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ABA-IPL eNews July 2023

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ABA-IPL Events at ABA Annual Meeting in Denver

The ABA-IPL Section will participate in the ABA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado next month. Section events will take place August 2-4, at the USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office. 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 4 at 3:30-4:00 pm MT. A list of nominated candidates can be found below in this eNews.

The Section will also host committee business meetings, networking events including an informal dine-around, and an Intellectual Property Patch Program Sponsored by the USPTO in Collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Colorado.  Register for the ABA Annual Meeting to get access to all!

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

11th Annual ABA-IPL Trademark Day at the USPTO

The ABA-IPL Section and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are teaming up again to host the 11th Annual ABA-IPL Trademark Day on September 21-22, 2023. CLE credit will be available for this program which will be conducted in a hybrid format with an option for attending in-person or virtually via the WebX platform. Update programs will be presented on the first day, followed by specific tracks on the second day featuring topics of interest to newer practitioners and another for more experienced practitioners. View the complete program agenda and register today

Save the Date!

2023 IP Fall Institute - October 12-13, 2023

A CLE institute for current issues in intellectual property law

The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law proudly presents its annual IP Fall Institute, a virtual CLE institute on the latest issues in intellectual property law, to be held October 12-13. The IP Fall CLE Institute brings together prominent IP industry leaders from the US and around the world to gain knowledge on the newest developments, emerging issues and best practices in IP law through dynamic CLE programming.

Experience engaging and informative CLE programs and earn CLE credit while you learn the latest developments right from your home or office. Delve into the future, and discover what is in store for intellectual property law.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Chris Meacham, Associate Director, at (312) 988-5821 or at [email protected].  

Don’t miss this exceptional virtual institute. Mark your calendar, and watch the Section website Events page for more information about the event and registration as it becomes available.

Section Advocacy

Comments to the USPTO on the proposed patent fee schedule

On May 25, the Section sent a letter to the USPTO on the proposed patent fee schedule. The letter noted that the Section supports a well-designed fee schedule to ensure that the Office is adequately funded, and that may incentivize practitioners, patentees, and investors to act responsibly. However, the Section encourages the Office to invest in further evaluation of the broader impact dramatic fee increases may precipitate for the full spectrum of the U.S. innovator community.

Comments to Department of Commerce regarding personal information of .us registrants

On May 31, the ABA sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce, over the signature of the ABA president, at the request of the Section, on the introduction of accountable measures regarding personal information of .us registrants. The letter noted that the ABA supports the right of the public to access contact information for registrants of .usTLD domain names in the WHOIS database, consistent with the rights of intellectual property owners and the needs of law enforcement officials for at least the limited purpose of investigating and enforcing against violations of applicable laws relating to intellectual property protections.

Comments to the USPTO on the proposed trademark fee schedule

On June 12, the Section sent a letter to the USPTO on the proposed trademark fee schedule. The letter noted that 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. However, the Section noted several concerns and recommendations as the USPTO further develops its proposed fee adjustments.

Comments to the USPTO on proposed changes to proceedings before the PTAB

On June 20, the Section sent a letter to the USPTO in response to the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on “Changes Under Consideration to Discretionary Institution Practices, Petition Word-Count Limits, and Settlement Practices for America Invents Act Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.” The letter noted that the Section appreciates the USPTO’s efforts to improve America Invents Act (AIA) trial proceedings before the PTAB, and that the Section appreciates the opportunity to provide comments. While the Section generally supports the USPTO promulgating proposed rules for the PTAB’s application of discretionary institution practices and the conduct of AIA trials, it expressed concerns and made recommendations about some of the proposals.

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AI Done Right: Using Practical AI In IP Law Practice – Presented by Haloo

July 25, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)

ABA-IPL is pleased to partner with this informational webinar hosted by Haloo featuring

a thought-provoking panel on the importance of practical AI solutions for the legal industry. From the challenges of generative AI to real-world applications of effective AI solutions, this conversation explores the need for practical, accurate and relevant AI in the realm of IP Law.

There is no charge to sign up for this webinar but advance registration is required. View complete program details on our website.

Note that this presentation is for informational purposes and CLE credit will not be available for participation.

Mark Your Calendar:

2024 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting (IPLSPRING)
April 17-19, 2024

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
Rockville, MD

Sponsorship opportunities

Take advantage of multiple avenues for exposure and engagement through sponsorship opportunities at the 2024 Section Annual Meeting. Sponsorship opportunities include sponsor/exhibitor booths, networking events, session sponsoring and more. For more information, please contact Chris Meacham, Associate Director, at (312) 988-5821 or at [email protected]

Friends of ABA-IPL

ABA-IPL is fortunate to have many good friends and we are now especially pleased to have the opportunity to recognize special individuals as “Friends of ABA-IPL”, our new Section-wide initiative.

These are the people who have signed on to become inaugural participants in this exciting new program which allows contributors to help ABA-IPL in the effort to advance the goals of its members.  In addition to countless hours devoted to Section projects by our volunteers who share knowledge and balanced insight on the full spectrum of intellectual property law and practice, we are very grateful for the financial support of the following people who have signed on as Friends of ABA-IPL at one of the three participation levels:

Gold Level

  • Theodore H. Davis, Jr.
  • Sharon Israel

Silver Level

  • Richard (Rick) Biagi
  • Thad Chaloemtiarana
  •  Lisa Dunner
  •  Janet Hendrickson
  •  Susan McGahan
  •  Omar Robles

Bronze Level

  • Steven Caltrider
  • Adriana Luedke
  • Robert Lytle
  • Paul Morico
  • Joshua Simmons

Learn more about this program and sign on today at ambar.org/iplfriend!

USPTO announces deadline extension: Patents for Humanity Green Energy competition

The USPTO has announced the extension of the submission deadline for its new Patents for Humanity Green Energy competition Patents for Humanity: Green Energy | USPTO.

Launched in February 2012, the Patents for Humanity Award was recently codified into law when President Biden signed the Patents for Humanity Act of 2022. It is the USPTO’s top honor for patent applicants devising game-changing innovations to address long-standing development challenges. Their success stories can inspire others to harness innovation for human progress.

This year, the Patents for Humanity Awards will focus on innovations that address the challenges of climate change through green energy innovations, including wind, solar, hydrogen, hydropower, geothermal, and biofuels technologies. Winners of this year’s program will receive a certificate to accelerate USPTO processing for one eligible matter (such as an ex parte reexamination proceeding or a patent application), as well as public recognition of their work. Under the Patents for Humanity Program Improvement Act, award winners may transfer their acceleration certificates to third parties, including for compensation, and can leverage the acceleration certificate to obtain funds.

The deadline for submission is September 15, 2023. For further information, and to apply, visit the USPTO web page on Patents for Humanity: Green Energy.

ABA-IPL Section cosponsors Litigation Section’s Women in Litigation Joint Conference

The ABA-IPL Section joins with the ABA Section of Litigation to cosponsor its Women in Litigation Joint Conference, November 1-3, 2023 in San Diego at the Mission Bay Resort. This conference presented by the Section's Woman Advocate Committee (WAC), and Women in Insurance Network (WIN), Women in Products Liability (WIPL), Women in Labor & Employment (WILE), and Women in Securities Litigation (WISL) subcommittees will attract the nation’s top litigators for substantive programming and networking opportunities, and will include a welcome reception, roundtable luncheons, and fabulous networking events.

ABA-IPL  Section members are eligible for a reduced registration fee of $395. Additionally, there is a discounted block of rooms at a rate of $250 at the San Diego Mission Bay Resort.

For further information and to register, visit the web page for the Women in Litigation Joint Conference

Patent Legislation Committee activities

The most recent monthly Patent Legislation Committee meeting was held on Monday, May 22.

Chris Katopis led off the meeting by providing a summary of current legislative activity and new developments on Capitol Hill, as he has most ably done previously.

The committee is currently engaged in a discussion about a proposed new HOD resolution opposing discriminatory examination of patent applications. The proposal will be based on a current similar ABA policy on subject-matter patentability, which is:

Subject Matter Limitation. Supports the role of U. S. patent law in encouraging and rewarding scientific and technical research and innovation. Opposes any restriction or limitation on the use of funds otherwise lawfully appropriated by Congress if that restriction or limitation has or may have the effect of imposing any subject matter limitation on the patents which the Patent and Trademark Office may issue, in addition to the statutory limitations on the scope of patentable subject matter set forth in 35 U.S.C. §101. 04A104

The TRIPS treaty requires that “[P]atents shall be available and patent rights enjoyable without discrimination as to the place of invention, the field of technology and whether products are imported or locally produced.” Art. 27, TRIPs Agreement.  https://www.wto.org/english/docs_e/legal_e/trips_e.htm#part2_sec5 (emphasis added).

Concerns have been raised that U.S. patent examination does not always comply with the above TRIPS provision.

Committee Policy Monitor Victoria Fang, in response to a request to research the above subject, found an article by Saurabh Vishnubhakat, “The Field of Invention,” 45 Hofstra L. Rev. 899, 914-18 (2017) (discussing "discrimination by technology" in the context of patent classification schema), available at https://scholarship.law.tamu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2048&context=facscholar. Victoria is still researching.

At the ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting (IPLSPRING) last month, Victoria Fang received a leadership recognition award from the Section for her excellent work with this Committee. Victoria, congratulations!

Committee Chair Stanton Weinstein noted that he has been elected to the ABA House of Delegates, as a Delegate from Pennsylvania.

Ordinarily, the Committee’s monthly meetings are on the third Monday of the month. The May meeting was postponed in part to better prepare for the consideration of the draft Resolution discussed above opposing discriminatory examination of patent applications.

For further information or to join the committee and participate in policy development discussions, visit the Patent Legislation Committee web page.

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.

Stay Connected…

ABA-IPL Action Groups

Section members continue action group initiatives through regular meetings and conference calls. Engage with your peers remotely by participate in one or more Action Groups for immediate networking and leadership opportunities.

Get Involved in the Women in IP Action Group

Are you looking for a network that you can learn from and grow with? Join the Women in IP Action Group. This year the group will hold quarterly webinar calls addressing a variety of topics with the goal of propelling women in IP.

If you are interested in further information or participation, visit the Women in IP Action Group webpage.

ABA-IPL Section Nominating Committee Announces Nominees for 2023-2024 ABA year

George W. Jordan, III, Chair of the Section’s Nominating Committee, reports that the committee has selected the nominees for elective leadership positions for the 2023-2024 Association year.

Chair-Elect: Susan McGahan, Bedminster, NJ. Ms. McGahan is the current 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.

Vice Chair: Robert Lytle, Redmond, WA. Mr. Lytle is the current Revenue Officer. 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.

Secretary: Joshua Simmons, New York, NY. Mr. Simmons has served as Section Secretary for two years. Prior to becoming Secretary, he served as a member of the Section Council for four years. Before joining the Section Council he served as Chair and as Vice Chair of the Copyrights and Related Rights Division. He served several years prior as Chair and Vice Chair of the Copyrights and Social Media Committee. He also served on the Nominating Committee of the Section.

Revenue Officer: Tammy Pennington Rhodes, Houston, TX. Ms. Rhodes has served as a member of the Section Revenue Committee for four years. She has also served as a member of the CLE Board for six years. She is current 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.

Financial Officer-Elect: Rich Stockton, Chicago, IL. Mr. Stockton has served as Vice Chair of the Patents Division for two years. He has been Chair of the Standing International IP Task Force for two years, and served as Vice Chair for two years prior to that. 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.

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 nine years. She has served as a member of the Magazine Editorial Board for 13 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.

Continuing Legal Education Officer: Janet Hendrickson, St. Louis, MO. Ms. Hendrickson has served as Continuing Legal Education Officer for the past two years. Prior to being elected as the CLE Officer, she served as a vice chair of the CLE Board for four years, and a member of that board for six years. She served on the Section Council for four years. She has been a Chair of the Young Lawyer Fellows Advisory Committee and served on the Membership Committee and the Revenue Committee. She was Chair and Vice Chair of the Patent Legislation Committee, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Women in the Profession.

Membership Officer: Sharon Israel, Houston, TX. Ms. Israel has served as the Membership Officer for the past two years. Prior to being elected to that position, she served as Vice Chair of the Membership Board. She served on the Section Council for four years prior to that. She has served as Chair of the Professional and Section Relations Division, Chair of the Patent Legislation Committee, IP Licensing Committee, Unfair Competition – Trade Identity Committee, and the Special Committee on the Judicial Intern Opportunity Committee. She has also served on the Nominating Committee. She is a past President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Diversity Officer: Nicole D. Galli, Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Galli is nominated to become the first Diversity Officer of the Section, after that new Officer position was created by the Section in 2022. She has 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 in the past year and as a member of the In-House Counsel Task Force the prior year. She was the CLE Officer for the Section for two years and served on the CLE Board for 5 additional years. She has been the Liaison to the LES Supply Chain Committee for the past six years. She was chair of the former CLE Teleconference Committee for one year. She currently serves on the Section Membership Board.

Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates: (for a three-year term expiring in 2026)

Adriana Luedke, Bethesda, MD. Ms. Luedke is a current Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. She served as a member of Council prior to this, and served as Secretary for three years before re-joining Council. She served on the Section Council for four years before becoming Secretary. She also previously served as Section Secretary for three additional 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.

At-Large Council Members: (for a four-year term, ending in 2027)

Stephen Chow, Boston, MA. Mr. Chow served as Chair of the Specialized IP Law Division for four years. He has served as a member of the Standing International IP Task Force for four years, and as a member of the HOD Resolutions Committee for three years. He has served as co-chair of the IP Transactions and Licensing Committee and also of the Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee. In the past five years, he has served as ABA Advisor, Section Advisor, Member and Liaison to numerous study and drafting committees of the ULC and ALI. He has also served three years as a member of the Section of Science & Technology Law’s Group on Artificial Intelligence Ethics.

Jennifer Criss, Washington, DC. Ms. Criss has served as a member of the CLE Board for the past six years. She was Vice Chair of the Copyrights Division for two years. She served as a member of the Nominating Committee. She served as Chair of the Copyrights and Social Media Committee for two years, and as Vice Chair of that committee for three years. She was Vice Chair of the Special Committee on Copyrights and New Technologies for one year.

Pippa Loengard, New York, NY. Ms. Loengard has served as the Chair of the Copyrights Division for the past two years. Prior to that she was Chair of the Copyright Legislation Committee for two years. She has served as a member of the Copyright Law Reform Task Force for 4 years.

MaCharri Vorndran-Jones, Indianapolis, IN. Ms. Vorndran-Jones has served as Chair of the Patents Division for two years, was Vice Chair for two years prior, and served as Special Advisor to the Patents Division for two years. She served as Chair of the Specialized IP Issues Division for two years, and as Vice Chair of that Division for one year. She served as a member of the CLE Board for three years. She has been a member of the Patent Section 101 Task Force for two years. She was a member of the ABA Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law for two years. She has also served as Chair of the Patent System Policy Planning Committee, the USPTO Affairs – Patents and Ex Parte Practice Committee, the Patent Legislation Committee, and the International Patent Treaties and Laws Committee. She served as a Special Advisor to the Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee for two years.

Young Lawyer Council Member: (for a one-year term expiring in 2024)

Eliana Torres, Chicago, IL. Ms. Torres is a current Young Lawyer Fellow of the Section. She has served on the Membership Board for ten years. She was Vice Chair of the Young Lawyers Action Group for three years. She has served as Chair of the Advertising and Marketing Law Committee for the past two years. She served as the Section Liaison from the ABA Law Student Division.

Council Member-at-large to fill the remainder of the term of Richard Stark: (term ending in 2024)

Christina Frangiosa, Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Frangiosa previously served as a member of Council for a four-year term from 2018-2022. She was re-elected in the fall of 2022 to fill the vacancy of Richard Stark for the balance of the association year through 2023. Ms. Frangiosa served two years as Division Chair of the Trademarks Division prior to her first election to Council. She served as Division Vice Chair of the division for two years prior to that. She served as Chair of the Federal Trademark Legislation Committee for four years, and as the Section representative to the ABA Cybersecurity Task Force for two years. She Chaired the Section’s Anti-Piracy Task Force for two years and was instrumental in the publication of the Section White Paper “A Call for Action for Online Piracy and Counterfeiting Legislation.” She has served on the Section’s Membership Board and CLE Board as well as the Nominating Committee.

Section Chair: According to Section bylaws, Steven Caltrider, Indianapolis, IN, current Chair-Elect, automatically assumes the office of Chair for 2023-2024. Mr. Caltrider was previously Section Vice Chair. He served as a member of the Section Council for 7 years. He is a current member of the Amicus Briefs Committee. Mr. Caltrider has served on the Content Advisory Board since 2014. He served as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Patents Division. He was chair of four different committees in the Patents Division prior to that. He has also served as a Liaison to the ABA Section Health Law and as a member of the ABA Health Law Coordinating Group.

Financial Officer: According to Section bylaws, Paul Morico, Houston, TX , current Financial Officer, automatically continues in that position for a second year. Mr. Morico served as the Financial Officer-Elect 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.

The Section’s Nominating Committee, appointed by Section Chair Thad Chaloemtiarana, is composed of:

  • George W. Jordan, III, Houston, TX, Chair
  • June M. Besek, New York NY
  • Jonathan Bowser, Washington, DC
  • Shruti Chopra, New York, NY
  • Eric Perrott, Washington, DC

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 on Friday, August 4, 2023.

Donate to the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law (FADIPL)

ABA-IPL Section members are encouraged to donate to the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law to help support its mission. Individuals interested in donating can visit the FADIPL website (https://www.diversityiniplaw.org/support-the-foundation-new/).

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.

ABA-IPL CLE webinars are free to Section members

All ABA-IPL Section webinars are free to Section members from through August 31, 2023. 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, 2023).

Landslide® Webinar Series:

Ethical Obligations and Risks for IP Practitioners Performing Hybrid and Remote Work

July 18 at 1:00 pm ET 

The growth of hybrid and remote work opportunities increasingly allows intellectual property practitioners to perform work away from the location where they are licensed. This webinar discusses the ethical risks and obligations that intellectual property practitioners face when working in an unlicensed jurisdiction. The panel will discuss specific disciplinary cases and outcomes to exemplify ethical risks and provide guidance for participants to manage their ethical obligations.

Speakers:

  • Paul LaVanway, Fredrikson & Byron PA
  • Emil Ali, McCabe & Ali
  • David Elkanich, Buchalter

Register Today

Scraping/Mining Public-Facing Information for Generative AI

July 24 at 1:30 pm ET 

This program will review the current challenges to collection of information, copyrighted or otherwise, for use in machine-learning produced models, including the large language models underlying ChatGPT and diffusion models underlying image-generating platforms.

Speakers:

  • Nicole Galli, ND Galli Law LLC
  • Stephen Chow, Stephen Chow, PC
  • Priya Nair, The App Association
  • Matthew Sag, Emory University School of Law

Register Today

ABA-IPL On-Demand CLE Programs are available

Did you miss an ABA-IPL CLE Webinar? Not to fear, ABA-IPL virtual CLE programming is available on-demand to purchase in the ABA Store! The ABA-IPL Section has a wide range of webinars to fit the needs of every IP practitioner; from trademark, to patent, to copyright content, and even ethics too. Plus, some of the ABA-IPL On-Demand CLE Webinars are a part of the ABA Member Benefit Library; these on-demand CLE webinars are free for all ABA members. Check out our complete listing today! 

ABA-IPL Divisions and Committees for 2022-2023

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 2022-2023

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 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.

ABA-IPL Divisions and Committees for 2022-2023

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]
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ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

What Is A Patent 4th Edition

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By Section of Intellectual Property Law

What is a Copyright, Fourth Edition

What Is a Trademark, Fourth Edition

By David M. Gorzo

By David M. Gorzo

A Comprehensive Patent Practice Form Book

By Jay A. Erstling and Megan M. Miller

By Jay A. Erstling and Megan M. Miller

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

By Howard Skaist

By 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

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Dunner Law PLLC
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