to the IP Law Section of the California Lawyers Association (CLA)! “What’s
that,” you say. “California Lawyers Association? I don’t belong to any
California Lawyers Association! I’m a member of the IP Law Section of The State
Bar of California!”
up until the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve 2017, you were. Let me
explain. The State Bar had sixteen individual Sections; each Section comprising
a voluntary organization of attorneys and affiliates who share an area of
interest. It has been the collective mission of the Sections to serve the
profession, the public, and the legal system by providing continuing legal
education (CLE) to California attorneys. It has been the specific mission of the IP Law Section to help you develop and maintain expertise in your particular area of IP Law To that end, the IP Law Section organizes webinars and in-person programs
to meet your CLE needs. On New Year’s Day, the sixteen Sections (as well as the
California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA)) of The State Bar of California
finally completed a long-planned transition from the organizational structure
of the State Bar to the CLA, a not-for-profit professional association.
State Bar is now able to focus on regulatory and disciplinary matters while the
Sections now have more freedom to focus on our educational mission without
being encumbered by all the governmental regulation that came with being part
of the State Bar (e.g., compliance with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act).
This plan was embodied in Senate Bill (SB) 36 [Attorneys: State Bar: Sections
of the State Bar] which was signed into law by Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on
October 2, 2017. The CLA will maintain ties with the State Bar while allowing
the sixteen Sections and CYLA greater operational freedom to serve their
You will continue to pay your Section dues via the State
Bar’s annual fee statement, just as you always have. The IP Law Section will
keep its name (as will all the Sections) and continue its mission to provide
you with low or reasonably-priced CLE through in-person programs and webinars,
just as it has for over four decades.
the time you read this, we are in the thick of planning several in-person CLE
programs including our well-loved Trademark Office Comes to California program,
an Entertainment Conference, and our 43rd IP Institute (which serves as the
annual meeting of the IP Law Section).
CLA’s website is cla.legal, and you can always access the IP Section through
again, welcome to the California Lawyers Association!
Chair, IP Law Section
Wednesday, January 3, 2018,
number 855-520-7605, passcode
"All Hands" Copyright IG
conference call. On this call, we will discuss current cases and developments
copyright law. Each month a presenter will lead the discussion. We will
discuss opportunities to write articles, coordinate webinars, speak on
and participate in the IP section in other ways.
Please note: Our
monthly calls are the 1st Wednesday of every
Friday, January 12, 2018, 12 noon
Dial-in number 855-520-7605, passcode 1211276419#.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018,
number 855-520-7605, passcode
Monthly “All Hands” Technology, Internet & Privacy IG conference call. We will have a speaker on Website Terms and Conditions. In addition, we’ll discuss upcoming webinars and conferences, opportunities for members to get involved and Hot Topics.
Please note: Our monthly calls are the 2nd Wednesday of every month.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Presented by the Licensing Interest Group.1 hour participatory MCLE credit.
Technological breakthroughs in the realm of urban air mobility have the potential of revolutionizing city life as we know it, but will our legal and regulatory systems be able to keep up with the coming revolution and support change, rather than stifle it? Sasha Rao, outside legal counsel for A-3 by Airbus, will explore the legal and regulatory issues that will be key to facilitating the creation of the aerial city of tomorrow, including the eventual introduction of self-piloted low operating cost aircraft that will enable safe full scale Urban Air Mobility, for both passenger carrying and cargo carrying applications.
Moderator: John PavolotskySpeaker: Sasha G. Rao
Sasha Rao is Chair of Maynard Cooper & Gale's Intellectual Property practice. Sasha is a seasoned technology and life sciences lawyer with an established record of success for some of the world's leading companies. Sasha advises clients on corporate, transactional, policy and regulatory matters. Sasha's background in physics and her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technologies has led to her being recognized as one of the leading practitioners in the emerging field of autonomy and robotics systems, including autonomous vehicles, drones and UAVs, urban air mobility and connected and artificially intelligent systems. Her legal subject matter expertise includes regulatory, policy, intellectual property, data rights and legal strategy relating to a wide range of industries and technologies. Sasha also regularly leads intellectual property strategy, portfolio development, and intellectual property and commercial litigation for her clients, including litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and complex commercial disputes. Her strong technical background has enabled her to quickly master a wide range of technologies. Sasha is registered to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She also represents clients in Patent Office trials, including covered business method (CBM) and inter partes review (IPR) post-grant invalidity challenges available under the America Invents Act.
Did you miss any of our great webinars? January is webinar replay month.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 12 noon - 12:54 p.m.
Presented by the Copyright Interest Group.1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics.
Social networking is the hottest thing since email. It's fun, fast paced, interesting, and allows you to connect with friends, family, colleagues, and clients in an instant. For lawyers, it levels the advertising playing field. You can market your services, display your writing talent, and share knowledge in your practice area—all at a fraction of the cost of a big advertising campaign. But wait, there’s more! With all the benefits of social networking there are land mines to be aware of. Join the panel for an interesting and provocative session on what every California lawyer must know before stepping into the social media sandbox.
In this session you will:
Speaker: Francine Ward
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Presented by the In-House Counsel Interest Group.1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society.
Join us for a lively and informative presentation on implicit bias in the legal profession--what it is, why we all have it and practical tips on how to address it.
Moderator: Sophie CohenSpeakers: Denise Trani-Morris and Therese Lawless
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section.1 hour participatory MCLE credit.
In 2013, 93% of the United States money supply was exchanged in electronic form. This presentation traces the origin and development of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, including emergence of cryptocurrency exchanges, virtual “wallets” and other kinds of supporting businesses. It describes the increasing flow of venture capital into the field and goes on to survey initiatives seeking to regulate cryptocurrencies, the opposition to such regulation, and how cryptocurrencies relate to the ongoing evolution of a new kind of cashless society.
Speakers: Andrew Beal, Steve Beauregard, Denise T. Rice, Andrea Sloan Pink
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 12 noon - 1:32 p.m.
Presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section.1.5 hours participatory MCLE credit.
Has a client ever said “I can freely use copyright protected content once someone dies”? Have you ever heard “I can use anything I want on the Internet because it’s free”? Do your clients think “I have a trademark, because I bought my domain name”? This program will present the facts about these and other copyright & trademark myths.
Speakers: Marina Lewis and Francine Ward
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12 noon - 12:58 p.m.
Presented by the Intellectual Property Law Section.1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics.
Drawing from his many high profile roles in the business and legal community, Chris Kelly, former Chief Privacy Officer and General Counsel at Facebook, will provide a unique exploration of many of the ethical and privacy challenges that arise from establishing and complying with internet policy.
Speakers: Chris Kelly and Bennet Kelley
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 12 noon - 12:55 p.m.
Ever wonder why some television shows blur names and logos or conspicuously avoid referring to real-life people or brands? Or whether these practices are legally required? The answers may surprise you. This panel will explore "clearances" in the entertainment industry and the collision between content creators' First Amendment rights and third parties' interests under copyright, trademark, and right of publicity law.
Speakers: Alonzo Wickers, Susan E. Seager and Robyn Aronson
Did you miss our popular series on Trademark Searching using TESS or our series on Privacy Law? Now you can hear all three programs in either series for just $79. Over 40% off the usual price!
The IP Section is pleased to announce discounted bundles of live and pre-recorded IP Continuing Legal Education webinars. Certain live and recorded CLE webinars will be bundled together and offered at a discount of the one-off price. Our first bundles in the popular series are: (1) Trademark Searching Using TESS (2) Privacy Law
You can hear all three programs in either or both series for just $79.That's a savings of $56 off our regular price for the Privacy series and $26 off our regular price for the TESS series.
Purchase the Entire TESS Series
Purchase the Entire Privacy Series
For other Intellectual Property Law Section programs, see
and select Intellectual Property Law Section.
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