LES hosts monthly webinars, as part of its ongoing Webinar Wednesdays series, as well as Hot Topic webinars that are periodically scheduled to cover breaking developments such as patent reform, important case updates and other major industry news. Webinar Wednesdays are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and are also available anytime on-demand. Join IP and licensing experts as they share their knowledge and experience regarding today’s most relevant licensing trends and challenges from transactional issues to ethics to valuation.

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Featured Webinar

Office of Intellectual Property Rights, International Trade Administration
November 12, 2014

George York will update LES members on U.S. government efforts to secure commitments from trading partners relating to intellectual property and innovation across a range of bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral processes, including in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement with the EU.  He will touch on cooperative efforts undertaken through the Trans-Atlantic IPR Working Group to foster close coordination and cooperation with Europe, as well as noteworthy developments in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and other fora in which IP issues may arise.

Stevan Mitchell will describe to LES members the policy development and business facilitation responsibilities of ITA's Office of Intellectual Property Rights, and how it works cooperatively with USPTO and other Departments and agencies to deliver on these responsibilities, particularly for the benefit of small to medium sized enterprises.  He will also outline some recent changes in trade-in-services data collection and reporting practices bearing on IP, illustrate recent trends reflected in the data, and direct LES members to where they can find publicly accessible sources of data for their own product development.

Raymond Van Dyke, Founder, Van Dyke Law

Stevan Mitchell, Director, Office of Intellectual Property Rights, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
George York, Deputy Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and Innovation, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President

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Stevan D. Mitchell is the Director of the International Trade Administration's Office of Intellectual Property Rights (OIPR) at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  OIPR promotes foreign market opportunities for export of U.S. products and services through advancements in trade policy and provides direct assistance to companies seeking to protect and enforce intellectual property rights in foreign markets. OIPR administers the STOPfakes.gov program and website, and has partnered with USEACs and USPTO, along with the National IPR Coordination Center, on STOPfakes.gov Road Shows, a series of outreach events around the country to increase companies' awareness of IPR issues and remedies.  Previously Mr. Mitchell served as Vice President, Intellectual Property Policy for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). His responsibilities included leading video game industry engagement on matters of domestic and international trade, intellectual property and enforcement policy.

Prior to joining the ESA, Mr. Mitchell served as Senior Counsel to the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as a Member of the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP). Previously, as a Trial Attorney with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Mr. Mitchell litigated cases under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and provided oversight, consultation and guidance on investigations and prosecutions involving illegal uses of technology. Mr. Mitchell also co-authored the second edition of the Department of Justice's intellectual property rights prosecution manual.  Mr. Mitchell earned his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. After completing a clerkship in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, he joined the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice through its Honor Graduate Program.

George York is a Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative in USTR's Office of Intellectual Property and Innovation, and covers Europe, the World Trade Organization, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  George is the lead IP negotiator in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations with the European Union.  Prior to joining USTR, George served as a Trade Counsel for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, where he was responsible for intellectual property and climate change among other issues.  Before working for the Committee on Ways and Means, George was an Associate General Counsel with USTR, serving in both Geneva and Washington, D.C.  While in USTR's General Counsel's Office, George was the lead U.S. attorney on the WTO China – Market Access dispute concerning market access for U.S. copyright-intensive goods in China, and covered intellectual property and climate changes issues.  After graduating from Columbia Law School, he was an associate in the International Trade Group of the law firm of Mayer Brown, LLP.  George is married to Julia York and they have two sons, Oliver and Henry.

Mr. Van Dyke has practiced for over twenty five years in the Technology Law and Intellectual Property areas, specializing in various technologies, in litigation, licensing and procurement.  In 2010, he started his own Intellectual Property consulting practice after many experiences in firms and in-house, and specializes in technology, patent, trademark, copyright, Internet law and related IP areas. His clientele are diverse (life sciences and IT), cross-disciplinary (emerging), large and small companies, government, universities and individuals, domestic and foreign, and all with interesting technologies.

His DC-based practice allows him to personally and regularly handle matters on behalf of clients and officials at the USPTO, Federal Circuit and local courts, FTC, ITC, State Department, etc. 

Since 2000, he has taught a comprehensive and practical IP course for engineers, business people and other professionals, currently at SMU, and has also taught at TTU and a course in Strasbourg, France on licensing.  He is the Chair of the Greater Washington, DC and Northern Virginia Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, former Chair of the Professionalism & Ethics, Emerging Technologies and Latin America Practice Committees of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Co-Chair of the Bar Association of Montgomery County's Intellectual Property Committee, Board Member of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Board Member of the United States - Japanese Patent Office Liaison Council, and continues his involvement in IPO, AIPPI, ABA, BIO, IEEE and other legal and technical organizations. The State Department and other groups have regularly asked him to meet with foreign dignitaries and ambassadors regarding the principles of U.S. IP law.  He has also lectured across the world on technology, litigation and IP issues, e.g., throughout Europe, Asia and South America.

He is licensed to practice in DC, MD, NY, NJ and TX, as well as the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Circuit Courts and a number of District Courts, Court of International Trade and Federal Court of Claims, as well as various bar associations.  His email is vandyke@acm.org, website www.rayvandyke.com and phone 202.378.3903.

Who Should Attend

The webinars are designed for all IP and licensing professionals at any level of experience, including corporate IP and licensing professionals, technology transfer professionals, non-IP attorneys, and business development professionals.

Why You Should Attend

LES Webinars are a convenient and affordable way to stay up-to-date with current trends and challenges, gain core knowledge on IP and licensing topics, and supplement your learning in new areas. With our live webinars and growing library of on-demand webinars, you can log-in and learn from leading industry experts anywhere, anytime.

Course Details

Each webinar is 60 or 90 minutes and addresses a unique topic presented by different industry experts. Sample topics include patent reform, trademark licensing, royalty auditing, patent sales agreements, antitrust issues, and patent licensing conflicts.

Course Fees

We are happy to announce the 2013 Webinar Wednesday series will be FREE to LES members! These webinars, delivered right to your desk, will provide increased knowledge and exposure to today’s hot topics.  You’ll also be able to earn CLE and CLP credits!

 This new member-only benefit gives you access to IP and licensing experts as they share their knowledge and experience regarding today’s most relevant licensing trends and challenges from transactional issues to ethics to valuation.

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