2015-2016 Annual Report
Serving as your president this year has been a distinct
honor. I find myself in awe of the time our members devote to advancing IP law and
practice and giving back to our profession. I am inspired by the sheer energy,
drive, and determination displayed by so many in various volunteer roles across
the organization. As evidenced by the incredible variety of projects undertaken during
my presidency, AIPLA is the epitome of a truly member-driven organization. I am
very proud of what we have collectively achieved this membership year.
Networking has continued to be a primary focus for AIPLA. No
matter where you are in your career, having a trusted professional network is
paramount. AIPLA’s three stated meetings and multiple stand-alone programs
offered in 2015-16 set the stage for optimum network-building. Members from the
United States and around the world connected, engaged, and exchanged with peers
to keep pace with developments in IP law and to identify viable solutions to
their professional challenges.
For those of you that look to AIPLA to meet your educational
needs and requirements, our CLE webinar series and stated meetings addressed a
wide spectrum of topical issues in IP law and practice. Additional online programs explored business
aspects of IP law, as well as various skills and career development.
Our work in the area of advocacy remained strong throughout
the year, with particularly key advancements made in the global arena. Judicial
advocacy, in both the US Supreme Court and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal
Circuit, had a significant year. AIPLA executive staff, committees, and members
served as subject matter experts to legislators on Capitol Hill and as advocates
before US government agencies, including the USPTO, the Copyright Office, and for agencies around the world.
In the pages that follow, you’ll learn more about the remarkable
work that AIPLA members led or contributed to in greater detail. If, by chance,
you haven’t become engaged in our community in some way, I hope this report
inspires you to do so in the year ahead. Your first-hand involvement in the
life of the organization will help you realize the true value of your AIPLA
I extend my deep and heartfelt appreciation to all of those
members and volunteer leaders who stepped up and invested
of their time,
knowledge, or expertise to a special project, committee, educational program,
or publication in 2015-16. Perhaps, you served as a mentor, recruited new
members, facilitated an educational offering, or participated in an advocacy or
international outreach activity. For that, I thank you.
Serving as your president has been one of the most rewarding
experiences of my professional career. Thank you for your membership in and
support of AIPLA.
Please know that you and your contribution are valued.