Inevitable Disclosures
January 31, 2016


Live Programs

This Week! Intellectual Property Law Section Mix and Mingle!

Please join members of the IP Law Section for a Networking Mix & Mingle on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 6 p.m.!

The mixer will be held simultaneously at five locations around the state! If you are, have been, or are interested in being a member of the IP Section, come meet a broad array of diverse practitioners in a relaxed and inviting venue. IP Law Section Executive Committee members and Interest Group officers will be at each location to answer questions, provide information about the Section, or simply to chat.We will be providing appetizers and a limited number of drink tickets, so get there early!

The venues are as follows:

  1. San Francisco (Palomino – 345 Spear Street);
  2. San Diego (McGregor’s Grill & Ale House – 10475 San Diego Mission Road);
  3. San Jose (Nemea Greek Taverna – 96 South First Street);
  4. Santa Monica (Wokano - 1413 5th Street (there is valet parking, and several public lots nearby); and
  5. Los Angeles (Don Chente DTLA – 1248 S. Figueroa Street).

Join us for drinks and snacks and meet some long-time and new colleagues!

Look for additional information and details on Twitter @CalbarIPsection and Facebook.

Snapshots from IP Protections and Social Media in the Workplace Conference

Angela Reddock, Christine Kopitzke, Erica Bristol  David Miclean, Michael Headley, and Mary Fuller speaking in a panel

Our IP Protections and Social Media in the Workplace Conference on January 19 had a large turnout and was a great success. Click here for more photos from the conference!


Webinar: EU/US Privacy Law: With the "Safe Harbor” Closed, What Next?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.


This program offers 1 hour participatory of MCLE credit.
Presented by the Licensing Interest Group and the Technology, Internet and Privacy Interest Group

When the Court of Justice of The European Union struck down the EU/US Privacy “Safe Harbor” they sent shockwaves through the US privacy community.  Thousands of US companies affected by the decision were faced with the challenge of finding an alternative basis for sharing data between the EU and the US. In this webinar you’ll have a chance to learn about the Court of Justice of The European Union’s decision. You’ll also walk away with practical tips on how to structure your clients cross border data sharing in lieu of safe harbors. Speaker: Francoise Gilbert.

Webinar: Slaying the Dragon: Understanding and Effectively Managing the Use of the Model Order on E-Discovery in Patent Cases

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.


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

Many times parties stipulate to the Model Order on e-discovery in patent cases only to discover later on that they now need to negotiate a multitude of unanticipated issues. This program will discuss how to best utilize the Model Order, including areas of continuing concern, and will provide some practice pointers on how to evaluate e-discovery issues early on, in conjunction with other available tools, in order to cost-effectively and judiciously manage e-discovery in patent cases. Moderator: Sanjesh Sharma. Speaker: Mieke K. Malmberg.

Webinar: U.S. Post-Grant Review of Patents v. EPO & JPO Opposition Proceedings

Wedneday, February 17, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.


This webinar will provide an overview of the key similarities and differences between post-grant review of patents at the PTAB and oppositions at the EPO and JPO, including the scope of review, timing/deadlines, costs, filing requirements, applicable standards, estoppel issues, discovery, appeals, and other aspects.

Moderator: David Tseng. Speaker: Ali Shalchi.

Ali Shalchi is an intellectual property attorney who is registered to practice before the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). He has litigated large patent cases involving cutting-edge technologies including semiconductors, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and medical devices.

Mr. Shalchi obtained his B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from UCSD in 1998, where he completed several research projects on computer modeling of cardiac mechanics. He also received an M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering, with a focus on MEMS (MicroElectroMechanicalSystems) & Semiconductor Fabrication, from UCLA in 2002.While at UCLA, he worked in the BioMEMS research group, where he developed lab-on-a-chip technologies employing MEMS devices.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Shalchi worked as a medical device engineer at Medtronic Inc. He has also worked as a patent engineer, drafting high technology patents in a variety of fields including semiconductors, biomedical technology, electronics, mechanical and consumer products.

Ali was named as a Rising Star by Los Angeles Magazine’s Annual Super Lawyer publication in 2014 and 2015.

David Tseng is the Vice-Chair of the IP International Interest Group.

Interest Group Meetings

Trade Secrets Interest Group Meeting

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 12 noon

Please join us for our next Trade Secrets interest group conference call. We will discuss ideas for upcoming webinars and conferences and opportunities for members to get involved. All IP Section members are invited to participate. For more information about the call or the Trade Secrets Interest Group, contact Chair Angelique Kaounis.

To participate in the meeting, the dial-in number is 855-520-7605 and the Conference Code is 1211276419#.

Licensing Interest Group Meeting

Friday, February 12, 2016, 12 noon

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.

To participate in the meeting, the dial-in number is 855-520-7605, passcode 1211276419#.


Call for Applications: Join the IP Section Executive Committee

Application deadline: February 8, 2016

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.

USPTO Seeks Stakeholder Input

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is seeking stakeholder input on topics for case studies to help improve patent quality. Input is due February 12, 2016. See the USPTO website for more info.

Input Requested in Copyright Office Studies

The Copyright Office has announced several new policy studies and is requesting input on each.  More information is available on the Copyright Office website. Studies are on the following topics:

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 Fall issue, you can earn credit for the article Revisiting Section 2(a) Disparagement in Trademark Law: Does the Disparagement Test Make Sense and is the Provision Constitutional? by Samuel Berrin. 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 this program? It's available in our online catalog for CLE credit!

Tips for Effectively Searching the USPTO Database Using TESS

A multi-part series on TESS searching skills will be discussed.  The three forms of search options available, followed by an exploration of free-form searching, field operators, and truncation will be explained.

1 hour participatory MCLE credit
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.