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Intellectual Property Law Section

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2016 IP and the Internet Conference

2016 IP and the Internet Conference imageTuesday, September 6, 2016
101 Spear Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Earn 5.75 hours MCLE credit


Program Schedule | Essential Info | Printable Brochure | Mail/Fax Reg. Form

Keynote speaker: Richard Downing, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice

Get the rundown on all the special speakers and panels featured in this special event at Salesforce's San Francisco office. Lunch will be provided and feature "table topics" with separate discussions led by leading practitioners. Click here for more!

The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting

My Annual MeetingThe State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting
September 29 - October 2, 2016
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

San Diego, California

Early Bird Pre-Regsitration and Hotel Registration Deadline: August 30, 2016 
Pre-Registration Deadline: September 8, 2016

The State Bar of California returns to beautiful San Diego for the 2016 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is a multi-day showcase of continuing legal education courses, celebrity speakers, and noted legal scholars. Each day gives you several choices of courses and special events.

The Annual Meeting registration fee is structured to make it affordable to attend. You can select either a Full Meeting Pass or a 2-Day Pass. Special fees are available for Young Lawyers and New Admittees.

Register by August 30, 2016 to take advantage of preferred pricing. Your registration includes:

  • 111 MCLE courses 
  • Up to 19 Hours of MCLE and Legal Specialization credit 
  • Dynamic Opening Day and Closing Day General Sessions 
  • Free Networking Lunch, Morning Coffee Breaks and Evening Happy Hours in the Exhibit Hall 
  • Social events hosted by the State Bar and its various Sections, local bar associations and law school alumni groups

The Section will be presenting:

Program 14

Ethics: What Every IP Lawyer Must Know Before Playing in the Social Media Sandbox

Program 26

Technology Licensing Boot Camp for Attorneys

Program 67

Ethical Considerations in Handling Trade Secrets Matters

Program 85

Copyright: Shattering Copyright Myths for the Non-IP Lawyer

You can REGISTER ONLINE until September 8. For full information, see The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting.

Save the Date for the 41st Annual IP Institute "IP on the American Riviera"

Hyatt Santa BarbaraNovember 10-11, 2016
Hyatt Santa Barbara
1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara

Join us at the 41st Annual IP Institute, “IP on the American Riviera,” which will be held November 10 - 11 at the beautiful Hyatt Santa Barbara, with a welcome reception on November 9th.

We are pleased to be offering several opportunities to obtain ethics credits, including:

  • Trademark Ethics:  Ethical Considerations in Practicing Before the USPTO. READ MORE

  • Patent Ethics:  Ethical Considerations in Practicing Before the USPTO. READ MORE

  • IP and ADR – Developments, Cases and Trends Every IP Practitioner Should Know About. READ MORE
More information: IP Institute

THE AMERICAN RIVIERA is a registered trademark of Visit Santa Barbara.


Webinar: Determining Damages For Multiple Different IP Assertions Covering One Product – A Venn Diagrams Exercise

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour of participatory MCLE credit
Presented by the Patent Interest Group.


As the importance of intellectual property protections rise, multiple IP registrations are becoming commonplace for a single product.  But, what is the best way to approach damages in situations where copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and/or patents may be at issue in a single case?  The presentation evaluates the current law on apportionment, and discusses some practice pointers for developing damage and pleadings strategies in these types of cases involving multiple IP registrations.

Moderator: Sanjesh Sharma More information
Speakers: Jim W. Bergman More information
               Mieke K. Malmberg More information

Webinar: Patent Clearance Strategies in the Wake of the Halo & Stryker Decisions

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit
Presented by the Patent Interest Group


This program will discuss the current state of case law on willfullness and enhanced damages, including a discussion of the Halo Elecs, Inc. v. Pulse Elecs, Inc. decision, the Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc., decision, and recent case law interpreting those decisions. The program will also address practical tips for practitioners in writing freedom to operate opinions or conducting patent clearance efforts in light of current case law.

Moderator: Sanjesh Sharma
Speaker: Sarah Sheldon Brooks

Webinar: Copyright: Your Client Got a Book Deal, Now What?

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit.


Over the last 20-years the publishing industry has gone from a highly lucrative industry to experiencing the biggest downturn ever. Why? The Internet. The digital age impacted book sales in such a way that it was sink or change—the industry changed. Like a Phoenix arising from the ashes, the book industry now reigns supreme. With a renewed sense of confidence comes power; power that may affect your author clients. Join a panel of industry professionals for a thought-provoking session on what every book attorney must know to effectively counsel their author clients. You’ll hear the perspective of a publishing lawyer, literary agent, book editor, and a bestselling lawyer/novelist.

 They will:

  1. Discuss how changes in the book industry legally affect your clients;
  2. Explore important contract provisions and how best to negotiate them;
  3. Identify best practices in counseling your author clients.

Moderator: Francine Ward
Faculty: Kimberley Cameron, Georgia Hughes and D.P. Lyle.

Interest Group Open Calls

Licensing Interest Group Open Call

Friday, September 2, 2016, 12 noon
To participate in the meeting, 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 Programs

Upcoming Events at the PTO Silicon Valley Office

See full event listing

  • August 18, 2016, 12 PM - 1 PM
    Patent Brown Bag “Lunch and Learn”
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Supervisory patent examiners help inventors and entrepreneurs during live information session.

  • August 23, 2016, 9 AM - 12 PM  
    Inventor's Oath or Declaration Patent Provisions Seminar
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    USPTO expert provides an in-depth presentation on the Inventor's Oath or Declaration patent provisions of the America Invents Act and Patent Law Treaty.

  • September 2, 2016, 12 PM - 1 PM
    Silicon Valley USPTO Public Tour
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Tour of and information about our office.

  • September 13, 2016, 12 PM - 1 PM
    Trademark Tuesday
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Trademark Assistance Center provides trademark basics and answers questions via videoconference.

  • September 15, 2016, 12 PM - 1 PM
    Patent Brown Bag “Lunch and Learn”
    USPTO Silicon Valley Office
    Supervisory patent examiners help inventors and entrepreneurs during live information session


New Executive Committee Members

Congratulations to new Executive Committee members Heather Antoine, Alex Chan, Dana Todd Iketani, Bennet Kelley and David Murphy who will begin their appointed 3-year terms this September.

New Copyright Office General Counsel

Sarang (“Sy”) Damle has been promoted to General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights of the U.S. Copyright Office by Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante. Damle, who has served as Deputy General Counsel of the Copyright Office since January 2015, succeeds Jacqueline Charlesworth, who is stepping down after four years at the Copyright Office. READ MORE

State Records Copyright Issue Removed from Bill

Last month, we mentioned that the Judiciary committee of California's Assembly introduced a bill proposing legislation that would, among other things, allow California governmental entities to hold copyright in their works. The legislature recently amended the bill to remove the provisions granting copyright in state works. More information available here.

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

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Startups: Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Starting a Company

For entrepreneurs and their counsel. Built a better mousetrap? How do you protect your IP and Other assets? Come learn how to avoid the common legal mistakes entrepreneurs make when forming their companies, in this program featuring speakers from the IP and Business Law sections. What form of entity is best for you? How to get started? How do you raise funds and still protect your equity? How do you make certain no one will steal your ideas? Learn about these issues and more.

1.5 Participatory MCLE Credits
More Information

For other Intellectual Property Law Section programs, see and select Intellectual Property Law Section.

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 Aurelia Schultz.

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