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June 11, 2024

ABA-IPL eNews June 2024

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!


July 31 - August 2, 2024

ABA Annual Meeting
ABA-IPL Events at ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago

The ABA-IPL Section will participate in the ABA Annual Meeting in August in Chicago. Section events will take place July 31 – August 2, at the law firm of Sidley & Austin. CLE programs covering patent, trademark and copyright issues are planned. In addition to the CLE programs, the Section Officers and Council will meet. The annual Business Session with Elections will also be held on Friday, August 2 at 3:30-4:00 pm CT. A list of nominated candidates can be found below in this eNews.

Watch the ABA-IPL Section website for more details on program sessions.

All section members are invited to register and attend the ABA Annual Meeting and Section events.

September 16-17, 2024

12th Annual ABA-IPL Trademark Days with the USPTO

SAVE THE DATES! The 12th Annual ABA-IPL Trademark Days with the USPTO will be held on Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 17, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. This year’s event will be IN-PERSON ONLY. It will consist of a single track of mid- to experienced practitioner-level programming. The event will feature a live TTAB hearing, an ethics presentation, remarks from senior executives of the USPTO, many networking opportunities, and more. Registration will open in July 2024.

October 14-15, 2024

Artificial Intelligence & Robotics National Institute

The 2024 Artificial intelligence & Robotics National Institute will return to Santa Clara University School of Law. This year’s event will be co-hosted by the ABA-IPL Section and the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law.

Watch the ABA-IPL Section website for information on this Institute, and registration information as it becomes available. 

November 14-16, 2024

Fall joint seminar with Entertainment and Sports Industries Forum

This November, the ABA-IPL Section will be joining the ABA Entertainment and Sports Industries Forum to present a joint seminar on issues of importance regarding entertainment, sports and IP law. The program will be held at Resorts World in Las Vegas from November 14-16, 2024. The program will run over the course of three days and topics will include a wide range of current issues in these fields. The meeting will include plenary sessions featuring key speakers within the fields, as well as engaging luncheon speakers. Special “behind the scenes” tours are also being planned.

A block of rooms has been set aside for attendees at this meeting at the Hilton Las Vegas at Resorts World. Room rates are: $164 on the nights of Wednesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 14; $284 on Friday, November 15; and $364 on Saturday, November 16 (inclusive of $45 resort fee). Hotel reservations can be made in advance here. Program sessions will begin the morning of Thursday, November 14 and run through Saturday, November 16, mid-afternoon.

Watch the ABA-IPL Section website for information on this meeting, details on program sessions, and registration information as it becomes available.

Landslide Magazine

Landslide Magazine

Landslide Magazine for the Future

We are excited to announce that beginning with the September/October 2024 issue of Landslide® magazine, our high-profile publication will be publishing solely in digital format. This vibrant new focus will keep advancing the expert content we provide for you and your practice.

Please be sure that your email address is up to date in your MyABA profile. This will ensure you continue to receive the next issue of the magazine and valuable ABA-IPL information and notifications that are benefits of your Section membership.

Take a moment to review and update additional information in your profile (https://www.americanbar.org/my-aba). This detail can include a photo, biography, and areas of interest so you receive personalized content and recommendations.

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FICPI Focus 45 webinar/podcast

"Secrecy and Taylor Swift: What Conspiracy Theories Reveal About Our Growing Distrust of Institutions"

July 10, 2024, 12:00 - 12:45 PM ET

In this session FICPI and the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law are delighted to welcome James Pooley, former Deputy Director General of WIPO, with FICPI Focus 45 moderator Louis-Pierre Gravelle.

Learn about:

  • Why secrets are sexier than patents
  • The challenges of managing trade secret risk
  • Getting consensus within the organization
  • Dealing with “insider risk”
  • Third party secrets, both directions
  • Technology and the move toward “zero trust”

Visit the web page for further information and registration.

(A FICPI Focus 45 webinar/podcast featuring debate on the hottest topics in IP)

Call for Mentors and Mentees!

The Mentorship Subcommittee of the ABA-IPL Membership Board pairs skilled IP professionals with law students or newer professionals to allow the experienced practitioners to share their insights with mentees. The Mentorship Subcommittee is currently recruiting members who are willing to be a mentor or a mentee.

Experienced professionals have the opportunity to share their knowledge and advice with the next generation of practitioners.  The program will last 6 months, and the Mentorship Sub-Committee hopes to provide exclusive panel discussions of accomplished IP professionals for the mentorship pairs only.  Mentors and mentees will be matched based on common interests, practice area, and preferences.

For questions, please contact Mentoring Sub-committee Chair Malissa Magiera at [email protected] .

Recent Section Advocacy

Motion to Amend Practice Before the PTAB

May 3, 2024 – The Section provided comments in response to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Motion to Amend Practice and Procedures in Trial Proceedings Under the America Invents Act Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The Section noted that it appreciates the Office’s efforts to improve America Invents Act trial proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The Section generally supports the proposed modification of the rules to provide for preliminary guidance in response to a patent owner’s motion to amend, if requested. In addition, the Section generally supports maintaining the current rules of practice that allocate the burdens of persuasion in a Motion to Amend, subject to clarifications indicated in the letter.

Inventorship Guidance for AI-Assisted Inventions

May 14, 2024 – The Section sent a letter to the USPTO on Inventorship Guidance for AI-assisted inventions. In the letter, the Section noted that it agreed with the Office that “AI” may not be named as an inventor on a U.S. patent. However, the Section respectfully submitted that the proposed Guidance’s application of the “significant contribution” test for inventorship analysis is not suitable for inventor determination on AI-assisted inventions. For reasons stated in the letter, the Section respectfully requested that the Office modify its Guidance to consider more broadly acts of human conception, including “recognition and appreciation.” The Section requested that adjustments be made pursuant to the Guidance to focus more on the different ways a human may conceive adequately to support inventorship (including “recognition and acknowledgment”).

Unlocking the Full Potential of Intellectual Property by Translating More Innovation to the Marketplace

May 14, 2024 – The Section sent a letter to the USPTO on translating more innovation to the marketplace. The Section noted that it is proud of its long-time support for a strong U.S. intellectual property system, which in turn, provides pathways for innovation to enter the marketplace and its commercialization resulting in benefits for the public good. The letter states that the Section appreciates the opportunity to offer comments in support of the USPTO’s review of new ways to unlock the potential of intellectual property and commends the Office on its continued efforts.

Expanding Opportunities to Appear Before the PTAB

May 21, 2024 – The Section sent a letter to USPTO on expanding opportunities to appear before the PTAB. The Section noted that it generally supports the efforts of the Office to provide opportunities for expanded participation in Office practice, while maintaining the high standards necessary for the issuance and maintenance of robust and reliable intellectual property rights. The Section also believes there is a present opportunity to address diversity among Office practitioners and promote inclusion. The Patent Bar, Members of Congress, and legal observers have raised worthy questions about diversity and challenges of competent representation at the Office. The Section generally supports the Office promulgating proposed rules for the Board’s intention to expand opportunities to appear before the Board.  However, the Section opposes certain proposals regarding changes to non-practitioner practice before the Board, as explained further in the Section’s letter.

Setting and Adjusting Trademark Fees during Fiscal Year 2025

May 28, 2024 – The Section sent a letter to the USPTO on setting and adjusting trademark fees during Fiscal Year 2025. The Section supports in principle the USPTO exercising its fee-setting authority to issue adjustments to trademark fees to recover costs to finance the USPTO’s trademark registration systems, enable the USPTO’s financial sustainability, align fees with costs of providing services, improve processing efficiencies, and enhance the quality of incoming applications. The Section recognizes the USPTO’s need to capture more revenue to support its operations, particularly given the filing increases in recent years, the staffing increases, inflation, and the efforts to modernize the USPTO’s IT and other systems to keep up with modern practices and to help combat bad faith actors. In general, the Section supports the USPTO’s proposal to increase certain current fees. However, as detailed in the letter, the Section expressed several concerns regarding certain provisions or fee structures featured in the Notice.

Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2025

June 3, 2024 – The Section sent a letter to the USPTO on setting and adjusting patent fees during Fiscal Year 2025. In the letter, the Section expressed its appreciation of the Office’s efforts to ensure the agency has sufficient financial resources to provide effective patent system administration and examination that supports more reliable and durable patent rights. However, the Section provided comments on certain targeted fee adjustments in the letter, some of which appeared to be directed to substantive policy setting, that exceeded the scope of the USPTO’s authorization for setting fees, such as the increases in fees without supporting data, most notably in the cases of continuing applications, terminal disclaimers, and patent term extensions.

Nominating Committee Announces Nominees for 2024-2025 ABA year

June Besek, Chair of the Section’s Nominating Committee, reports that the committee has selected the nominees for elective officer and council positions for the 2024-2025 Association year.

Chair-Elect: Robert Lytle, Redmond, WA. Mr. Lytle is the current Vice Chair of the Section. Prior to becoming Vice Chair, he served as Revenue Officer for one year, as Financial Officer for two years, and as Financial Officer-Elect for one year. He served as a vice-chair of the Patents Division. He has served on the Books Editorial Board for eight years, the Revenue Committee for four years, and the Investments Committee for four years. He was co-chair of the Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee for two years. He has served on the Policy Development Advisory Committee for two years, and has served on the In-House Counsel Task Force and the AIA Task Force.

Vice Chair: Joshua Simmons, New York, NY. Mr. Simmons has served as Section Secretary for three years. He has also served as the Chair of the Policy Advisory and Development Committee for two years. He is also the current chair of the House of Delegates Resolutions Committee and has served as a member of that committee for three years. He has chaired the Copyright Law Reform Task Force for five years. He served as a member of the Section Council for four years. He was both Chair and Vice Chair of the Copyrights Division. He served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Copyright and Social Media Committee. He currently serves as a member of the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Task Force.

Secretary: Paul Morico, Houston, TX. Mr. Morico has served as the Financial Officer for two years, and served as the Financial Officer-Elect for a year prior to becoming Financial Officer. Prior to becoming the Financial Officer-Elect, he served as Chair of the Patents Division for two years, as Vice-Chair for two years prior to that, and as Special Advisor to the Patents Division for two years before that. He has been a member of the Continuing Legal Education Board since 2010. He has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Patent Litigation Committee. He has served on the Investments Committee and the Revenue Committee, and was a member of the Section 101 Task Force for four years.

Revenue Officer: Tammy Pennington Rhodes, Houston, TX. Ms. Rhodes is the current Revenue Officer. She served as a member of the Section Revenue Committee for five years. She has also served as a member of the CLE Board for eight years. She served as Chair of the International Patent Laws Committee, and served as Chair of the USPTO Ex Parte Patent Practice and Policy Committee for two years. She served as Vice Chair of the Patent Litigation Committee for two years and Chair of the High Tech and Software Patent Committee.

Publications Officer: Adrienne Fields, New York, NY. Ms. Fields is the current Publications Officer for the Section. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Content Advisory Board for two years. She has been a member of the Content Advisory Board for ten years. She has served as a member of the Magazine Editorial Board for 14 years, and was Editor-in-Chief, Vice Chair and Intake Editor of that Board. She also served as a member of the former Annual Review Editorial Board for two years. She served as Chair of the Standing International IP Task Force for one year.

Continuing Legal Education Officer: Christopher Ponder, Palo Alto, CA. Mr. Ponder has been the Vice Chair of the CLE Board for two years. He served as a member of the CLE Board for six years prior to that. He has been a member of the Revenue Committee for five years. He served as a member of the Membership Board for five years. He also served as a member of the AIA Task Force for one year.

Membership Officer: Rivka Monheit, Atlanta, GA. Ms. Monheit was elected as Membership Officer in January of this year to fill the balance of the term left by the departure of former Membership Officer Sharon Israel. She had been serving as the Vice Chair of the Membership Board, and served as a member of the Membership Board for three years prior to that. She served a four-year term as a member of the Section Council. She was Chair of the International Patent Treaties and Laws Committee for two years, Chair of the Patent Legislation Committee for two years, and Vice Chair of that committee for two years. She has served as a member of the Patent Section 101 Task Force for five years. She has also served as a member of the In-House Counsel Task Force and the Standing International IP Task Force.

Diversity Officer: Nicole D. Galli, Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Galli was elected last year as the first Diversity Officer of the Section, after that new Officer position was created by the Section in 2022. She served as Liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession for two years. She served as a member of the Section’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and as a member of the In-House Counsel Task Force. She was the CLE Officer for the Section for two years and served on the CLE Board for five additional years. She has served as the Liaison to the LES Supply Chain Committee. She was chair of the former CLE Teleconference Committee for one year. She has also served on the Section Membership Board.

Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates: (for a three-year term expiring in 2027)

William LaFuze, Houston, TX. Mr. LaFuze is a current Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, with a term expiring in 2024. He has served as a Delegate since 2014. He is a Past Chair of the Section, and has served as its Chair-Elect and Vice Chair. He served four years as a member of the Section Council. Mr. LaFuze has chaired the Patents Division, Information Technology Division and the Litigation, ADR, and Related Issues Division, as well as numerous committees within the Section over the past 35+ years including the Amicus Briefs Committee. He also served as a Trustee of the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law (FADIPL).

At-Large Council Members: (for a four-year term, ending in 2028)

Jonathan Bowser, Washington, DC. Mr. Bowser has served as Chair of the Patents Division for a year. He was Vice Chair for two years prior to that. He has served as a member of the Patent Section 101 Task Force for five years and as a member of the Policy Development Advisory Committee for two years. He was Chair of the USPTO Post Grant Patent Practice and Policy Committee for two years, and Vice Chair of that Committee for one year. He has served on the Section Nominating Committee and the AIA Task Force.

Keith Kupferschmid, Washington, DC. Mr. Kupferschmid serves as Co-Chair of the Copyright Office Affairs Committee. He was Chair of the Copyright Legislation Committee for two years, and Vice Chair of that committee for a year prior to that. He has served as the Section Liaison to the Copyright Alliance for six years. He has been a member of the Copyright Law Reform Task Force for five years and currently also serves as a member of the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Task Force.

Eric Perrott, Washington, DC. Mr. Perrott has served as the Chair of the Trademarks Division for two years, and as Vice Chair for two years prior to that. He has served on the Revenue Committee for five years and the Membership Board for four years. He was Chair of the USPTO Trademark Practice and Policy Committee for a year, and Chair of the USPTO Operations Relating to Trademarks Committee for two years. He has been a Liaison to the IP Associations on TM Issues for five years. He served on the Trademark Modernization Act Task Force for two years. He has been a member of the Nominating Committee and currently serves on the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Task Force. He was a Young Lawyer Fellow of the Section for three years.

S. Christian Platt, San Diego, CA. Mr. Platt currently serves as Vice Chair of the High Tech and Software Patent Committee. He was Chair of the USPTO Post-Grant Committee for two years. He served as Chair of the Patent Litigation Committee for two years and Vice Chair of that Committee for two years, where he co-chaired the Subcommittee on Damages.

Young Lawyer Council Member: (for a one-year term expiring in 2025)

Caleb Green, Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Green has been Chair of the Young Lawyers Action Group for two years. He served as Chair of the Law Student Action Group for three years. He was a Young Lawyer Fellow of the Section for two years and currently serves as Chair of the Young Lawyer Fellows Advisory Committee. He served on the Membership Board for three years and the CLE Board for one year.

Section Chair: According to Section bylaws, Susan McGahan, Bedminster, NJ, current Chair-Elect, automatically assumes the office of Chair for 2024-2025. Ms. McGahan previously served as Vice Chair of the Section. She served as the Revenue Officer for the Section for three years. Prior to that she was Vice Chair of the Revenue Committee and served as a member of that committee (formerly the Sponsorship Committee) for five years. She served as Secretary of the Section for two years, Membership Officer for four years, and Financial Officer for three years. She was a member of the Section Council for six years. She has also been a member of the CLE Board, the Membership Board, the FADIPL Board of Trustees, the Content Advisory Board, the Nominating Committee, the former Newsletter Committee, and the In-House Counsel Committee. She has chaired the Professional Issues Division, the former Publications Division, the former Membership Committee, and the former Young Lawyers Committee.

Financial Officer: According to Section bylaws, Richard Stockton, Chicago, IL, current Financial Officer-Elect, automatically moves to the position of Financial Officer for a term of two years. Mr. Stockton served as Vice Chair of the Patents Division for two years. He was Chair of the Standing International IP Task Force for two years, and served as Vice Chair for two years. He was Vice Chair of the Patent System Policy Planning Committee for two years, Chair of the Patent Litigation Committee for two years, and Vice chair of the Patent Litigation Committee for four years.

The Section’s Nominating Committee, appointed by Section Chair Steve Caltrider, is composed of:

June M. Besek, New York NY, Chair
Kim Jessum, Philadelphia, PA
Joseph Falcon, Malvern, PA
Tracy Kepler, Chicago, IL
Phil Swain, Boston, MA

Additional nominations for this new position or for any position may be made by petition signed by not less than 100 members of the Section, listed by their ABA ID number. The 100 names must be representative of at least three states and must indicate that the individual has agreed to the nomination. The petition must be sent to the Chair and the Secretary of the Section and must be received by these individuals not less than four months before the elections held at the Annual Meeting. The Business Session with Elections will be held in Chicago on Friday, August 2, 2024.

All section members are invited to register and attend the ABA Annual Meeting and Section events.

Watch the ABA-IPL Section website for more details on program sessions and section events at the ABA Annual Meeting.

ABA-IPL webinars are free to Section members

All IPL Section webinars are free to Section members through August 31, 2024.
Register and participate to take advantage of this valuable member benefit.

ABA-IPL provides compelling CLE-accredited webinars that cover a broad range of IP issues. Mark your calendars for these upcoming webinars. Watch the events page on the Section website for information on all upcoming programs and events, and to register. As a special benefit of membership in the ABA-IPL Section, members are able to participate in all ABA-IPL Section webinars for free during the current Association year.

Addressing Patent "Thickets" and "Submarine Patents" Via Continuing/Reissue Application Reforms

June 13, 2024 - 4 PM ET

This webinar will explore two proposals for addressing the competing needs for certainty as to the scope of protection arising from an initial, nonprovisional patent filing and legitimate needs for flexibility to secure the broadest claims to which an inventor might be entitled.

Outside Counsel Guidelines for wellbeing

June 20, 2024 - 10 AM ET

A client driven charter and outside counsel guidelines are the new trend in attorney well-being. The intention of the Mindful Business Charter and Outside Counsel Guidelines for Wellbeing is to remove unnecessary sources of stress and promote better mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. The charter and the guidelines are intended to help clients and their outside counsel interact with well-being in mind and include topics such as smart meetings and communication, respecting rest periods and mindful delegation. Learn how to join the Mindful Business Charter and be ready to implement the Outside Counsel Guidelines.

Recrafting 35 U.S.C. 112(f) to Preserve Validity of Claims Containing Functional Terminology

June 25, 2024 - 4 PM ET

This webinar will explore whether this Gordian Knot of Section 112(f) law might be untied with a change to the current statute that would apply the remedial provisions in Section 112(f) when, and only when, a patent claim containing functionally defined elements would otherwise be held invalid, whether that invalidity might arise under one or more of Section 112(a), Section 112(b) (for lack of claim definiteness) or even Section 101--as directed to an "abstract idea" without sufficiently more in the way of some inventive concept. This webinar will also explore whether such a claim construction dictate placed into the statute would provide a more rational approach to claim construction and whether this approach would afford inventors with a justifiable scope of protection, particularly in fields such as information technology and biotechnology.

Donate to the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law

ABA-IPL Section members are encouraged to donate to the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law (“the Foundation”, or “FADIPL”) to help support its mission.

The Foundation’s mission is to offer career-preparation, career-readiness, and career-advancement support to individuals who identify as members of racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in intellectual property law profession in the United States.

The Foundation’s Programs work toward:

  • Recruiting individuals who identify as members of  racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the IP law profession to consider exploring careers in patent law and other areas of IP law.
  • Providing career-preparation and career-readiness support, as well as financial support, to individuals identified as members of racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the IP law profession who demonstrate an interest in a career in IP law.
  • Accelerating the development of a more diverse IP professional community through networking, counseling, and mentoring efforts aimed at fostering career advancement of individuals identifying as members of racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the IP law profession in the United States.

Individuals interested in donating can visit the FADIPL support page.

Donate to the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)

Your donation to the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program (JIOP) helps ensure that funding is available for students who are members of racial and ethnic groups, and others that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession, including students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, students who identify as LGBT, women, and veterans.

The JIOP IP program continues to grow with 28 judges requesting students with background or interest in intellectual property law. 130 of the 770 applicants showed interest with 58 of those students attaching additional background and statements supporting their experience. We placed a total of 32 IP students.

All ABA-IPL Section members are encouraged to show their support and donate to the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program.

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The ABA-IPL seeks to advance the goals of its members by sharing knowledge and balanced insight on the full spectrum of intellectual property law and practice. We are able to engage in this undertaking because of the tremendous contributions of our membership. In addition to countless hours devoted to Section projects by our volunteers, we are also extremely fortunate to have benefited from generous financial support. ABA-IPL recognizes that many of our supporters wish to support the Section in whatever way they can, and therefore, we developed the “Friend of the ABA-IPL Section” tiered support options in the amounts of $250 - $1000 for firms with fewer than 25 attorneys. Complete this brief form if you are interested in on this exciting opportunity!

Stay Connected…

ABA-IPL Action Groups

Access leadership opportunities and amplify your voice by joining and becoming involved in one of the ABA-IPL Section Action Groups. Engage with your peers in one or more Action Groups for immediate networking and leadership opportunities.

Section Action Groups include:

Join a Section Committee

All Section members are encouraged to review the committees and select and join those on which they wish to serve, and which are of interest to them. If you are already a member of one of the existing committees, you are carried over as a member in the next association year.

Patents Division

  • Patent Legislation Committee [join]
  • International Patent Laws Committee [join]
  • USPTO Ex Parte Patent and Policy Practice [join]
  • USPTO Post Grant Patent Practice and Policy Committee [join]
  • Chemical and Life Science Patent Committee [join]
  • Patent Litigation Committee [join]
  • Patent System Planning Committee [join]
  • High Tech and Software Patent Committee [join]

Trademarks Division

  • Trademark Legislation Committee [join]
  • International Trademark Laws Committee [join]
  • USPTO Trademark Practice and Policy Committee [join]
  • Trademark Litigation Committee [join]
  • Trademarks and the Internet Committee [join]
  • Advertising and Marketing Law Committee [join]

Copyrights Division

  • Copyright Legislation Committee [join]
  • International Copyright Laws Committee [join]
  • Copyright Office Affairs Committee [join]
  • Visual Arts and Dramatic Works Committee [join]
  • Copyright and Social Media Committee [join]
  • Copyright and Emerging Technology Committee [join]
  • Music and Performing Arts Committee [join]
  • Copyright Litigation Committee [join]
  • Literary Works Committee [join]

Specialized IP Law Division

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee [join]
  • Antitrust Interface Committee [join]
  • Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee [join]
  • Design Rights Committee [join]
  • Privacy and Publicity Rights Committee [join]
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  • Fashion Committee [join]

Professional Issues Division

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  • Pro Bono Committee [join]
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee [join]
  • Attorney Wellness Committee [join]

Business and Trade Division

  • IP Transactions and Licensing Committee [join]
  • International Trade Commission Committee [join]
  • China IP Issues Committee [join]
  • Government IP Rights Committee [join]
  • Monetization and Valuation of IP Committee [join]
  • In-House IP Committee [join]
  • Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Committee [join]

Become a Voting Committee Member for 2023-2024

Take advantage of an opportunity to participate in developing Section policy and sign up as a voting member of your committee. Voting members will be asked to study the policy issues of the committee and vote on the reports in a timely and responsive manner. Any lawyer member of a committee is welcome to sign up to be a voting member of the committee.

Committee members who choose not to enroll as a voting member can still participate in all other committee activities and receive any committee updates and information.

Details of Committee Voting Membership:

  • Committee members may sign up throughout the entire year. Once a committee begins deliberations on a particular resolution, no new voting members will be allowed to subscribe for the purpose of voting on that particular resolution. The committee chair determines the date on which deliberations have begun.
  • Members may opt out of being a voting member at any time by notifying the Committee Chair. Those opting out of voting membership will still retain their membership in the committee.
  • A valid vote on a committee resolution will consist of a majority of a quorum of the voting committee members. There is no upper limit, nor lower limit to the number of people who may subscribe to be voting members on a particular committee.
  • Only lawyer members of the committee are eligible to be become voting members of the committee.
  • Voting members will receive a communication from the Committee Chair once voting begins, requesting a vote by a date-certain. Voting members not submitting a vote by a requested date for two successive resolution vote calls will revert to regular membership of the committee, and will need to re-subscribe as a voting member.
  • The committee rosters, including the roster of voting committee members will roll over to subsequent years. There is no need to re-subscribe as a voting committee member with each new Association year.
  • Voting members who do not vote two times in a row will be removed from the voting member roster.

Please remember to notify the ABA if your email address changes by logging in to your “myABA” page on the ABA website or calling the ABA Member Service Center at (800) 285-2221.

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Section Officers:

Chair
Steven P. Caltrider
Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, IN

Chair-Elect
Susan E. McGahan
AT&T
Bedminster, NJ

Vice-Chair
Robert Lytle
Microsoft
Redmond, WA

Secretary
Joshua Simmons
Kirkland & Ellis
New York, NY

Financial Officer
Paul Morico
Baker Botts LLP
Houston, TX

Financial Officer-Elect
Richard Stockton
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
Chicago, IL

Revenue Officer
Tammy Pennington-Rhodes
Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, LLP
Washington, DC

Membership Officer
Rivka Monheit
Pabst Patent Group LLP
Atlanta, GA

Diversity Officer
Nicole D. Galli
ND Galli Law LLC
Philadelphia, PA

Publications Officer
Adrienne R. Fields
The Law Offices of Adrienne R. Fields
New York, NY

CLE Officer
Janet Hendrickson
Stinson LLP
St. Louis, MO

Section Delegates to
The House of Delegates
William L. LaFuze (2024)
McKool Smith
Houston, TX

Lisa A. Dunner (2025)
Dunner Law PLLC
Washington, DC

Adriana Suringa Luedke (2026)
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Bethesda, MD

Immediate Past Chair
Thad Chaloemtiarana
Pattishall
Chicago, IL

Contact Us:

ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
312.988.6254
[email protected]
www.americanbar.org/iplaw