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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

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

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


Chair: Angus MacDonald, Oakland
Vice-Chair: Marcus Peterson, Los Angeles
Communications Chair: Andre Gibbs, North Carolina
Programming Chair: John R. Wierzbicki, San Francisco

Entertainment & Sports

Chair: Matthew Berger, Santa Barbara
Co-Vice Chair: Michele Ferri, Nicasio
Co-Vice Chair: Jonathan Lurie, Sacramento

In-House Counsel

Chair: Sophie Cohen, San Francisco
Vice-Chair: Kieran De Terra, San Diego

Inevitable Disclosures

Editor-in-Chief: Barbara L. Friedman, San Francisco
Associate Editor: Matthew Neco, Santa Monica
Production Editor: Christine Kopitzke, Santa Barbara

International Law

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


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


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

New Matter

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


Chair: Sanjesh Sharma, Irvine
Vice Chair: Sepp Zangeneh, Houston, TX
Communications Chair: Mieke Malmberg, Los Angeles
Programming Chair: Nathan Camuti, Alison Viejo

Technology, Internet, & Privacy Law

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


Chair: Carole F. Barrett, San Francisco
Co-Vice Chair: Mary A. Harris, San Luis Obispo
Co-Vice Chair: Bob Payne, San Jose

Trade Secrets

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

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