Award Winning ITechLaw eNews, May, 2009                                            Sandra A. Jeskie, Editor in Chief


Letter from ITechLaw President Ursula Widmer


Dear ITechLaw Members and Colleagues,

As a member of ITechLaw for many years, serving the association on both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, I have watched ITechLaw develop from a mostly US association into an international association now representing 53 countries and five continents.

I am deeply honored to have been elected the new President of ITechLaw, the world's leading association of legal experts who concentrate on technology issues with a particular emphasis on information technology and telecommunications.

I would like to welcome those who are similarly interested as new members, to enjoy the excellent education, publications and networking benefits that ITechLaw provides. Tell us about your interests, get involved, speak at our conferences, interact within our specialized committees and send us your news and articles to be published in the quarterly eBulletin and the monthly eNews.

I hope to see you at one of our conferences this year in Estonia and Brussels and in 2010 in Bangalore and Boston. I also look forward to meeting you at an upcoming President's lunch.

With my best regards,

Ursula Widmer
President, ITechLaw
May, 2009

CommitteeWatch: I-WIN

Continuing the eNews tradition of delivering you news on association activities and opportunities for member involvement, we bring you a new feature: CommitteeWatch. In this segment we will provide you with updates on our broad spectrum of committees including substantive law committees (e-commerce, data protection, intellectual property and outsourcing), publications, women's international network, membership development, education and more.

For a full list of ITechLaw's committees, visit the ITechLaw website. You may also log in to the Member Center and opt-in to committees that interest you.

This month CommitteeWatch puts the spotlight on I-WIN, the ITechLaw Women's International Network:

Under the enthusiastic leadership of Committee Chair and Board Member Françoise Gilbert, I-WIN recently hosted a meeting at the ITechLaw 2009 Annual Meeting and World Conference in Seattle. Open to all conference attendees, the meeting featured a presentation by Colleen Martin, Deputy General Counsel at Washington Mutual Inc. Colleen led a discussion on the relationship between lawyers who practice in corporate legal departments and their use and expectations of outside counsel. Look for a special article on this enriching  presentation in the upcoming June eNews.

In addition to the Seattle meeting, I-WIN's recent activities include list serv growth with frequent exchanges of expertise and references, an overall increase in the percentage of women in ITechLaw and affiliate membership in the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL). For more information or to join I-WIN, please contact us.

ITechLaw Receives Prestigious Awards

Last month we reported that the ITechLaw eNews garnered the top award of the Web Marketing Association's Internet Advertising Awards, winning for Best Legal Online Newsletter Campaign.

This month we are pleased to report that eNews also won two Hermes Gold Awards for:

  - Best eNewsletter, and
  - Best Design/Publication Overall

The I-WIN Committee also won a top award for Best Ad Copy for its 2009 marketing materials. 

Administered by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals, the Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional

materials and programs, and emerging technologies.

The editors of eNews thank ITechLaw's officials and members for their support, submissions and feedback. We will continue to provide you with a top-quality publication and make improvements to best serve our valued members. If you would like to see a new feature or submit content to eNews, please contact us today.

The eNews Sampler: Brief Monthly Updates

In addition to ITechLaw's quarterly online law journal for members, the eBulletin (requires log in), ITechLaw often provides 1-2 short articles in eNews each month. eNews articles not only cover short legal updates but also give members an opportunity to share their unique professional experiences as they relate to ITechLaw.

ITechLaw encourages members to contribute to its publications. For more information or to submit your articles, please contact us. Submissions are subject to editorial discretion. Articles not used in eNews may be used in the eBulletin and vice versa.

Germany: New Supreme Court Case Law on the Compulsory License Estoppel in Patent Infringement Litigation
by Dr. Truiken J. Heydn, Attorney-at-Law,
teclegal Habel Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft

In a judgment of May 6, 2009 the German Federal Supreme Court held that the defendant in a patent infringement case may defend itself on the basis that the patent owner misuses a market dominating position by refusing the grant of a license. The so-called compulsory license estoppel requires the defendant who uses the patent without a license to show that

(i) he has made unsuccessful efforts to obtain a license on suitable conditions,

(ii) by refusing the license the patent owner infringes the prohibition under antitrust laws to discriminate other enterprises or to prevent competition without objective reason, and

(iii) he has fulfilled the obligations under the desired license, i.e., he has regularly rendered account on the use of the patent and has paid or at least escrowed the appropriate license fees.

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ITechLaw's 2009 Annual Meeting and World Conference Draws International Crowd

ITechLaw's 2009 Annual Meeting and World Conference recently took place in Seattle, May 14-15, 2009. Attendees from jurisdictions around the world joined together to enjoy knowledge sharing and networking with fellow technology law professionals. The conference had more than 200 registrants representing 33 countries.

Speakers included in-house counsel from Microsoft, T-Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent, Vidiator and more. Sessions provided in-depth explorations of the latest trends and developments in the technology sector and the resulting legal implications.

Reminder: If you attended the conference, you may log in to access all your materials in a convenient format that follows the actual program schedule. Simply click to download papers and slideshows for your reference. Contact Member Services with any questions about accessing these useful materials.

Look for a full report and photo display of the Seattle conference in the June issue of eNews. If you have any photos of the event, please contact us to share them. We would love to hear from you!

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On May 21st ITechLaw Board Member Felix Hofer presented at Seattle University School of Law, together with panelists from Australia, Canada and the US, on the topic of Green Marketing. His specific task was to address the European approach to the topic. His presentation was based on his article recently published in Volume 3, issue 2 of the eBulletin.
(Please note: eBulletin link requires log-in to the ITechLaw Member Center. Once logged in, click "ITechLaw eBulletin" to read the latest issue.)

ITechLaw Vice President Sandra Jeskie was recently appointed to serve as special master to two different courts in a multi-district litigation and complex commercial case. She was also an invited speaker at the Third Circuit Judicial Conference on May 5-6, 2009 where she spoke with a panel of judges on the topic of Technology in the Court Room.

ITechLaw Welcomes Its Newest Members!


Firm/Organization Location

Moe Alramahi

The Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

Marco Consonni

Dewey & LeBoeuf Milano

Das Kumar

Nokia India Private Limited Haryana

Douglas Green

Merrill Lynch New York, NY

Lucinda Lomas

Exxon Mobil Corporation Houston, TX

Daniel Maisano

IKOR USA  Inc. Kennett Square, PA

Jan Ramkvist

Grönberg & Cederlöv Advokatbyrå Stockholm

Janne Salminen

Fondia Ltd Helsinki

Martin Smedberg

Grönberg & Cederöv Advokatbyrå Stockholm

Xugang Yu

Dacheng Law Offices Beijing

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