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Message from Section Chair Tom O' Connor
IP Section – Striving To Serve Ohio Attorneys
Thomas E. O’Connor, Jr.
McNees Wallace & Nurick
The OSBA IP Section co-sponsored on October 26 an outstanding CLE luncheon, with U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost speaking on IP litigation, in Columbus. Other co-sponsors were the Ohio Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association, and the Columbus Intellectual Property Lawyer Association. The great attendance and strong “positive” feedback suggests we should do this again, a fine addition to the services our 700-member IP Section is giving to the Ohio legal community, which already include:
- Free IP Newsletter for Section members, thanks to Council (formerly Board of Governor) members Pat Walker and Ralph Jocke;
- Monitoring Proposed IP Legislation, in Ohio and in Congress in cooperation with OSBA Legislative Council Steve Stover;
- Updating general practitioners on what they need to know about patents, trademarks, and copyrights, primarily through our Annual CLE Presentation at the OSBA Annual Meeting;
- Providing Ohio Secretary of State staff tutorials on basic trademark and trademark concepts, thanks largely to Council member Pat Phillips;
- Monitor ethics rule changes that successfully impact Ohio IP protections, such as recent action taken to correct Model Rule 7.4 proposed by the Ohio Supreme Court; and
- Provide input to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regarding proposed new procedures.
We will be working with OSBA’s staff to improve and increase our membership and our services. We were very appreciative of their assistance (Director Kalpana Yalamanchili and Administrator Molly Frasher) with the “Judge Frost” luncheon in sending out so many “Save the Date” and “Register Now” e-mail notices that we strained OSBA’s servers.