Day 1 Sessions
Welcome Address – Welcome remarks, Presentation of the NDA Docketing Awards, Presentation of the 5 Year Sponsor Awards and NDA Business Meeting were provided by the NDA Board of Directors. Outgoing President JoAnn DiSanti gave an overview of the NDA's business for the past year and announced the Annual Achievement Awards being given to Tracy Gulbicki and Melissa Lonzo. Elaine Screechfield presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to President JoAnn DiSanti for her contributions to the organization over the years. Bill McKay updated the membership on the recent changes to the NDA by-laws.
Keynote - Marion E. Baker – Marion has 30 years of progressive experience in the successful management of personnel, departments, and projects for national law firms, accounting firms, and the military. Attendees enjoyed an informative session which examined ways of managing partner expectations, mitigating risk, and reducing costs for an IP Practice.
IP and LIT Best Practices, Round Robin, Part 1 and Part 2 - This year's Best Practices sessions consisted of round robin format topics which included: hiring IP docketing staff, changing docketing systems, trademarks and training on the IP track; and manual and electronic court filings, training/hiring, business processes and business development on the Litigation track.
Privacy and Data Breach: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Learned to Love the Breach - Drew Sorrell discussed privacy and data breach in the corporate setting. He provided an overview of the current legal environment, risk mitigation, breach planning and response, as well as breach insurance considerations. All was presented with humor with a few dad jokes thrown in for good measure.
Can You Keep a Secret? Considerations When Protecting Trade Secrets - Terry M. Sanks discussed the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. This Act provides a federal, private, civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation and allows companies the opportunity to protect against misappropriation of their proprietary information. Terry discussed an overview of how the Act works for employers and how law firms represent clients in this important area of intellectual property law.