November 8-9, 2018
Fairmont, San Jose
170 S. Market
The Annual IP Institute, "State of the Art – Creativity and Innovation in the Arts and Sciences," will be held at the beautiful Fairmont, San Jose on November 8th and 9th, 2018, with a welcome reception the evening of November 7, 2018.
The conference will cover a wide range of cutting-edge and compelling presentations on trademark, copyright, patent, privacy, trade secret, and internet law, as well as practical sessions and IP-specific ethics, competence, and elimination of bias panels. The event will also feature the always popular Annual Vanguard Awards luncheon celebrating pioneers in our field in a festive atmosphere.
We hope to see you there! Watch your inboxes, future editions of Inevitable Disclosures, and our website for more information!
June 21, 2018
Loews Hollywood Hotel
The IP in Entertainment & Media Conference is coming once again, June 21, at the Loews Hollywood Hotel! This conference will cover cutting edge legal issues in the entertainment and media industries. Panels will discuss applications of block chain technology in the entertainment industry, the latest decisions impacting entertainment and media, as well as music licensing, brand integration, social media, and IP clearance. Join us on June 21st, at the Loews Hotel in sunny Hollywood, CA. Come for the IP, stay for the entertainment. The conference will feature speakers from boutique entertainment firms, big law, and industry experts from a variety of major entertainment and media companies. The day will also include several networking opportunities, including a networking cocktail reception directly following the last panel. We look forward to seeing you there.
Friday, May 11, 2018, 12 Noon
Dial-in number 855-520-7605, passcode 1211276419#.
Monthly “All Hands” Licensing IG conference call. Barry Fang will speak on Technology Licensing in China. 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 Friday of every month.
Please note: Our monthly calls are the 2nd Friday of every month.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 12 noon
Dial-in number 855-520-7605, passcode 1211276419#.
Monthly “All Hands” Sports and Entertainment Law IG conference call. We’ll discuss upcoming webinars and conferences, opportunities for members to get involved, and Hot Topics.
Please note: Our monthly calls are the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 12 noon - 1:00 P.M.
Presented by the Trademark Interest Group. 1 hour participatory MCLE credit.
Now that cannabis is legal in California for those over the age of 21, the trademark issues confronting all types of cannabis businesses are more perplexing than ever. This program will explore both Federal and California state trademark protection for legal cannabis businesses.
Moderator: David Branfman
Dave Branfman has been practicing law in San Diego County for over thirty years. His practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law, including trademarks, domain names, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, motion pictures & TV, and music. He has also developed a leading-edge specialty in the intersection between intellectual property law and the growing legal medical and recreational marijuana industries and speaks regularly on this subject. He received his law degree from the University of San Diego in 1978. He is an instructor on intellectual property law at the UCSD (University of California, San Diego) Executive Perspective for Scientists & Engineers program. Dave has spoken multiple times at various cannabis sector events including NORML Legal Committee conferences, the Ganjier Spring Kickoff, the International Cannabis Business Conference, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and the University of San Francisco School of Law. He was Chairman of the Board of the San Diego Film Commission from 1998 – January 2000 and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1998 – 2007. He is also a regular speaker at Comic-Con and has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer® in intellectual property six times since 2007 including most recently this year.
Speakers: Mary Shapiro, Shabnam Malek
Mary Shapiro is an attorney specializing in trademark, copyright, and internet law. A former client of intellectual property legal services, her focus is on effectively enhancing and protecting the value of her client’s intellectual property, in a practical and efficient manner. She offers clients worldwide protection through a valued network of local international counsel.
Following a career in book publishing, she began practicing law in 1999 at Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, then the largest specialized intellectual property firm in the West. Mary began her solo practice in 2009, continuing her day-to-day work clearing, filing, prosecuting, and enforcing trademarks in the U.S. and around the world. Her cannabis practice began in earnest in 2009 and she has since federally registered marks for many cannabis businesses, though none for cannabis products, due to the federal prohibition to registering such marks. The registrations, for educational services, providing information about medical cannabis, and public advocacy in support of legalizing cannabis, create a foothold to launch a challenge relative to any cannabis related goods or services. In 2016, Mary rebranded to Evoke Law.
Mary is a founding member of the National Cannabis Bar Association (NCBA) and co-chairs its Content Committee.
Shabnam Malek is a partner at Brand & Branch LLP and co-founder and President of the National Cannabis Bar Association. She advises clients on domestic and international growth, strategic expansion strategies, intellectual property development and enforcement, and regulatory compliance. She also represents clients in disputes and state and federal litigation—work that gives her valuable insight and perspective when drafting and negotiating agreements for clients. Shabnam also advises on advertising law, privacy law, and all things internet. Shabnam's professional affiliations include the International Trademark Association and California Bar Association, where she serves on committees, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Lawyers Guild, the Queen’s Bench, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and Women Grow, where she served as a founding co-chair of the Bay Area chapter. She regularly speaks about intellectual property issues pertaining to the cannabis industry and on trademark protection matters generally. Shabnam has been named a Northern California Rising Star three years in a row by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Presented by the Technology, Internet and Privacy Interest Group.1 hour participatory MCLE credit.
The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) that takes effect this month potentially applies to companies situated anywhere in the world--if they are processing EU personal data.
This new law will affect countless U.S. companies who will have to, among other things, review and update their underlying practices and contracts with 3rd party vendors, service providers, processors, and sub-processors to comply with the far-reaching new law—and avoid its potentially existential fines.
This webinar will explore how the GDPR, broadly-speaking, affects American companies that handle EU personal data and, specifically, how the law impacts vendor management and requires potentially significant updates of 3rd party contracts.
This one-hour webinar will address key GDPR and vendor-related areas, including:
Moderator: Emily Yu
Speaker: Darren Abernethy
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This webinar is presented by the Patent Interest Group.1 hour participatory MCLE credit
For years now, patent practitioners have been anticipating the launch of the Unitary Patent that will allow applicants to obtain patent protection in up to 26 EU member states by submitting a single request to the EPO. Patents that issue can then be adjudicated in a Unified Patent Court having jurisdiction over “unitary” as well as traditional patents. Yet, the process to bring about the Unitary, which promises to usher in a new age of efficiency, reduced costs and complexity in the European patent system, has itself been mired in intra-country politics and the aftermath of Brexit, leaving a lot of questions unanswered. In this webinar, the presenter will attempt to read the tea leaves on the Unitary Patent, discussing its expected implementation and effect on European patent practice.
Moderator: Sanjesh Sharma Speaker: Enrica Bruno
Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Presented by the International Interest Group. 1 hour participatory MCLE credit.
The webinar will focus on recent trademark decisions that have broadly interpreted the reach of the Lanham Act beyond the borders of the United States. The webinar will provide analysis, strategies, and considerations in view of these decisions. Moderator: Mariana Noli. Speaker: Michael Keyes.
Michael Keyes is an IP litigation partner with Dorsey & Whitney. He has tried many cases involving trademarks, copyrights, and false advertising in federal courts across the country and has been lead counsel on several matters before the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. Mike is also a prominent writer and speaker on issues; hosting a weekly podcast and is an editor of TMCA.com, Dorsey’s trademark and copyright blog.
Mariana Noli is an international transactional lawyer with over 15 years of experience in intellectual property law. She is the founder and manager of NOLI IP SOLUTIONS, P.C. Mariana maintains a diverse practice, including preparing, prosecuting and managing domestic and foreign trademark and patent portfolios for a large assortment of clientele across a variety of industry sectors.
The Defend Trade Secrets Act Supplement to TRADE SECRET LITIGATION AND PROTECTION IN CALIFORNIA is now available for purchase in the Section’s bookstore. This Supplement includes additional practical tips and strategies related to the DTSA, and addresses:
The price is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
Please provide a short bio (250 words max) that includes the member’s professional information and something personal (hobbies, interests, something unique about the member, a “fun fact,” etc.), a picture, and the member’s contact information. Please also have the member answer the following question: What is the most important skill you believe an IP attorney should have? Please send all submissions to Erica Bristol, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Spotlight materials may also be posted in IP Section social media. If submitting on behalf of a member, you must obtain that member’s permission. Selection of member for Section Member Spotlight, posting dates, selected publications/social media, and editing are at the IP Section’s sole discretion.
For more information, click here.
2 World IP Day Event - An Afternoon at Thinkabit Lab
San Diego, CA 12:00 PM PT
4 Silicon Valley USPTO Public Tour
San Jose, CA 12:00 PM PT
8 Trademark Tuesday
17 Introduction to Patents
San Jose, CA 12:00 PM PT
22 Hands-on Patent Search Workshop
24 Patent Application Filing Basics
San Jose, CA 12:00 PM PT
Featured CLE Program from Our Catalog
Did you miss one of our webinars? You can now access past programs by the IP Section in our online catalog. To see what's available, go to http://calbar.inreachce.com and select Intellectual Property Law Section.
Presented by the Technology, Internet and Privacy Interest Group. 1 hour participatory MCLE credit.
Revenge porn is a growing problem on the internet, and 38 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws banning it. This webinar will review the state of the law on revenge porn and challenges presented in representing victims.Speakers: Erica Johnstone and Bennet Kelley
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