October 2013           News | Upcoming Programs & CLE | Reports | Get Involved


Symposium on the 30th Anniversary of the Cultural Property Implementation Act
October 22
6:30 - 9:00 PM

The New Front Line Is Online - Are Your Defenses Ready?
Wednesday, October 30
6:30 - 8:00 PM

When Strings Attach to Intellectual Property: Far Reaching Consequences of Performing U.S. Government Contracts and Subcontracts
November 4
6:00 - 9:00 PM


Lessons from the Smartphone Wars: Surprising Developments in Patent, Copyright & Licensing
October 22
6:00 - 9:00 PM

VR-Lawyering in the Fashion Industry: Licensing, Trademark Protection & Other Industry Issues for IP Attorneys & Litigators
Thursday, October 31
9:00 AM -
1:00 PM

What Happens to IP Rights on Social Media: Mobile Platforms, International and Other Current Issues
Tuesday, December 3
6:00 - 9:00 PM

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IP Committee Pages: A Great Resource
The City Bar committee pages provide a great venue for City Bar members and the public to better engage with a committee and learn more about their goals and agenda. The pages also display recent reports and upcoming programs. Many committee pages highlight articles on topics of interest to the committee's practice area as well as updates on recent case law. To see what the City Bar Committees in the Intellectual Property area are working on, please click here.

Claim Construction in Patent Cases
The Committee on Patents filed an amicus brief in Lighting Ballast Control LLC v. Philips Electronics with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The brief notes that since the Cybor Corp. case it has become increasingly clear that the current system of claim construction procedure does not create the desired uniformity, predictability and certainty, and that the true meaning of claim terms is not adequately defined. According to studies, claim construction, the crux of a patent litigation, is reversed in whole or in part on appeal in approximately 40% of cases. This high reversal rate has had a negative effect, including: 1) raising the cost of litigation; 2) contributing to the perception of patent litigation as dysfunctional; and 3) engendering skepticism about the entire patent system. The brief urges the court to overrule Cybor Corp. to the extent that findings of fact respecting extrinsic evidence incident to claim construction should be reviewed by the appellate court under a clearly erroneous standard. Giving additional deference, the brief notes, would encourage district courts to expend greater effort on claim construction and to issue well-reasoned, more transparent and detailed decisions identifying the factual and legal bases for their construction.

Committee Involvement--It's Never too Late
Committees are how the City Bar’s work gets done. Working on a committee can give you great experience while opening up a number of career doors, some you may not even anticipate.

A full list of the City Bar committees along with a brief description of each and an application form can be found on the City Bar’s website. As a number of City Bar committees have more applicants than available slots, please consider applying to more than one committee.

Legislative Affairs
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Updates include recent City Bar reports, news and upcoming programs in a particular practice area and are issued periodically to City Bar members.