Calendar of Events

February 22, 2019

7th Annual IP Gala

The IP Section invites you to join us in celebrating our 50th Anniversary at the Annual IP Gala!

The celebration begins with a one-hour ethics CLE: A View From the Bench: A Panel Discussion with three distinguished jurists – Chief Judge Rodney Gilstrap, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, and Judges Leigh Martin May, and Timothy C. Batten, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia – who will share lessons learned from the cases they have heard and the attorneys who have appeared before them.

Following the CLE, please join us for a cocktail reception and dinner.

Program:

4 – 5 p.m. | CLE
5:30 – 7 p.m. | Cocktails
7 – 9 p.m. | Dinner

Click here to purchase a table or individual tickets.

For additional help in reserving a table please contact Lane Sosebee at lanes@gabar.org.

Start: February 22, 2019 4:00 pm
End: February 22, 2019 9:00 pm
Venue: Georgia Aquarium
Address:
225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA, 30313, United States

February 6, 2019

IP Section Pro Bono Opportunity with Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

Join fellow members of the IP Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia for a fun, simple and no-continuing-obligations pro bono opportunity on Weds., Feb. 6, at the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts’ legal clinic for low-income artists. You can give from 30 minutes to four hours, at your choice, and you will be able to review materials in advance of the meeting.

This clinic is limited to copyright, trademark and general contract issues and will be held at GLA’s King Plow Arts Center office from 1-5 p.m. You can volunteer for one 30 minute counseling session or stay for the whole afternoon. GLA artist-member clients are scheduled by the GLA office. GLA will provide a detailed description of each client’s legal issue in the days preceding the clinic. (Note you will not have to draft any contracts or trademark or copyright registrations.) This will be a quick, easy and gratifying way to satisfy some pro bono hours! You are not committed to any follow-up after the clinic.

We encourage you to bring along your mentor or mentee for a collaborative pro bono afternoon!

Please email Kelly Bray to volunteer and let us know the amount of time you can give (and specific time slots if necessary). Once we have volunteers and GLA coordinates artist-attendees, we will assign cases to each individual or group of lawyers.

In order to assist in the scheduling, we ask that you let us know ASAP if you want to participate in this fabulous opportunity.

(Note that if you are an in-house attorney, GLA’s malpractice insurance covers you for purposes of participation in the legal clinic).

Start: February 6, 2019 1:00 pm
End: February 6, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: GLA's King Plow Arts Center office

September 21, 2018 – September 22, 2018

2018 IP Institute

Registration is officially open for the 2018 IP Institute, to be held September 20-22, 2018 in Amelia Island, Florida.

Program Chair Virginia Carron has developed a program that will be of benefit to all attorneys who practice Intellectual Property Law.

Topics include:

  • Strengthening Your IP Portfolio with Design Patents
  • The Music of our Lives
  • Legal and Strategic Implications of Litigation Funding in IP Litigation
  • Two Years In: What we’ve Learned from the Defend Trade Secrets Act
  • Many more…

Click here to download the agenda.

Take advantage of the Early Bird rate of $395 by registering prior to Aug. 1, 2018. The registration fee after Aug. 1, is $470. Click here to register for the program.

The resort is currently accepting reservations for this event. Click here to make an online reservation. For attendees that prefer to make reservations via phone, there is a dedicated group desk available to accommodate and assist individuals. The dedicated group desk may be reached at 866-763-2960. Please reference the group name ICLE – The Intellectual Property Law Institute when speaking with the group desk. Reservations are made on a first come, first serve basis. The room block deadline is Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: September 21, 2018
End: September 22, 2018
Venue: Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida
Address:
4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, FL, 32034, United States

July 25, 2018

Panel Discussion: “I Suspect Trade Secret Theft. What Do I Do Now?”

Join us for an event on Trade Secret topics on July 25 at the State Bar of Georgia.

In the digital era, trade secret theft and litigation is on the rise. E-mail, portable storage devices, and the cloud make it significantly easier for employees to maliciously take sensitive and proprietary company data and files. Fortunately for employers, employee data theft almost always leaves a forensic trace, and trained professionals can often detect employee misconduct and determine which proprietary files have left the company’s systems. Computer forensics are thus critical in a company’s response to suspected trade secret theft.

This panel, featuring an experienced trade secrets litigator and two forensic professionals, will explore and discuss what a company should do when it suspects an active or former employee has engaged in trade secret theft.   

The panelists for the CLE will be: 

  • Neal F. Weinrich, Esq., Shareholder, Berman Fink Van Horn P.C. (Moderator)
  • Lea C. Dearing, Esq., Shareholder, Berman Fink Van Horn P.C.
  • David E. Sems, CPA, CITP, CFF, White Elm Group, LLC
  • Greg Freemyer, Director of Forensics and Disputes, SullivanStrickler LLC

Lunch will be served, starting at 11:30 a.m. The substantive CLE program will begin at noon. One hour of CLE has been applied for.

Pre-register now to get a discounted rate of $0 for IP Section members and $10 for non-section members. On-site registration is $5 for IP Section members and $15 for non-section members.

Registration: You must be logged in to register for this event. Click  here to login and register.

 

 

 

 

Start: July 25, 2018 11:30 am
End: July 25, 2018 1:00 pm
Venue: State Bar of Georgia Center
Address:
104 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States

July 11, 2018

IP Pro Bono Opportunity for GLA

Give an Hour of Pro Bono Next Wednesday at Georgia Lawyers for the Arts with the IP Section

Next Wednesday, July 11, give half an hour (or more!) of pro bono time to an artist. Bring a friend. It’s fun, simple, and requires no continuing obligations!

When: July 11, 1-4pm (30 minute time slots)

Where: Georgia Lawyers for the Arts’ legal clinic for low-income artists at GLA’s King Plow Arts Center office (887 West Marietta St NW # J101, Atlanta, GA 30318)

Who: You and other members of the IP Section of the State Bar. Feel free to buddy-up: We encourage you to bring along your mentor or mentee for a collaborative pro bono afternoon!

What: You can give from 30 minutes to three hours, at your choice. Each artist gets 30 minutes to vet his or her legal issue with the lawyer(s).

This clinic is limited to copyright, trademark, and general contract issues. You will be able to review a detailed description of your client’s legal issue in the days preceding the clinic. You are not committed to any follow-up after the clinic – e.g., you will not have to draft any contracts or trademark or copyright registrations. 

How: RSVP via email to GLA’S Katherine Russell at Katherine.Russell@glarts.org (subject: ​July 11) to volunteer. Include the amount of time you can give (and specific time-slots, if necessary). GLA will follow-up with you regarding your assigned arist(s) and issue(s).

NOTES: PLEASE RSVP NOW! We have artists standing by to be assigned. Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity! 

If you are an in-house attorney, GLA’s malpractice insurance covers you for purposes of participation in this legal clinic.

Sincerely,
The Copyright Committee of the IP Section of the State Bar of Georgia

 

 

 

 

Start: July 11, 2018 1:00 pm
End: July 11, 2018 4:00 pm
Venue: GLA’s King Plow Arts Center office
Address:
887 West Marietta St NW, Atlanta, 30318, United States

April 17, 2018

Best Practices and Strategy for the European Patent Office

Join us at the offices of Kilpatrick Townsend as we welcome Albert Keyack*, the European Patent Office Attaché to the U.S., for a discussion of EPO and PCT practice, including patentability of software at the EPO and the current status of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court. Keyack’s presentation will discuss:

  1. EPO patent practice strategies.
  2. Using the EPO as an International Searching Authority for PCT applications.
  3. Patentability of computer-implemented inventions at the EPO.

Date/Time:
Tuesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location:
Kilpatrick Townsend
1100 Peachtree St., 28th Floor

Lunch will be served, starting at 11:30 a.m. The substantive CLE program will begin at noon. One hour of CLE has been applied for.

Register now to get a discounted rate of $0 for IP Section members and $10 for non-section members who pre-register. On-site registration is $5 for IP Section members and $15 for non-section members.

For more information, please contact David Reed (dreed@kilpatricktownsend.com) or Chris Lightner (chris.lightner@alston.com).

*Albert Keyack is the European Patent Office Attaché to the U.S. He previously served for four years as the U.S. Attaché to Latin America, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Keyack began his career in at a boutique patent law firm in Philadelphia where his practice included both patent prosecution and litigation. He has also practiced in general practice law firms and served as in-house counsel for both large companies and start-ups in Silicon Valley. He has counseled clients in all types of matters involving patents across a broad array of technologies as well as in a variety of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financing and patent licensing. Keyack earned a degree in Engineering from Villanova University and a law degree from the Rutgers University. He resides in Washington, DC.

Click here to register for this event.

 

 

 

Start: April 17, 2018 11:30 am
End: April 17, 2018 1:00 pm
Venue: Kilpatrick Townsend
Address:
1100 Peachtree St., 28th Floor, Atlanta, GA, 30309, United States