Civic Opera House

20 N Wacker Dr, 6th Floor

United States


Our evening will begin with a new networking activity for those of you seeking out mentoring and informal business advice.  This will be an ongoing activity for those that seek the knowledge of our members who are more seasoned in regards to:

*Finance options
*Setting up your business technology
*Managing employees
*Pricing strategies
*Sales tips

During our panel presentation, attendees will learn the basic about the various types of IP (including copyright, trademark, trade secrets, and patents), fundamental differences among them, and practices likely to be of greatest value to young and growing companies. There will also be a discussion of major recent IP developments and cost approximations for several IP-protection techniques. Time will be allowed for Q&A.

Martin Robins is a partner with the Chicago office of the national business law firm FisherBroyles LLP and is a graduate of Harvard Law School (cum laude) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude). He has practiced law for 33 years in both the in-house and law firm environments. His practice emphasizes corporate and intellectual property.

During his career, Mr. Robins has worked on thousands of transactions involving IP and software licensing, consulting, equipment leasing, financing. M&A and general commercial contracts (customer/supplier) and has counseled hundreds of clients of all sizes in a wide variety of industries as to compliance with a wide range of obligations, particularly emerging requirements regarding privacy and information security. His representations have encompassed all sides of transactions.

Mr. Robins has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Law School in 2009 (Contracts), and, since 2005, at DePaul University College of Law, where he developed and teaches “Intellectual Property for Corporate Transactional Lawyers” – a course emphasizing the IP issues confronted by start-up and other small businesses.

Alan Wernick partner in the Chicago office of the national business law firm FisherBroyles, LLP. His law practice since 1982 has focused on providing sensible and tactical legal advice to clients on significant information technology, electronic commerce, intellectual property, and data privacy/security transactions, as well as dispute management and resolution. Mr. Wernick’s experience includes practically every type of information technology contract and transaction. He serves as a counselor and advocate for his clients in the management and resolution of a wide range of legal disputes, including analysis of potential risks, dispute avoidance, negotiation of settlements, and guidance through litigation, appeals, and the arbitration/mediation processes.

When: Sept. 17th

Mentoring and Networking 5:30-6:20

Panel 6:30-8:00

Location 20 N. Wacker Drive 6th Floor Conference Room

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