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The John Marshall Law School 56th Annual IP Conference Focusing on Hot Topics, Recent Developments

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Center for Intellectual Property Law at The John Marshall Law School is hosting its 56th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference: Hot Topics and Current Developments in Patent, Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secrets Law on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, from 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. The conference is sponsored by Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLC.

Attorneys from top law firms and law schools across the country will discuss changes faced by the intellectual property (IP) law community, including the effect and interpretations of new patent laws and how new technologies continue to redefine the IP field.

The keynote speaker, Bernard Knight, general counsel for the Patent & Trademark Office of the United States Department of Commerce, will address the conference during the luncheon session.

Other notable speakers will be Timothy Holbrook, professor at Emory Law School; David Ruschke, chief patent counsel for Meditronic Cardiovasular, Medtronic Inc.; and Steve Steger, managing partner for Global IP Law Group LLC.

Speakers in the morning session will discuss the America Invents Act, as well as recent changes in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. The afternoon session will consist of two tracks, one covering patent issues and the other covering trademark, copyright and related issues.

Attendees may earn approximately seven CLE hours. For additional information, contact The John Marshall Law School Department of Event Management at 312-987-1420 or at

About The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago's legal, financial and commercial districts. U.S. News and World Report America's Best Graduate Schools 2012 ranks John Marshall in the top tier of law schools. Its Legal Writing Program is sixth in the nation; Trial Advocacy is 13th and Intellectual Property Law is 20th.

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