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ABA-IPL eNews September 2023

11th Annual ABA-IPL Trademark Days with the USPTO

There is still time to register today!

Learn first-hand from USPTO trademark officials at the 11th Annual ABA-IPL Trademark Days with the USPTO.  Participate virtually or in person! 

The ABA-IPL Section will be hosting the 11th Annual ABA-IPL Trademark Days next week, September 21-22, 2023. This year’s Trademark Days will be presented in person with a virtual participation option. This program will feature two tracks of programming: one track covering topics for newer practitioners and the other covering topics appropriate to more experienced practitioners. Participants will also have the opportunity to observe a live TTAB Hearing!

Hear the latest updates:

  • Trademarks Organization; David S. Gooder, Commissioner for Trademarks
  • Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Hon. Frances Wolfson, Administrative Trademark Judge, and Hon. Cheryl Goodman, Administrative Trademark Judge
  • Trademark Modernization Act, Amy Cotton, Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy
  • Plus, a live TTAB Hearing!

Some of the topics for new practitioners include Tips from Trenches: Understanding the Application and Registration & Post Registration Overview; topics for experienced practitioners include a session on Motion to Compel and Registration of Trademarks in Relation to New Technologies.

Register today for your chance to hear the latest from the Trademark Office Organization. All IP professionals are welcome, whether you are a law student, a newly practicing IP attorney or an experienced IP law trademark attorney, this CLE event is a must-attend event for IP practitioners. Learn more on our website.

Register today!

2023 IP Fall Institute - October 12-13, 2023

A CLE institute focusing on current issues impacting intellectual property law

Special Keynote Speaker Hon. Pauline Newman, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Join us for this two-day virtual program featuring four cutting-edge CLE session  and a keynote presentation by Judge Pauline Newman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The IP Fall Institute will feature panels conducted by expert practitioners exploring artificial intelligence, updates on the UPC, hot topics from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and an exploration of boundaries of fair use and parody in copyright and trademark law. Do not miss out.  View complete program details and register today at

We gratefully acknowledge our 2023 IP Fall Institute Sponsors:

Keynote Sponsor
King and Spalding LLP

Session Sponsor
Desmarais LLP

In-House Sponsor

Gold Sponsor
Stout IP 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Christopher Meacham, at [email protected].

Mark your calendars

IPLSPRING – 2024 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting

April 17-19, 2024 - Marriott Bethesda North Hotel
Bethesda, MD

At IPLSPRING, you can learn the latest developments in intellectual property law. The conference will provide two full days of CLE programming.

In addition to the outstanding and comprehensive selection of educational programs, the conference will feature luncheons with informative guest speakers and a variety of social networking events.

Mark your calendars, and save the date for IPLSPRING, April 17-19, 2024. Watch the Section website for complete information as it becomes available.

We are actively seeking sponsors for the meeting now.  Maximize the advantages of sponsorship by signing up now to be included on meeting publicity. For more information, contact Christopher Meacham, at [email protected].

Discount on Tech Contracts Handbook with Master Class Registration

The Tech Contracts Handbook

The Tech Contracts Handbook

Cloud Computing Agreements, Software Licenses, and Other IT Contracts for Lawyers and Businesspeople, Third Edition

Enroll in a Tech Contracts Master Class and receive a 35% discount on The Tech Contracts Handbook.

The American Bar Association's bestseller, The Tech Contracts Handbook: Cloud Computing Agreements, Software Licenses, and Other IT Contracts for Lawyers and Businesspeople (ABA Publishing; 3rd ed. 2021) is recommended reading for the online Tech Contracts Master Class series taught by the book’s author, industry expert David W. Tollen. The four Master Classes, two hours each, cover essential topics in contracts about software, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and related professional services. Taken together, they prepare students – lawyers and businesspeople - to negotiate contracts with more confidence, more efficiently, and to avoid common pitfalls. And Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available in California.

For curriculum details, dates, and to enroll, and more information about Tech Contracts Academy and other trainings it offers, visit

David Tollen is one of the industry’s leading authorities. He founded Tech Contracts Academy® LLC, which provides in-house and public training on drafting and negotiating IT agreements. David is an attorney, U.C. Berkeley Law School instructor, and serves as an expert witness in litigation about IT contracts.

Visit ShopABA [A1] for more information on the ABA-IPL book, The Tech Contracts Handbook, or to purchase it. (But if you’re enrolling in a Master Class, first obtain your discount code from Tech Contracts Academy).

Now Available from ABA-IPL

ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

What Is A Patent 4th Edition

From ABA-IPL Publishing

Fourth editions of this popular series for you and your clients.

ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

What is a Copyright, Fourth Edition

What Is a Trademark, Fourth Edition

David M. Gorzo

David M. Gorzo

A Comprehensive Patent Practice Form Book

Jay A. Erstling and Megan M. Miller

Jay A. Erstling and Megan M. Miller

The Practitioner's Guide to the PCT (Second Edition)

Howard Skaist

Howard Skaist

Patent Claim Drafting Practice: Tactics, Strategy, and Analysis

Edited by Kathleen A Daley, Michael John Flibbert, and Joshua L Goldberg

Edited by Kathleen A Daley, Michael John Flibbert, and Joshua L Goldberg

The Practitioners Guide to Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Third Edition

Edited by Kenneth Laurence Dorsney

Edited by Kenneth Laurence Dorsney

Pre-ANDA Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Developing a Drug Product and Patent Portfolio, Third Edition

Authors: Section of Intellectual Property Law, Stephen E Gillen, David L Rein Jr, and Eric M Stahl

Authors: Section of Intellectual Property Law, Stephen E Gillen, David L Rein Jr, and Eric M Stahl

What is a Copyright: Fourth Edition

Edited by Shari S Diamond and Jerre Bailey Swann

Edited by Shari S Diamond and Jerre Bailey Swann

Trademark and Deceptive Advertising Surveys: Law, Science, and Design, Second Edition

Author: Marc H. Greenberg

Author: Marc H. Greenberg

Fandom and the Law: A Guide to Fan Fiction, Art, Film & Cosplay

New Section Leadership Comes on Board

Steven Caltrider takes the helm as new Section Chair

Steve Caltrider, Indianapolis, IN is the new Chair of the Section. Previously, he was Chair-Elect, and Vice Chair of the Section. Mr. Caltrider served two terms on the Section Council. He is a member of the Amicus Briefs Committee. He served as Division Chair and Division Vice Chair of the Patents Division. He served as Chair of the Special Committee on Biotechnology, Chemistry, Medicine, and Pharmacology, the Special Committee on WHO Intellectual Property Policy, the Patent Legislation Committee, the Patent Inter Partes Proceedings Committee and the Plants Committee. He has been Section Liaison to the ABA Health Law Section and the ABA Health Law Coordinating Group. He has served as a member of the Patent Law Reform Task Force, and the Content Advisory Board.


Susan McGahan elected as Chair-Elect

Susan McGahan, Bedminster, NJ, was elected as Chair-Chair of the Section. Ms. McGahan previously served as Vice Chair, and also 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.

Robert Lytle elected as Vice Chair of Section

Robert Lytle, Redmond, WA, was elected as Vice Chair of the Section. Mr. Lytle was previously the Revenue Officer for two years. He was the Financial Officer for two years. He served as Financial Officer-Elect prior to becoming Financial Officer. He served as a vice-chair of the Patents Division. He has served on the Books Editorial Board for six years, the Revenue Committee for three years, and the Investments Committee for three years. He was co-chair of the Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee for two years.

UIC Center for IP, Information and Privacy to host International IP Practice Seminar

Thursday, September 21 · 7:15am - 12:30pm CDT

The University of Illinois Chicago Law School Center for IP, Information and Privacy Law will present an International IP Practice Seminar on Thursday, September 21. The seminar is a half-day, comprehensive CLE program that brings together seasoned experts to provide instruction on the issues of contemporary significance covering patents, trademarks, and design rights. Speakers include senior representatives from WIPO, regional and national IP offices, multinational corporations, and law firms from key jurisdictions worldwide. The event is presented on Zoom Webinars.

Dispute Resolution Study to Improve Outcomes

The Co-Chairs of the Early Dispute Resolution (EDR) Committee of the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Section are requesting attorney participation in a study designed to gather data about the value of early dispute resolution. 

Data in the field of dispute resolution is very limited, and current data is especially scarce.  Now more than ever, we are in need of efficient dispute resolution. This anonymous survey is an important tool for gathering and analyzing data. This research will examine how client outcomes correlate with a number of variables. The EDR Committee believes that the data will help optimize dispute outcomes and will encourage the use of efficient dispute resolution.

The Co-Chairs of the committee would appreciate your taking the survey and sharing it with other U.S. civil litigators. Completion time is approximately 5 minutes. The EDR Committee will report the results after the survey responses are analyzed.

Please support this important initiative by completing the survey and sharing it with your network. Thank you for your help!    TAKE THE SURVEY.

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.

Last year in 2022, more than 770 students applied to the program. JIOP placed 186 students with 139 judges. Students placed represented 79 different law schools. 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.

2023 Artificial Intelligence & Robotics National Institute, October 9-10, 2023

The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law is pleased to co-sponsor the 2023 Artificial Intelligence & Robotics National Institute, October 9-10, 2023 at Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, CA.

With the explosion of interest in generative AI, like ChatGPT, this year's Institute is timely and addresses what lawyers need to know about the dramatic advances in AI and robotics technology. The Institute will offer 10 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of legal ethics. The Institute's panels will provide practical information and the latest developments in generative and other forms of AI, as well as robots and drones.  Four keynote speakers will provide fascinating perspectives on AI.

Topics will include:

  • Putting Generative AI to Work: Transforming Workplaces, Producing New Issues for Unwary Employers
  • Unmasking AI Disinformation and Manipulation, While Revealing Key Legal Issues
  • The Ethics of Using Generative AI When Practicing Law
  • Conscientiously Considering Consciousness and Sentience When It Comes to AI
  • AI at the Speed of Light: Ever-Changing Technology Meets Ever-Changing Legislation, Regulations, and Standards
  • I Robot, You Drone: Protecting Humanity with Laws Geared to Robotics and Drones

and more!

ABA-IPL Section members are eligible for the discounted section member rate of $750. For further information and to register, visit the 2023 Artificial Intelligence & Robotics National Institute web page.

ABA-IPL Section to Co-sponsor 2023 Women in Litigation Conference

The ABA-IPL Section joins the ABA Litigation Section to cosponsor the 2023 Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference, November 1–3, at the Mission Bay Resort in San Diego, CA. The conference will highlight women leading for success in the courtroom, in the judiciary, and in the profession. This year's conference will feature nine plenary programs and several networking events. Attendees can participate in a variety of interactive sessions, hear from powerhouse women litigators, network at receptions, and participate in a variety of recreational activities. They will gain insights and tools unique to women in the profession that will help foster their career and enhance their practice. The conference provides the opportunity to connect with leading litigators, judges, and in-house counsel from around the country.

Both practitioners just starting their careers and more seasoned professionals will leave this conference feeling motivated to broaden their impact and support the important efforts to encourage more diversity in the legal profession.

ABA-IPL Section members are eligible for the discounted Section member registration rate of $395. Visit the Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference web page for more information and to register.

Viewline Resort in Snowmass, Colorado

Viewline Resort in Snowmass, Colorado

ABA-IPL Section co-sponsors IP & Ski Conference in January

The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law is happy to co-sponsor the IP & Ski Conference, January 7-10, 2024 at the Viewline Resort in Snowmass, Colorado. Participants will have access to top experts in patent, trademark and copyright law, and have ample time to ski and enjoy the stunning mountain surroundings.

Top-notch speakers will engage lively discussion about the hottest topics, including:

  • Artificial Intelligence and IP
  • Developments in Copyright Law
  • Developments in Right of Publicity Law
  • Developments at the US Trademark Office
  • Developments in Trademark Prosecution
  • Developments in Trademark Litigation
  • An Ethical Early Evening at the Movies: Education, Entertainment, and Prizes
  • Developments in Internet Law
  • Surveys in Trademark and Advertising Litigation
  • Developments in Advertising Law
  • Featured Presentation: Update from the USPTO
  • Strategic Considerations: Protecting Inventive Assets
  • Competitive and Unexpected Infringement Challenges: Safeguarding Your Latest Product
  • Patent Prosecution: Hot Topics and Best Practices
  • 2023 Case Law Review and a Forward Look at AI and Patents
  • The Interplay Between IPRs and Other PTAB Trial Proceedings and Litigation: Strategy and Lessons
  • In-House Perspectives on Pressing Legal Issues
  • A Dialogue Between Bench and Bar

In addition, two hours of programming for ethics credit will be offered.

Participants can earn MCLE credit, make connections, and broaden their knowledge. Visit the IP & Ski Conference website to learn more and to register.

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:

Connect with ABA-IPL Ambassadors

Discover how Section leaders received more from ABA-IPL membership on our Ambassador page. The featured testimonies provide insights on how ABA-IPL members strengthened their intellectual property (IP) network and made an impact through ABA-IPL Action Groups and Committees. Each action group and committee has a corresponding community on IPL Connect, where Section members can network and engage in lively discussions. Whether you’re interested in receiving updates on the latest in IP law or getting involved in key IP policy decisions—committee and action group involvement offers opportunities to learn, connect, and/or present.

Learn more about how to maximize your ABA-IPL membership.

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.

Topic Suggestions?

We welcome your feedback on topics you would like to see covered in E-News.  Please email Mike Winkler at [email protected] with your suggestions.  

ABA-IPL webinars are free to Section members

All IPL Section webinars are free to Section members from September 1, 2023 -- August 31, 2024. Don’t forget to sign-up and check them out.

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 your membership in the ABA-IPL Section, you are able to participate in all ABA-IPL Section webinars for free during the current Association year (through August 31, 2024).

Mark your calendars now for the 2023-24 Landslide Magazine webinar series and watch for details.  Landslide programs are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, October 24
  • Tuesday, January 23
  • Tuesday, April 23
  • Tuesday, July 23

In addition to the webinars above Stout IP, Section sponsor-partner will present a webinar on “Trends in Trade Secret Litigation Report 2023.”

Every three years, Stout’s Intellectual Property team releases a comprehensive report outlining the latest trends, case law, and insights related to trade secret litigation. Also included in the report is data on trade secret case jurisdictions, types of damages, and outcomes. Hear from Stout’s IP experts and authors of the 2023 report Lindsey Fisher and Neil Eisgruber as they detail this year’s findings and what it may mean for the future of trade secret litigation. Registration details will be circulated shortly for this exciting program. 

ABA-IPL Divisions and Committees for 2023-2024

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 new 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]
  • Digital Games and New Media Committee [join]
  • Information Technology Committee [join]
  • Fashion Committee [join]

Professional Issues Division

  • Law Practice Management Committee [join]
  • 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.

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Section Officers:

Steven P. Caltrider
Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, IN

Susan E. McGahan
Bedminster, NJ

Robert Lytle
Redmond, WA

Joshua Simmons
Kirkland & Ellis
New York, NY

Paul Morico
Baker Botts LLP
Houston, TX

Richard Stockton
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
Chicago, IL

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

Sharon A. Israel
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Houston, TX

Nicole D. Galli
ND Galli Law LLC
Philadelphia, PA

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

Janet Hendrickson
Stinson LLP
St. Louis, MO


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

Thad Chaloemtiarana
Chicago, IL

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