Chicago Chapter

Downtown Dinner Program - Intellectual Property Law


Morton’s The Steakhouse, 65 E Wacker Place, Chicago, IL 60601.  Valet Parking available.


This one-hour seminar will provide attendees with a federal judge’s and litigator’s perspective on procedural and substantive issues in a typical trademark case.  From pre-litigation investigations, through discovery, motions and trial, the program will provide practical insights into issues that in-house lawyers face when contemplating and supervising a trademark case.    


Hon. Matthew F. Kennelly, Chicago, IL - Judge Matthew F. Kennelly was appointed to the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois in 1999. Before his appointment, Judge Kennelly worked as an attorney in private practice, representing individuals and corporations in complex civil cases and in criminal cases in trial and appellate courts. Since his appointment to the court, Judge Kennelly has served on several committees relating to information technology and the courts. Judge Kennelly also serves as a member of the Seventh Circuit Criminal and Civil Jury Instruction Committees, as well as a committee addressing local rules for patent infringement cases in the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Kennelly, who has presided over many bench and jury trials in trademark cases, will provide his insights concerning procedural and substantive issues that are common in these cases.

David S. Fleming, Shareholder, Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, IL - David Fleming has over 35 years of litigation experience, focusing on intellectual property issues for clients in many different industries.  Dave also speaks frequently on trademark issues, and he is a co-author of a trademark book, Trademark Litigation Practice, published by Bloomberg BNA. Dave will provide a litigator’s perspective on issues such as pre-litigation investigations, document collection and discovery, surveys, summary judgment and trial, and practical tips for the in-house lawyer who guides a company through the process.

Virginia Marino, Associate, Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, IL - Virginia Marino focuses her intellectual property law practice on all aspects of domestic and global brand protection, copyright and unfair competition law. Virginia represents clients in civil litigation in federal district court and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board oppositions and cancellation actions, and has extensive experience with domain name disputes under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy.  She also has extensive in-house experience, as she was previously seconded as corporate trademark counsel.  Virginia will provide case law updates on procedural and substantive issues relevant to litigation of a trademark case.


5:00 pm: Registration and Networking
6:00 pm: Dinner
6:15 – 7:15 pm: Presentation
7:15 pm: Q&A

Online Registration Preferred:  To set up your ACC Chicago registration account, please follow the site instructions as a "New User" upon your first visit.  You will receive a confirmation at the end of your registration process.


Credits: One Hour
State: Illinois
Category: General Credit Hour


Chapter Administrator, Lisa Carreras
Phone: 815-464-8336
Fax: 815-464-8334


Attendance is complimentary, but limited to ACC members, in-house prospective ACC members and guests of the sponsor.

Sponsored By:

Brinks Gilson & Lione

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