Inevitable Disclosures
January 15, 2017


Live Programs

Tips and Tricks for IP Practitioners

Tuesday, 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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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.


Webinar: Implicit Bias: How to Recognize It and Tips to Address It

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society.
Presented by the In-House Counsel Interest Group.


Join us for a lively and informative presentation on implicit bias in the legal profession--what it is, why we all have it and practical tips on how to address it.

Moderator: Mark Leonard
Speakers: Therese Lawless and Denise Trani-Morris

Therese Lawless is a partner in the law firm of Lawless & Lawless where she practices employment and civil rights law on behalf of employees and individuals. Ms. Lawless is a former president of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. She is a member and past board member of the Consumer Attorneys of California and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the California Employment Lawyers Association.  In 2015, Ms. Lawless represented Ellen Pao in a landmark gender discrimination case against venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins Caufield and Byers.

Denise Trani-Morris is Counsel at Sedgwick, LLP, San Francisco, and practices exclusively in the area of employment law.  She is a member of the Firm's Inclusion & Diversity Committee and San Francisco Chair and a member of the National Employment Law Council. She speaks frequently on issues concerning inclusion and diversity, and provides management training on how unconscious biases, that impact the workplace, can be avoided.

Generic Competition and Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry: REMS Programs and Life Cycle Management/Product Hopping

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Note new date and time!

This program offers 1.5 hours participatory MCLE credit. 
Co-sponosored by the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section.


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and numerous courts are currently analyzing reverse payments within the Sherman Act framework the U.S. Supreme Court set forth in FTC v. Actavis. But these analyses are only part of a much larger universe of intriguing issues being generated by the intersection of antitrust law, intellectual property, and pharmaceutical regulation in litigation across the country.  Generic pharmaceutical company, consumer, and enforcer plaintiffs have alleged that brand pharmaceutical companies abuse certain aspects of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies ("REMS programs"), which are programs the FDA sometimes requires to minimize the risks associated with certain drugs.  Plaintiffs also allege that branded drug companies violate antitrust laws when they engage in a particular business strategy relating to the timing of new product releases, a strategy that plaintiffs call “product-hopping.”  And earlier this year, a bill was reintroduced that would create a separate cause of action for the type of behavior alleged in cases dealing with REMS (the “CREATES Act”).  Our panelists will comment on these and other developments touching on the complex legal and policy issues at the crossroads of pharmaceutical regulation, IP law, and antitrust law.

Moderator: Anna Fabis, O’Melveny & Myers LLP


Cheryl Johnson, California Department of Justice

Erika Lietzan, University of Missouri School of Law

Rosanna McCallips, Jones Day

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


Third-Party Programs

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.

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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 Matt Neco.