Calendar of Events

December 5, 2017

2017 Intellectual Property Law Section Holiday Party

Join members of the IP Section of the State Bar of Georgia for the annual IP Holiday Party.

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
Four Seasons – Atlanta
75 14th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

There is no charge for this event; however, registration and membership in the section is required.

Click here to register for the party and to donate to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The Section requests that participants make a donation of at least $5 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank during the registration process. There will also be a donation container at the registration table. (Please do not bring canned goods to the event.)





Start: December 5, 2017 6:00 pm
End: December 5, 2017 8:30 pm
Venue: Four Seasons
75 14th St. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30309, United States

November 29, 2017

The Current State of Venue in Patent Cases

Please join the Patents Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section for a timely, multi-faceted panel discussion on the current state of venue in patent cases at the offices of Alston & Bird on Nov. 29 at 12 p.m.

Whether you believe the Supreme Court’s holding in T.C. Heartland represents a landmark change in law or a return to proper precedent, venue has become a hotter topic than ever in patent litigation. This CLE panel will address venue considerations in the wake of T.C. Heartland and In re Cray, review district courts’ interpretations of those decisions, discuss waiver concerns,and evaluate potential strategies for patent owners and defendants seeking to maximize their litigation advantages through venue.

Panelists will include Shri Abhyankar of Alston & Bird, in-house IP litigation counsel, and Kyle Doviken of Lex Machina, who joins the panel to present the latest venue statistics and analyze litigation trends as we move into 2018. The panel will be moderated by Joshua Curry of Dentons.

Lunch will be provided for attendees, and the Section has applied for one CLE hour credit for this program.

Attendance is free for section members and $15 for non-members and guests; however, a $10 fee will apply for members seeking CLE credit.

Click here to register for this program.





Start: November 29, 2017 12:00 pm
End: November 29, 2017 1:30 pm
Venue: Alston & Bird
1201 W. Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30309, United States

October 20, 2017

Privacy and Technology Law Institute

32nd Annual Privacy & Technology Law Institute

Register now and get access to the biggest Privacy and Technology Institute to date, featuring two tracks of programming covering over ten cutting-edge issues from which you can customize your experience to the topics most relevant to your practice.  Mix and match from areas as diverse as Blockchain, bioethics, and emerging cybersecurity issues, and attend keynote addresses by nationally-recognized thought leaders Peter Swire and Peter Kinsella, who will share their insights on the constantly changing world of privacy and technology.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend the most useful educational experience of the year for privacy and technology professionals.

Topics for this year’s institute include:

  • The Big Picture on Privacy and Cybersecurity for Technology Lawyers
  • Practical Contracting Considerations in Infosec/Privacy
  • Beyond Breach: Current Departures In Cybersecurity Incidents and Response
  • The Ethics of Bioethics: A Discussion Of Current Issues And Trends
  • Ethical Negotiations in Technology Transactions
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy Trends and Threats from the Federal Trade Commission’s Perspective
  • Protection & Legal Issues Surrounding APIs, Interfaces and Inter-System Data Transfers
  • Children’s Privacy for Business
  • Blockchain & the Law
  • Advanced Contracting Issues in the Cloud

This program offers 8 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of Ethics credit and an optional hour of Professionalism credit that can be self-reported.

Click here to register for this program.






Date: October 20, 2017
Venue: State Bar of Georgia Conference Center
104 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA, United States

October 11, 2017

IP Community Service Awards Luncheon

Please join Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology at a luncheon on October 11, 2017 to honor the following recipients of the Intellectual Property Community Service Award for their outstanding contributions to community service:

Jamie Graham, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Chris Lightner, Alston & Bird LLP

Rick McMurtry, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Bill Ragland, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP

Click here to download the flyer. 

Click here to register for the luncheon:

Please direct any inquiries to Wade Walker at or Bing Wang at






Start: October 11, 2017 12:00 pm
End: October 11, 2017 1:30 pm
Venue: Georgia State University College of Law
85 Park Pl NE, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States

September 28, 2017

IP Section 2017 End of Summer Social Event

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar invites you to their 2017 End of Summer Kickoff Event. This is your opportunity to meet and mingle with your fellow members of the section and to sign up for committees of interest while enjoying cocktails and appetizers. 

RSVP to Mary Jo Sullivan by clicking here for this event which will be Sept. 28, at Gordon Biersch- Midtown location, 848 Peachtree Street- from 5:30-7:30 p.m.




Start: September 28, 2017 5:30 pm
End: September 28, 2017 7:30 pm
Venue: Gordon Biersch, Midtown
848 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA, United States

September 14, 2017 – September 16, 2017

2017 Intellectual Property Law Institute

State Bar of Georgia Intellectual Property Section
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort  |  September 14 – 16

The 2017 Intellectual Property Law Institute will be Sept. 14 – 16, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Fla. The program will offer 10 CLE Hours including 1 Ethics Hour, 1 Professionalism Hour, and 3 Trial Practice Hours. The hotel room block is open and our special rate will be available until Aug. 20. Click here to book your room reservation. The registration for the institute is available and the Early Registration Fee is $320. You can register for the program even though the agenda is not yet available for viewing.

Topics covered will include:

·         Lessons In Professionalism

·         Cybersecurity: What You Still Need To Know

·         PTAB Presentation

·         The Intersection Of Trademark And Copyright Law

·         Unified European Patent Court

·         The New Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act: How We Got Here and What We Have Learned

·         Federal Circuit Mock Argument

·         The Slants Case – What Does It Mean To You?

·         Current Trends and Hot Topics in Patent Litigation

Click here for more information and to register for this program.





Start: September 14, 2017
End: September 16, 2017
Venue: Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Amelia Island, FL, United States