July 17, 2020

ABA-IPL eNews July 2020

IP FALL Institute

IP FALL Institute

IP Fall Institute Debuts in September

Introducing the ABA-IPL Section’s newest CLE offering happening this fall.

IP Fall Institute

Virtual CLE Programming and Networking Experience

September 29 – October 2, 2020

The Section typically offers in-person CLE programming at IP West in the fall, but this year will be something new and different. Our IP Fall Institute will offer the  same exceptional programming focusing on new developments, emerging issues, and best practices in IP law that you expect, but now at just a few clicks away.

The IP Fall Institute virtual agenda consists of 16 CLE programs, planned throughout 4 days to accommodate everyone’s busy virtual schedules; attend all programs and networking sessions or select individual programs targeted to your practice.   

Morning CLE Plenary Programs - Bringing IP experts to you

  • One-on-One Conversation with USPTO Director
  • Dealing with Emerging IP Issues for In-House Counsel
  • Virtualization of IP Litigation: Tales from the Bench
  • IP Issues in Commercial Contracts

Afternoon CLE Programs – In-depth view into specific IP topics

  • In-House Counsel Perspectives on Managing Your Portfolio
  • The Brave New World of College Athlete Endorsement Compensation
  • Don’t Let Your Rights Run Out:  A Look at Genericism
  • Artificial Intelligence: Copyrights & Trade Secrets
  • Patent Standards
  • Hot Topics/Trademark Law
  • Hot Topics before the PTAB
  • Hot Topics/Copyright Case Law
  • Hot Topics/Patent Case Law Review
  • Software & Copyrights, Google vs. Oracle
  • Biometrics
  • International Trademark Comparison

Save the date for the new IP Fall Institute, September 29 – October 2, 2020

For more information, visit ambar.org/Ipfall2020.  Details will be posted as they are confirmed and online registration will be open by the end of August.  

Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Virtual sponsorship opportunities for exposure and engagement during the new IP Fall Institute are available. For more information, please contact, Carey Farley, Associate Director, at (312) 988-5595 or carey.farley@americanbar.org

New: Attorney Wellness Committee

The committee formerly known as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Committee announces a new name—Attorney Wellness Committee. The committee has broadened its scope to include the important issues surrounding attorney well-being. All Section members are welcome and encouraged to join the committee.

The Committee has scheduled a series of free webinars, relating to a number of important attorney well-being topics:

  1. Well-Being in the Legal Workplace in the Face of COVID-19 – August 13, 2020
  2. Attorney Licensure and the Impaired Professional — September 16, 2020 
  3. Help is NOT Just a 4-Letter Word! – November 4, 2020

All Section members are encouraged to attend these free webinars. For more information on these upcoming events, ways to get involved in the Attorney Wellness Committee, and the opportunity to share your thoughts on future webinars, please visit the Attorney Wellness Committee web page.

ABA Annual Meeting goes virtual

This year, the ABA Annual Meeting is going virtual, and will be held July 29 - August 4, 2020. The Section leadership will hold meetings during the Annual Meeting in a series of Zoom meetings. The Section Council and Officers will meet as will the operations boards including the CLE Board, Membership Board, Content Advisory Board, Magazine Editorial Board, Books Editorial Board and the Revenue Committee. Action groups will also be meeting.

The Section's first virtual networking event will also be held on Thursday, July 30th from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST.   Mark your calendars and watch for more information to come by e-mail.  

At the ABA Annual Meeting the Section holds its annual Business Meeting with Elections. This year’s meeting will be held via Zoom as well, and will be on Friday, July 31, from 3:30-4:30 pm (Central time).

At the Business Meeting with Elections new officer and council members will be elected. Nominees are as listed below:

Nominees for 2020-2021 ABA year

Donna P. Suchy, Chair of the Section’s Nominating Committee, reports that the following candidates have been nominated for the 2020-2021 Association year:

Chair-Elect: Kim Jessum, Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Jessum is current Vice Chair of the Section. She served as the Section Financial Officer for four years. She served as Continuing Legal Education Officer and Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Board for three years. She served as the Chair of the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and Chair of the Teleconference Committee for two years each. She was Chair of Section’s the former Committee on Copyrights and the Internet. She also served for three years as Chair of the former Young Lawyers Committee and was a founder of the Young Lawyer Fellows program. Outside of the Section, she is currently a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, ABA Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee, and Litigation Section Judicial Intern Opportunity Program National Co-chair and was previously a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Specialization, ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, and ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education and liaison to the Standing Committee on Membership.

Vice Chair: Thad Chaloemtiarana, Chicago, IL. Mr. Chaloemtiarana currently serves on the Section Council. He served Membership Officer of the Section for two years, and as Vice Chair of the Membership Board for three years. He also served as Vice Chair of the Diversity Action Group for three years. He was Chair of the Trademarks and Unfair Competition Division for two years and Vice Chair of that Division for two years. He has been a member of the CLE Board, the Membership Board and the Revenue Committee. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Young Lawyer Fellow Advisory Committee. He has chaired several committees in the Trademarks Division. He is the current Liaison to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Secretary: Adriana Suringa Luedke, Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Luedke has served as Secretary for two years. Prior to this, she served on the Section Council for four years. She previously served as Section Secretary for three years. She has been the Chair of the Patents Division, and the Section Liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. She has served as Chair of the former Division on Meetings and Resolutions. She has also been Chair of the Committee on Patent System Policy Planning, the Committee on Government Relations to Patents and the Young Lawyers Committee, and has served as Program Vice Chair for the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and Program Co-Chair of Section activities at the ABA Midyear Meeting.

Financial Officer: Rob Lytle, Redmond, WA. Mr. Lytle is currently the Financial Officer-Elect. According to the Section bylaws, he will automatically assume the position of Financial Officer for a two-year term in 2020-2021 and in 2021-2022, so technically this is not a nominated position or one that is up for election in 2020-2021. Mr. Lytle formerly served as a vice-chair of the Patents Division. He has served on the Books Editorial Board for three years. He was co-chair of the Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee for two years.

Revenue Officer: Susan McGahan, Bedminster, NJ. Ms. McGahan is the current Revenue Officer. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Revenue Committee of the Section and as a member of the committee for five years. She served as Section Secretary for two years. She served as Membership Officer for four years and Chair of the Membership Board. She has also served as Chair of the former Division on Meetings and Resolutions and for three years as Financial Officer of the Section. She served a total of five years on the Section Council. Ms. McGahan has also chaired the former Division on Professional and Section Relations, and the former Division on Publications. Prior to that, she served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee and the Membership Committee. She served a three-year term as Trustee to the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

Publications Officer: Steven E. Gillen, Cincinnati, OH. Mr. Gillen has served as the Publications Officer for two years. He has served as Chair of the Books Editorial Board for four years and as Vice Chair of that board prior to that. He is a current member of the Content Advisory Board. He served as Chair of the Copyrights and New Technologies Committee for two years and served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Copyright Litigation Committee.

Continuing Legal Education Officer: David Postolski, Summit, NJ. Mr. Postolski is the current Continuing Legal Education Officer. He served as a current member of the Section Council prior to that. He serves as a Vice Chair of the CLE Board, where he has been an active member for many years. He has served as Division Chair of the Professional Issues Division for two years, and Vice Chair of that Division for two years. He served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Action Group and Special Advisor to the International Associates Action Group. He has served on the Revenue Committee, the Membership Committee and the Nominating Committee. He was the Young Lawyers Division Liaison to the Section for two years, and Liaison to the National LGBT Bar Association for two years.

Membership OfficerKevin Greenleaf, Lovettsville, VA. Mr. Greenleaf is the current Membership Officer. He has served five years on the Amicus Brief Committee. He served as Chair of the USPTO Post Grant and Inter Partes Practice Committee and as Vice Chair of that committee. He served as Chair of the Patent System Policy Planning Committee and as Vice Chair of that committee. He served on the Magazine Editorial Board for four years. He was Vice Chair of the IP Transactions and Licensing Committee for one year.

Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates:

(for a three-year term expiring in 2023)

Joseph M. Potenza, Washington, DC. Mr. Potenza is currently a Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, with a term expiring in 2020. He has served as a Delegate since 2015. He served as Section Chair, Chair-Elect and Vice Chair prior to that. He is a past Publications Officer and former Chair of the Content Advisory Board. He served on the Section Council for four years, and as Section Secretary for three years. Mr. Potenza is a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and was a long-standing member of the ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight and a Special Advisor. Previously, Mr. Potenza was Program Chair of the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and Co-Chair of the former Summer IPL Conference. He also served as Chair of the Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Related Issues Division, and the committees on Patent System Policy Planning, Public Information, Trial and Appellate Rules and Procedure, and Young Lawyers. Mr. Potenza is also a former Chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law.

Council Members: (for a four-year term, ending in 2024)

James Bikoff, Washington, DC. Mr. Bikoff is current Chair of the Trademarks and Unfair Practices Division. Prior to this position, he served as Vice Chair of the Division for two years. He is currently serving a three-year term as the Section’s representative on the Intellectual Property Constituency of ICANN. In previous years he has chaired the Trademark Litigation Committee, and the Trademark Legislation Committee. He was a member of the Anti-Piracy Task Force.

Keisha Hylton-Rodic, Washington, DC. Ms. Hylton-Rodic is current Vice Chair of the USPTO Ex Parte Patent Practice and Policy Committee. She has served as Liaison to the ABA Section of Health Law for a number of years, as well as Liaison to the ABA Health Law Coordinating Group. She Chaired the USPTO Post-Grant and Interpartes Patent Practice Committee for two years and the Patents in the Chemical and Life Sciences Committee for two years. She served a three-year term as a Trustee on the Board of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation. She has served as a member of the Diversity Action Group, the CLE Board and the Membership Board.

Rivka Monheit, Atlanta, GA. Ms. Monheit is Chair of the International Patent Laws Committee. She previously Chaired the Patent Legislation Committee for two years and served as Vice Chair of that Committee for two years. She is a member of the Standing International IP Task Force, and the Section 101 Task Force.

Richard Stark, New York, NY.  Mr. Stark has served as Vice Chair of the Specialized IP Law Division for two years. He was Chair of the Antitrust Interface with IP Rights Committee for two years and served as Vice Chair of that committee prior to that. He is a member of the Section Revenue committee as well.

Council Member: (for a two-year term, expiring in 2022, to fill the vacancy of Thad Chaloemtiarana)

Dale Cendali, New York, NY. Ms. Cendali served a previous four-year term on the Section Council from 2012 to 2016. Prior to that she served as Chair of the Division on Related Legal Issues. She served as a Vice Chair of the Copyrights Division for two years. She was Chair of the Copyright Litigation Committee for two years prior to that.

Young Lawyer Council Member: (for a one-year term expiring in 2021)

Pervin Taleyarkhan, St. Joseph, MI. Ms. Taleyarkhan is Vice Chair of the Business and Trade Division of the Section. She has served as Vice Chair and Chair of the In-House IP Committee.  She is a member of the Magazine Editorial Board, the Content Advisory Board, and the Membership Board. She is Liaison to the Association of Corporate Counsel. She is a Young Lawyer Fellow of the Section.

Section Chair: According to Section bylaws, June M. Besek, New York, NY, current Chair-Elect, automatically assumes the office of Chair for the 2020-2021 Association year.  Ms. Besek currently serves as Section Chair-Elect and served as Vice Chair previous to that. She served on the Section Council from 2005-2009 and from 2011-2015. She is the current Liaison to the ALI Restatement of Law/Copyright Project. She serves as a Liaison to the World Intellectual Property Organization Standing Committee on Copyrights and Related Rights. She is a current member of the Content Advisory Board. She served previously as Division Chair of the Copyrights Division. She was chair of the Committee on Broadcasting, Sound Recordings and Performing Artists, Chair of the Committee on Minorities in the Profession, Chair of the Government Relations to Copyrights Committee, Chair of the Copyright Office Affairs Committee, Chair of the International Copyright Treaties and Laws Committee, and Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. She also served as Chair of the Copyright Law Reform Task Force

The Section’s Nominating Committee, appointed by Section Chair George Jordan, is composed of:

Donna P. Suchy
Cedar Rapids, IA

Scott F. Partridge
Houston, TX

Malaika Tyson
Chicago, IL

Anna Raimer
Houston, TX

Jan Jensen
Los Angeles, CA

Additional nominations for this new position or for any position were to 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 on Friday, July 31, 2020. Section members may join the Business Meeting with Elections on Zoom at: https://americanbar.zoom.us/j/92129985705?pwd=dW1Jd1NpOGgveFJ4ODNFcUtqTlV6UT09.

In-house IP Committee

The In-house IP Committee had co-organized with the Business Law Section an in-house focused CLE webinar on May 29 entitled “IP Transactions, Commercially Speaking.” A recording of this CLE webinar is available online. The Committee also encourages Section members who are interested in co-authoring an article with an ABA Young Lawyers Division member for publication consideration in Landslide® magazine's Meeting of the Minds column to contact Committee Vice Chair Pervin Taleyarkhan (pervinrt@gmail.com).

For more information or to join, visit the In-house IP Committee web page.

Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee

On June 25, 2019, committee members Brett Berson and Jared Trent of FTI presented on “Protecting Trade Secrets in a Post-Covid World” as part of the committee’s monthly meeting. The Trade Secrets Committee plans to have a substantive presentation as part of each meeting, and welcomes presenters from other committees who can present on a trade secret-related topic.

The Committee also discussed the proposed model order for expedited discovery and the draft resolution on trade secrets prepared in conjunction with the Trial and Appellate Procedure Committee. The Trade Secrets Committee plans to submit the proposed order and draft resolution to the voting members in July.

The Committee was asked to develop a response to the LES/ANSI standards for “Management System for the Protection of Intellectual Property Requirements.” The Trade Secrets Committee formed a task force, solicited input from other committees, and then submitted comments to the ABA-IPL council for approval and transmission to LES and ANSI.

The Committee is also working on the annual Trade Secret Case Law Report of 2019 and the first half of 2020, and expects to have the report done by the end of this summer.

The Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, and invites Section members to attend the next meeting on July 23, 2020 at 12:00 PDT/3:00 EDT.

Committee Chair is Kate Perrelli, Seyfarth Shaw, and Vice-Chair is Mindy Morton, Procopio. For more information or to join, visit the Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee web page.

Visual Arts and Dramatic Works Committee

On Wednesday, June 10, the Copyright Visual Arts and Dramatic Works Committee hosted Jacqueline Charlesworth, partner at Alter, Kendrick & Baron and former General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights of the U.S. Copyright Office, to speak about Dr. Seuss Enters., L.P. v. Comicmix LLC et al, which was recently argued before the Ninth Circuit. Since the case has garnered wide interest in the copyright community due to the cutting-edge fair use issues involved, the Copyright Litigation Committee and a group of legal interns also joined the call. Ms. Charlesworth, who authored the Motion Picture Association’s amicus brief, led a highly informative and engaging talk on the issues at play, along with her perspective on oral argument.

For more information or to join, visit the Visual Arts and Dramatic Works Committee web page.

Stay Connected…

ABA-IPL Action Groups

Section members continue action group initiatives with ongoing Zoom meetings and conference calls. Participate in one or more action groups for immediate networking and leadership opportunities. Engage with your peers remotely and get involved in the ABA-IPL Action Groups

Diversity Action Group

You're Invited!
The Diversity Action Group (DAG) invites YOU to join our monthly calls on the second Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. (ET). DAG develops IP-focused diversity and inclusion initiatives within the IPL Section and the IP community.  Our goal is to help bring awareness to the need for increased diversity and inclusion, help ensure compliance, and promote diversity and inclusion in the IP community.  All Section members are encouraged to join and participate in our upcoming initiatives as able.  You can join DAG and learn more about us via the IPL Communities: Diversity Action Group.  Follow us on Twitter!  Connect with us on LinkedIn!

Monthly conference calls are held the 2nd Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET/ 3:00 p.m. CT/ 2:00 p.m. MT/ 1:00 p.m. PT and last about 30 minutes. To participate, add to calendar to get the Zoom dial-in information.

Join the ABA-IPL Women in IP Law (WIP) Call on Tuesday, July 21

Mark your calendars for the upcoming ABA-IPL Women in IP (WIP) Action Group call at 2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 21. Lisa S. Blatt, Sarah M. Harris, and Amy Mason Saharia will discuss their successful representations of Booking.com in the first ever telephonic Supreme Court case and of Romag Fasteners in another high-profile trademark case in the Court. The call will be moderated by WIP Chair Lisa Dunner. Check out our flyer for more details and Zoom information.

18th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute
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VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

July 16, 23, 30 and August 6

 Co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, Stanford Law School, Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology, the Copyright Society of the USA, and the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, and in cooperation with the Rocky Mountain Regional Office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

After many discussions and research, it has been decided to transition the IP Institute to fully virtual this year, with several twists. On four consecutive Thursdays, mid-July through the first week of August, there will be remote broadcasts of several sessions live, as well as a “drop” of 8-12 pre-recorded sessions. On the afternoons of Friday, July 17 and 24, IP Institute Fundamentals will be remote broadcast live. At the end of the four weeks, all 50+ Institute sessions and IP Fundamentals will have been broadcast live or made available for on-demand viewing.  This new, 2020-only concept, is called “The IP Institute PLUS.”  

By going virtual, the Institute is able to be provided in an interactive forum in a safe and creative way and to provide quality programming.

Please join us in July and August – register now!

CLE Credits: Only 10 General and 1 Ethics Credits can be submitted as LIVE CLE credit for this course. For the remaining 45 credits worth of content, please submit online using the Course ID given for the home study product.

https://cle.cobar.org/Seminars/Event-Info/sessionaltcd/IP052820L

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.

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ABA-IPL webinars are free to Section members

All IPL Section webinars are free to Section members from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020. 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 al ABA-IPL Section webinars for free during the current Association year (September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020).

Temporary Non-Use of Trademarks In The Age of COVID

August 25 @ 1pm-2:30pm ET

Speakers:

  • Tracy Deutmeyer, Fredrikson & Byron PA, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Eric Perrott, Gerben Law Firm, PLLC, Washington, DC
  • Matthew D. Asbell, Offit Kurman, P.A., New York, NY

Registration is opening soon. Please check the Events & CLE page for updates. 

 

Deepfake Audios and Videos: What Lawyers Need to Know

September 9 @ 1pm-2:30pm ET

Deepfakes can impact our relationship to information and the tools we use to work with it. How will this new horizon impact the trustworthiness of evidence and will the legal profession have the tools needed to test what they see or hear? What are the implications for the Rule of Law and our elections?

Topics our presenters will cover include:

  • How deepfake videos and audios are made
  • How deepfake videos and audios can be detected
  • The influence of deepfakes on the Rule of Law/election security
  • Real-life stories of deepfake videos and audios impacting lawyers
  • Laws relating to deepfakes

Speakers:

  • Sharon D Nelson, Sensei Enterprises, Inc., Fairfax, VA
  • John Simek, Sensei Enterprises, Inc., Fairfax, VA

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Section Advocacy

Comments to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce regarding WHOIS Database

On June 1, the Section submitted comments to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce regarding House Resolution 875 and the importance of access to domain name registrant information in the WHOIS database for intellectual property rights enforcement. The comments noted that to address concerns about the intersection of intellectual property rights and consumer privacy, the ABA-IPL Section supports the right of the public, consistent with the rights of intellectual property owners and the needs of law enforcement officials, to access contact information for registrants of domain names in the WHOIS database, for at least the limited purpose of investigating and enforcing against violations of applicable laws relating to intellectual property protections.

Comments to the Senate Finance Committee regarding enhancing the authority of United States Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) to enforce United States design patents

On June 29, the Section send comments to the Senate Finance Committee on enhancing the authority of United States Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) to enforce United States design patents. The comments noted that the Section has long supported CBP’s mission to prevent the importation of goods into the United States that infringe United States intellectual property rights. In particular, the Section has supported legislation that protects against importation of counterfeit goods, imposes civil remedies for online piracy and counterfeiting, and improves intellectual property enforcement worldwide against trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy.

Comments to USPTO on Proposed Rulemaking on PTAB Rules of Practice

On June 26, the Section submitted comments to the USPTO on “PTAB Rules of Practice for Instituting on All Challenged Claims and All Grounds and Eliminating the Presumption at Institution Favoring Petitioner as to Testimonial Evidence.” The comments noted that the Section supports adopting the Proposed Rules regarding institution of all claims and all grounds, whenever the Board determines that institution is appropriate. The Section also generally supports the Office’s proposal to permit sur-replies, but the Section believes that clarifying revisions should be made to these proposed rules. The Section opposes the Office’s proposal to eliminate the presumption in favor of the petitioner at the institution stage when there is a material factual dispute caused by conflicting declaration testimony.

Comments to the USPTO on the COVID–19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

On July 13, the Section provided comments to the USPTO on the COVID–19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program. In summary, the comments noted that the Section recommends clarifying the requirement to certify that at least one of the pending claims cover an FDA approved product or process to participate in the pilot program. Further, the Section noted that it is unclear whether the pilot program is intended to apply to patent applications with claims to COVID-19 diagnostic products. And finally, the Section supports clearer qualification guidelines to ensure only appropriate patent applications are accepted for the pilot program.

ABA-IPL Divisions and Committees for 2020-2021

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]

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

  • Trial and Appellate Procedure Committee [join]
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee [join]
  • Antitrust Interface Committee [join]
  • Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee [join]
  • Design Rights Committee [join]
  • Marketing Interface 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]
  • Intellectual Property Asset Management Committee [join]
  • In-House IP Committee [join]
  • Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Committee [join]

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The Law of Trade Secret Litigation Under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Second Edition

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CHAIR
George W. Jordan III
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Houston, TX

CHAIR-ELECT 
June M. Besek
Columbia University School of Law
New York, NY

VICE-CHAIR
Kim R. Jessum
Heraeus, Inc.
Yardley, PA

SECRETARY
Adriana Luedke
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Bethesda, MD

FINANCIAL OFFICER
Will Jones
Bethlehem, PA

FINANCIAL OFFICER-ELECT
Robert Lytle
Microsoft
Redmond, WA

REVENUE OFFICER
Susan E. McGahan
AT&T
Bedminster, NJ

PUBLICATIONS OFFICER
Stephen E. Gillen
Wood Herron & Evans LLP
Cincinnati, OH

MEMBERSHIP OFFICER
Kevin Greenleaf
Dentons US LLP
Lovettsville, VA

CLE OFFICER
David Postolski
Gearhart Law, LLC
Summit, NJ

SECTION DELEGATES TO
THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES
Joseph M. Potenza (2020)
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
Washington, DC

William L. LaFuze (2021)
McKool Smith
Houston, TX

Lisa A. Dunner (2022)
Dunner Law PLLC
Washington, DC

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Mark K. Dickson
Phase M LLP
San Mateo, CA

Contact Us:
ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
312.988.6254
iplaw@americanbar.org
www.americanbar.org/iplaw