Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12 noon
To participate in the meeting, the dial-in number is (855) 520-7605, passcode 1211276419#.
Monthly Entertainment and Sports Interest Group conference call. In addition to our monthly mini-presentation (or hypothetical), we will 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.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 12 noon
Monthly “All Hands” Copyright Interest Group conference call. For the October 3rd call, representatives from the U.S. Copyright Office will provide a brief presentation of the latest developments at the Copyright Office. We’ll also present the most recent cases and happenings in copyright law. In addition, we’ll discuss upcoming programs/webinars and opportunities to get more involved in the Copyright Interest Group or IP Law Section (e.g., presenting webinars or writing articles).
Please note: Our monthly calls are on the first Wednesday of every month.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 12 noon
Monthly “All Hands” Technology, Internet & Privacy IG conference call. Guest speaker and monthly topic TBD. 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.
Friday, October 12, 2018, 12 noon
Monthly “All Hands” Licensing IG conference call. Jay Parkhill will speak on GDPR vs. California Consumer Privacy Act. 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.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Presented by the Trademark Interest Group.
This program offers 1 MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
This webinar focuses on obstacles facing US entrepreneurs doing business in the EU. The speakers are experienced IP and marketing law experts in Germany and Sweden and will address product marking and advertising requirements, practical tips to minimize legal risks when marketing and selling products in the EU, as well as the following topics:
Holger Gauss is an attorney and partner at Grunecker in Munich, Germany. The firm has more than 450 members and offices in Munich, Berlin, Cologne and Paris. Holger and his team focus on trademarks, designs, copyrights and unfair competition law, including product marking and advertising and litigation in these fields. Holger represents clients in all industries, including fashion, sports, the toy industry and the high tech sector. Holger is vice-chair of the INTA Parallel Imports Committee and the Design Committee of the German Association for Intellectual Property and Copyrights.
Sophia Spala is an attorney and partner at Setterwalls, one of Sweden’s largest full-service firms, and co-heads the firm’s IP and marketing law practice. Sophia and her team advise local and foreign clients on legal issues related to the commercialization of their intellectual property and other assets, including marketing and sales of products on the EU market. Sophia has particular experience of the technology, entertainment, media, FMCG, alcohol and tobacco sectors, and of general marketing, advertising and consumer law issues relating to e-trading.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Presented by the Copyright Interest Group.
Open source software (OSS) is ubiquitous, yet OSS legal issues are often misunderstood or not even identified in the first place. This webinar will provide a primer on OSS legal matters. Among other things, this webinar will discuss:
Heather Meeker, a partner at O’Melveny & Myers, has achieved national and international recognition for her leadership in the field of intellectual property law, especially related to software licensing. Her practice focuses on intellectual property transactions for technology clients, and her clients cover a wide range of industries including software, communications, educational testing, computer equipment and medical devices.
Ms. Meeker is a leading authority in all aspects of open source licensing, including strategy, compliance, transactions, and disputes. In addition to writing an authoritative blog on open source software licensing matters (“Copyleft Currents”), she literally wrote the book on open source software licensing: “Open (Source) for Business: A Practical Guide to Open Source Software Licensing.” Among many distinctions, Ms. Meeker was the 2016 IP Vanguard Award honoree, awarded by the IP Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.
The Annual IP Institute is coming up in November 2018.
The IP Section of the California Lawyers Association presents State of the Art – Creativity and Innovation in the Arts and Sciences, and celebrates the diversity of IP in our lives and culture by offering outstanding educational programming as well as multiple fun networking events. Panels will cover patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, internet and privacy, cybercrime, technology transfer, licensing, music and entertainment, IP specific ethics, and more. Honored speakers include Andrei Iancu (USPTO), Karyn Temple (US Copyright Office), Courtney Bailey (NASA), Brian Levine (DOJ), and Judge Richard Taranto (CAFC). Come and experience the State of the Art, Nov. 8-9 at the Fairmont Hotel in San José.
The conference will feature speakers who are experienced practitioners and thought leaders from leading law firms, law schools, and corporations who will share their insights and practical guidance that will help you in your own practice. Of note, we are once again offering CLE credit in the two difficult to obtain categories of Competence Issues and Recognition and Elimination of Bias. The day will also include several networking opportunities, including a Casino Night and this year’s 10th Annual Vanguard Awards lunch honoring the accomplishments of our four honorees in the categories of academic, in-house counsel, judicial, and private practice. We look forward to seeing you there. More information and Registration here.
It is with great sadness we report the death of our friend and colleague Chris Lockard who passed away on August 15, 2018 at the age of 41 after a short battle with angiosarcoma. The California Lawyers Association sends its deepest sympathy to Chris’s wife Melissa and his two young sons Josh and Aaron.
Chris served on the Intellectual Property Law Section’s Executive Committee from 2014 to 2017. Prior to that he was the chair of the Section’s Copyright Interest Group. He also chaired The Copyright Office Comes to California program, spoke and moderated panels at various Section programs, and served as a delegate on the Section’s 2015 Washington D.C. delegation.
With degrees in journalism, political science, government, and law, Chris began his legal career at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. From Pillsbury, he moved to an in-house position at The Clorox Company, where he was Senior Corporate Counsel and Director of Privacy & Security. In 2016 he joined Salesforce, where he served most recently as Senior Director, Head of Product Legal before being promoted to Vice President last month.
Those who knew Chris admired his quiet sense of humor and wonderful smile. His colleagues in the Intellectual Property Section respected his intelligence and professionalism, and especially his ability to tactfully cut through to the key points in our sometimes meandering Executive Committee discussions. He will be deeply missed.
Tributes/Memorial Contributions/Celebrations of Life
Former I.P. Section Executive Committee member Anne-Marie Dao has offered to collect stories about Chris that she will compile in an album for his family. Please send any stories or photos that you wish to contribute to Anne-Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 21, 2018. For photos, please describe the activity pictured and identify the people who appear with Chris. If you prefer to send a hand-written note in paper form, please contact Anne-Marie for her mailing address.
Chris’s family suggests that those who wish to make a charitable donation in his honor contribute to Jumpstart, an organization that focuses on early childhood intervention with literacy and social skills development. Chris worked in early childhood advocacy early in his career, and these issues were always close to his heart. To contribute, fill out the donation form, selecting the “In memory of” option and listing Chris Lockard as the honoree.
Closer to home, a virtual meal train will help relieve some of the burden for Melissa and give her flexibility as the boys get back to school. You can contribute by buying a Postmates gift card and sending it to Melissa at email@example.com. For those interested in longer term support, you can contribute to college funds for Josh and Aaron here. Josh’s code is J7P-F33 and Aaron’s code is 28D-J5P.
Celebration of Life
A Celebration of Chris' Life will be held in Lafayette on the afternoon of November 10. If you are interested in attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The family will be creating an Evite closer to the time and will include you on the invitation list.
Shabnam 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, intellectual property development and enforcement, and regulatory compliance. She also represents clients in state, federal, and administrative disputes—work that gives her valuable insight and perspective when drafting and negotiating agreements for clients. Shabnam also advises on advertising law, promotions law, and all things internet.
Shabnam’s professional affiliations include the International Trademark Association, the California Lawyers' Association, and the National Cannabis Bar Association, where she serves on committees, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Lawyers Guild, the Queen’s Bench, and the Bar Association of San Francisco. Shabnam also served as a founding co-chair of the Bay Area chapter of Women Grow. She regularly speaks about intellectual property issues pertaining to the cannabis industry and on intellectual property matters generally. Shabnam has been named a Northern California Rising Star three years in a row by Super Lawyers Magazine. What is the most important skill she believes an IP attorney should have? Common sense.
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.
The Copyright Office is proposing a new fee schedule which will result in increased fees for registration, recordation, record retrieval, search, certification, and other ancillary services. The Office will review and consider public comments and issue a final rule later this year. The new fee schedule will go into effect 120 days after publication of the final rule, unless Congress passes a law stating that it does not approve the fee schedule. The Office is extending the deadline by an additional sixty days to ensure that members of the public have sufficient time to respond. Written comments must be received no later than September 21, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. For more information, click here.
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 email@example.com.
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.
IP Section CLE Webinars and Conferences Available On Demand or as Downloadable Podcasts*
Did you miss a live IP Section webinar or conference? Listen to recordings of past programs as streaming webinars or downloaded podcasts, and receive the materials and your CLE certificate of attendance. To see what's available, click here and select Intellectual Property Law Section.
Original Program Date: April 26, 2018
Presented by the Technology, Internet & Privacy Interest Group
The Federal Trade Commission is paying increased attention to social media influencer marketing. After a series of warnings, the FTC has begun enforcement actions against influencers and their advertisers. What do influencers need to do to avoid falling into the FTC’s crosshairs?
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Original Program Date: April 10, 2018
Presented by the Litigation Interest Group
Social media and digital marketing has changed the playbook for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies to become successful and thrive. As counsel for these clients, you need to be dynamic and develop trademark strategies that not only addresses current, but also future, needs. This webinar will discuss various strategies to manage the obligations of this role, including: discussions to have with your client when creating their brand; developing a comprehensive trademark strategy; and effective use and monitoring of trademark and social media platforms.
Speakers: Allison Roseman Hagey, Rebecca Horton
Original Program Date: March 27, 2018
Presented by the In-House Counsel Interest Group
The recent wave of high-profile allegations stemming from the #metoo movement shows no sign of relenting, requiring employers to address their own internal policies related to workplace complaints. Just as important as developing anti-harassment and discrimination policies is establishing company procedures for investigating employee complaints. Promptly and effectively investigating and remediating employment claims is required of California employers and should mitigate potential damages. Join employment attorney and seasoned investigator Lisa Ryan in this one-hour webinar that will address best practices for workplace investigations, including WHEN to investigate, WHO should investigate and HOW to conduct and conclude an investigation.
Speaker: Lisa Ryan
*Many recordings of webinars and conferences are available within a few weeks of when they were presented live. Not every program is available as a downloadable podcast. Some in-person programs are audio-video. Account registration and device with internet connection required. IP Section CLE Webinars and Conferences Available On Demand or as Downloadable Podcasts*
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