Intellectual Property: From Fundamentals to Enforcement

July 12-14, 2017 | 18.0 Law and Legal CLE Credits, pending

An innovative and cutting edge look at intellectual property, developed by John Denkenberger (managing member of Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness) and Brian McMahon (litigation member at same) this three-stage program takes students from IP basics, to the practical applications of IP, to identifying IP enforcement issues.


Registration options include single days or registering for all three days.

Each day is worth a total of 6.0 Law and Legal CLE Credits.

The dynamic area of intellectual property (IP) law presents specific challenges to IP owners and their attorneys. From patents, trademarks, licensing, and copyrights, to protecting trade secrets, and dealing with international and business issues, the world of IP is constantly evolving and is poised for more change. Along with timely legal updates, Intellectual Property: From Fundamentals to Enforcement is about providing you with the necessary and relevant information for your role as a business lawyer. Day one is all about the basics of IP. If you are new to IP or just want to build your knowledge on a stronger foundation, this day is for you. Day two focuses on risk mitigation and how to best support your clients by providing guidance about their valuable IP. Day three is about IP enforcement, and how to protect your clients from potential infringement, and determine if enforcement is necessary.

As lawyers have different needs, this program allows for single-day registration or registration of the full three-day program. Attendees of the three-day program are awarded with a certificate of completion. 6 CLE credits available per day.


  • Margie Aoki
  • John Denkenberger
  • Ryan Dodge
  • Brian McMahon
  • Alina Morris
  • David Sheldon


For a sample agenda from previous years, please click here.


Chairpersons and Program Developers

John Denkenberger

John Denkenberger is a co-managing member of Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness, serves on the firm's executive committee and is head of its litigation practice group. John has successfully litigated patent, trademark, trade secret, and unfair business competition issues in both federal and state court nationwide. In addition to his litigation practice, John also advises clients on foreign and domestic patent and trademark procurement, technology licensing, and litigation strategies in a variety of technology areas, including mechanical, electromechanical, acoustics, and software. Prior to becoming an attorney, John worked for 10 years as a research and design engineer in the aerospace and aircraft industry.

Brian McMahon

Brian McMahon is a member at COJK. He focuses his practice specifically on intellectual property litigation matters for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to individual inventors, involving technologies relating to chemical, mechanical, and electrical arts alike. In so doing, he has appeared before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, several federal district courts, and the United States International Trade Commission. Brian has extensive experience in all phases of litigation, including prelitigation investigation and due diligence, case management, strategy and development, discovery, law and motion practice, obtaining and opposing injunctive relief, damages analysis, expert witness preparation, depositions, settlement negotiations, mediation, trial, and appeals. Brian also leads the firm's Hatch-Waxman "ANDA" litigation group.

Brian is a member of the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) Advisory Council, which provides advice and counsel to the WPAOG Board of Directors. He received his B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. After graduation, he served a one-year term as judicial law clerk for then Chief Judge H. Robert Mayer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Registration options include single days or registering for all three days. Each day is worth a total of 6.0 General CLE Credits.

3-Day Certificate Program Tuition (in-person or live webcast)

General Registration - $695.00

SU School of Law Alumni - $595.00

Single Day Tuition (in-person or live webcast)

General Registration - $250.00

SU School of Law Alumni (in-person attendance) - $225.00