2015 Annual Meeting

The AIPF 2015 Annual Meeting took place from September 30 to October 2 at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto, Canada. The conference, entitled "Cross Border IP: Globalization of IP Rights and Protections,” provided attendees with a well-rounded conference focused on the latest legal and business management topics.

Topics Included:

Landscape of Present Day IP Litigation in Canadian Courts

    • Justice Roger Hughes, Federal Court of Canada, Canada

Innovation Catalyst or Entrepreneurship Killer? The America Invents Act Four Years Later

    • Professor Shontavia Johnson, Drake University Law School, United States

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

    • Rebecca Chen, SUGIMURA, Japan
    • Jonathan Rangel, Dumont Bergman Bider, Mexico
    • Tatsuya Sawada, SUGIMURA, Japan
    • Hai Yen Thieu, Trung Thuc, Vietnam

IPR Border Enforcement in Mexico

    • Irely Aquique, Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial, Mexico

Using New Canadian Trademark and Copyright Legislation to Facilitate Seizure of Counterfeit Goods by Canada Border Officials

    • Paul Tackaberry, Ridout & Maybee, Canada

Parallel Issues on Patents and Importation in the United States

    • Professor Shubha Ghosh, University of Wisconsin, United States

Patent Ethics

    • Gene Quinn, IPWatchdog, United States

Copyright Reform in Canada

    • Professor Michael Geist, Univeristy of Ottawa, Canada
    • Barry Sookman, McCarthy & Tetrault, Canada
    • Moderator: Marcus Gallie, Ridout & Maybee, Canada

Best Practices for Use of the Patent Cooperation Treaty

    • Carl Oppedahl, Oppedahl Patent Law Firm, United States

Effectively and Efficiently Working with In-House Counsel

    • Jason Gorden, SAP, United States
    • Dan Marin, H&R Block, United States
    • Moderator: Jennifer Bailey, Erise IP, United States

Advancing Allowance When Written Responses Fall on Deaf Ears. Hints From a Former USPTO SPE

    • Stuart Levy, Price Heneveld, United States
    • Moderator: Howard Bernstein, Sughrue Mion, United States

Patent Ineligibility - An International Perspective

    • Diallo Crenshaw, Sughrue Mion, United States
    • Louis-Pierre Gravelle, Robic, Canada
    • Korbinian Kopf, Maiwald, Germany
    • Tatsuya Sawada, SUGIMURA, Japan
    • Moderator: Brett Lunn, FB Rice, Australia

U.S. Trademark Law in a Global Economy: Extraterritorial Application of the Lanham Act and the Famous Marks Doctrine

    • Lynn Jordan, Kelly IP, United States

Evolution of IP Practice and Emergence of New Business Models for IP Firms

    • Patrice Durand, Valipat, Belgium
    • Stephen Haley, Gill Jennings & Every, United Kingdom


This year's schedule also included several presentations that are part of the AIPF's Brand of Excellence program. These topics focused on the management, development and marketing of specialized IP law firms.

Brand of Excellence

Attract Talent, Retain Talent, and How This Ties Into Your Succession Planning

    • Paul Kuttner, innovate! Marketing Inc., Canada

Formality Matters: Best Practices for Effective Representation in Foreign IP Matters

    • John Bird, Sughrue Mion, United States
    • Vicki Rothchild, Sughrue Mion, United States

Trademark Foreign Counsel - Finding the Right Fit

    • Lori Ball, Molson Coors, Canada
    • Santiago O'Conor, O'Conor & Power, Argentina

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