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


2014-2015 IP Section Executive Committee


Section Officers 2014-2015

Brad Groff — Chair
Gardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva, PC
Lauren Fernandez — Chair-Elect
FOCUS Brands
Brent Bellows — Vice Chair
Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies LLC
Jim Johnson — Treasurer
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Suzanne Werner — Secretary
The Coca-Cola Company
Tina McKeon – Past Chair
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Section Committees 2014-2015

Katie Bates – Copyright Chair
King & Spalding
David Lilenfeld — Litigation Co-Chair
Lilenfeld PC
Jonathan Olinger — Litigation Co-Chair
Kilpatrick Townsend & Townsend LLP
Rich Miller — Patent Co-Chair
Ballard Spahr LLP
Arvind Reddy — Patent Co-Chair
Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP
Alison Danaceau — Trademark Chair
Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, PC
Matt Smith — In-House/Licensing Co-Chair
Innovolt, Inc.
Joe Staley — In-House/Licensing Co-Chair
Kids II, Inc.
Alan White — Newsletter Chair
Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP
Rivka Montheit — AIA Pro Bono Liaison
Pabst Patent Group LLC
Clark Wilson — Networking Chair
Merchant & Gould PC
Virginia Carron — Events Chair
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Chris Glass — Website Chair
Troutman Sanders LLP

Click here for a list of Section Chairs 1964-2014