MSBA Computer Law Section
October 10, 2006.
Kari Wangensteen (Chair), Chris Hilberg (Vice-Chair), Damien Riehl (Secretary), Vanessa Beardsley (Acting Treasurer), Tom Sheran (Immediate Past Chair), Renee Anderson (MSBA liaison), Miguel Azar, Charles Beck, Steve Bern, Jim Blomquist, Kevin Brady, Chip Brink, Steve Buckingham, John Carney, James Evans, Alecia Kirkevold, David Munn, Carolyn Sandberg, Amy Schumann, Laurie Sheen, John Taft, Dan Tysver, Elizabeth Wefel
B. Excused Absences:
Michael Luzum, Allen Oh, Kendra Rubbright Richgels, John Sumner, Charles Johnson
Katheryn Andresen, Frank Farrell, Eric Palmer, Jenny Salyers
II. Call to Order
Call to order at 11:35 a.m.
III. Approval of Minutes of Annual Meeting
Mr. Brink moves; Mr. Azar seconds. Approved.
IV. Treasurer’s Report
For the month ending August 31, 2006:
YTD balance: $9,440.37 (YTD 2005 = $8,889.57)
Membership dues in July: $3,898 (YTD 2005 = $3,838)
Ms. Beardsley discovered that administrative fees and hourly rate are being dropped; those services are being offered at no cost from here forward.
A. Nominations/Bylaws – Chip Brink
B. Newsletter – Kevin Brady, Alecia Kirkevold, and Damien Riehl
Blog will be going forward
Cost is $150/year
C. Noontime CLE – (OPEN)
D. Case Law – Jim Blomquist
Mr. Blomquist discussed several cases of interest, including
Advanced Polymer Technology Corp.
Civil No. 05-2445 (PJS/RLE) (D.
10/4/2006) Patrick J. Schiltz, United States District Judge
Description from Court’s website:
Plaintiff Stellar-Mark, Inc., the Benepartum Law Group, P.A., and [its] attorneys . . . must show cause why sanctions should not be imposed on them jointly-or on each of them individually-for violating Rule 11(b).
Riverdeep Interactive Learning, Ltd. v. Cokem Internat’l, Ltd.
Civil Nos. 06-3331 (PJS/RLE) (D.
10/5/2006) Patrick J. Schiltz, United States District Judge
Description from Court’s order:
Order - Paragraph One of the Temporary Restraining Order entered August 31, 2006 [Docket No. 16 in Civil No. 06-3331 and Docket No. 24 in Civil No. 06-3359] is VACATED.
E. Legislative – Allen Oh
F. Membership/Student Outreach – Steve Buckingham
Mr. Buckingham will be contacting directors at the law schools shortly. Ms. Sandberg suggested that Mr. Buckingham contact Hamline Professor Sharon Sandeen.
G. Website – Michael Luzum
H. Technology Roundtable – Dan Tysver
Dan Tysver chaired a roundtable on legal outsourcing, which took place immediately following today’s meeting.
I. Contracts Committee (OPEN)
J. 2006 CLI – Kari Wangensteen
Thus far, 120 people have registered for the CLI; last year at this time, registration was at 139. Minnesota CLE has said that all programs are down this year. Further, it appears that attendees this year are not registering early; they are leaning toward walking in.
This year’s keynote speaker is from Microsoft, and other companies with speakers include Oracle Usa, Accenture, Carlson Companies, Target Corporation, Thomson West, and the Valspar Corporation.
Ms. Wangensteen questioned whether the IP Institute is too close to the CLI. We may want to think about rescheduling next year so there is additional distance between the two CLEs.
Mr. Sheran asked whether we generally make money on the CLI. Mr. Buckingham believes that we have spent money in the past and that Minnesota CLE uses any profits to subsidize other lesser-attended (but important) CLEs. Minnesota CLE will pay for speakers’ travel costs and will absorb any profits.
Mr. Blomquist: We determined that we will not compete with the Minnesota CLE, so we should not make a profit. Mr. Buckingham: Any charges should be for out-of-pocket expenses. Ms. Wangensteen: we have not been approached to provide any offsetting funds to Minnesota CLE.
K. 2007 Annual Meeting – Chris Hilberg
Mr. Blomquist is speaking at this year’s CLI
If you are thinking about planning for next year, Chris would appreciate any input regarding this CLI and suggestions for next year.
L. 2007 CLI – Chris Hilberg
Ideas are percolating.
VI. Old Business
A. Section Name Change
The section considered a proposal to change our name to reflect the fact that our topics of discussion are much broader than mere computers — including a larger swath of technology.
Mr. Blomquist, Mr. Tysver, and Mr. Brink volunteered to be on a committee to explore the idea of changing our name.
B. Patent Subcommittee
Messrs. Bern and Hilberg agreed that Mr. Bern would watch Federal Circuit activity and would brief software patent cases that come down the pike.
Mr. Tysver states that it would be interesting to meet and discuss the patent cases that come down.
No vote is necessary to create a subcommittee
VII. New Business
Adjourned at 12:50 p.m.
Submitted: Damien Riehl, Secretary