Inevitable Disclosures
November 30, 2016


Interest Group Calls

December 9 Licensing Interest Group Call

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, Angus MacDonald will lead us in a discussion about the recent copyright case argued at the Supreme Court (Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands) as well as the recent change in leadership at the Copyright Office. We’ll also discuss upcoming webinars and conferences, opportunities for members to get involved, and hot topics. Please note:  Our monthly calls are the 1st Wednesday of every month.


Webinar: M&A-Friendly Technology License Agreements

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour of participatory MCLE credit
Presented by the Licensing Interest Group


Maximizing shareholder value may mean selling the company or its intellectual property. Ensuring that the company's outbound license agreements are M&A-friendly is a paramount objective for tech company counsel. It's especially important to appreciate the unique challenges posed by an exit in the form of an asset purchase, in which the buyer leaves the seller's customer licenses in place after closing. This webinar explores those aspects of technology license agreements that are conducive to such an exit, and those aspects that are not.

Speaker: Sean Hogle

Sean Hogle is Vice Chair of the Licensing Interest Group of the IP Section, managing partner and founder of Sean Hogle PC (, and the CEO/Founder of Redline (, an exclusive collaboration environment for lawyers. For more than 20 years, Sean has practiced in the areas of technology, intellectual property, and commercial law for technology ventures worldwide.

Webinar: Intellectual Property Transactions in Israel

Monday, December 5, 2016 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour of participatory MCLE credit
Presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section, Licensing Interest Group and the International Interest Group


Technology and intellectual property are a significant percentage of Israel’s exports. This program will address the negotiation of transactions involving intellectual property developed in Israel or held by Israeli entities. Topics include: (1) aspects of Israeli commercial, contract and tax law significant to intellectual property transactions, (2) the role and regulations of the Israel Innovation Authority, and (3) transactions involving intellectual property developed at Israeli research, academic and medical institutions.

Speaker: Eli Greenbaum

Eli Greenbaum is a partner at Yigal Arnon & Co., one of Israel’s oldest and largest law firms. Eli’s practice focuses on the commercial representation of technology companies with an emphasis on intellectual property and technology-related transactions, and Eli has published widely in those areas. Eli received his M.S. in Applied Physics from Columbia University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. Prior to joining Yigal Arnon & Co., Eli clerked for Justice Miriam Naor of the Supreme Court of Israel and Judge David Cheshin of the District Court of Jerusalem, and worked for a number of years at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York.

Webinar: Using Surveys and Market Research in IP Litigation

Tuesday, Decenber 6, 2016 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This program offers 1 hour of participatory MCLE credit
Presented by the Litigation Interest Group.


Surveys and other market research are increasingly used by courts in assessment of intellectual property damages. This webinar discusses a variety of survey and complimentary market research methods, how they have been used in patent and trademark cases, some guidelines for admissibility, and approaches for validating results.

Moderator: Anne-Marie Dao
Speakers: Anjali Oza and Peter Hess

Peter Hess is a Vice President at Analysis Group who specializes in the application of microeconomic theory and analytical methods in litigation, business, and policy contexts. He consults on intellectual property, antitrust, securities/finance, policy, regulatory, and general business matters. Dr. Hess’s work includes assessment of liability and loss causation; estimation of commercial damages, lost profits, and reasonable royalties; analyses of financial, insurance claims, and Internet traffic data; valuation; simulation and forecasting; cost-benefit analysis; and policy evaluation.

Anjali Oza is a Manager at Analysis Group and specializes in the application of economic, statistical, and market research methods to litigation and strategy matters. Dr. Oza is an expert in designing qualitative and quantitative surveys, including conjoint analysis and experiments, involving consumer goods in the context of patent litigation, false advertising, trademark infringement, and class action. She has also worked on estimating damages in health care provider-payor disputes, intellectual property, breach of contract, and employment discrimination cases.

Webinar: Checking In On The Defend The Trade Secrets Act

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

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


On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend the Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)—creating the first federal civil misappropriation of trade secrets claim and marking a major milestone for trade secrets litigation. Since its passage, there has been a significant volume of DTSA cases filed across the nation, with many currently pending. This webinar takes a look at these cases to identify the type of trade secret actions that have taken advantage of DTSA, any significant opinions that have been rendered under DTSA, and what the future may bring for the next wave of DTSA cases. This will be the first State Bar trade secrets interest group webinar devoted to looking at cases since DTSA has passed, and how DTSA is impacting current trade secrets litigation.

Moderator: Angelique Kaounis 
Speakers: Robert Shwarts and Catherine Lui

Robert Shwarts is a partner in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s San Francisco office. He is an experienced trial lawyer, having successfully litigated more than 30 trials and arbitrations in matters of trade secrets, commercial litigation, employment, and intellectual property matters. Rob has extensive experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex trade secret misappropriation cases in state and federal court, and has conducted numerous TRO and preliminary injunction hearings in aid of these cases. 

Cathy Lui is a senior associate in Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group, based in the San Francisco office. Cathy primarily specializes in trade secrets litigation. She has particular expertise in obtaining and defending against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions under exigent circumstances in fast-paced trade secret actions. Cathy’s practice is across multiple jurisdictions in both federal and state courts, and involves a variety of different types of trade secrets including technical secrets, financial information, and products and sales information.

Angelique Kaounis is Of Counsel in the Century City Office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where she practices in the firm’s Litigation Department. Angelique's practice focuses on IP and technology-related issues. She has successfully represented clients in a broad range of complex litigation matters, including trade secret misappropriation cases, antitrust and unfair competition matters, and business tort cases, in a number of areas, including the high-tech, entertainment, and health care industries.

Webinar: Paranoia Will Distroya – A Close Look at the Duty of Candor under Rule 56

Monday, December 19, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

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


Rule 56 provides that every individual associated with the filing and prosecution of a patent application has a duty of candor and good faith dealing with the Patent Office. This program will explore the requirements under the duty, its relationship to inequitable conduct, timing of disclosures in prosecution and before the USTPO, conflicts of interest in candor, conflicting rules, considerations in submission, and other concerns. It will also discuss the proposed new rule announced in October 2016.

Moderator: Sanjesh Sharma
Speaker: Mercedes K. Meyer

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

Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D., co-chairs the Life Science section of the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Drinker Biddle & Reath. Mercedes counsels in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology areas. Mercedes focuses on patent prosecution, transactions, contested proceedings, opinions, and asset management, including due diligence investigations for biotechnology and pharmaceutical patents. 

Mercedes received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College (1988) and her Ph.D. (1994) in virology from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston and The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  She earned her J.D. (1996) from the University of Houston Law Center. She is co-author with Professor David Hricik on Patent Ethics: Prosecution (4th ed., 2016-2017 and the 5th edition is in progress).

Mercedes currently is the co-chair of the Diversity Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) and vice chair of the Women’s Committee of IPO.  Mercedes is a Fellow of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), where she is the past chairperson of the Women in IP Law Committee (2005-2007), past vice chair of the Biotechnology Committee (2007-2009), past Board Member and Secretary of the AIPLA Board of Directors (2009-2013). 

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


Student Reviews of the 2016 IP Institute

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Marianne Hanna, Golden Gate School of Law

The IP Section of the State Bar of California brought together IP practitioners, representatives from the USPTO, entertainment industry elites, recent law school graduates, law students, and distinguished leaders within the IP community for its 41st Annual IP Institute-“IP on the American Riviera”-conference in Santa Barbara, California. Read more.

Martin Hirshland, Loyola Law School

The State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section’s flagship program, the IP Institute, celebrated its 41st year with a well-balanced, thought-provoking and relevant legal discussion. The mood was relaxed, as established IP attorneys from across California and the nation gathered in picturesque Santa Barbara for three nights by the beach. Read more.

Eva Freel, UCLA

The IP Section of the State Bar of California recently held its 2016 Section conference, IP on the Riviera, at the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara. The first night of the IP on the Riviera experience included a Wine Welcome Reception. I enjoyed some great snacks and conversations with the attending attorneys, with a picturesque view of the pool surrounded by palm trees. Read more.

Tal Kapelner, UCLA

I am very grateful to have attended the 2016 IP Institute. Judging by the accolades I heard from many of the attendees, I fear I may have been spoiled by having this be my first Bar Conference. The 2+ day event had the perfect mix of wonderful speakers discussing interesting topics, a beautiful location, fun activities and many opportunities to discuss all matters of the legal and non-legal world with attorneys along whom I hope one day to be a colleague. Read more.

Copyright News Alert: Department of Commerce Public Meeting on Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF) will be holding a public meeting on Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works on Dec. 9, 2016 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Alexandria, VA. Additional watch parties will be arranged at USPTO regional offices in Denver, Dallas, and Silicon Valley. The meeting will be webcast.

The purpose of the meeting is to facilitate constructive, cross-industry dialogue among stakeholders about ways to promote a more robust and collaborative digital marketplace for copyrighted works. Specifically, the meeting will focus on initiatives in this space that relate to standards development, interoperability across digital registries, and cross-industry collaboration, for the purpose of understanding the current state of affairs, identifying challenges, and discussing paths forward. Additionally, participants will explore potential approaches to the future adoption and integration into the online marketplace of relevant emerging technologies (e.g., blockchain technology and open source platforms). The goal of the meeting is to provide a platform for discussion and to determine how government can be of assistance. One outcome could be the establishment of working groups to tackle specific issues through a multi-stakeholder process.

Members of the public will have opportunities to participate.

Additional information: To register to attend, or view the agenda and webcast information, please visit:

For additional information or questions, please contact Susan Allen, Attorney-Adviser, USPTO's Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA),at, with IPTF Dec. 9 Mtg. in the subject line.

USPTO Notice of Roundtables and Request for Comments Related to Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) seeks public input on patent subject matter eligibility in view of recent decisions by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The USPTO remains interested in feedback from members of the public to improve the USPTO’s existing subject matter eligibility guidance and training examples. The USPTO is also interested in facilitating a discussion among members of the public regarding the legal contours of eligible subject matter in the U.S. patent system. The USPTO will be facilitating these discussions by hosting two roundtable events. The first roundtable will be held on November 14, 2016 in Virginia and will be directed to receiving feedback from members of the public to improve the USPTO’s existing subject matter eligibility guidance and training examples. The second roundtable will be held at Stanford University on December 5, 2016 and will be focused on receiving feedback regarding larger questions concerning the legal contours of eligible subject matter in the U.S. patent system. The roundtables will provide a forum for discussion of the topics identified in this notice.

DATE/LOCATION for Roundtable 2:  December 5, 2016, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Stanford, CA. Written comments are due by January 18, 2017. ADDRESSES: Paul Brest Hall, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford University

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information regarding registration and speaker presentations should be directed to the attention of Elizabeth Shaw, by telephone at 571-272-9300, or by e-mail at Requests for additional information regarding the topics for written comments and discussion at Roundtable 1 should be directed to Carolyn Kosowski, by telephone at 571-272-7688, or by e-mail at Requests for additional information regarding the topics for written comments and discussion at Roundtable 2 should be directed to Amy Nelson, by telephone at 571-272- 8978, or by e-mail at

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Growing Like a Weed: What do Cannabis, Trademarks, Ethics and Cash Have in Common?

The following topics will be covered: 1. Current Status of Federal, State, and Local Marijuana Laws; 2. Trademarks: What Will (and Won’t) the PTO (and various state trademark offices) Allow When it Comes to Marijuana-related Trademarks?; 3. Discussion of the Recently-Issued Bar Association of San Francisco Opinion on Representation of Medical Marijuana Enterprises in California; 4. Cash from Marijuana Clients: Manageable or Radioactive?

1 participatory MCLE credit, including 0.5 in Legal Ethics
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