Strategies & Best Practices for Corporate IP Counsel: The Big Picture

March 6, 2017

Atlanta, GA

Strategies & Best Practices for Corporate IP Counsel: The Big Picture

You're invited to the second annual Merchant & Gould In-House Strategies Updates and Panel on March 6 at the Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta. Join us for updates and tactics key to running your IP department, learn insights from a panel of experienced in-house IP counsel, and enjoy a networking hour with the leading in-house IP counsel in Atlanta. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Commerce Club
(49th floor of 191 Peachtree Tower)
191 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Registration - 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Presentations - 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion - 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Networking - 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Jeff Blake
Merchant & Gould

Clearance/Opinions of Counsel
Companies often seek opinions of counsel to clear their products over the patents of competitors or other third parties.  This is particularly prudent in light of the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision on willful infringement in Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics.  We will examine best practices in protecting your company through a strong opinion of counsel. 

Doug Weinstein
Merchant & Gould

Federal Trade Secret Update
Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act in 2016.  We will examine the repercussions that the Act has had on industries that rely on trade secrets.  We will also discuss best practices for maintaining your trade secrets in light of the DTSA.

Clark A.D. Wilson
Senior Counsel,
Merchant & Gould

TTAB Rule Changes
The Trademark Trial & Appeal Board recently adopted significant changes to its rules. We will address the most dramatic of these changes and how to adapt your practices to best comply with and benefit from these new rules. 




Murrell Blackburn

Intellectual Property Counsel, Southwire Company

Reagan Charney

Patent Attorney, Newell Brands

Auma Reggy

Chief Trademark Counsel, McKesson Corporation

Jeff Blake

Partner, Merchant & Gould

Two hours of general credit for this CLE has been approved by the State Bar of Georgia. Course ID 221494.

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