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


Section Officers 2017-2018

Jim Johnson – Chair
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Virginia Carron – Chair-Elect
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Rivka Monheit  – Vice Chair
Pabst Patent Group LLP
Rich Miller – Secretary
Ballard Spahr LLP
Chris Curfman – Treasurer
Meunier Carlin & Curfman
Derrick Stanley – Section Liaison
State Bar of Georgia

Section Committees 2017-2018

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
Clark Wilson – Community Outreach, Chair
Merchant & Gould
Matthew Goings – Community Outreach, Vice Chair
Goings Legal, LLC
Jeff Kuester, — Trade Secrets, Chair
Taylor English
David Pardue — Trade Secrets, Vice Chair
Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney
Alan White — Communications, Chair
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
David Gann — Communications, Vice Chair
Alston & Bird
Matthew Smith – In-House Liaison
Innovolt, Inc.


Click here for a list of Section Chairs 1964-2014