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Intellectual Property Law

New Matter SUMMER 2015 Volume 40, Number 2

Letter from the Chair

SOPHIE COHEN Cobalt LLP

As I WRITE THIS COLUMN, I AM GEttiNG READY to travel to Washington DC as part of a delegation from the State Bar of California IP Law Section, to meet with high level officials from government agencies and offices that are of interest to IP practitioners—including the USPTO, the TTAB, the PTAB, the U.S. Copyright Office, the OIPR, and the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.

This is my second and last time on the DC delegation. It has been an incredible honor and privilege to be able to sit down with distinguished members of the executive, judiciary and legislative branches of government and discuss intellectual property law questions.

Let me explain why this annual visit is organized and how our membership benefits from our delegation’s input. The purpose of the annual DC delegation is not to advocate a position, or influence IP policy on behalf of the Section or the Bar (in fact, the Section is not allowed to engage in lobbying). Maintaining a non-partisan approach during these meetings is essential because our membership represents a very broad spectrum of interests, practice areas and viewpoints. The sole purpose of the DC delegation, therefore, is to further the Section’s educational mission and programming efforts.

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