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Baker Donelson to Host Intellectual Property Roundtable

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(Birmingham, AL/October 8, 2008) On October 16, the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, will host a roundtable discussion titled "A Discussion and Analysis of Four Hot IP Cases." The roundtable, part of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property litigation series, will focus on four cases that have generated considerable interest in the intellectual property community.

  • Automotive Tools v. BMW: The Federal Circuit invalidated every claim of an automotive technology patent because the full scope of each claim encompassed both mechanical and electronic elements, but the specifications enabled only mechanical elements.
  • Muniauction v. Thompson: This case analyzed a patent on a method for conducting original issuer auctions of municipal bonds via the internet and considered whether a party that did not practice all the steps of the patent could be considered a direct infringer.
  • Quanta Computer v. LG Electronics: This case reviewed the judicially-created doctrine of patent exhaustion, which has limited the ability of a patent owner to "double-dip" by seeking royalties from multiple parties based on the manufacture of a single product.
  • Tiffany v. eBay: This case examined the circumstances under which a party controlling a website may be liable for counterfeit products sold on the site.

Patricia Clotfelter, an intellectual property attorney in Baker Donelson's Birmingham office, will moderate the event. According to Ms. Clotfelter, each of these cases could have a significant and far-reaching impact on intellectual property matters: "The decisions in these cases have broad implications for intellectual property owners. With their effect on the validity of certain patents, a patent owner's ability to demand multiple royalties, and potential liability for patent and trademark infringement, these cases have created a lot of questions that need to be addressed."

The roundtable will be held at Baker Donelson's Birmingham office at 420 20th Street North on the 16th floor from noon to 1:00 p.m. There is no charge for the event, and lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, contact Courtney Hosemann at 205.250.8361 or chosemann@bakerdonelson.com.

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