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41st Annual IP Institute: IP on the American Riviera

Santa BarbaraPresented by The State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section

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

With presentation of the Annual Vanguard Awards!

Earn 9.25 hours MCLE credit, including 2 hours in Legal Ethics

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program! Please note: Online registration will close on November 4.

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Letter from the Chair

Elizabeth RestWelcome to the 41st Annual IP Institute, IP on the American Riviera, in beautiful Santa Barbara! This year’s Institute, the State Bar of California’s IP Law Section’s premiere annual multi-day event, celebrates the many diverse areas of IP by offering a full slate of exceptional educational programming as well as multiple enjoyable networking events.

Come to the conference hotel, the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara, on Wednesday evening to join fellow attendees, speakers, Vanguard Award winners, and members of the IP Section Executive Committee for a networking welcome reception featuring a delicious selection of appetizers and local Santa Barbara wines.

Two days of outstanding educational programming begins Thursday morning. We offer two full tracks of programming, and several general sessions that are sure to interest all attendees. This year’s Institute provides a wide range of cutting-edge and compelling presentations on trademark, copyright, patent, entertainment, right of publicity, open source software licensing, IP-specific ethics issues, and more. Our speakers are prominent individuals from leading law firms, law schools, and companies (Twitter, DreamWorks Animation, IBM, Intel, and more!). We are also honored to have William J. Griffin, Deputy Director, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, and John Cabeca, Director, Silicon Valley Office, both of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, who will be speaking on issues significant to USPTO practitioners.

Santa Barbara HyattIn addition to two days of engaging educational sessions, the Institute promises several unique networking opportunities. On Thursday afternoon, we are excited to offer a guided walking tour of the beautiful and historic Santa Barbara Courthouse and Gardens. A delightful trolley will transport attendees to and from the hotel. The tour will allow attendees to network in a social setting, while seeing one of Santa Barbara’s most famous and exquisite sites. And Thursday you're invited to an evening of entertainment, Late Night on the Riviera. Both events are free to all attendees and all are welcome.

You are also invited to join the IP Section Thursday afternoon, as we will be celebrating this year’s four Vanguard Award winners with a light-hearted, entertaining, and memorable lunch ceremony in honor of the award recipients.

Looking forward to an unforgettable IP Institute on the American Riviera!

Elizabeth J. Rest
Crown, LLP
Chair, 2016 IP Institute