The Seattle IP Inn of Court held its October 22, 2020, meeting in a virtual mixer format. The meeting included a overview presentation of recent developments in IP law. A section on trademarks covered willful infringement, the ability to protect “generic.com” terms, and the need for likelihood of confusion in counterfeit cases. A section on copyrights addresses the outstanding issues in the Google v Oracle case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. This included the copyright eligibility of application programming interfaces and associated fair use defenses. A section on patents covered recent developments in discretionary denials at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB). The patent segment also contained a discussion of the Arthrex case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve whether PTAB judges are principal officers, and, if so, whether the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals cured any defects in the statutory scheme creating these judgeships.
The Seattle IP Inn of Court held its last event of the Inn year in virtual mixer format on June 18, 2020. The Board for the 2020 – 2021 year was elected. The new Board members on the call introduced themselves to the attendees. Thank you to the Board members leaving the Board! Welcome to the new Board members! Thank you to all Seattle IP Inn of Court members for their participation this year!
For this Seattle IP Inn of Court virtual meeting, Group 5 presented Ethics in the Practice of Intellectual Property. The presentation covered important ethical considerations for the practice of intellectual property law. The discussion included a review of applicable rules and case law, as well as interactive question and answer scenarios. Thank you for your presentation, Group 5!
The Seattle IP Inn of Court held a virtual mixer for its May 19, 2020 meeting. The attendees began the meeting by briefly discussing Inn matters. The discussion moved on to practicing law remotely, taking depositions through Zoom, conducting trials through Zoom, and keeping kids occupied during the summer while parents continue to work from home. The conversation was informative, but also casual. Thank you to all the participants!
The Seattle IP Inn of Court held its April 23, 2020 meeting in a virtual mixer format. Members joined the meeting from locations and with beverages of their choice. The attendees first discussed Inn business, then opened up the discussion to other topics, such as how members are staying connected to their firms, working from home adjustments attorneys, staff and clients are making, children schooling from home and changes they plan to make in their work lives after Washington’s stay at home order is lifted. Thank you to all the participants!
The Washington State Patent Law Association joined the Seattle IP Inn of Court for its February 20, 2020 meeting. Group 4 presented Copyright and DMCA: Legality of Crawling and Scraping, and the Pending LinkedIn Matter. Thank you for your presentation, Group 4! Thank you for attending, Washington State Patent Law Association members!
The November meeting took place in our usual meeting location at the University of Washington Club on the UW campus. Group 2 presented on Motions in Limine Strategy in IP Cases. Thank you for your presentation, Group 2!
The William L. Dwyer Inn of Court hosted the Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court and the Seattle IP Inn of Court for the Joint Inn Meeting on October 8, 2019. The meeting began with a welcome by Dean Annette Clark, Seattle University School of Law. Following Dean Clark’s welcome, there was a special recognition of Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, recipient of the 2019 Ninth Circuit’s Inn of Court Professionalism Award. Chief Justice Fairhurst spoke of her career in public service. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson was the Keynote Speaker for the evening. Attorney General Ferguson, an internationally rated chess master, provided insights into the Attorney General’s Office through chess analogies. Thank you, Dean Clark, Chief Justice Fairhurst and Attorney General Ferguson for sharing your wisdom with us. Thank you, Dwyer Inn of Court, for hosting and for arranging for such stellar speakers to address us.
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.