It’s an exciting time to be an intellectual property practitioner as evidenced by all the recent decisions coming down from the Supreme Court. Over the past fifteen years, the Roberts Court has been very involved in all aspects of IP, from patents to trademarks to copyrights, and this year was no exception. The 2019-2020 term was a year of many firsts. In a year many of us will not soon forget, with our lives and practices being upended and courts around the country being closed, we saw the Supreme Court for the first time hearing arguments via telephone and the entire country listening in. Now it is time to review a number of the pivotal IP decisions decided this year
Stacey C. Kalamaras, Founding Partner of Kalamaras Law Office, LLC, and Matthew “Chip” DePreter, Partner at Aronberg Goldgehn will take you through the key IP decisions of the recent term and preview the cases scheduled to be argued next time. Most importantly, they will discuss the impact these decisions will have on your practice going forward, the practical implications to your clients, how the decisions will shape strategies in and outside of litigation, and how these decisions are likely to impact the Federal Courts and the USPTO in the years ahead.
Discuss the patent, trademark, and copyright decisions from SCOTUS in the 2019-2020 term
Identify the best practices and practical tips you can implement now as a result of these decisions
Examine how the Federal Courts and USPTO are likely to incorporate these decisions into their processes and examination guidelines going forward
Preview the IP issues we are likely to see at SCOTUS next year
Stacey C. Kalamaras is the founding partner of Kalamaras Law Office, LLC and is a seasoned trademark, copyright, and advertising lawyer with a combination of Big Law, in-house, and prior business management experience. Stacey has extensive experience managing large, global trademark portfolios in more than 150 countries for clients in diverse industries. Her firm’s focus is creatively assisting small and medium sized businesses navigate the legal landscape to create distinctive brands and differentiate their businesses in an ever-changing marketplace. Stacey regularly counsels clients on the clearance and adoption of new trademarks, develops strategic protection and enforcement programs through her extensive experience with trademark opposition/cancellation proceedings and anti-counterfeiting strategies, and grows portfolios by conducting IP due diligence matters. In addition, she is well-versed in drafting and negotiating licensing and other IP/advertising agreements necessary to protect, enforce, and commercialize brands.
Before going to law school, she was a brand manager and advertising director in the consumer-packaged goods industry, which gives her valuable insight into her clients’ businesses on a practical level.
Stacey has been recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyer® for her outstanding knowledge and service in intellectual property law, a recognition and honor given to just 5% of the lawyers in Illinois. Since starting her law firm, she has educated over 1,800 lawyers on three continents on various IP topics, including: IP Law for the Corporate Lawyer, Anti-Counterfeiting Strategies, How to Conduct a Trademark Search, How to Respond to IP Infringement Through Online Platforms, and How to Be an Effective Practitioner at the USPTO.
In February 2020, Stacey realized a long awaited passion project and launched Trademarkabilities™, an online trademark academy for lawyers, with a single mission: to prepare lawyers to become efficient and effective trademark practitioners before the USPTO and be practice ready to help their clients.
Stacey is a current member of International Trademark Association (INTA) and a past member of the editorial subcommittee of The Trademark Reporter, a publication of INTA. In her spare time, she loves to play and watch tennis.
A specialist in intellectual property protection and enforcement, with a background in electrical engineering, Matthew “Chip” De Preter has helped numerous companies and individuals protect, build value, and profit from their creative products through patents, trademarks and copyrights.
He advises clients in patent, trademark, trade secret and false advertising litigation. In addition, he represents clients seeking patent and trademark protection before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He also negotiates licensing and other intellectual property agreements.
Chip is experienced in representing patent owners in the enforcement of their patents against various infringers in the market place. He has also represented domestic and multi-national companies against accusations of patent infringement, anti-trust violations, the misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition.
Chip has also engaged in counseling clients in the avoidance of litigation. Through assessing competitor's patent portfolios and working with engineers developing clients' products, he has identified potentially risky product features and provided practical solutions that clients have implemented to avoid litigation. Additionally, he has assisted clients faced with allegations of infringement in identifying those key areas of the accused technology that distinguished their technology from the accused patents and effectively conveyed that information to adverse parties to prevent litigation in the first instance.
In practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, Chip has assisted individual and corporate clients in seeking and procuring patent protection in a variety of different technological areas, including medical equipment, vacuum pumps, vending machines, robotics, semi-conductor chips, optics and tools. He also has considerable experience with post-grant patent review processes. His trademark practice includes assisting clients in identifying prospective trade names, preparing trademark applications, prosecuting and procuring trademark protection.