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Participate in active Interest Groups focusing on Patent, Trademark, Copyright, Trade Secrets, Licensing & Technology Transactions, IP Litigation, Entertainment & Sports, International IP, In-House Counsel, IP Legislation, Cannabis, and Technology, Internet & Privacy. Interest Groups offer frequent webinar presentations and community discussions of hot topics and practice tips.

The Interest Groups of the IP Section are open to all IP Section members interested in participating. The groups have regular meetings open to all members of the IP Section. They also present educational programs focused on the needs of various IP practices.

All of the interest groups send periodic e-mail bulletins to their members. As an IP Law Section member, you can sign up to receive notifications in all areas that interest you.

For more information, contact the officers for the Interest Group(s) of your choice (scroll down for the contact information), or contact the Intellectual Property Law Section at IP@calawyers.org.

Announcements of meetings and CLE programs are included in Inevitable Disclosures, which is sent to all members of the Section.

Upcoming Interest Group Calls

November 11, 2022 @ 12 noon | Licensing & Technology Transactions Interest Group Call

Friday, November 11, 2022, 12 noon

Art, Money-Laundering, Sanctions, and Russian Oligarchs 

Description: Assistant United States Attorney Chris Kaltsas will discuss the US Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s Study of the Facilitation of Money Laundering and Terror Finance Through the Trade in Works of Art that was released on February 4, 2022 and its current impact on the art market. Mr. Kaltsas will also discuss anti-money laundering laws and sanctions on Russia as they pertain to works of art ranging from antiques to NFTs.

This meeting will take place by way of the Zoom platform. To participate in the meeting by phone, the dial-in number is (669) 900-6833. For the zoom audio-video link, please refer to the most recent issue of Inevitable Disclosures emailed to members of the IP Section. If you no longer have that Inevitable Disclosures email, please contact IP@calawyers.org and request the Zoom link.

Monthly “All Hands” Licensing & Technology Transactions IG conference call. We’ll discuss upcoming webinars and conferences, opportunities for members to get involved and Hot Topics.

December 1, 2022 @ 12 noon | Cannabis Interest Group Call

Thursday, December 1, 2022, 12 noon

Monthly open call of the Cannabis Interest Group. We’ll discuss upcoming webinars and conferences, opportunities for members to get involved and Hot Topics.

This meeting will take place by way of the Zoom platform. To participate in the meeting by phone, the dial-in number is (669) 900-6833. For the zoom audio-video link, please refer to the most recent issue of Inevitable Disclosures emailed to members of the IP Section. If you no longer have that Inevitable Disclosures email, please contact IP@calawyers.org and request the Zoom link.

December 7, 2022 @ 12 noon | Copyright Interest Group Call

Wednesday, December 1, 2022, 12 noon

Monthly open call of the Copyright Interest Group. We will present the latest copyright law developments over the past month in a collegial, no-pressure, and sometimes humorous setting. Please consider joining!

This meeting will take place by way of the Zoom platform. To participate in the meeting by phone, the dial-in number is (669) 900-6833. For the zoom audio-video link, please refer to the most recent issue of Inevitable Disclosures emailed to members of the IP Section. If you no longer have that Inevitable Disclosures email, please contact IP@calawyers.org and request the Zoom link.

December 9, 2022 @ 12 noon | Licensing & Technology Transactions Interest Group Call

Friday, December 9, 2022, 12 noon

This meeting will take place by way of the Zoom platform. To participate in the meeting by phone, the dial-in number is (669) 900-6833. For the zoom audio-video link, please refer to the most recent issue of Inevitable Disclosures emailed to members of the IP Section. If you no longer have that Inevitable Disclosures email, please contact IP@calawyers.org and request the Zoom link.

Monthly “All Hands” Licensing & Technology Transactions IG conference call. We’ll discuss upcoming webinars and conferences, opportunities for members to get involved and Hot Topics.

Contact the Interest Group

Cannabis

Chair: David Branfman, Solano Beach
Vice-Chair: Elizabeth J. Rest, San Francisco

Copyright

Chair: Marcus Peterson, Los Angeles
Co-Vice Chair: John R. Wierzbicki, San Francisco
Co-Vice Chair: Angus MacDonald, Oakland

Entertainment & Sports

Chair: Jonathan Lurie, Sacramento
Vice Chair: Elizabeth Rest, San Francisco
Programming Chair: Michelle Ferri, Nicasio

In-House Counsel

Chair: Angus McDonald, Oakland
Vice-Chair: Sanjesh Sharma, Irvine
Programming Chair: Sophie Cohen, San Francisco

Inevitable Disclosures

Editor-in-Chief: Emily Yu, San Jose

International Law

Chair: David H. Tseng, Seattle WA
Vice Chair: Mariana Noli, Oceanside
Vice Chair of Programming: Leaf Williams, Redwood City

Legislation

Chair: D. Benjamin Borson, Lafayette
Vice Chair: Mark R. Leonard, Fairfield

Licensing & Technology Transactions

Chair: Sean Hogle, San Rafael
Co-Vice Chair: Ryan E. Long, Santa Monica
Co-Vice Chair: James S. Parkhill, San Francisco
Co-Vice Chair: Matthew Dedon, Dublin

Litigation

Chair: Anne-Marie Dao, San Diego
Vice Chair: Katie Lafferty Ignash, San Diego

New Matter

Editor in Chief: Thomas A. Ward, Contra Costa
Acquisitions Editor: Amanda Nye, Marin
Co-Production Editor: Anthony Craig, San Diego
Co-Production Editor: Leaf Williams, Vancouver
Senior Articles Editor: Robert Dabney Eastham, Mendocino

Patent

Chair: Sanjesh Sharma, Irvine
Communications Chair: Mieke Malmberg, Los Angeles

Technology, Internet, & Privacy Law

Chair: Michele Ferri, Nicasio
Vice Chair: Kieran de Terra, San Diego
Vice Chair of Programming: Soody Tronson

Trademark

Chair: Bob Payne, San Jose
Vice Chair: Dana Brody Brown, San Jose

Trade Secrets

Chair: Robert Milligan, Los Angeles
Vice Chair: Angelique Kaounis, Los Angeles
Communications Chair: Catherine Lui, San Francisco

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