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Vol 12, Num 4 l 2015 in Review

Technology and Intellectual Property

► In This Issue:

A Look Back at 2015


John Loughnane 
Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP


John Farnum
Linowes & Blocher LLP
Bethesda, MD

John G. Loughnane and John T. Farnum have served as co-chairs this past year for the Technology and Intellectual Property Committee. Continuing a recent trend, the committee again experienced a very busy year as technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, as does the law concerning intellectual property (IP) in insolvency.

The committee’s work remains principally focused on organizing education sessions and producing timely articles. The committee concentrates on both the use of technology in the courts and by practitioners, as well as legal developments affecting intellectual property in insolvency proceedings.

During the 2015 Annual Spring Meeting (ASM), the committee presented an educational session focused on “Using Technology Effectively: Strategies for Courtroom Success.” The panel consisted of Roy M. Terry (Sands Anderson PC; Richmond, Va.), Paige L. Ellerman (Frost Brown Todd LLC; Cincinnati), David Bird (Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware; Wilmington) and Hon. Mary F. Walrath (U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware; Wilmington).  Narendra Ganto (Ganti Advisors; Bethesda, Md.) was scheduled to present but was unable to do so unfortunately due to circumstances beyond his control. David Bird, a longtime member of the committee and former leader, graciously agreed to join the panel as a last-minute replacement. The written materials for the session are available here, and a recording of the session is available here.
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You Spoke, We Listened: ABI Offers a Condensed Communications Schedule

This fall you should have noticed a change in the look, feel and frequency of communications that you are receiving from ABI. In an effort to cut down on the number of emails in your inbox, ABI launched a new weekly schedule that still includes the popular Daily Headlines and Bankruptcy Brief (reduced to Thursday afternoon, only).

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Tuesday's delivery is the InSights newsletter, which highlights important information and benefits that you receive as an ABI member. Membership InSights will offer helpful tips about new ABI technology and benefits that will save time and money for your practice. Need to know what summaries were posted to Volo last week? Turn to next Tuesday's issue of Membership InSights for your answer.

Wednesday's InTouch newsletter provides you with upcoming programs specific to your circuit, as well as national programs that may be of interest to you. InTouch will also highlight online CLE and ABI publications designed to bring you quality information on the topics you care about most.

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Have You Watched a Complimentary Eye on Bankruptcy Session?

Launched in spring 2015, “Eye on Bankruptcy” is an online series produced by Bloomberg Law and ABI. Each program is aired on the last Thursday of each month and provides analysis of the latest case developments. Recorded at either Bloomberg’s New York studio or ABI's Virginia headquarters, each episode features commentary by top practitioners, academics and judges, hosted by Professor Michelle Harner (University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law).

Each episode explores:

  • Recent filings, motions, and decisions
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  • Changes in bankruptcy and restructuring

Visit online to learn more and view past recordings.

Commission Page Houses Complimentary Videos on Related Topics

In 2015, after years of blood, sweat, and tears (we may be exaggerating a little here), the Commission completed its final report and proposed reforms to Chapter 11 and related statutory provisions. While the full report has been available online for most of the year, ABI has continued to post a variety of videos related to the commission on its website. Access quick links from the list below, and catch up on all content at

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