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Meeting Minutes - 10/8/02


Meeting time

The turnout was a bit low at Tuesday's meeting, which was scheduled at 8pm. Based on that, we will probably have our meetings at 5 pm instead in the future.

Website

Leila Abdi is now the Technology Chair of the IP Society. She has been working on updating the IP Society's webpage. It will probably be on-line by the end of this week. When it goes up, I'll send out an email to let everyone know what the URL is. If you have any suggestions regarding the website, email her at: leila.abdi@american.edu

Newsletter

As secretary, my other main duty is to put together a newsletter for our group. The exact nature of the newsletter will surely develop over time, but for now the plan is to have photos and 'reviews' of past events, and articles about things in the IP world. This is where you come in. If we want to have a great newsletter, we need great content. So, we are welcoming submissions from anyone who is interested in writing for the newsletter. These do not need to be like a thirty-page journal article--just a few hundred words. We are going to try to get it to look snazzy, so that it is worthy of being distributed within the law school, and to IP lawyers in the community. This is a great opportunity to get published and learn more about the field. The plan is to publish it in both hard copy and 'virtual' forms. We may end up just doing one per year, but it would be great if we could get an issue out per semester. If you have any questions, please email me at: ryanchirnomas@mac.com

Events

We have a number of cool events coming up this semester. This Friday, October 11th, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Peter Jaszi. There will be a number of panelists from Universities around the world discussing Eldred v. Ashcroft, the case challenging the constitutionality of the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act. This Act, which would extend the term of most copyrights an additional 20 years, is being argued in the Supreme Court this week. To sweeten the deal, there is a reception beforehand from 4:00 to 4:30pm. The actual discussion will be from 4:30 to 6:00pm in room 528. There will also be another similar event on October 21st, so keep an eye out for that. If you would like more information, email Earl Pierce at etpierce@wcl.american.edu

On Friday, November 8th at 6:30 pm, the IP Society will be co-hosting a dinner with the Sports and Entertainment Law Society at WCL. The guest speaker will be John Simson, who will be giving a talk entitled 'A History of Performance Rights in the United States.' Mr. Simson is an entertainment lawyer from the area. This is a free event, and apparently the food will be pretty good. If you are interested, please RSVP as soon as possible to Olivia at: Olivia.Luk@USPTO.gov

The AIPLA meeting is coming up on October 17-19. It is a three-day event at the Grand Hyatt downtown, featuring all sorts of lectures and workshops. It is also a great place to do some networking and meet people if you're looking for a job. The official deadline to register has passed, but you may still be able to go anyway. See http://www.aipla.org for details.

Down the Road

Among our plans for later events are a visit and tour of the Federal Circuit Court courtesy of Judge Linn (probably next semester). Also, there will be a Halloween party where we will be doing a 'study' of the famous Johnny Walker Black Label trademark. The 'study' will include a 'lab' where we will learn how to make all sorts of drinks. That will be a free event, and will be the week of Halloween. Specific details will be coming soon. If you have any ideas for future events, please contact me or Olivia.