Intellectual Property: From Fundamentals to Enforcement

July 12-14, 2017 | 18.0 Law and Legal CLE Credits | WSBA Activity ID #1041133

An innovative and cutting edge look at intellectual property, approached in three-stages. Part 1 takes an in-depth look at IP basics. Part 2 of the program addresses practical applications of IP with a focus on businesses and issues most relevant to the Northwest. Finally Part 3 addresses new laws, direction of IP and most importantly IP enforcement issues. You may register for any single day (part 1, 2, or 3) or register for the full three-day program and receive a certificate of completion. 6 CLE credits available per day.


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.


Agenda and speakers are subject to change

July 12, 2017 - Day One: Intellectual Property Fundamentals

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee Service

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Introduction to Intellectual Property Fundamentals

9:30-10:20 a.m.

Trade Secrets

10:20-10:35 a.m.


10:35-11:25 a.m.


11:25 a.m.-12:25 p.m.


12:25-1:30 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:30-2:20 p.m.


2:20-2:35 p.m.


2:25-3:35 p.m.

Conflicts - Litigation

3:35-4:00 p.m.

Summary of Day One

4:00 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn

July 13, 2017 - Day Two: Practical IP and Working with Businesses

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee Service

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Overview of Working with Businesses & The Defend Trade Secrets Act

9:30-11:00 a.m.

IP Needs of Small, Medium, and Large-sized Businesses

11:00-11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m.-12 noon

IP Needs of Small, Medium, and Large-sized Businesses (continued)

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Defend Trade Secrets Act

3:00-3:15 p.m.


3:15-4:00 p.m.

Summary of Day Two

4:00 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn

July  14, 2017 - Day Three: Protecting and Enforcing the Intellectual Property of Your Clients

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee Service

8:30-9:30 a.m.


9:30-10:30 a.m.

Mechanics of Enforcement: Part One

10:30-10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m.-12 Noon

Mechanics of Enforcement: Part Two

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Mechanics of Enforcement: Part Three

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Choosing the Best Tools for Your Clients: Part One

2:45-3:00 p.m.


3:00-3:45 p.m.

Choosing the Best Tools for Your Clients: Part Two

3:45-4:00 p.m.

Summary of Day Three

4:00 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn


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 just concluded a three-year term serving on 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.


Margie B. Aoki

Margie Aoki collaborates with inventors and business owners to help them protect and benefit from their ideas. Her practice focuses on the procurement, analysis, and licensing of patents across a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, heavy duty vehicles, alternative and clean energy, and consumer products. She also counsels clients on other general intellectual property matters, including trademarks, copyrights, and domain names. Prior to joining COJK, Margie spent four years working as a mechanical systems engineer at Intel Corporation. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law, and her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Matthew D. Balint, P.E.

Matt Balint is a member of Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (COJK) in the firm's mechanical practice group. Matt brings to his patent practice a strong background in mechanical engineering, particularly in the field of aviation. His practice encompasses the preparation and prosecution of patents pertaining to various mechanical, electro-mechanical, and aeronautical technologies.

Matt is a licensed professional engineer (mechanical engineering) with over 15 years of practical experience as a structural design engineer for The Boeing Company. Matt received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and received his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.

Everett E. Fruehling

Everett Fruehling is the head of the trademark practice group, with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of trademark law, including trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, enforcement, and defense. He is also experienced with domain name issues and disputes and copyright matters. Everett began his trademark practice in 1994, when he joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark examining attorney. In 1997, he went into private practice to focus on domestic and international trademark law. Everett received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, and his B.A. in political science from Willamette University.

L. Rhys Lawson, Ph.D.

Dr. Rhys Lawson is a patent attorney at COJK and a member of the firm's life sciences and mechanical engineering practice groups focusing his practice on creating patent portfolios to obtain integrated worldwide protection for his clients' inventions. Rhys' practice extends to assisting clients with licensing, agreements, IP opinions, and design patents. Rhys speaks frequently on patent law issues and cost-effective patent portfolio strategies at nanotechnology and chemical conferences. He received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Washington School of Law, his Ph.D. in chemistry and nanotechnology from the University of Washington, his M.S. in chemistry from Western Washington University, and his B.S. in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Puget Sound.

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 on the board of directors of the Seattle chapter of the Inn of Court. She has been named a "Rising Star" in 2015 and 2016 by Super Lawyers. Alina received a B.A. degree in political science from Boston College and received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

David P. Sheldon

David Sheldon is a patent attorney whose strong background in computer science and his technical experience in software engineering help him assist clients with patent drafting, prosecution, intellectual property portfolio management, open source software licensing, and legal counseling for various software and computer-related technologies. David is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association where he serves as chair of the Community Education Committee. He received his J.D., Order of the Coif, from UCLA School of Law, and his B.S., cum laude, in computer science, from Northwestern University.

Brandon C. Stallman

Brandon Stallman's practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law, including strategic counseling, patent portfolio management, licensing and other technology agreements, and patent, trademark, and copyright procurement and counseling. His practice further includes the preparation of opinions regarding matters of patent infringement, validity, and enforceability, conducting intellectual property due diligence investigations, and related litigation, including post-grant proceedings with the United States Patent Office (USPTO). Brandon also advises on privacy policies, end-user license agreements, terms of use agreements for web sites, and other software licensing and use issues. He assists clients in developing the agreements necessary to protect intellectual property while doing business with others, including non-disclosure agreements, product development agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements, software development agreements, and other transactional agreements involving intellectual property. Brandon is a former examining attorney at the USPTO. He received his J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law, and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri.


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