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17th Annual Intellectual Property Year in Review - The Changing IP Landscape

Thursday, January 26, 2017 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Boston Marriott Long Wharf - 296 State Street, Boston, MA


Join the Boston Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section for the premier IP event of the year.  Learn what you need to know about the most important intellectual property cases and legislation of the past year.

For 17 years, the Boston Bar Association has organized the annual Year in Review conference for intellectual property practitioners to keep abreast with the latest developments in IP, hear from prominent experts in the legal community, and network with colleagues in the IP legal community. This year our lineup of expert speakers will deliver insights and updates from the following topics:


  • Enhanced damages in patent litigation in light of the Supreme Court’s Halo decision;
  • Recent decisions from the Federal Circuit suggesting a path forward for patent subject matter eligibility;
  • The affirmation by the Supreme Court in Cuozzo of different claim construction standards in IPR proceedings and district court patent litigation;
  • The Supreme Court’s design patent damages decision in Samsung v. Apple;
  • The potential sea change in venues available for patent litigation in light of the upcoming TC Heartland case on the Supreme Court’s 2017 docket.


  • The top copyright cases of 2016, including the latest on the Flo & Eddie litigation, other pre-1972 SR cases, and also on Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley


  • Disparaging Marks & Offensive Language: Does the Lanham Act Violate the First Amendment?
  • The Extraterritorial Reach of the Lanham Act: Decided on the Merits or as a Preliminary Question of Jurisdiction or Standing?
  • Fees – Who pays for appeals and what is an “exceptional” case under the Lanham Act?
  • Miscellaneous but Important/Colorful Cases

Trade secrets

  • The Defend Trade Secret Act's First Six Months
  • The 9th Circuit’s About-Face on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
  • Noncompete Developments from Massachusetts to Utah to the White House

The event will conclude with a networking reception for all attendees. Reserve your seat today!

BBA MEMBER | Government Lawyer/Legal Services – $195.00
LAW STUDENT – $100.00

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Materials: The BBA has gone digital! We are reducing our printing of hard copy materials for accredited programs. All of our materials are now offered in electronic format and is sent in advance to registrants via email. Free WiFi is available in all conference rooms so you can easily have your materials on your portable devices and laptops!

Accreditation: This program is eligible for 3 hours of credit. The BBA is an accredited provider in Rhode Island. Credit is also available in New York, through the NY Approved Jurisdiction Policy; and through reciprocity agreements in Maine, Vermont and California. Please refer to the rules in each jurisdiction for further instructions on submitting programs for CLE credit. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conclusion of the program.

Refunds & Cancellations: Please note that refunds will only be allowed for cancellation notices recieved at least 24 hours before the program.

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):




Margaret DeMoura


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