McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP a Proud Sponsor of 2014 Chicago-Kent Supreme Court IP Review

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is proud to be an official sponsor of the 2014 Chicago-Kent Supreme Court IP Review (“SCIPR”). The 2014 Chicago-Kent SCIPR is a conference designed to provide intellectual property practitioners, jurists, legal academics and law students with a review of IP cases from the U.S. Supreme Court’s previous Term, a preview of cases on the docket for the upcoming Term, and a discussion of cert. petitions to watch. The full day conference is set to take place on Friday, September 12 at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago.

The conference will cover the following decisions:

  • Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Health Management System (Standard of review of a court’s fee award pursuant to “objectively baseless” patent claims.)
  • Octane Fitness v. Icon Health & Fitness Inc. (When is a case “exceptional” for award of fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285, when a defendant prevails in a patent infringement action?)
  • Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies (Induced infringement when defendants have not directly infringed.)
  • Medtronic, Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. (Whether licensee or patentee has burden of proof in licensee’s declaratory judgment action.)
  • Petrella v. MGM (Can laches bar a copyright claim within the 3 year statute of limitations?)
  • ABC, Inc., v. Aereo, Inc. (Whether Aereo’s Internet streaming of local TV broadcasts to individual subscribers is a public performance under copyright.)
  • Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank (Patentable subject matter of software-related inventions)
  • Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments (Patent indefiniteness.)
  • Lexmark Int’l v. Static Control Components (Standard for determining standing for false advertising claim under the Lanham Act.)
  • POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola (Standing under the Lanham Act to challenge food or beverage label as false or misleading under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.)


MBHB partner Grantland Drutchas is the featured moderator for the presentation addressing Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies and Medtronic, Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. It takes place from 9:35-10:25 a.m.

Instituted more than 20 years ago, IIT Chicago-Kent’s Intellectual Property Law program is one of the strongest in the country. Chicago-Kent was the first U.S. law school to offer a graduate LL.M. program in the study of international Intellectual Property Law, which continues to draw students from Asia, Europe, South America and the United States. As the importance of IP law has expanded, the Chicago-Kent IP program has kept pace, reflecting and anticipating the ever-changing nature and challenges of the contemporary IP field.

View complete 2014 Chicago-Kent SCIPR agenda and details at