Alexandria, Va. — October 17, 2011 — Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Intellectual Property Shareholders S. Lloyd Smith and Charles L. Wieland III have been named officers of the newly founded Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court. Smith will serve as the Inn's vice president and Wieland as its program chair. Wieland co-founded the new Inn.
Joining Smith and Wieland in the Inn's inaugural class is Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Intellectual Property Shareholder Todd R. Walters, who participated in a panel discussion on the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act during the Inn's inaugural meeting, held October 12, 2011.
The next meeting of the Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court will be held jointly with the Giles Rich IP American Inn of Court in the Madison Auditorium of the United State Patent & Trademark Office on November 3, 2011.
About the Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court
The Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court is based in Alexandria, Va., and is part of The Linn Inn Alliance, a 16-Inn coalition dedicated to improving the practice of intellectual property law through the American Inns of Court. As a whole, the American Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. The Honorable Pauline Newman and the Honorable Richard Linn are appellant judges at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and both spoke at the inaugural meeting, along with the Honorable David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
S. Lloyd Smith focuses his practice on many phases of intellectual property litigation, including trademark enforcement matters. His case experience includes patent infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition and general commercial litigation in various venues nationwide. He has argued before numerous U.S. District Courts nationwide, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Todd R. Walters focuses his practice on many phases of intellectual property law, with a special emphasis on patent interference matters before the USPTO and in federal courts. He has represented clients in more than 100 interference-related matters. He is a past member of Buchanan's Board of Directors and is currently a member of the firm's executive management team.
Charles (Chad) F. Wieland III is the firm's leader of the Electrical, IT and Applied Physics Practice Group. He focuses his practice on advising clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, both domestic and international, on intellectual property matters. With over 20 years experience, he finds cost effective ways to capture and exploit the IP rights of clients, while avoiding or mitigating the hazards posed by the IP rights of others.