The Executive Committee of the IP Law Section is pleased to honor outstanding
legal professionals who are spearheading new developments in the world of
intellectual property. The
IP Vanguard Awards will be presented during a
special Awards ceremony at the 2017 IP Institute, the
flagship event of the Intellectual Property Law Section.
Join us at the 2017 Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Institute on November 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency in
The 2017 honorees are:
For the past year, it has been my great honor to serve as Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section and to lead the team of our Executive Committee.
It has been an incredibly busy and demanding year as the IP Law Section Executive Committee helps guide the Section through the probable separation from the State Bar, all the while continuing to bring cutting-edge events, CLE programming, information, and networking opportunities to our robust membership.
Now, as I hand the reigns to the incoming Chair, Matthew Spark, I take this opportunity to say a special thank you to several people who have assisted me and advanced the goals of the Section during my tenure.
As with any new Bar year, the IP Section Executive Committee has rotated its officers. Many thanks to Elizabeth Rest, outgoing Chair and to outgoing Executive Committee members Greg Goeckner, Chris Lockard, David Branfman, and Matthew Berger.
Congratulations to Matthew Spark, incoming Chair, incoming Vice-Chair Tom Hassing, Heather Antoine, incoming Secretary, and new incoming Executive Committee members Teri Karobonik, Sanjesh Sharma, Rebecca Chen, Wayne Sobon, and Scott Kokka.
By Elizabeth Rest, 2016-2017 Chair
Dear Members of the Intellectual Property Law Section:
I am pleased to announce that in early 2018 the Sections, including the Intellectual Property Law Section, are likely to separate from the State Bar and become an independent entity and trade association. While this may not be news to some of you, for many of you it will be surprising, since the Sections have been part of the State Bar for decades. We are optimistic that this change will create many new possibilities, such as expanding the reach of the Sections, embracing technological advances to foster the Sections’ work and relationships, and increasing opportunities for California lawyers to serve the legal profession.
On August 18, 2017 the Copyright Office submitted to Congress a new proposed fee schedule for recording certain types of documents. More information is available here: https://www.copyright.gov/newsnet/2017/676.html
The Trademark Office recently issued three new examination guides. You can download them by clicking on the inks below:
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Dial-in number 855-520-7605, passcode 1211276419#.
Monthly "All Hands" Copyright IG conference call. On this call, we will discuss current cases and developments in copyright law. Each month a presenter will lead the discussion. We will also discuss opportunities to write articles, coordinate webinars, speak on webinars, and participate in the IP section in other ways. Please note: Our monthly calls are the 1st Wednesday of every month.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Dial-in number 855-520-7605; passcode 1211276419#.
Monthly “All Hands” Licensing IG conference call. We’ll discuss upcoming webinars and conferences, opportunities for members to get involved and Hot Topics. Please note: Our monthly calls are the 2nd Friday of every month.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Presented by the Trademark Interest Group and the In-House Interest Group
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit.
This webinar will provide an overview of the requirements for registering Non-Traditional Trademarks (NTMs) with the USPTO and provide tips for counseling clients on the types of information and materials looked for by the USPTO. Gain insight into the USPTO process through a discussion with trademark attorney and current chair of the INTA U.S. Subcommittee on NTMs, Mary Aversano. Topics will include substantive objections (e.g., distinctiveness and functionality), technical requirements (e.g., drawing, mark description and evidence of use) and a brief discussion on enforcement. This presentation is a great opportunity to learn about the nuances of registering NTMs and will benefit attorneys with various levels of experience practicing before the USPTO.
Moderator: Carol Barrett
Speaker: Mary Aversano READ MORE
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Presented by the Licensing Interest Group and the Technology, Internet and Privacy Interest Group
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to take effect on May 25, 2018 and will affect many businesses here in the US. This webinar will discuss how you can become GDPR-ready as well as provide updates on Privacy Shield and how Brexit could influence privacy laws in the EU/UK.
Speaker: Daniel Tozer READ MORE
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Presented by the Licensing Interest Group and the Technology, Internet and Privacy Interest Group. This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit.
In this webinar we will discuss enforcement of California privacy laws, how to comply with these laws, how to enforce your policies, and mitigate risk.
Moderator: Heather Antoine
Speaker: Lothar Determann READ MORE
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Privacy has become a focal point in M&A transactions, including those in which data may not be one of the primary assets. This program will provide a framework, and discuss in practical terms, transaction due diligence, negotiating privacy terms in transaction documents, and the post-transaction integration process, including international data transfer options for cross-border transactions.
Moderator: Heather Antoine.
Speaker: John Pavolotsky READ MORE
The European Patent Office is hosting a two-day interactive seminar, including multiple workshops, in the area of information and communication technologies. This event, which is particularly designed for those drafting and prosecuting patent applications, will focus on the major aspects of ICT-area patent applications at the EPO.
Wednesday and Thursday, 20 and 21 September 2017
Garden Court Hotel, Palo Alto, CA
A networking reception will be held on Wednesday, September 20 from 6pm to 8pm.
Further information and registration can be found at: http://www.epo.org/ict-seminar-2017
10.5 hours of California MCLE (approval pending)
This event takes place directly after the IPO Annual Meeting
The Silicon Valley, known as one of the most prodigious and innovative entrepreneurial communities in the country, was selected as our West Coast presence to assist the USPTO in fostering and protecting innovation. Looking for information focused on startups? Visit the PTO Startup Resources page.
Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Section, you're eligible for:
Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.
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The importance of brand valuations for internal decision making and rights enforcement, valuation methodologies used for various purposes, including mergers, litigation, and bankruptcy, and how to work with a valuation expert will be discussed. Speaker Fernando Torres is Chief Economist at IPmetrics LLC.
1 hour participatory MCLE credit
For other Intellectual Property Law Section programs, see www.calbar.org/online-cle and select Intellectual Property Law Section.
We're very grateful for your membership in the Section.
As a token of that, we're offering self-study MCLE credit in the areas of Legal Ethics, Competence Issues, and Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and in Society. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.
Simply watch the programs and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.
One hour of MCLE is available in the current issue of New Matter , the State Bar IP Section's quarterly magazine.
For the Spring issue, you can earn credit for the article Policing the Boundaries of Copyright: Is It Time for the Supreme Court to Step In? by William J. O'Brien. One hour of MCLE credit can be obtained by answering a set of True/False questions.
Log on to the webiste www.calbar.org/self-study for details. Watch for other MCLE credit available in future issues of New Matter.
Log into your profile and click on CLE Summary and Tracking Tool. This summary reflects all in person and online participatory classes completed through the State Bar of California.
Note: Future releases will allow you to manually add courses completed through other providers.
Even if this summary reflects you have completed the required 25 hours of MCLE within your compliance period, you must still formally report compliance by submitting your MCLE compliance declaration through My State Bar Profile .
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We invite you to contact a member of the Executive Committee, or an Interest Group Officer. The IP Section has Interest Groups on:
Or contact the Editors of Inevitable Disclosure, Barbara Friedman and Matt Neco.
The Intellectual Property Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105