For the past year, it has been my great honor to serve as Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section and to lead the team of our Executive Committee. It has been an incredibly busy and demanding year as the IP Law Section Executive Committee helps guide the Section through the probable separation from the State Bar, all the while continuing to bring cutting-edge events, CLE programming, information, and networking opportunities to our robust membership. Now, as I hand the reigns to the incoming Chair, Matthew Spark, I take this opportunity to say a special thank you to several people who have assisted me and advanced the goals of the Section during my tenure. First, I’d like to thank my fellow officers, Vice-Chair Matthew Spark, and Secretary Thomas Hassing. Both Matthew and Tom have worked tirelessly throughout the past year to help ensure the Section’s ongoing growth and success. Matthew is spearheading the planning of what promises to be an amazing IP Institute, with provocative and cutting-edge topics and speakers, and opportunities to network and enjoy beautiful Newport Beach. As our Section’s representative to the New Entity Planning Group, the group taking the laboring oar in making recommendations for the formation and running of the new private non-profit entity, Tom has expended countless hours dedicating himself, on behalf of the IP Law Section, to the success of our new entity. Also, a warm welcome to Heather Antoine, our incoming Secretary-Elect, who dove in immediately and without hesitation to assist the Section during this uncertain time. Lastly, although I have not listed each of them by name here, I am forever grateful for my advisors, each of whom has provided invaluable counsel and sage advice over the past year. Special thank you to Mark Leonard, Warren Dranit, Barbara Friedman, Mathew Powelson, and Andrew Stroud, who have graciously answered my questions and provided guidance and valuable input throughout the year. My term would not have run as smoothly, or been nearly as successful, without their assistance and ongoing dedication to the IP Law Section. As I step into a new role with the IP Law Section Executive Committee, that of Immediate Past Chair, I am confident that the IP Law Section is in the absolute best and capable hands. Serving as Chair of the IP Law Section of the State Bar of California has been one of the most rewarding professional experiences of my career. I am grateful that you have entrusted this position to me, and I am incredibly proud to have had this opportunity. Thank you!
Elizabeth J. Rest
2016 - 2017 Chair, IP Law Section
As with any new Bar year, the IP Section Executive Committee has rotated its officers. Many thanks to Elizabeth Rest, outgoing Chair and to outgoing Executive Committee members Greg Goeckner, Chris Lockard, David Branfman, and Matthew Berger. Congratulations to Matthew Spark, incoming Chair, incoming Vice-Chair Tom Hassing, Heather Antoine, incoming Secretary, and new incoming Executive Committee members Teri Karobonik, Sanjesh Sharma, Rebecca Chen, Wayne Sobon, and Scott Kokka.
The Sections are working diligently to develop, create, and implement a seamless transition plan. Pam Wilson & Associates, headed by the Sections’ former senior executive Pam Wilson, has been selected as the primary consultant group to guide us through the transition. The Officers and several members of the IP Law Section Executive Committee are actively engaged in the transition team and process. If you wish to be part of this historic effort, please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org), incoming Chair Matthew Spark (MSpark@Zuberlaw.com), or any of the other Officers of the Intellectual Property Law Section; all of the Officers’ contact information is listed on the IP Law Section website at http://ipsection.calbar.ca.gov/. If you are currently active in the IP Law Section, we thank you and encourage you to continue your support of the Section. The 16 Sections and CYLA provide enormously valuable contributions to all lawyers in California. We look forward to making the most of this unique opportunity for evolution and improvement.
Elizabeth J. Rest
Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section
On August 18, 2017 the Copyright Office submitted to Congress a new proposed fee schedule for recording certain types of documents. More information is available here: https://www.copyright.gov/newsnet/2017/676.html
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m. Presented by the Trademark Interest Group and the In-House Interest Group
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. REGISTER TODAY This webinar will provide an overview of the requirements for registering Non-Traditional Trademarks (NTMs) with the USPTO and provide tips for counseling clients on the types of information and materials looked for by the USPTO. Gain insight into the USPTO process through a discussion with trademark attorney and current chair of the INTA U.S. Subcommittee on NTMs, Mary Aversano. Topics will include substantive objections (e.g., distinctiveness and functionality), technical requirements (e.g., drawing, mark description and evidence of use) and a brief discussion on enforcement. This presentation is a great opportunity to learn about the nuances of registering NTMs and will benefit attorneys with various levels of experience practicing before the USPTO. Moderator: Carol Barrett
Speaker: Mary Aversano Mary Aversano is a principal of Aversano IP Law and currently chair of the INTA U.S. Subcommittee on NTMs. She has special interest in NTMs having registered several and regularly writes a Blog on such marks.
• Data collection, analysis, protection and use
• Intellectual property
• Innovative technology
• Complex commercial transactions