William Childs, Assistant General Counsel/Director, 3M Litigation
John W. Ursu, Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Program Description:

This initial installment of a new WLF webinar series features two of the attorneys who devised and executed a unique litigation strategy to protect 3M’s trademark—and public health—from fraudulent N95 respirator sales. Our panelists will detail their strategy and its successes, explain how the legal actions fit into 3M’s broader plan to curb COVID-19 pandemic profiteering, and offer lessons learned on both proactive protection of intellectual property rights and litigating during a crisis.

About the Taking the Initiative on IP Protection Series:

WLF’s Taking the Initiative on IP Protection webinar series features moderated discussions with industry leaders on businesses’ use of strategic litigation, voluntary agreements, and other proactive initiatives to safeguard their intellectual property. The series is premised on two notions. First, the free-enterprise system depends on private-property ownership and the right to enjoy the benefits from contributions to scientific and intellectual advancement. Second, intellectual-property owners cannot rely solely on government criminal or civil enforcement of intellectual property laws.