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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

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

For full information, see The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting.

Register Now for the 41st Annual IP Institute "IP on the American Riviera"

IP Institute in Santa BarbaraNovember 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.

Essential Information | Hotel Reservations | Program at a Glance | Program Schedule |
IP Vanguard Awards |  Sponsors | Printable Brochure | Mail / Fax Reg. FormOnline Registration

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

For more information, see The 41st Annual IP Institute.

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Webinar: Trademarks Under the 12 Stars

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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


A side-by-side comparison of the procedure of acquiring, maintaining and defending trademark registration, touching the closely related areas, like geographical indicators and industrial designs from a legal practitioner’s point of view who has experienced this area of law  in both jurisdictions and from different perspectives. The presentation will guide the audience through the registration procedure spotting the differences, like how unified the EU trademark system is compared to the federal system in the U.S. When does the likelihood of confusion come into play, and how? When does the applicant need to worry about use, and how do they prove it? What can we learn from the battlefield of GIs on both sides? How is it possible that industrial designs arer even mentioned in a trademark presentation?

As the European Union is somehow similar to the United States, the trademark system is too. But there are at least as many differences as well. Nowadays, in our international world it is crucial to know these differences because they can mean everything.

Moderator: David Tseng
Speaker: Judit Marai

Webinar: Think B4 U Text: Avoiding Big $$ Liability Under the TCPA

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit.
Presented by the In-House Counsel Interest Group


With the ever-increasing number of lawsuits involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), it's more important than ever to be up-to-date with the latest information surrounding this challenging law. Companies face significant financial liability for failing to comply with the TCPA, which prohibits calling or texting consumers (and businesses) on their mobile phones without appropriate consent. The TCPA provides plaintiffs with an attractive private right of action with uncapped damages of $500 per violation, which can be trebled if willful or knowing.

No industry is immune from this law, where multi-million dollar settlements are almost daily occurrences. An especially problematic part of TCPA compliance is that it can be entirely out of the control of companies. When a company attempts to contact a consumer who had consented to contact but for whatever reason abandons their number, the company can still be held responsible for TCPA violations when the number is reassigned to another party.

Industry experts will advise on how to comply with the law and understand the FCC rules that present more questions than answers for companies that seek to avoid liability.

Moderator: Sophie Cohen
Speakers: Diana Eisner, Christine Reilly, Marc Roth

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.

Webinar: A Global Approach to Grey Market Issues: Solutions and Remedies in Europe and in the US

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit


The grey market–or parallel import–is typically defined as the unauthorized importing of a genuine product either intended for a different market or through unauthorized channels. Goods that flow through the grey market can have a staggering impact on the revenue, image, reputation, organization or distribution networks of a company.

Against the backdrop of increased globalization and ubiquitous international exchanges, this webinar will offer a brief outline of the approach to grey market issues in Europe and in the US and suggest some of the tools that can be used by brand owners to combat the grey market from a global perspective.

Moderator: Pete Bromaghim
Speakers: Béatrice Martinet and Richard Nelson

Interest Group Open Calls

Licensing Interest Group Open Call

Friday, September 9, 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.

Copyright Interest Group Open Call

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m. 

Call-in number: 855-520-7605; Conference Code: 1211276419# 

Please join the Copyright Interest Group for a member call on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 12 noon. During the call we will discuss current cases and copyright developments, and opportunities for getting involved, from writing articles, presenting on relevant copyright related issues, coordinating panels, and more! Copyright is everywhere in the news. Join us and meet other members of your Copyright IG and discuss what’s on the horizon.


The 2016 IP and the Internet Conference

We had a great time at this year's IP and the Internet Conference at the Salesforce building in San Francisco! Great speakers and networking!

 Speakers Eric Goldman, Chris Kelly, and Bennet Kelly  CDA Section 230 in the Age of Cyber Civil Rights and Terrorism Panel
 Ian Ballon giving an Internet Law Update  2016 IP and the Internet Conference
 Social Media Takedown Panel from the IP and the Internet Conference  Disruption, Innovation, and the Law: An In-House Perspective Panel


New Executive Committee Members

Congratulations to the 2016 IP Vanguard Award Recipients

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 2016 IP Institute, the flagship event of the Intellectual Property Law Section.

Join us at the 2016 Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Institute on November 10-11 at the Hyatt Santa Barbara. The 2016 honorees are:

In-House Counsel

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Fred Von Lohmann
Legal Director, Copyright
Google, Inc.

Private Practice

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Heather J. Meeker
Technology Transactions Partner
O’Melveny & Myers LLP


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Honorable Ronald M. Whyte
United States District Court
Northern District of California

Academic or Public Policy

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Kevin J. Greene
Professor of Law
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

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!

Ethical and Privacy Challenges in Internet Policy

Drawing from his many high profile roles in the business and legal community, Chris Kelly, former Chief Privacy Officer and General Counsel at Facebook, will provide a unique exploration of many of the ethical and privacy challenges that arise from establishing and complying with internet policy.

1 Participatory MCLE Credit in Ethics
More Information

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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 Aurelia Schultz.

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