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California Lawyers Association’s Intellectual Property Section Announces the 47th Annual IP Institute in San Diego November 2-4

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (October 20, 2023): The Intellectual Property Section of California Lawyers Association (CLA) is hosting its 47th Annual IP Institute event in San Diego on November 2-4, 2023. The event is one of the nation’s premiere IP conferences, offering access to top industry leaders and sessions. The event is attended by members of both large and small leading California IP law firms, various in-house legal counsels, members of the judiciary, and academic professionals practicing in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, litigation, trade secrets, international law, licensing, entertainment and sports law, technology law, social media, and privacy. Space is limited and advance registration is required and available via this link.

The keynote address will be delivered by Eric Goldman, Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Law, Co-Director of the High-Tech Law Institute, and Supervisor of the Privacy Law Certificate, at Santa Clara University School of Law. The title of Goldman’s keynote is “Section 230: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act (CDA) is the legal foundation of the modern Internet that is poorly understood by many lawyers. The keynote address will demystify the law and underscore why the topic is critically important in today’s fast and ever-evolving world of information sharing, communications, and technological advancement.

A sampling of the timely session topics includes Generative AI and Copyright: Where We Are, Trademark Licensing as Brand Strategy and Business Driver, and Hot Topics in Legal Ethics, just to name a few. In addition, the Section will recognize Vanguard Award recipients, given to outstanding legal professionals in the judiciary, private practice, in-house practice, academia, and public policy advocacy for their contributions to the advancement of intellectual property law. In addition, the IP Section has created the annual Larry Maxham Award to recognize and celebrate a lifetime of commitment to our IP Section, as well as a lifetime of contributions to serving clients in the field of IP law. The inaugural Larry Maxham Award will be posthumously presented to Larry Maxham at the event.

“The IP Institute presented by the Intellectual Property Section of California Lawyers Association covers topics that are incredibly important and relevant to us all,” said Betty Williams, President of California Lawyers Association. “The thought-provoking subjects and insight will be beneficial to attendees and, ultimately, help to protect clients and achieve greater success in related case work.”

First organized in 1976, the Intellectual Property Law Section works to further the knowledge of its members in the law of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, licensing, technology, privacy, entertainment, and sports.

To learn more about the Intellectual Property Section of California Lawyers Association, please visit

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