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!
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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!
Group 7 and the Seattle IP Inn of Court welcomed international guest speakers from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the University of Washington School of Law. Dominic Keating, director of the USPTO IP Attaché Program, provided background on the IP Attaché program. IP Attachés Michael Mangelson, China, Laura Hammel, South America, Susan Wilson, European Union, Komal Kalha, India and South Asia, and Deborah Lashley-Johnson, WTO and WIPO, each spoke on issues in their respective regions. Dr. Jan B. Krauß, German patent attorney and University of Washington School of Law Guest Lecturer, rounded out the panel, focusing on Brexit. Professor Margaret Chon, Seattle University School of Law, moderated the panel. Thank you to all the panelists, Professor Chon and to Group 7 for a special presentation on international IP issues!
Group 6 presented a panel discussion entitled “Diversity on Trial Teams – A Judicial and In-House Panel Discussion.” The Honorable Judge Marsha Pechman of the Western District of Washington, Isabella Fu (Associate General Counsel with Microsoft) and Stephen McGrath (Principal Corporate Counsel, Patents & IP at T-Mobile) participated in the panel. Thank you to the panel participants and Group 6!
The Seattle IP Inn of Court hosted the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court and the Hon. Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court for the annual joint meeting of the Inns. The Bryan Inn of Court presented a skit entitled “The Perils of the Pro Se Litigant (including questionable ethics of opposing counsel).” A panel discussion on the “Practical and Ethical Considerations with Pro Se Litigants” followed the skit. The Honorable Philip K. Sorenson, Honorable Kevin Hull and Honorable Karen Donohue participated in the panel discussion, moderated by Eric Newman. Thank you to the Bryan Inn for their skit and to the panelists for their comments!