Intellectual Property: From Fundamentals to Enforcement

15.25 CLE Credits | WSBA AV Activity ID #411133

In this innovative and cutting edge look at IP, Program Developers John Denkenberger (Managing Member of Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness) and Brian McMahon have created a three stage program: Day 1 is about understanding the basics of IP---learning terminology, definitions and how IP has evolved in recent years. Day 2 is about practical understanding and application of IP in the business world and for attendees to build “their lens” for issue spotting IP issues for their clients. Day 3 is about advanced issues in IP Law including dealing with IP conflicts and choosing the best options for their clients.


Recorded:  07/22/2015
Credits:  15.25 CLE | WSBA AV Activity ID #411133
Length: 15 hours, 25 minutes

Featured Speakers:
John Denkenberger, Brian McMahon, Alina Morris, Julia Woog

Day 1: Foundations of Intellectual Property

Content includes: current status of IP in the business world and how it has changed over the last 20 years; overview of the entire course; the importance of IP for every business; each area of IP identified and explained (e.g. trade secrets, licensing, patents, trademarks, copyright) and what each IP mechanism provides for their business.

Day 2: Practical Intellectual Property and Working with Businesses

In a completely innovative approach IP will be examined with a Northwest perspective focusing on those business that most use IP in the Northwest: Software companies, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacture, Education, Retail). Business needs and challenges in IP will be examine from start-ups to intermediately developed businesses who are seeking to increase market share and diversification to "mature firms" that have been well established. In addition these stages will be reviewed for small, medium-sized to the very large firm. The type of conflicts that may occur at each stage will be introduced helping the attendee develop the "lens" to issue spot for their clients.

Day 3: Protecting and Enforcing the Intellectual Property of your clients.

Advanced issues in IP will be addressed including: strategies in I.P. Litigation; Inter Partes Review; working effectively with your clients; and the latest important developments in IP


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.


Alina Morris

Alina Morris is an associate at COJK. She focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark counseling, clearance, filing, prosecution, registration, maintenance, enforcement, defense, and portfolio management. A former trademark examining attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alina leverages her insider expertise with the trademark application and registration process to help clients register their marks and protect their brands. Alina also handles disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, commercial litigation, copyright matters, domain name disputes, licensing, and business agreements. Additionally, Alina provides expert witness analysis and opinions in matters related to trademark examination and registration.
Alina regularly presents programs on trademark, copyright and domain name protection, participating in programs hosted by local and national organizations, including the King County Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, and the International Trademark Association (INTA). She is an INTA committee member, and the program director of the Seattle chapter of the Inn of Court. Alina was named a "Rising Star" in 2015 by Super Lawyers. She received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

Julia Woog

Julia Woog is a partner at Yarmuth Wilsdon PLLC. She litigates and counsels clients in a range of complex commercial matters. Julia represents clients in a variety of forums and at all stages of a dispute - from pre lawsuit counseling through trial and appeal. Since joining Yarmuth Wilsdon, Julia has successfully assisted clients-from Fortune 100 companies to individual first-time authors-in protecting their intellectual property rights, and has counseled them on related emerging data privacy issues. Julia previously litigated high stakes securities matters at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York City.
Throughout her career, Julia has worked as pro bono counsel for clients in a variety of matters and forums. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees for Crisis Clinic, a non-profit organization critical to the social services network in King County. She has been recognized as a "Rising Star" in Washington Super Lawyers magazine since 2013, and as one of the "Top Women Attorneys in Washington" in Seattle Metropolitan magazine in 2014. Julia is a graduate of Stanford Law School.


General Registration - $460.00

SU School of Law Alumni (in-person attendance) - $380.00