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Corporate Patent Seminar 2013

The 48th annual Corporate Patent Seminar will take place April 17-19, 2013 in Chicago

CPS is an ad hoc non-profit association of senior corporate patent professionals dedicated to the effective and healthy exchange of ideas and experiences in the area of intellectual property law and corporate practice. In addition to having a series of talks on topics of interest for in-house IP counsel, our meetings include roundtable discussions of best practices. We specifically limit the number of outside counsel in attendance as well as the number of vendors to avoid having to deal with marketing pitches.

This year's seminar topics include:

Please note that these seminar topics are subject to change. Topic suggestions and requests can be made via email to

How to register:

The conference meeting room will have wireless Internet access at no additional charge. Meals for special dietary needs may be available but at extra expense.


Who should attend? The Corporate Patent Seminar is for corporate patent professionals. If you are a corporate patent professional, then you are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Here are comments from past attendees:

Past and likely future attendees include patent counsel from such companies as S. C. Johnson, Caterpillar, and Procter & Gamble.

Our program tends to be the most beneficial to senior corporate patent counsel. Many have commented that our meetings of peers present great value by sharing ideas and exploring relevant issues with leaders of other corporate patent departments. In this informal atmosphere, concerns arising in the shop of one counsel can be addressed by the experiences of others. All attendees find the opportunities to offer and receive help and have other high-minded interactions, such as conduct benchmarking for current in-house practices, among other exchanges, particularly helpful.

To facilitate the open and frank discussions that are the heart and strength of the Corporate Patent Seminar, all attendees tacitly agree by their participation that all comments and views of other attendees will be held in confidence.

Recommended attire: Dress for all meetings is business casual. Dress for both dinners is casual elegant (shirts with collars, jackets for the gentlemen).

CLE: CLE accreditation will be applied for in California and Colorado. CPS will provide a uniform certificate of attendance ("UCOA") to each attendee. In the past we have sometimes heard from an attendee that he or she has been able to obtain CLE credit in his or her own state by submitting the UCOA to his or her own CLE authority, even if that state is not a state in which CPS has applied for CLE accreditation. The way you will receive CLE credit, if at all, is by submitting the UCOA yourself to your state CLE agency; CPS will not be in a position to submit the UCOA for you.