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October/November 2005

Douglas A. Miro will be lecturing at the New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program entitled Bridge-the-Gap: Intellectual Property. The program is scheduled for October 27, 2005 at the Long Island Marriot, in Uniondale Long Island. The course is designed to help both recently admitted and experienced attorneys establish a foundation in knowledge and skills pertaining to intellectual property law. The basic level program includes a comprehensive overview of Patent Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Trade Secrets and Licensing, along with topics and guidance on predicting and handling IP litigation. Panelists will address the fundamentals of these different legal disciplines, recent challenges and notable trends on the horizon. For more information, contact Mr. Miro at dmiro@ostrolenk.com.

James A. Finder was quoted in a recent issue of the IPLawBulletin regarding the Genentech patent.

Peter S. Sloane succeeded in obtaining transfer of a domain name on behalf of Ottomanelli Bros., Ltd. Ottomanelli Bros., Ltd. v. Rob Velez, FA0503000440427 (Nat. Arb. Forum May 2, 2005). In 2000, Ottomanelli Bros. entered into an agreement with a Dublin-based web hosting company named electrikweb to register the domain name nycotto.com and maintain the corresponding web site. Rather than register the domain name in the name of Ottomanelli Bros., however, electrikweb registered it in the name of an employee named Rob Velez. In late 2005, when electrikweb shut down, the web site at www.nycotto.com suddenly became inactive. Unable to locate Rob Velez, Ottomanelli Bros. filed a Complaint with the National Arbitration Forum. The Panelist found that the domain name was registered and used in bad faith because, through neglect or other malfeasance, electrikweb permitted the domain name to be registered in the name of one of its employees who had since disappeared. As a result, the Panelist ordered the domain name transferred to Ottomanelli Bros., which has since reactivated the web site at www.nycotto.com.