Inevitable Disclosures
August 31, 2016

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  • Live Programs
    • IP & The Internet
    • IP Institute
  • Webinars
    • Patent Clearance Strategies in the Wake of the Halo & Stryker Decisions
    • Copyright: Your Client Got a Book Deal, Now What?
  • Interest Group Open Calls
    • Licensing Interest Group Open Call—Note corrected date!
  • News
    • Congratulations to the 2016 IP Vanguard Award Recipients
    • Last Day to Sign Up for Your Free 2016 Membership in Any Section
    • Writers Wanted for New Matter
  • Third-Party Programs
    • New Silicon Valley USPTO Events
  • MCLE Catalog
  • Contact Us

Live Programs

Register Now! The 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

Join us for a full-day conference to ensure you are up to date with the latest developments.

  • Keynote speaker: Richard Downing, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice
Highlights in the schedule include:
  • CDA Section 230 in the Age of Cyber Civil Rights, with Eric Goldman and Chris Kelly
  • Social Media Takedowns, with Lynne Graybeal, Beth Goldman, and Emily Burns
  • Internet Law Update with Ian Ballon
  • Privacy Like its 1999? Privacy Law Changes at Home and Abroad, with Francoise Gilbert and Joanne McNab
  • General Counsel Roundtable, with Greg Goekner and David Simon

And ... table topic discussions at lunch. MORE INFORMATION.

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

Hyatt Santa Barbara November 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. 

Panel Highlight: The Road to Ex Parte Appeal: From Final Office Action to Notice of Appeal. Join John Cabeca, Director of the Silicon Valley office of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and attorney TJ Singh, to answer the question: You’ve received a Final Office Action, now what? You’re ready to appeal but you still have options to give it at least one last shot to advance prosecution before you file that appeal brief. Our panelists will discuss strategies and options available as applicants move towards filing a Notice of Appeal. They will also review and explore the use of the various pilot program options available to applicants after prosecution has closed. More Information.

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


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

Sanjesh Sharma is IP Counsel at Abbott Medical Optics, where she manages all aspects of patent, trademark, and copyright matters for the company’s Refractive and Laser Cataract Surgical Equipment portfolios. Since 2013, she has served as Vice Chair of the Patent Interest Group for the State Bar of California’s IP Section.

Sarah Sheldon Brooks is a shareholder in Stradling’s intellectual property practice. Ms. Brooks specializes in litigating intellectual property disputes. Ms. Brooks has successfully tried cases in Federal Court, including obtaining a willful infringement jury verdict in 2013 for a client in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Brooks was named a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the fourth year in a row from 2013-2016.

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. Presented by the Copyright Interest Group.


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 CameronGeorgia Hughes and D.P. Lyle.

Francine Ward is a business and intellectual property attorney with a focus on copyrights, trademarks, publishing, entertainment, and social media legal issues. A 1989 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Francine is admitted to practice in New York, California, and the District of Columbia. In addition, she received a 6-figure publishing deal from Random House for her first book, Esteemable Acts: 10 Actions for Building Real Self Esteem. Currently, Ward is working on her first crime novel.

Kimberley Cameron loves finding new voices. She was the co-founder of Knightsbridge Publishing Company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. In 1993 she became partners with Dorris Halsey of The Reece Halsey Agency, founded in 1957. She opened Reece Halsey North in 1995 and in 2009 the agency became Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She resides and works from Tiburon, California and France.

Georgia Hughes is editorial director at New World Library, where she acquires and edits nonfiction books in the areas of animals, spirituality, personal growth, sustainable business, mindfulness, health, and women’s issues. Before joining New World Library, Georgia worked as a bookseller (independent bookstores), at Harper San Francisco (now Harper One) and Prima Publishing, and as a freelance editor. New World Library’s list includes the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, and many other excellent books.

D.P. Lyle is the Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winning and Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Scribe, Silver Falchion, and USA Best Book Award nominated author of both non-fiction and fiction (the Samantha Cody, Dub Walker, and Jake Longly thriller series and the Royal Pains media tie-in series). Along with Jan Burke, he is the co-host of Crime and Science Radio. He has served as story consultant to many novelists and the screenwriters of shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Peacemakers, Cold Case, House, Medium, Women’s Murder Club, 1-800-Missing, The Glades, and Pretty Little Liars.

Interest Group Open Calls

Licensing Interest Group Open Call

Friday, September 9, 2016, 12 noon (Note: Date changed from Sept. 2)

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.


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.


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

Private Practice

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

Academic or Public Policy

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

Last Day to Sign Up for Your Free 2016 Membership in Any Section

During the month of August, State Bar members may join one new State Bar section of their choice, free of charge, for the remainder of 2016. To take advantage of this free membership offer for the remainder of 2016, please log in to your State Bar Profile by clicking HERE.

Writers Wanted for New Matter

Inquiries about writing for New Matter, please contact

Third-Party Programs

Upcoming Events at the PTO Silicon Valley Office

See full event listing

  • 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


MCLE Catalog

Featured CLE Program from Our Catalog!


Did you miss it? All programs from IP Protection & Social Media Issues in the Workplace now available On-Demand

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

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:

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