The Seattle IP Inn of Court celebrated its 10th anniversary
with a Black Tie Optional reception and dinner honoring one of the Inn’s
founding members, the Hon. James P. Donohue, Retiring Magistrate Judge, United
States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Magistrate Judge
Donohue is well known for his many contributions to the Puget Sound community
and his service on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics of Washington.
Thank you for your many years of dedicated service, Magistrate Judge Donohue!
The Seattle IP Inn of Court thanked outgoing Inn President Jonathan McFarland for his leadership during the past year. Thank you, Jonathan!
Group 6 created a competition as part of its presentation of Key Statistics Revealing Trends in IP: A tour of IP law in numbers. The presenters engaged the audience by discussing various IP law statistics and asking the audience multiple choice questions about the statistics. The prizes ranged from small, lower quality chocolate prizes to bigger, higher quality chocolate prizes. Thank you, Group 6, for making statistics entertaining!
The Seattle IP Inn of Court hosted and welcomed
the Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA) to the meeting. Group 4 assembled
a panel to discuss the ethics implications and potential conflicts when
lawyers’ representation of clients and scopes of duties intersect with IP.
James Barker, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Ben Byer, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Harold Federow, Port of Seattle
Doug Stewart, Bracewell LLP
The program included discussion of
the following topics:
Patent attorneys as inventors
Trademark attorneys as mark creators
Litigators’ acceptance of ownership as part of their fee
Panel discussion regarding general ethical concerns when attorneys contribute to clients’ IP
Q & A for the panel
Thank you for your ethics
presentation, Group 4! Thank you for attending, WSPLA members!
Group 2 reenacted portions of the U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in the WesternGeco LLC, v. Ion Geophysical Corporation, No. 16-1011, 585 U.S. ___ (2018) patent case. Oral argument occurred on April 16, 2018 and the Court issued its decision on June 22, 2018. Thank you to Group 2 for a lively and entertaining presentation!
The Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court hosted the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court and the Seattle IP Inn of Court for the annual joint meeting of the Puget Sound area Inns. The presentation was the one and only showing of “Interesting Times,” a tale of lawyer life at its grittiest, with a musical twist. Thank you to the Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court for hosting!
The Seattle IP Inn of Court welcomed new and current members to the first meeting of the 2018 – 2019 season. The new members participated in a New Member Orientation. Group 1 presented “Trends in Enforceability of License Terms,” a combination skit, issues discussion and case law discussion. Thank you for your presentation, Group 1! Welcome to the Seattle IP Inn of Court, new members!
The Seattle IP Inn of Court enjoyed wonderful weather and a beautiful view of Elliott Bay at its year end party. Former President Mark P. Walters expressed our appreciation to outgoing President Warren Rheaume for his service to the Inn. Thank you to the Inn’s members for their participation and contributions during the 2017 – 2018 year!
The Seattle IP Inn of Court is dedicated to improving the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the Seattle intellectual property bar. Its members include law students, lawyers, academics, and judges. Members meet once per month during the academic year. The Seattle IP Inn of Court is a chapter of the American Inns of Court. The Seattle IP American Inn of Court thanks the University of Washington School of Law for its ongoing support of the Inn's mission and programs.