CincyIP Newsletter
 August 2016
Welcome to the second edition of our new Newsletter!  Your one-stop summary for everything CincyIP.  Read below for our latest and greatest news and events.

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Upcoming Events:
September: AOAIOIP 2016

CincyIP is proud to promote The 26th All Ohio Annual Institute on Intellectual Property (AOAIOIP), this September 21-22, 2016.  CincyIP members receive a discount on registration!

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45246

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113

8:00 am   Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30-5:15 pm  Program

CLE Credit:
Ohio: 7.0 Hours, including 1.25/Professional Conduct
Pennsylvania: 7.0 Hours, including 1.25/Ethics
Indiana & Kentucky: 7.0 Hours, including 1.25/Ethics pending

Register for Cincinnati (Sept. 22):
Register for Cleveland (Sept. 21):
October: CincyIP Judges Dinner

Planning is underway for our annual Judges Dinner, to be held in October.  Stay tuned for additional information on the event to meet local judges and hear insights from our featured guest speaker!
Recent Events:
August Meeting: Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Update: Significant IP Decisions for 2015-2016

At our August meeting, Matthew Molloy and John Luken, both of Dinsmore & Shohl, led an enlightening discussion on recent opinions  from The United States Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  

From the USSC, Mr. Molloy and Mr. Luken discussed recent decisions addressing topics including enhanced damages for willful infringement (Halo/Stryker), IPR claim construction standards (Cuozzo), attorney's fee awards in Copyright Cases (Wiley v Kirtsaeng), design patent damages (Apple v Samsung), patent laches (SCA Hygiene v First Quality Baby Prods), the copyrighting of useful articles (Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands), and patent implications when supplying subcomponents of a patented invention abroad (Lifetech v Promega).

From the CAFC, Mr. Molloy and Mr. Luken discussed recent decisions addressing topics including Section 101, venue ( In re TC Heartland ), the 102(b) on sale bar ( Medicines Co v Hospira ), international patent exhaustion ( Lexmark v Impression Prods ), and, in trademark law, disparaging marks ( In re Tam) .
CincyBrand 2016

Thank you to all who attended CincyBrand 2016!  CincyIP was pleased to offer the latest edition of our  premier conference dedicated solely to branding and the intellectual property protections employed to build up and secure those brands.  The event was held April 26, 2016 at the Jack Casino (formerly Horseshoe Casino) in Cincinnati, and we recorded an attendance of over 120.  

Attendees enjoyed a variety of branding discussion topics, ranging from trade dress protection and strategy to branding efforts led by local Cincinnati organizations.  The event was capped off with a happy hour featuring beverages of our local craft brew industry.  Thank you to all of our wonderful speakers and sponsors who made the event a success!

To read more about the speakers and presentation topics at CincyBrand 2016, visit our CincyBrand 2016 webpage.
Local Spotlight:
Case Western's New Patent Pro Bono Program for Ohio

The IP Venture Clinic at the Case Western Reserve University of School of Law has launched a new Patent Pro Bono Program to assist independent inventors and small businesses in Ohio with their patenting needs.  The Clinic's mission is inspired by the newly enacted Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) itself, which encourages the USPTO to "work with and support intellectual property law associations across the country in the establishment of pro bono programs designed to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses."   

The Program needs the help of local patent attorneys to make the Program a success!  If you or your law firm are interested in contributing to this new initiative for Ohio, please contact the IP Venture Clinic at

To learn more about the IP Venture Clinic's new Patent Pro Bono Program, see the  Program Flyer or visit the IP Venture Clinic's webpage
Legal Articles:
European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

The Unitary Patent Regulation was adopted by the European Parliament and European Council in 2012, under which it was intended to create a single patent right  across most European Union (EU) countries (the European Unitary Patent) and a centralized European patent litigation forum (the European Unified Patent Court). The new system is expected to take effect in the first part of 2017.

Dr. Rhiannon Turner, of the UK-based law firm Greaves Brewster LLP, has prepared an article regarding when the system is expected to take effect and how patent owners and licensees should begin to prepare. The article can be found on the Greaves Brewster website  here

If you have any questions for Dr. Turner regarding this topic, you may contact her directly at or +44 1934 745880. Greaves Brewster can provide a webinar on this topic, by arrangement.  Greaves Brewster will be attending the IPO conference in New York in 
September and would be happy to hear from anyone who would be interested in meeting.
Brexit: Affects on IP in Europe and the UK

On June 23, 2016, the UK stole news headlines around the globe when it voted to leave the EU.  This historic act of secession, termed "Brexit " (British exit), has had  profound economic impact throughout Europe.  

April Besl, William Jividen, and Brian Tent, each attorneys at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in Cincinnati, Ohio, recently coauthored an article in which they explore the impact of Brexit on intellectual property protections in Europe and the UK.  The article, entitled "Impact on European and UK IP Protection After the Brexit Vote," can be found on Dinsmore's website here
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