Calendar of Events

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
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
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 (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.

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
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.

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

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 ( or Chris Lightner (

*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
1100 Peachtree St., 28th Floor, Atlanta, GA, 30309, United States

March 23, 2018 – March 24, 2018

IP Law Moot Court Competition — Judges/Graders Needed

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) returns for the Southeastern Regional Competition of its prestigious Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition for law students. The competition is one of the premier national moot court competitions for law students interested in intellectual property law. The competition annually receives over 60 applications from two-student teams from across the country that are narrowed down to 10 teams (2 from each region) to compete in the national championship at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Finalists of the National Competition receive cash prizes and the honor of arguing before Federal Circuit judges. 

The Southeastern Regional Competition will take place on March 23-24, 2018 at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Teams from across the southeast, including Georgia State University School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, and others, will be competing. A copy of the problem statement and details about the competition can be found at This year’s problem statement involves an appeal from a decision by the District Court for the District of Oceana. The issues on appeal are the obviousness of the University of Neptune’s School of Medicine’s patent directed to a method for translating human thoughts into text, a related breach of contract claim, and whether the federal court has subject matter jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §1338 when the patent issue is not the primary issue in the case.

Those interested in contributing can grade briefs between Feb. 10, 2018, and March 9, 2018, (a bench brief and grading key will be provided) and/or judge oral arguments on March 23-24, 2018, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. If you are interested in helping—or if you have any questions about the competition—please contact the regional co-chairs Elizabeth Lester at 404.885.8625 or elizabeth.lester@equifax.comKarissa Blyth at 404.853.8012 or, and Pharan Evans at 404-885-2631 Your help and support are greatly appreciated.

This will be the fourth time Atlanta hosts the recently formed Southeastern Regional Competition, which is only possible with the support of the Atlanta intellectual property law community. That support included the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Atlanta IP Inn of Court, the Georgia State University Intellectual Property Advisory Board, leaders from a number of law firms and corporations, about a dozen regional law schools, and many others. We thank our many volunteers last year for your support in making this a premier competition and look forward to working with you again this year.


Start: March 23, 2018
End: March 24, 2018

March 22, 2018

Bourbon & Bites

Join Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (GLA) and Georgia PATENTS (GA PATENTS) for an evening of bourbon tasting at White Oak Kitchen. The evening will include 4 bourbon tastings and 4 different food bite pairings. All proceeds support GLA and GA PATENTS!

Click here to download a flyer for this event.

Click here to register for this event.





Start: March 22, 2018 6:00 pm
End: March 22, 2018 8:00 pm
Venue: White Oak Kitchen
270 Peachtree St. , Atlanta, GA, United States