Intellectual Property Law

New Matter WINTER 2021, VOLUME 46, EDITION 4


Sanjesh Sharma
Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc.

After a two-year stint as the Vice Chair of the IP Law Section, I am taking on the Chair’s reigns from Heather Antoine’s capable hands.

Last year, as California went into lockdown, the California Lawyers Association (CLA) aptly anticipated that the unpredictability of the pandemic and its related restrictions would disrupt the operations of the sections. In response, several sections, including the IP Law Section, decided to freeze and extend the terms of their officer positions for a year. Adapting and pivoting in response to ever-changing guidelines on pandemic restrictions became the norm. For the IP section, all in-person events in 2020 were postponed indefinitely, and later, canceled altogether, with the hope that 2021 would be different. Yet even though we could not meet in person, our section continued producing and presenting high-quality educational programs via virtual channels to meet the needs of our members. Some of the interest groups even tried their hands at networking over Zoom.

Early 2021 did not give us any better insight into whether in-person events would be feasible, let alone well-attended in the second half of 2021. Thus, our events in 2021 have continued to be presented on various online platforms like InReach, Zoom, and Pheedloop.

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