Intellectual Property Law

New Matter 2017, Volume 42, Number 3

DC Trip Report

REPORT OF THE DELEGATION OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA TO WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 1-3, 2017

For over a decade, each year the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California (IP Section) has sent a delegation to Washington, D.C. to visit officials and other persons in the federal government of importance to intellectual property law. The delegation does not lobby or take positions on any issues. The purpose of the delegation is to establish and maintain contacts that will assist the Section in carrying out its educational mission, and to gather information and encourage the dissemination of information on an ongoing basis that will enable the Section to carry out its functions and inform its members.

Continuing this practice, the Section sent a delegation in May 2016 that met with selected legislators, and officers and staff of the federal government involved in intellectual property in Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Virginia. The 2017 delegation consisted of the following representatives from the IP Section Executive Committee:

  • Elizabeth Rest, Chair of the Executive Committee of the IP Section;
  • Bennet Kelley, Chair of the Technology, Internet and Privacy Interest Group and Delegation Chair;
  • Angelique Kaounis, Chair of the Trade Secrets Interest Group;
  • Marina Lewis, Executive Committee Member;
  • Dave Murphy, Vice Chair, Entertainment and Sports Law Interest Group
  • Sanjesh P. Sharma, Chair of the Patent Law Interest Group

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