Watch our 2020 webinars on demand!
- Cannabis & IP
- Featuring Shabnam Malek and Amanda Conley from Brand & Branch
- Trademark Searching
- Featuring Ed Timberlake of Timberlake Law
- Video Games & IP
- Featuring Jessica Harrison JD'14 of Resolute Legal, PLLC
- Media Law & Mass Communication and Patent Practice & Procedure
- Featuring Chris Reed of Fox Corporation and Ann McCrackin of Black Hills IP
- Spotlight on Cannabis & IP and IP Policy
- Featuring Shabnam Malek and Amanda Conley of Brand & Branch LLP and Gene Quinn of IPWachdog.com
- Name, Image, and Likeness
- Featuring Professor Michael McCann of UNH Franklin Pierce and writer for Sportico
IPSI is back! Join lawyers, alumni, and law students can join the IP Powerhouse for cutting edge online courses in intellectual property. Learn from industry leaders at Fortune 500 companies and Am Law 100 firms as they give you an insider's look into the future of IP.
Learn from our expert faculty and alumni, like Micky Minhas (JD/LLM '97), pictured, former Vice President & Chief Patent Counsel at Microsoft.
Class in 2020 included:
Cannabis & IP
Doing Business in China
IP & Entrepreneurship
Media Law and Mass Communication
Name, Image & Likeness in Sports
Patent Practice & Procedure
Supreme Court and the CAFC: IP Tug of War
Video Gaming & IP
Courses run July and August
July 27 - August 13: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5 - 6:30 pm EST
Partner at Brand and Branch LLP, Founding President of the National Cannabis Bar Association
Shabnam Malek is a partner at Brand & Branch LLP and founding President of the National Cannabis Bar Association. Shabnam's background is in trademark law, and she cut her teeth on all things intellectual property as an associate at O'Melveny & Myers (OMM) in San Francisco. While at OMM, Shabnam developed a broad practice in ITC enforcement, district court litigation, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board disputes, and trademark prosecution strategy. She represented large, global companies as well as smaller technology startups and local food manufacturers. She also developed a robust pro bono practice representing imprisoned women before the California Board of Parole Hearings as well as representing houseless San Francisco residents through the Coalition on Homelessness. Since her days in "big law," Shabnam has expanded her practice to include promotions and sweepstakes law, advertising law, and the representation of lawful cannabis and hemp companies throughout the United States.
During the launch of Brand & Branch, Shabnam and her law partner, Amanda R. Conley, founded the National Cannabis Bar Association, which recently expanded its reach to become the International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA). Today, INCBA boasts a membership base of nearly 500 individual attorney members and a strong international presence. Shabnam and Amanda's vision for the organization was realized in the organization's flagship annual two-day legal educational event, the Cannabis Law Institute, at which they've spoken two years in a row. Shabnam and Amanda also co-founded the Bay Area chapter of Women Grow in 2014.
Shabnam's practice now focuses on advice and counsel to companies seeking to expand their presence or intellectual property portfolio across industries as well as across state and international borders. Clients benefit from Shabnam's expertise in the areas of regulatory compliance and intellectual property licensing, in addition to her well-developed understanding of the intersection of law, strategy, and business.
Shabnam regularly speaks and writes on the topics of trademarks, brand expansion, regulated industries such as cannabis and hemp, and the role of women in creating change. Her professional affiliations include holding a seat on the Board of Directors of the International Cannabis Bar Association, membership with the International Trademark Association and California Lawyers' Association, where she serves on committees, and memberships with the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Lawyers Guild, the Queen’s Bench, and the Bar Association of San Francisco. Shabnam was named a Northern California Rising Star three years in a row by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Cannabis (marijuana) is listed on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, and the possession, sale, and use of marijuana remains unlawful at the federal level. Meanwhile, cannabis legalization is sweeping the nation on a state-by-state basis. This federal and state divide presents unique challenges to businesses serving patients and consumers in the cannabis industry and the lawyers who advise them.
This one-unit course will provide an overview of the current state of the cannabis industry, identify key legal and business challenges, and explore how lawyers are helping their clients address these challenges. The course will lay the groundwork for the type of issue spotting and creative thinking required to navigate the legal and business landscape of this emerging legal field.
Founding Partner at Brand and Branch LLP
Amanda R. Conley is a founding partner at Brand & Branch LLP. She helps creative entrepreneurs across a variety of industries protect, leverage, and enforce their intellectual property. She specializes in helping clients navigate highly-regulated industries and new and emerging technologies. She also advises on advertising, marketing, website, and labeling compliance.
Amanda graduated from NYU School of Law in 2011 and began her career at O’Melveny & Myers (OMM) in San Francisco with a focus on intellectual property counseling and litigation. Recognizing the need to provide nimble, tailored, practical legal services to clients operating in new and emerging industries, Amanda and her law partner Shabnam Malek founded Brand & Branch in 2015. Initially focused on providing intellectual property legal services to highly regulated industries, Brand & Branch has expanded its reach to serve clients across multiple industries by providing legal and business strategy advice meeting their diversity of needs.
Amanda is an active member of the national business networking organization Provisors. Her other professional affiliations include the International Trademark Association, where she serves on a committee, the California Lawyers Association, and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. She regularly speaks about growth and intellectual property issues pertaining to regulated industries and on intellectual property matters generally. She also regularly speaks at legal and industry conferences throughout the U.S. and internationally on the topics of intellectual property, advertising, and the importance of diversity across all industries. Amanda has been named a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine for the past two years.
Before attending law school, Amanda worked as a statistician for the Institute of Behavioral Sciences in Boulder, Colorado where she completed an MA program in Sociology.
July 6 - August 12: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 12 pm EST
Senior Director, Patent Licensing & Strategy at Microsoft
China has presented unprecedented business opportunities as well as unique challenges over the past few decades. And this dynamic landscape will further intensify in the new normal of COVID-19. This two-credit course will provide an overview of the underlying policy, economic and legal frameworks, highlight recent developments on IP protection and enforcement, antitrust and other regulatory compliances in particular. Guest speakers (in-house counsel and law firm practitioners) will share their experiences from doing business in connection with China, as well as offer best practices on culture intelligence and negotiation skills needed to be successful. The course will also explore growing areas that may lead to robust opportunities in China.
July 7 - August 13: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 - 2:30 pm EST
Lecturer at San Francisco State University
Mark Ciotola combines law, science, and business to weaves together and work with innovative endeavors. He holds degrees in physics, economics, business and law. While a student at UNH Law, Mark interned after his 2L year for the Chief Counsel at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Upon graduation from UNH Law, Mark went to work at the NASA-sponsored Joint Enterprise for Aerospace Research and Space Technology where he was involved in pioneering legal research for collaborations between NASA, industry and universities. He later engaged in other work at NASA in public affairs, technology commercialization, wind tunnel instrumentation and exoplanet atmospheres research. Although he became a member of the Minnesota Bar, and practiced private intellectual property law, most of his current work is in academia, in the startup community and technology roles. He has worked on information systems at firms including Applied Biosystems, Genentech, Intuit, Packeteer (Symantec) and JP Morgan Chase/Kessler Group, including developing systems handling billions of dollars in transactions. He has taught at Monash University in Australia, International Space University in France, and was Adjunct Faculty at Singularity University in Space and Physical Sciences in Silicon Valley. Over the years, he has served as an advisor to hundreds of inventors and dozens of start-ups. He is currently teaches intellectual property law and entrepreneurship at San Francisco State University and astronomy at Swinburne University of Technology. His current start-up SustainSpace is an affiliate company of the HudsonAlpha Institute in Huntsville, Alabama and was awarded the Astrosat Huntsville Prize and the European Space Agency’s Space Exploration Masters Overall Winner Prize.
This course will concern the intersection between intellectual property and entrepreneurship, and how overlaps and conflicts regarding stakeholder interests create both opportunities and responsibilities for attorneys. This course shall explore the realms of creativity and innovation, ethical considerations, research & development, idea evaluation, intellectual property protection, business plans, sales & marketing, licensing contracts, and other topics to understand the entrepreneurial process and considerations for legal practice. This course shall consist of lectures, presentations, readings, notes, discussions, resources and experiences designed to introduce the concepts associated with examining the entrepreneurial process. Some presentations may be made by guests.
July 6 - August 12: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 - 4:30 pm EST
Founder and Publisher of IPWatchdog.com
Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. He is the founder and publisher of IPWatchdog.com, which he started in 1999. IPWatchdog.com has been recognized multiple times by the American Bar Association as a top 100 legal blog and as the top IP blog. In 2014 IPWatchdog.com was inducted into the American Bar Association Blawg Hall of Fame.
Mr. Quinn has twice been named one of the top 50 most influential people in intellectual property by Managing IP magazine, most recently in 2019. Since 2017, he has been recognized by IAM as one of the top 300 IP strategists in the world.
Regarded as an expert on software patentability and patent procedure, Mr. Quinn specializes in the areas of strategic patent consultancy, portfolio building and patent prosecution strategies. He also advises on litigation strategy and appeals.
Mr. Quinn began his career as a litigator handling civil litigation matters and has been a patent attorney for two decades. He has taught a variety of IP courses at the law school level, including courses on patent law, patent claim drafting, patent prosecution and copyright and trademark law at Syracuse University College of Law, Temple University School of Law, the University of Toledo College of Law, the University of New Hampshire School of Law and the John Marshall Law School (Chicago). Since 2000, Mr. Quinn has taught the leading patent bar review course in the United States, and he now teaches new patent practitioners how to prepare and strategically prosecute patent applications.
Mr. Quinn is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire and before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is also a registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the USPTO.
The practice of law goes beyond interpreting what judges, Congress and administrators mean when they issue decisions or enact rules and laws. Influencing what bills get taken up by Committees, are voted on by Congress, and what those bills actually say is an important part of daily practice life for many attorneys. So too is influencing regulators views, influencing the judicial branch through amicus filings, and even the lobbying the Solicitor General. This happens behind the scenes but plays a vital role in implementation of law and policy. This course will explore this intersection of law and policy.
July 10 - August 14: Fridays, 4 - 5:30 pm EST
Micky Minhas JD/LLM'97
Senior Vice President at Marconi
Experienced attorney with a demonstrated history of working in intellectual property focused on hardware, computer software and the wireless industries. Strong professional skilled in all aspects of IP, particularly in patent licensing, patent law, prosecution, IP litigation, venture capital, M&A, software licensing, strategic partnerships, antitrust and privacy. Managed large teams focused on corporate wide IP issues including inbound and outbound licensing, patent preperation and world-wide prosecution, and patent litigation.
Companies are using traditional forms of intellectual property in non-traditional ways – this is especially true for companies in new business areas, as well as established businesses that find themselves in new frontiers.
This one-credit course provides an overview of six companies in different technology areas that are currently in transformational situations. Spotify, TikTok, 3M, Disney, Holdredge Wines and Allied Security Trust find themselves at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and unique circumstance brought on by new business models disrupting old ones, the global pandemic, new forms of intellectual property licensing and risk mitigation, and confluence of technology, the law and agriculture in the making of wine.
Each of the six lectures will bring the legal leader from each company, sharing their experiences, challenges and issues of first impression. In addition to how each business uses copyrights, patents and trademarks, the course will also explore the challenges and nuances with privacy, antitrust, trade secrets and contracts.
Guest lectures by industry leaders, including
Erich Andersen is Global General Counsel of TikTok
Erich Andersen is Vice President and Global General Counsel at ByteDance/TikTok, where he reports to the CEO. He has responsibility for the company’s international legal affairs and regularly works with company leaders and policy makers at the intersection of law and technology.
The company’s most well-known product in the US -- TikTok -- is a video sharing platform designed to entertain and bring joy to users. It has grown rapidly in the last few years and is now one of the largest media platforms in the world.
Erich previously worked at Microsoft for 24 years where he held numerous senior roles, including Chief IP Counsel. He also served as Deputy General Counsel for the Windows and Office product groups and was based in Paris for three years while he served as head of legal and government affairs for Microsoft EMEA
Before joining Microsoft, Andersen served as a law clerk on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court. He began his law practice with Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle, Washington. Andersen graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1986 and from the UCLA School of Law in 1989, where he served as Chief Managing Editor of the law review.
Erich is married, has three children and two dogs who are treated as children in his family. In his free time, Erich likes to exercise, read and travel.
Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel at Allied Security Trust (AST)
Russ Binns is the Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel for Allied Security Trust (AST). AST is a cooperative of multi-billion global high-tech companies founded in 2007, including members such as: Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook, etc. AST identifies and analyzes high-technology patents being sold on the market, circulates those to its members through a proprietary platform and combines funds of interested member companies to purchase patents to minimize the risk of patent litigation. It then sells the patents subject to licenses granted to those members, with the proceeds returned to the members that funded the purchase. AST also provides market research and analytics to our members.
Prior to AST, Russ served as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Avaya Inc., a global leader in telecommunications. Russ was responsible for all aspects of Avaya's worldwide intellectual property legal operations, including lobbying efforts associated with IP legislation, patent procurement and portfolio management, intellectual property monetization, IP litigation, IP transactional matters, trademarks, open source, and management of both internal and external legal counsel performing such functions. He created Avaya's IP strategy, and grew the company's portfolio and improved the company's performance in patent and industry benchmarks, while improving efficiency and reducing overall costs. In 2013, Russ testified before the U.S. House, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, on Abusive Patent Litigation: The Issues Impacting American Competitiveness and Job Creation at the ITC and Beyond.
Before Avaya, Russ was an IP litigator and licensing attorney with Goodwin Procter in New York and Boston, and with a boutique law firm Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Hayes in Boston, doing transactional, patent prosecution and litigation work. In 1995, he worked for the Honorable Judge Rader of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC.
Russ was born and raised in New Jersey and earned his Juris Doctorate from the UNH Franklin Pierce Law Center, and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University. In his spare time, he has served on the Rumson Board of Education for the past six years, and supports: Valerie Fund for Children with Cancer, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Make-a-Wish Foundation. He enjoys traveling, football, tennis, movies, wine and bourbon
Head of Global Affairs & Chief Legal Officer at Spotify
Horacio Gutierrez is Head of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer at Spotify. In this capacity, he oversees the Company’s work on a wide range of areas around the world, including industry relations and partnerships, public policy and trust and safety, among others, and leads a global team of business, public affairs, government relations, licensing, and legal professionals. Mr. Gutierrez joined Spotify as General Counsel in 2016 after spending over 17 years at Microsoft Corporation, ultimately as General Counsel and Corporate Vice President for Legal Affairs. Throughout his career, he has been involved in a number of high-profile legal and regulatory matters and concluded numerous intellectual property deals, including licensing agreements with companies around the world. Mr. Gutierrez has played a leading role on technology and innovation policy issues, including competition policy, intellectual property policy and internet regulation. He holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar; a Juris Doctor degree summa cum laude from the University of Miami; a Bachelor of Laws degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela; and a post-graduate diploma in corporate and commercial law from the same institution.
Shareholder at Geary, Shea, O'Donnell, Grattan & Mitchell, P.C.
John Holdredge is a shareholder, having joined the firm in 1992, and becoming a shareholder in 1996. A significant portion of John’s practice involves the wine industry, and as a result, his primary area of focus involves real estate. He serves as general counsel to a large number of wineries (including serving as local counsel for foreign brands). He also represents many ancillary aspects of the industry, including vineyard owners/winegrowers, vineyard management companies, winery equipment suppliers and other companies related to the wine industry. This work involves many differing aspects of the law, including a wide variety of real estate matters- both including transactional work (acquisitions) as well as a range of litigation matters. Aside from this John handles a wide range of non-winery legal matters, including other aspects of agricultural law (including the dairy and produce industries), assisting real estate brokers, sellers and purchasers. John has also served as a private mediator, and enjoys assisting parties to resolve disputes. In addition to his law practice, John is the co-owner and winemaker at Holdredge Wines, where, with his wife and business partner Carri Holdredge, he produces some 2,500 cases of Pinot Noir each year. They currently utilize grapes from some fifteen (15) different vineyards, and release 12 or more different wines each year. John lives in Healdsburg, and in his “spare time” he has coached youth sports teams, is involved with local fundraising, and somehow finds time to indulge his love for travel, and to spend time with his wife, and two children.
Associate General Counsel for Patents at The Walt Disney Company
Roger Kennedy is the Associate General Counsel for Patents at The Walt Disney Company. As such Roger oversees patent issues for all of the Disney operating units including the Disney+, Parks, ESPN, ABC, Marvel, Pixar and Lucas. Before Disney, Roger was the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Trimble Navigation where he was responsible for all the companies’ intellectual property matters. Trimble provides positioning solutions enabling professionals in engineering and construction, surveying, agriculture, fleet management and field service to be more productive by revolutionizing their work processes. Prior to joining Trimble Roger was the Chief Patent Counsel for Oracle Corporation the world’s largest enterprise software company, where he was active in the current patent litigation reform effort. Before Oracle Roger served in a similar role at Lockheed Martin Missile & Space Corporation and practiced patent litigation at Townsend, Townsend and Crew. Roger graduated from the University of Florida College of Law and holds in undergraduate degree in Optics from the University of Rochester
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at 3M
Kevin Rhodes is a Vice President and the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of 3M Company, and the President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of 3M Innovative Properties Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he is responsible for managing the global intellectual property assets of 3M Company and its worldwide affiliates.
Mr. Rhodes currently served as the President of the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association Education Foundation and the Executive Committee of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Mr. Rhodes serves on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform and he has testified before Congress and administrative agencies, and has spoken widely, on issues of intellectual property law and policy.
Prior to joining 3M in 2001, Mr. Rhodes was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, where he specialized in intellectual property litigation.
Mr. Rhodes received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University. He is a registered patent attorney, with an undergraduate degree from Grinnell College.
July 6 - August 12: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 - 2:30 pm EST
Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property, Content Protection, and Litigation
Fox Corporation in Los Angeles
Chris Reed is senior vice president of intellectual property, content protection, and litigation at Fox Corporation in Los Angeles, where he oversees the company’s intellectual property portfolio, manages enforcement initiatives, and handles a variety of litigation involving First Amendment and other media law issues, as well as commercial disputes and antitrust matters. He was previously the head of global content protection at 21st Century Fox before the company was sold to The Walt Disney Company in March of 2019.
Prior to joining Fox in 2104, Chris was senior advisor for policy and special projects at the U.S. Copyright Office, where he advised the Register of Copyrights on a variety of issues relating to copyright law and policy, technology, and the Office’s registration and recordation systems. He previously served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked principally on matters relating to the media and entertainment industries. Chris began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven J. McAuliffe, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.
Chris writes and speaks frequently on intellectual property and related matters. His most recent book, The Unrealized Promise of the Next Great Copyright Act was published in 2019 by Edward Elgar Publishing. He previously wrote Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Protecting, Managing, and Sharing Digital Images, published by Peachpit Press in 2014.
Chris received his B.S. in economics from Lehigh University and holds J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce School of Law where he served as editor-in-chief of IDEA®: The Intellectual Property Law Review. In addition to teaching at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, he holds an adjunct appointment at Claremont Graduate University where he teaches courses in media law and business.
This course offers broad exposure to various legal issues confronted by mass media enterprises, ranging from traditional broadcasters and similar internet-based services, to the major internet platforms and the new class of “media enterprises” that they spawned, such as YouTube influencers and TikTok stars. By examining current issues and events, students will navigate areas of law including defamation, rights of publicity and privacy, newsgathering and right of access, advertising, broadcast and internet regulation, intellectual property, and antitrust – to understand how the law’s staple doctrines apply to the business of producing and distributing news, information, and entertainment for mass audiences.
July 7 - July 23: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am - 12:30 pm EST
Professor of Law at UNH Franklin Pierce, Founding Director of the UNH Law Sports and Entertainment Law Institute
Professor Michael McCann is the Founding Director of the UNH Law Sports and Entertainment Law Institute. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2017 to 2019.
McCann has won the Professor of the Year Award multiple times for excellence in teaching. Graduating students in the Class of 2015 selected McCann to deliver the faculty portion of the commencement address. McCann also taught the popular “Deflategate” undergraduate course at UNH. He was previously on the faculties of Vermont Law School and Mississippi College School of Law and was a visiting professor at Boston College Law School.
McCann is one of the nation’s leading experts in sports law and an award-winning journalist. He is a writer for Sportico, the new sports vertical by the publishers of Rolling Stone and Variety, and serves as Sportico's Legal Analyst. McCann was previously Sports Illustrated's Legal Analyst. He authored more than 1,000 legal and investigative stories for SI from 2007 to 2020. He has covered the Boston Marathon bombings, the murder trials of Aaron Hernandez, the NBA's ouster of Donald Sterling, Colin Kaepernick’s collusion grievance, the FBI’s investigation into college basketball, the legality of sports betting and many other controversies.
McCann was the first member of the media to interview Lance Armstrong after Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. He interviewed Armstrong at his home in Austin, Texas and authored “My Dance With Lance” (Sports Illustrated, March 11, 2013 issue, pages 14-15).
As a journalist, McCann has broken several national news stories. They include that attorneys for Colin Kaepernick deposed New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, that Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino hired his mistress over more qualified candidates, that Donald Sterling refused to comply with the NBA’s sanction and planned to sue the NBA, and that the Los Angeles Angels would trade outfielder Josh Hamilton.
McCann is also a best-selling author and an accomplished scholar. McCann and former UCLA basketball star and NBA player Ed O’Bannon co-authored “Court Justice: The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA” (Diversion Books, 2018). The book — which was named by The Christian Science Monitor as the No. 1 Sports Book in Spring 2018 and has been a best-selling book in several Amazon categories — tells the story of O’Bannon’s life and his historic court case against the NCAA. McCann is also the Editor and co-author of “The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law” (Oxford University Press, 2018). The book is intended for law students, grad students, college students and attorneys interested in the study of sports law.
In addition, McCann has authored more than 20 law review articles and book chapters, with placements in the Yale Law Journal, Wisconsin Law Review, and Boston College Law Review, among other prominent law reviews. One notable law review article is “American Needle v. NFL: An Opportunity to Reshape Sports Law”, 119 YALE L.J. 726 (2010).
Along with Jon Hanson, the Alfred Smart Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, McCann is co-founder of The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School. Hanson and McCann were recipients of the 2011 Media Prize awarded by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
McCann’s work as a sports attorney is extensive. In 2004, McCann served on the legal team of college football star Maurice Clarett in his lawsuit against the NFL and its age eligibility rule. Clarett v. NFL is considered one of the most important cases in sports law history. McCann has also represented Your Call Football in legal matters. In addition, he was Legal Counsel to U.S. Congressman (now UMass President) Marty Meehan, an antitrust litigator at Boston law firms and a spokesperson for Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly.
McCann is a native of Andover, Massachusetts and a graduate of St. John’s Prep.
This course centers on the rights of athletes to control their identifying characteristics. Legal reforms call for college athletes to be able to hire agents and negotiate the use of their names, images and likenesses with video game companies, apparel companies, trading card shows, athletic camps and other industries. The NCAA regards these reforms as unlawful and has lobbied Congress for a federal solution. This course examines NIL rights and their relationship to other legal conventions, including rights of publicity, media law, agency law, video game law, trademark law, copyright law, labor law, antitrust law and “influencers” and the law.
July 6 - July 22: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9 pm EST
Former Vice President Business Development at Qualcomm
This course addresses legal issues related to patent licensing based upon general commercial needs and requirements. This course will focus on understanding the intersection of patent rights and limitations, contractual provisions and the objectives of the business. The course will look at key licensing agreement interpretation issues and restriction on patent rights that should be considered when licensing patent rights. Students will look to understand different business scenarios and how to think about structuring licensing relationships and agreements to fulfill the business objectives.
July 7 - August 13: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 - 6:30 pm EST
Class on Thursday, July 9th is moved to Friday, July 10 at 4 - 5:30 pm
President at Black Hills IP
Ann McCrackin is Black Hills IP's President as well as a patent prosecution process expert and a highly accomplished patent attorney with extensive experience in both U.S. and international patent prosecution. Before becoming President of Black Hills IP Ann was a Professor of Law and the Director of the nationally recognized Patent Prosecution and Procedure Program at Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law). At Franklin Pierce, Ann directed the program and taught courses in advanced aspects of practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ann has also taught dozens of continuing legal education courses and seminars on various aspects of patent process and prosecution and has edited and authored a number of legal texts on patent law. Ann is also attorney of record for several Amicus Briefs filed in patent cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ann was a Shareholder at the Minneapolis patent firm Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. for eight years and now is of counsel at the firm. Ann has an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center.
This course focuses on the drafting of patent claims and introduces the fundamentals of practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Students will become familiar with the statutes, PTO regulations, customs, and practice governing the drafting of allowable patent claims. Students will develop the skills needed to draft patent claims that will be allowable by the PTO and that will provide broad protection to the patentee.
July 7 - July 23: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45 - 4:45 pm EST
Judge Arthur Gajarsa
Judge Arthur Gajarsa, retired from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, has joined us as the first Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence at the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. He began teaching at UNH Law in the fall of 2012 and is working with us to enhance our practice-ready curriculum, as well as providing strategic guidance as we build the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property into a global hub for innovation.
Judge Gajarsa was appointed to the bench by President Clinton in 1997. Prior to this, he was a partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Joseph, Gajarsa, McDermott and Reiner. He also served as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, worked as an attorney in the Department of Defense specializing in defense systems analysis and intellectual property rights, and served as special counsel and assistant to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.
He has long been an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, from which he received his JD. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in economics from the Catholic University of America.
This course will explore the relationship between the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Each class will cover a Federal Circuit Decision and the certiorari petition filed in U.S. Supreme Court. The second hour of the class will be a complete and exhaustive discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court Opinion and the oral argument at the Supreme Court.
July 28 - August 13: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 - 4:30 pm EST
Board Certified Specialist in Trademark Law at Timberlake Law
Ed Timberlake is a former Trademark Examining Attorney at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, a former Copyright Examiner at the U.S. Copyright Office, and a Board Certified Specialist in Trademark Law. As an adjunct professor, Mr. Timberlake has taught Trademark Law at Campbell Law School, Innovation at Duke University, and is the co-chair of the Trademark Scholarship Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association Academic Committee.
This course will introduce students to the principles of searching trademarks records at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, underscoring the connection between trademark prosecution practice and trademark law theory. The course will provide students with strategies for navigating Trademark Office records from a former Trademark Examining Attorney and with an understanding of how the U.S. trademark registration process functions under the Lanham Act. Students with an interest in trademark prosecution, litigation and transactional practice will benefit from this course.
July 28 - August 13: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am - 12:30 pm EST
Partner at Resolute Legal, PLLC
Jessica Harrison currently serves as adjunct faculty for the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s innovative online Patent Practice and Procedures II course. In the course, students from around the globe build on their basic intellectual property and claim drafting skills by learning the law, regulations, customs, and practices for interfacing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Students simulate the patent prosecution experience by drafting a complete patent application and claims, as well as multiple Office action responses in Ms. Harrison’s course.
Ms. Harrison is also a partner at Resolute Legal, PLLC where her practice focuses on all aspects of IP portfolio development and management, strategic patent advising, patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, opinion work, patent correction, and post-grant patent litigation. Ms. Harrison brings her extensive 30+ years of patent practice experience and her deep USPTO Agency experience to assist clients as a USPTO practice and procedure litigation expert.
Ms. Harrison previously worked as a post grant proceeding specialist at Oblon where she gained expertise in patent post-grant litigation and patent prosecution and was a contributing author to the treatise “Post Grant Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board,” PLI 2013. At Oblon, Ms. Harrison’s practice focused on Post-Grant Proceedings including Inter Partes Reviews, Reexaminations and Reissues.
Prior to joining attending law school, Ms. Harrison served over 24 years at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where Ms. Harrison served in a wide variety of management roles across the Office. Ms. Harrison was an electrical SPE in Central Reexamination Unit as well as a SPE in various units of the games and amusement workgroup 3710. Ms. Harrison also served as a SPRE/QAS in Technology Center 3700. In this role, she gained subject-matter expert status in multiple areas of technology as well as multiple administrative areas including petitions, special laws cases, Reissues, Reexamination and Interference proceedings. Early in her USPTO career, she examined applications in electronic games and amusement devices, electronic education devices, computer based training systems, and electrical exercising devices. She also worked examining a wide variety of medical devices including cardiac pacing devices and endoscopic devices.
According to the Entertainment Software Association, the 2018 U.S. video game industry employed more than 220,000 people and produced more than $43 billion in annual revenue. Over 164 million adults in the US play video games and three quarters of all Americans have at least one gamer in their household. New Hampshire has at least 15 video game related companies adding over $64 million to the local economy. Looking forward as new technologies such as mobile gaming and cloud gaming emerge and grow, the video game market could become a $300 billion industry by 2025. Few industries have a brighter future and the need for lawyers versed in video game law will similarly grow. This issue-spotting overview course covers the essential intellectual property topics commonly encountered in the video game industry: content creation, content acquisition, content protection. Broader legal topics such as content distribution, revenue generation, and player management issues will be introduced as well.
Who is this program for?
This program is for legal professionals, recent law school graduates, law students entering their 2L or 3L year, and current UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law graduate students. UNH Franklin Pierce MIP alums are also invited to join the program.
When will it run?
July and August
How much does each class cost?
To learn more about financial aid, UNH Franklin Pierce law students can consult the Financial Aid webpage. Visiting law students should consult with financial aid at their home law schools.
How will classes be delivered?
Classes will be delivered synchronously, 100% online by our network of experts in the industry, our alumni, and our renowned faculty.
What will I gain by enrolling?
Gain expertise in a specific area of the law from experts in the field which will allow you to standout in the marketplace and make connections in the industy. Each class is either 1 or 2 credits and students can take as many as they like.
Is financial aid available?
UNH Franklin Pierce law students can consult the Financial Aid webpage. Visiting law students should consult with financial aid at their home law schools.
This summer, learn from industry leaders exploring today's IP issues.