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Introduction to Patents (CLE)

March 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Online

This webinar will provide an overview of the patents and patent law suitable for non-lawyers as well as lawyers unfamiliar with patents.

Topics Covered:

  • History of patents
  • How patents fit into the U.S. legal system and economy
  • What rights patents do and do not provide to those who obtain or own them
  • Components of a patent and the process for obtaining a patent
  • How patents are enforced, how to defend against accusations of patent infringement, and legal actions and remedies related to patent law

Continuing Legal Education: This program offers 1.5 Professional Practice CLE Credit (Approved for Non-Transitional and Transitional Attorneys).


Cassandra Baloga

Cassandra M. Baloga, Associate, Intellectual Property Litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Cassandra Baloga concentrates her practice on complex litigation involving intellectual property, in addition to counseling on IP diligence and freedom-to-operate matters, as well as protection of intellectual property rights. She has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineer-ing and spent time as a quality assurance engineer for a leading aerospace manufacturing company prior to joining Skadden.

Ms. Baloga also devotes time to pro bono representations, including handling matters for Election Protection and Legal Services NYC.

Doug Nemec

Douglas R. Nemec, Partner, Intellectual Property Litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Douglas R. Nemec concentrates his practice on litigating complex cases involving intellectual property and technology. In the di-verse range of matters Mr. Nemec has led in state and federal courts from coast to coast, he has obtained positive results for clients in matters ranging from patent infringement to trade secrets to high-stakes licensing disputes.

As a registered patent attorney, he also represents clients in matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which has become an important complement to the firm’s IP litigation practice. Additionally, in life sciences matters, Mr. Nemec has advised on defense of patent infringement claims, enforcement of patent and other IP rights, and inter partes reviews related to the treatment of a variety of ailments and diseases.

Mr. Nemec is part of the Skadden IP Litigation Group that was named a Powerhouse in BTI Litigation Outlook 2018; a leading firm in the trademark field by World Trademark Review in 2018; ranked as a nationwide Tier 1 firm for intellectual property litigation by U.S. News — Best Lawyers Best Law Firms; and named to The National Law Journal’s Intellectual Property Hot List for multiple years.


For members, please email registrations@vlany.org to receive your special discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your discounted ticket.

  • $25 Full-Time Student (must present proof of full-time status with registration)
  • $25 Artists Over Sixty
  • $35 Arts Professional VLA Member
  • $55 Arts Professional Non-Member
  • $150 Legal Professional VLA Member
  • $200 Legal Professional Non-Member
  • $120 Young Associate Members (YAM’s)

Please note that if you wish to receive CLE credit, you must purchase an attorney ticket (Legal Professional Non-Member or Legal Professional Member).

For attorneys, there are various scholarships available. To view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines and for more information on how to apply, click here.


March 11, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


NY United States


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