The Intellectual Property Section of the Georgia Bar was founded in 1964 to provide information about intellectual property law to its members and to the community. Today the Section continues those goals and now boasts over 1000 members. The Section’s educational events, which are open to Section members as well as non-members, provide timely legal updates regarding copyright, patents, trademarks, and intellectual property licensing and litigation. The Section also provides newsletters, networking opportunities, and podcasts of educational materials. The Intellectual Property Section is considered one of the most active sections of the Georgia Bar. The State Bar has recognized the Intellectual Property Section as Section of the Year for 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and three other times in the past (2003; 2006, jointly with Family Law Section). The Section has also received three Achievement Awards (2002; 2004; and 2007).

Section By-laws


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Section Officers 2018-2019

Virginia Carron – Chair
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Rivka Monheit  – Chair-Elect
Pabst Patent Group LLP
Rich Miller – Vice Chair
Ballard Spahr LLP
Chris Curfman – Secretary
Meunier Carlin & Curfman
Clark Wilson – Treasurer
Merchant & Gould
Mary Jo Sullivan – Sections Director
State Bar of Georgia

Section Committees 2018-2019

Katie Bates – Copyright, Chair
Meunier Carlin & Curfman
Pete Duitsman – Copyright, Vice Chair
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Chris Lightner – Patent, Chair
Alston & Bird
Andrew Strickland – Patent, Vice Chair
Lee & Hayes

Michael Hobbs — Trademark, Chair
Troutman Sanders LLP
Auma Reggy — Trademark, Vice Chair
Matthew Goings – Community Outreach, Chair
Goings Legal, LLC
Matthew P. Warenzak — Community Outreach, Vice Chair
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
David Pardue — Trade Secrets, Chair
Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney
Michael Cicero — Trade Secrets, Vice Chair
Taylor English Duma LLP
Jason D. Rosenberg — Communications, Chair
Alston & Bird
Chittam Thakore — Communications, Vice Chair
Ballard Spahr LLP
Matthew Smith – In-House, Chair
Kids II
Joe Staley — In-House, Vice Chair
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Click here for a list of Section Chairs 1964-2014