The Future of Chicago
Join members of the Tribe Community in Chicago for breakfast, networking and a conversation with guest speaker Cary Levitt J.D. '84 as he frames our breakfast around The Future of Intellectual Property in the 21st century.
Historically, intellectual property was a unexciting topic that was reserved for lawyers and think tanks. Now, IP is in the news every day. It is the life blood of many companies , and is now the centerpiece of trade negotiations, protection of innovation related to software, genetics and artificial intelligence and global disputes. Intellectual property is now integral to the day-to-day work of scientists, economists, marketers, product developers, software developers and business leaders.
Please join Cary Levitt J.D. '84 as we explore this topic and discuss questions like the ones below:
- How many patents and trademarks are filed every year? The increase in intellectual property rights is staggering.
- What is China’s role? What about China’s theft of technology?
- Do patents really promote innovation?
- Is patent litigation out of control?
- What subject matter is entitled to protection? Should software patents be outlawed?
- Can the term “ZERO” (e.g. Coke Zero) be protected by a trademark?
More about our speaker, Cary Levitt J.D. '84:
Cary Levitt is 1984 graduate of the W&M School of Law. Cary and his wife Patricia are the parent of three adult children, including their son Andrew who is in his final semester of law school at W&M. Cary has enjoyed a distinguished legal career including roles as General Counsel and Chief IP Counsel of multinational companies. Currently he is the US Chief Operating Officer for Dennemeyer Group, where he develops and implements strategies to exploit Dennemeyer’s extensive intellectual property services. Cary’s 30 years of corporate experience ranges from the development of IP strategies, to forming strategic alliances.
Cost: $5 (includes breakfast)
This breakfast is part of W&M's Professionals Week (March 18-22). All week long, we are celebrating our Tribe network and professional affinities. No matter what stage of your career you are in, please participate in as many of the events throughout the week and let us know your professional achievements and goals by posting on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter using the hashtag #OneTribeOneNetwork.
8-8:30 a.m. – Breakfast and Networking
8:30–8:50 a.m. – Future of Intellectual Property
8:50–9:30 a.m. – Networking
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