1 Jobs Chair for Winter 2014

September 24 - 11:45am-1:00pm, Hutchins 100 - Apple v. Samsung presented by Mr. McElhinny of Morrison Foerster
Please join the Intellectual Property Students Association for a lunch talk on the modern patent wars with Harold McElhinny. Among many other engagements, Mr. McElhinny served as the lead counsel for Apple in the company's recent patent litigation against Samsung. Mr. McElhinny is the former Managing Partner of Morrison Foerster, former Chair of the firm's Litigation Department, and former Co-Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property practice. Mr. McElhinny's practice includes complex IP cases involving electronics and life sciences technologies.
A non-pizza lunch will be served.

October 2013
October 1 - 12:00pm-1:00pm, South Hall 1020 - Patent Bar Exam Information Meeting presented by Mr. Mark Dighton of the Practicing Law institute
Are you thinking about taking the Patent Bar? Have no idea when or how to do that? Just want some general information about the current Patent Bar Exam? Want to know what the Patent Bar is?
Pizza will be served.
October 24 - 11:55am-12:55pm, South Hall 1020 - Careers in Intellectual Property
Interested in advising Marketing Departments on Trademark? Helping musicians and artists navigate Copyright law? Assisting software companies in Licensing? Shutting down those pesky Patent Trolls? A panel of attorneys will discuss just that. They will also speak in depth on career paths for students.

Panel Members:

Charlie Duncan (Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP),
Jim Stevens (Reising Ethington, PC),
Karin Butchko (Carlson Gaskey & Olds, PC),
Anessa Kramer (Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP),
David Gaskey (Carlson Gaskey & Olds, PC)

Lightly Toasted Potbellies Sandwiches

Thank you everyone for coming.

November 2013
November 7 - 7:00pm-9:00pm, Good Time Charley's - Social Hour
Interested in intellectual property? Come network with 2Ls & 3Ls
Learn about: IP courses, class scheduling, Job Hunting, Surviving 1L year, Finding housing
Come get to know the IPSA members and find out what we're doing this year. Free food!
Questions about the event? Contact Charles or Jennie.
Hope to see you there!

Winter 2013 Events

February 2013
February 27 - 11:45am, Hutchins 100 - Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story
Has copyright enforcement really benefited the creative industries? Has taking down "rogue websites" helped artists and musicians? Can the music and movie industry adapt to the 21st century? If so, how? Come hear Professor Michael Carrier discuss his groundbreaking study of CEOs, company founders, technology companies, the recording industry, and venture capital firms.

February 12 - 11:45am, Hutchins 138 - IPSA and Kirkland & Ellis Presents: IP Litigation after the America Invents Act
IPSA is hosting David Callahan, a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis, for a discussion on how the America Invents Act (AIA) will affect patent litigation.

January 2013
January 31 - Social Hour at Good Time Charley's
Escape from cold and join IPSA for food and drinks at Good Time Charley's!

Fall 2012 Events

September 2012
September 13 - America's First Patents: A Discussion with Professor Michael Risch
Professor Michael Risch of Villanova School of Law will discuss American's first patents and the history of patent law as a whole. Michigan Law's Professor Rebecca Eisenberg will offer her own comments on Professor's Risch's presentation.

September 19 - General Body Meeting/Elections
Join IPSA for the first general body meeting of the year. New 1L reps will be elected.

September 20 - Pro Bono Talk
Learn about pro bono opportunies offered through IPSA

September 27 - Social Hour at Dominick's
Unwind with IPSA at Dominick's before the weather turns too cold. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

October 2012
October 2 - A Day In The Life of Intellectual Property Law
A lunchtime panel featuring a number of practicing attorneys practicing a range of IP law, including copyright, trademarks, patent prosecution, and patent litigation. Learn about their day-to-day experience. Lunch will be provided.

October 11 - Geek Trivia
Join IPSA and EMALSA for trivia at the Blue Lep!

November 2012
November 9 - Public Patent Foundation: Organic Seed v. Monsanto
Dan Rvicher, Executive Director of PUBPAT and counsel to plaintiffs in Organic Seed v. Monsanto, will discuss the lawsuit.

2011 - 2012 Events

March 2012
+ Saturday, March 24, Hutchins Hall - Development or Impediment Trends of Intellectual Property Law in Asia
Symposium consisting of three panels composed of legal scholars and practitioners. Each panel will survey the current IP trends in several key industries across Asia. The panels are tentatively structure as follows: Fashion and the Arts, Public Health, and Electronics and Information Technology. Speakers TBA.

+ Tuesday, March 6, South Hall 0220 - Paramount Picturse Presents: SOPA and PIPA
Alfred Perry, VP of Worldwide Content Protection and outreach at Paramount Pictures, will discuss SOPA, PIPA, and ways to address the issue of content theft.

February 2012
+ Saturday, February 11, Blue Tractor - IP Student Mixer
Curious about copyright? Prying about patents? Tantalized by trademarks? Want to meet other law students with technical backgrounds? Meet and mingle with other students interested in IP at one of Ann Arbor's hottest new microbreweries.

+ Thursday, February 2, 12:15 PM, South Hall 1020 - IPSA and Young Basile present: How to get Hired and Succeed as an IP Associate
Speaker Andrew Basile graduated from Princeton in 1986 and University of Michigan Law School in 1989 and worked at Jenner & Block in Chicago for five years. He went on to become an equity partner at Cooley Godward, running that firms 18-attorney Internet practice in San Francisco during the dot-com boom. He is now Chairman of Young Basile, a 25 attorney IP boutique with offices in Michigan and California. Mr. Basile will share his experiences about how to succeed in the IP law field.

November 2011
+ Wednesday, November 16, 12:15 PM, 236HH - Patent Moot Court Interest Meeting
All students who want to participate in Patent Moot Court this year AND any other students who want to know what it's all about are welcome - 1Ls included! If you intend to participate please plan to attend, as there will be important information regarding deadlines.
If you want to participate and can't make it, please email slopat@umich.edu

+ Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 PM - 7:25 PM, 138HH - Professor Hertz: Life as an Entertainment Lawyer
Prof. Hertz has represented numerous artists and entities in the entertainment field, including authors, screenwriters, recording artists, radio personalities, producers, production companies, record labels, agents, artist managers, music publishers, songwriters, and athletes.
Among others, his most well-known clients have been George Clinton, Sippie Wallace, The Romantics, The Bass Brothers, Eminem, Marilyn Manson, Jack White, Russell Simmons, O-Town, Pantera, The GO, Jesse Palter, Marcus Belgrave, Mike Posner, Elmore Leonard, Warner Tamerlane, and Atlantic Records!
See his MLaw faculty webpage for more complete biography.

2010 - 2011 Events

September 2010
+ Friday, September 17, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, 138HH - Samir Bhavsar Talk
"Challenging Patent Damages: The Entire Market Value Rule"
Samir Bhavsar, Michigan Law '96, has a law practice that covers all areas of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent litigation, patent portfolio development and management, and technology licensing.

2009 - 2010 Event Schedule

November 2009
+ Monday, November 9, 12:20 - 1:20 PM, 138HH - Tony Fletcher talk
Details TBA

October 2009
+ Friday, October 30, 5:00 PM - Trademark Moot Court detailed outlines due
Complete rules and this year's problem available here.

+ Wednesday, October 21, 12:15 - 1:15 PM, 132HH - Patent Bar information session
Mark Dighton, Director of Law School Relations as well as Director of the Patent Bar Review Course at the Practising Law Institute, will speak about changes to the Patent Bar and other developments.

+ Thursday, October 8, 12:20 - 1:20 PM, 138HH - Tech Transfer
What do the polio vaccine, the EKG, and the modern football helmet have in common? They were all invented at the University of Michigan! To learn more about how technology developed at Michigan is transferred to the marketplace, please attend the IPSA Tech Transfer meeting. Rick Brandon and Bryce Pilz, Michigan Law alumni and Assistant General Counsel in the Office of Technology Transfer, will discuss how IP issues arising from the research conducted at the University are handled and how their career paths led them back to Michigan. All are welcome and lunch will be served!

+ Tuesday, October 6, 12:20 - 12:45 PM; 132HH - Moot Court Information Session
Come learn about the various Moot Court competitions of interest to IPSA members: Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition and Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition (currently updated only for the spring 2009 competition, additional information coming soon).

2008 - 2009 Events

+ April 2, 2009, 12:20 - 1:20 PM, 150HH - Lexis Intellectual Property Resource Training Session

+ April 9, 2009, 12:20 - 1:20 PM, 138HH - Westlaw Intellectual Property Resource Training Session

+ April 14, 2009, 12:20 - 1:20 PM, 138HH: Drug Regulation in China - S.J.D. Candidate Qing Zhang

+ IPSA Executive Board Dinner

+ The Price of Fame: Market Failure at an IP-Antitrust Intersection - S.J.D. Candidate Ivan Reidel

+ Marks of Rectitude - Professor Margaret Chon

+ March 25, 2009, 138HH: Patent Bar Information Session

+ Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition
January 12, 2009: Written briefs due
January 17, 2009: Oral Arguments

+ Intellectual Property Moot Court Information Session

+ Discussion Session About IP-Related Courses at Michigan Law

+ October 1, 2008, 150HH, 12:20 - 1:20 PM: So You are Thinking About a Career in IP? Overview of a Recent Patent Infringement Jury Trial in East Texas - Eric Lamison, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

+ Recent IP-Related US Supreme Court Decisions - Samir Bhavsar, Partner, Baker Botts LLP

+ October 24, 2008, 132HH, 12:20 - 1:20 PM: Law and Venture Capital - John Denniston, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (Co-sponsored with the Business Law Association)

+ October 24, 2008, Putt N Glow, 8:00 PM: Social Event - Blacklight Mini Golf

+ October 27, 2008, 218HH, 12:20 - 1:20 PM: Harnessing the Full Potential of Technology: a Workshop, Understand the changing nature of communications and how to strategically use new technologies to get the job done, with Brian Reich, author of Media Rules! and former briefing director to Vice President Al Gore (Co-sponsored with the Entertainment, Media, and Law Student Association)

+ October 30, 2008, 138HH, 12:20 - 1:20 PM: Want to work in IP? Want to Work in Michigan? IP Law in Michigan - Attorney Panel, Dickinson Wright PLLC (Co-sponsored with the Law Student Section of the Michigan State Bar)

+ September 9, 2008, Dominick's, 5-6:30 p.m.: Welcome to IPSA - Come meet students interested in intellectual property law and discuss IPSA's plans for the year.

+ September 24, 2008, 132HH, 12:20 - 1:20 PM: Careers in Entertainment, Copyright, Trademark, and Information Law - Faculty Panel Discussion (Co-sponsored with the Entertainment, Media, and Law Student Association)

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