CHICAGO — The Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance (CIPA), a not for profit organization co-founded by the intellectual property law firm of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, recently sponsored a day-long conference at Loyola University Chicago School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday, October 21, 2004. The program featured key government officials, a federal judge and a corporate executive presenting their perspectives on current issues, legal developments, recent decisions and future trends in intellectual property.
“This was an exciting opportunity to learn about critical and timely issues of importance to our practice and to our clients,” said Brinks partner Jerome Gilson, an officer and director of the Alliance. “Our firm is proud to be an integral part of CIPA’s efforts to position Chicago and the Midwest as the IP center for new ideas, programs and education.”
Speakers included Nicholas P. Godici, Commissioner for Patents, Lynne G. Beresford, Acting Commissioner for Trademarks, Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights, Hon. J. David Sams, Chief Administrative Trademark Judge of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Hon. Joan H. Lefkow, Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Harold J. Krent, Dean of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Diane C. Geraghty, Interim Dean, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Cynthia M. Ho, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Dr. Mitch Hein, President and CEO of Chromatin, Inc., among others.
CIPA is an association comprised of committed intellectual property practitioners, law schools, associations and businesses in Chicago and the greater Midwest. Founding members of the CIPA include law firms Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLC, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, The Eclipse Group, Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery, Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd., Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd., McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, Neal & McDevitt, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson, Wallenstein & Wagner, Ltd. and Welsh & Katz, Ltd.
Corporate founding members include Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, IP Today (Omega Communications) and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. Law school founding members are IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Northwestern University School of Law. The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), a prominent association of over 1000 intellectual property attorneys, also joined CIPA as a founding member.
Founded in 1917, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione provides intellectual property legal services worldwide. The firm is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country, with approximately 150 attorneys who specialize in IP litigation and all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, Internet, unfair competition and related licensing matters.