The Chicagoist will be launching later but in the meantime please enjoy our archives.

Do This: GastroIntellectual Property Law Symposium

By L. Stolpman in Food on Nov 11, 2011 8:00PM

Cuban sandwich that looks like a Cuban cigar.

If you're one of the many attorneys who also has a passion for food, you may enjoy the GastroIntellectual Property Law Symposium in the Ogilvie Auditorium at Chicago-Kent College of Law next Wednesday, November 16th. The Symposium will explore the role that intellectual property rights have with respect to food innovations, with speakers from Alinea, Moto and Kraft.

Technology and food have come together to create unique ways to prepare, serve and enjoy food like never before. Should some of that innovation and creativity be protected by intellectual property laws? The symposium will explore that question and more.

Panelists include:

  • Nick Kokonas, Co-Owner and Managing Partner of Alinea, Next, and The Aviary;
  • Jackie Leimer, Former VP and head of IP law at Kraft Foods;
  • Brian Chaiken, Chief Legal Officer of Z Trim Holdings, Inc.;
  • Charles C. Valauskas, Partner, Valauskas Corder LLC: IP Counsel to Homaro Cantu & Cantu Designs; and
  • Prof. Christopher Buccafusco, Assistant Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent: research includes food and the law; authored works on the copyrightability of recipes. Professor Buccafusco will serve as moderator for the evening.

The cost is $20 for the public, $10 for students. Registration begins at 5:30. After the panel discussion (from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.), stay for the wine and cheese reception. For more information, check the symposium's website.

Chicago-Kent College of Law is located at 565 W. Adams St.