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It is a cliché to say that the last 12 months—my year as AIPLA President—have flown by quickly, and yet they have.  As I look back over this last year, I am overwhelmed by how much we have accomplished as an Association.

In this annual report, you will read about our work on Capitol Hill, dealings with the government on regulatory issues, and amicus filings (because of course intellectual property stayed front and center at the US Supreme Court again this year) and activities on the domestic and global stages.

While we have a lot of intellectual property issues to address domestically, I also had the opportunity to represent American IP interests around the world.  I have visited more than a dozen countries on five continents in the last 12 months, and in each I have found uniform admiration and support for the American system.  While traveling I am regualarly asked where the American IP system is going, because they too see the destructive nature of the current events in our country.  

These international meetings have highlighted that there are many IP issues that transcend boundries and that are being experienced in each of these countries and globally.  

Here in the USA, it has become clear that there is a need to educate the public about IP, and so “Taking IP to the People” became a mantra for my year. One way to increase our communication was increasing the domestic observance of World IP Day, the annual celebration dedicated to intellectual property as a means of stimulating
innovation and creativity. Traditionally, AIPLA participated in celebrations in the Washington, DC area—on Capitol Hill, at the Copyright Office, and at the US Patent and Trademark Office—but this year we expanded World IP Day celebrations to be around the US (and participated in two international events as well).  Those celebrations still included Washington, DC, of course, but they also took place in Charlotte, NC; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; San Jose, CA; and New York, NY; Vietnam and Thailand. The events were as varied as the locations, with discussions of fashion law, trademarks, licensing, high technology and even song writing.  

I hope you will agree after reading this Annual Report that AIPLA had a remarkable year. And it is thanks to AIPLA’s Committees, Board of Directors, and professional staff.  Each, individually and working together, is the lifeblood of our Association.  They continue to amaze me at their hard work as well as the collective breadth of knowledge and creativity.  I have been honored to work with people who truly are the best and brightest in our profession, and I thank you for the privilege of serving as AIPLA’s President and representing your interests.