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Intellectual Property Law Section

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Tips and Tricks for IP Practitioners

Tips and Tricks for the IP PractitionerTuesday, January 24, 2017
JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
1740 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Earn 6.75 Hours MCLE Credit

You can REGISTER ONLINE NOW for this program.
Please note: Online registration will close after January 17, 2017.

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Webinar Replay: What Works for Women at Work – Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know to Fight Gender Bias

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society..
Co-sponosored by the IP Section Licensing Interest Group and the Labor and Employment Section.


Join us for a dynamic presentation led by Professor Joan C. Williams, one of the nation’s most cited experts on women and work, about her latest book – What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need To Know.

The presentation offers savvy advice, based on extensive research and interviews with 127 highly successful women, to help women navigate office politics and thrive in high-powered careers. Drawing on hundreds of published studies, Williams pinpoints the ways office politics are trickier for women than men, and even trickier for women of color, identifying four distinct patters of gender bias:

•  Women have to prove themselves over and over (“Prove-It-Again!”);

•  They must navigate a tightrope between being too masculine and too feminine (“Tightrope”);

•  Having children just compounds both problems (“Maternal Wall”); and

•  Gender bias against women often fuels conflicts among women (“Tug of War”).

This presentation provides specific strategies used by highly successful women at the top of their fields to navigate workplaces shaped by subtle bias. Williams offers strategies beneficial to a wide range of women, be they timid or assertive, white or a woman of color, juggling a family or single, 20 or 60 years old. The result is a researched-based “how-to” manual for any woman trying to figure out what concrete steps she can take to advance her career and cope with bias. Please join us for an engaging discussion about the challenges women face in today’s workplace, and learn about data-driven strategies that will help women succeed.

Speaker:  Joan C. Williams

Interest Group Calls

February 1 Copyright Interest Group Call

Time: 12 noon – 1 p.m.

To participate in the call, the dial-in number is 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.

February 10 Licensing Interest Group Call

Time: 12 noon – 1 p.m.

To participate in the call, the dial-in number is 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.

Third-Party Program

The Silicon Valley Branch of the Patent and Trademark Office Announces Free Upcoming Events

Hands-on Patent Search

January 24, 2017, 1 PM – 3 PM PT

Hands-on training on patent searching and using USPTO search tools will be provided by a supervisory patent examiner.

Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (MCLE Credit Available)

Registration now open! The USPTO will offer training to members of the public as part of the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) program. The STEPP program provides external stakeholders opportunities to better their understanding of the examiner’s role in the examination process. This training is intended for those who have recently passed the Patent Bar for the purpose of practicing before the USPTO. These courses are led by USPTO trainers, and are based on material developed for training USPTO patent examiners and other employees. The STEPP course, 3-Day Training on Examination Practice and Procedure, is scheduled for March 14-16, 2017 in San Jose, California.


Call for Applications: Join the IP Section Executive Committee

Application deadline: January 27, 2017

Each year the IP Section offers attorneys in California an opportunity to contribute to the legal profession and the public by volunteering to serve on its Executive Committee. This gives IP Section members a great opportunity to get more involved with the Section, to network with colleagues, and to work on programs and other projects of interest. Our Executive Committee:

  • communicates recent developments and current issues in IP law and practice to its section membership and facilitates interaction among its members;
  • presents MCLE-accredited programs throughout the year;
  • holds retreats and networking receptions, among other exciting activities; and
  • publishes New Matter.

For more information and details on how to apply, click here.

Librarian of Congress Issues Online Survey

Librarian of Congress issues online survey for input on next Register of Copyrights. Click here to learn more.

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, 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 MCLE Is Available in the Latest Issue of New Matter

Self-Study CLE Tests 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 for details. Watch for other MCLE credit available in future issues of New Matter.

Did You Know You Can Track Your CLE Through Your State Bar Profile?

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.

The Trade Secret Treatise Is Available for Order

Members $115/Non-Members $155. Go HERE for a description, and HERE to order. You will need to click on Intellectual Property.

Writers Wanted for New Matter

Inquiries about writing for New Matter, please contact

MCLE Catalog

Featured CLE Program from Our Catalog!


Did you miss it? It's available in our online catalog for CLE credit!

Cryptocurrencies - Evolving Regulatory Issues and Prospects for a Cashless Society

This presentation traces the origin and development of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, including emergence of cryptocurrency exchanges, virtual “wallets” and other kinds of supporting businesses. It describes the increasing flow of venture capital into the field and goes on to survey initiatives seeking to regulate cryptocurrencies, the opposition to such regulation, and how cryptocurrencies relate to the ongoing evolution of a new kind of cashless society.

1 participatory MCLE credit
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Contact Us

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 Matthew Neco.

The Intellectual Property Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105