Intellectual Property Law

New Matter SPRING 2014, Volume 39, Number 1

Letter from the Chair

Andrew W. Stroud

Hanson Bridgett LLP

BRANDING THE IP SECTION

In my last column I wrote about the IP Institute. The Executive Committee was finalizing plans for the Institute, which took place in November in Berkeley. I am pleased to report that by almost any measure the Institute was a success and generated a profit. More important than dollars and cents though, the 2013 IP Institute succeeded in celebrating and energizing our Section. The Institute was informative, educational and fun. From "The IP in IPA," an evening program that explored IP issues in California’s burgeoning craft beer industry (including tastings), to "The North v. The South," which featured speakers from content creators and providers debating whether there is too much IP piracy or overzealous IP protection, to the Vanguard Awards dinner, where each of the winners spoke eloquently about the importance of our chosen profession, to our Keynote Speaker, Bryan Neider, COO of EA Labels, who informed us about the changes and challenges facing on-line gaming, all of our programs and speakers were insightful and impassioned. I thank everyone who participated in the planning and programming and I am looking forward to the IP Institute 2014 next November, as should you.

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