United States Federal Intellectual Property Developments 2018-2019 Webinar

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This webinar gives you an overview of the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, including the background, definitions, significant statutory provisions and civil remedies for trade secret misappropriation.

It then immediately delves into the latest 2018 and 2019 published decisions and what they mean to your clients and how you should approach your cases based on those decisions.

For a detailed list of the cases and items discussed during this webinar, click on “what you will learn.”



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What You Will Learn

  1. Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act
    A. Background
    B. Definitions
    C. Significant statutory provisions
    D. Civil remedies for trade secret misappropriation

    1. ex parte civil seizure orders
    2. Injunctions that do not conflict with state employment and business law
    3. financial remedies
    4. whistleblower provisions
  2. Federal courts interpret the Act
    A. Threatened misappropriation
    B. Ex parte seizures
    C. Restrictions upon employment and business
    D. The Act’s Effective Date
    E. Whistleblower provision
    F. Attorney fees
    G. Reverse Engineering
    H. Sovereign immunity
    I. Interstate commerce requirement
    J. Third party liability
    K. Internet service provider liability
    L. Uniformity with state judicial decisions
  3. United States Supreme Court cases granted certiorari.
    A. Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street, 856 F.3d 1338 (11th Cir. 2017):
    When is U.S. copyright registration complete after submission of the necessary documents and fees?
    B. Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., 855 F.3d 1356 (Fed. Cir. 2017): Does the America Invents Act (AIA) prohibit submission of U.S. patent application for an invention more than one year after a confidential sale of the invention?
    C. Rimini Street, Inc. v. Oracle USA, Inc. _​_​_​_ F.3d _​_​_​_ (9th Cir. January 8, 2018): Is the Copyright Act’s allowance of full costs to a prevailing party limited to costs explicitly included within 28 U.S.C. 1920?
    D. Mission Product Holdings v. Tempnology LLC, 879 F.3d 389 (1st Cir. 2018): Whether 11 U.S.C. section 365 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code terminates a licensee’s trademark rights pursuant to a debtor-licensor’s rejection of an executory license?
    E. Iancu v. Brunetti, 877 F.3d 1330 (Fed. Cir. 2017): Whether the section of the Lantham Act that prohibits federal trademark registration of ‘scandalous’ and ‘immoral’ marks is facially unconstitutional under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.
  4. The Broad Institute et al. v. University of California et al.
    (Fed. Cir. September 10, 2018): When is development of a bioengineered molecular system considered routine and predictable with a reasonable expectation of success under 35 U.S.C. 103(a)?


Adrienne B. Naumann, Esq.
Patent Attorney and Attorney at Law
Law Office of Adrienne B. Naumann

Ms. Naumann established her own practice in 1996 which is exclusively intellectual property law. Ms. Naumann’s practice includes individual entrepreneurs and start-up companies, as well as small and medium sized businesses. Her issued patents include a broad range of technologies including: a razor handle, board game, agricultural method, pneumatically driven trench shoring device, floral containers, electromechanical lock, laminar flow nozzle, portable exercise devices, mechanical bag holder and shelving. When necessary, she has filed successful patent application appeals in the Patent & Trademark Office on behalf of clients.

Ms. Naumann has obtained trademark registrations, copyright registrations and design patents on behalf of artists, writers and companies.  In addition to obtaining intellectual property protection through government agencies, Ms. Naumann advises and drafts documents for ownership, shop rights, works for hire, transfers of rights, licenses, permissions, rescission, consents, distribution agreements, non-disclosure agreements, releases, trade secrets, proprietary information and web sites. Her office also provides design service for logos, trademarks, service marks and other brand insignia for businesses.

Ms. Naumann served as Secretary on the Board of the University of Chicago, Chicago Women’s Alliance from 2010-2018. She has also served on the Electronic Discovery Pilot Program of the Federal Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. 

Ms. Naumann has served on the Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni Association Board of Directors in Chicago, Illinois from 2007 through 2010. 

During her term on this Alumni Association Board, she was the Chairperson for the Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Ms. Naumann has also participated as a judge for science projects in the Illinois Institute of Technology Interprofessional Projects Program. In this program undergraduate students collaborate on projects directed to industry, medicine, transportation and alternative energy resources.

Ms. Naumann has worked continuously and exclusively as an attorney since she graduated from law school.


Webinar Recording & Materials Package – CD or Download: $149

For CDs please add $8.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.


CLE Credit

This program is not state specific – it is focused on national law and therefore eligible for CLE in every state. It it pre-approved for CLE in California for 1.5 units. Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states.


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Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

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Downloads are non-returnable/non-refundable once purchased and received. Tapes, CDs and DVDs are returnable for a full refund or replacement if defective, within 90 days of purchase.

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$149.00 each

Recorded in 2019

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