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June 01
Radio Interview
I sat down with Through the Noise recently, and participated in an interview about being a COO and the challenges AIPLA faces as a membership organization. Below is the recording.

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http://throughthenoise.us/mediacast/182-american-intellectual-property-law-association-meghan-donohoe/ 

The interview begins at about minute 6.


April 29
New Email System for Committee Communication, Coming Soon ...

​We know that the previous bulk email system had its limitations and Randy Sagara and his team have been working on rolling out a new system that will be more fully integrated with the database, capturing new committee members in real time, so your lists will be as up-to-date as possible.  He has been beta testing the new system with a few committees and will be rolling out the new system to all committees soon.  Stay tuned ...

April 29
Education Task Force Needs Your Input

We need your help!  Our Education Task Force is looking at ways to better communicate and coordinate the many educational offerings of AIPLA.  Our committees have been doing a terrific job of planning many interesting programs through a variety of means, including stated meetings, road shows, online programs, and committee calls.  However, each committee works a bit differently and we would like to better understand your committee’s activities.  We will be looking into ways to better communicate to our leadership and membership all of our offerings.  To help us out, please complete this short survey to help us better understand what your committee has been doing. 

Please note, you don't need to answer question #1 it's just a restatement of what's above

For questions that include "Specify your own value", please treat that as "other"

HAPPY SURVEY RESPONDING!!!  Click here to start the survey (you'll need to log-in to the system to complete the survey).

April 15
International Committee Leaders Participate in Roundtable Discussions

​On April 14, 2016, Global Sector Board Liaisons Patrick Coyne and Thomas Moga, engaged in two lively roundtable discussions at the USPTO/GW Law China IP Conference, a public discussion with Chinese Officials and Judges on the Direction of IP Enforcement in China and US.  This program took place at the Global Intellectual Property Academy, and was co-moderated by USPTO’s Mark Cohen, GW Law Dean of IP Law John Whealan, and AIPLA’s Deputy Executive Director for Regulatory Affairs Chen Wang.  The panelists included corporate in-house counsel of multinationals as well Chinese companies doing business in US and seasoned private practitioners, former Chief Judge Randall Rader and former USPTO Director David Kappos, as well as a delegation of Chinese judges visiting the US from the Supreme People’s Court, each of the IP Tribunals (in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou), and officials from MOFCOM, Committee of Political and Legislative Affairs, National People’s Congress (NPC) Law Committee, National Leading Group* (NLG), and Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP).
 
The first round table focused on US and Chinese companies operating in China and the second round table focused on Chinese companies operating in the US.  The general theme of the discussion was China’s transition to an innovation economy, and its legal reforms to incentive innovation.  With respect to IP in China, the panelists discussed their views on, for example, the strategic use of Utility Model Patents for certain technology sectors, the role of administrative and judicial routes for IP enforcement, and the data supplementation issue during the prosecution of pharmaceutical patent applications.  With respect to Chinese companies in the US, all agreed that Chinese companies are more engaged in utilizing the IP system in the US, as Chinese entities invest in research and development, acquire assets, and conduct business in the US.  The conference concluded with closing remarks by Chen Wang, who encouraged continued open discussion to exchange ideas and foster understanding and continued development of both US and China IP systems.

April 15
Recommending a Position or Resolution to the AIPLA Board

​There are two ways that an item may be reviewed and considered by a committee, a proactive effort or a reactive effort.  In either case, there's a process for how to handle developing and presenting proposed resoutions to the Board.  There are also policies and templates in place to help you through the process.

PROACTIVE:  We ask committees to take a proactive approach in developing recommendations.  If there is something that the committee has identified as an important matter for the Board to consider, the Committees should work to develop a resolution, drafts supporting memo, solicits votes from active voting committee members and then submit the full report to the AIPLA Board. 


Often times, the report is presented by a Committee representative or Chair.  Proposed resolutions need to be submitted to AIPLA HQ for inclusion in the Board materials at least 10 days prior to a stated meeting of the Board. The Board liaison will report back to the Committee on the final decision of the Board and, if applicable, insturctions on how to communicate the BOD decision/policy.

There is a template for formatting resolutions and reports for the Board in the Commitee Leadership Handbook at:  Formatting Resolutions

REACTIVE:  The Board and AIPLA HQ regularly monitor announcements such as those sent in the Federal Register.  If there is a notice that is deemed relevant for AIPLA comment, your Board or Staff Liaison will reach out to you as the committee leader to seek a recommendation on whether a response should be prepared (e.g., 30 day response to Federal Register Notice).  If there an existing position or resolution, (see the Past Action Manual) the Committee starts with an existing resolution, if there's no existing resolution or position exists then solicit input from Committee members for developing initial draft response.)  The Committees should work to develop a resolution, draft a supporting memo, solicit votes from active voting committee members and then submit the full report to the AIPLA Board.

Here's a link to the Committee Voting Process.

April 15
Committee Leaders Spotlight - April 2016

Each month, we are reaching out to the leaders of several committees to provide some information about themselves for inclusion in the Leadership Spotlight. This is your opportunity to introduce yourselves to your fellow leaders of AIPLA. We look forward to spotlighting each of our Committee Leaders throughout the year!

This month features:




Barbara Fiacco
Chair,
Committee on Legislation
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

I would be a professor of political science focused on American Government. I have a Master’s Degree in Political Science and considered a Ph.D. or joint J.D./Ph.D. program before going to law school.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Raising 3 boys is an incredibly challenging and rewarding experience; it is fun (and sometimes nerve-racking) to watch each of them develop interests and goals.  Professionally, I always feel a great sense of accomplishment after finishing an important brief; I love the challenge of distilling complicated factual and legal issues into concise, direct arguments. 

What do you like to do for fun?

Spending time with my family ( I have 3 boys, ages 15, 12, and 10), hiking (my husband and I hiked all 48 of the New Hampshire 4,000-footers in less than a year), Pilates and cooking.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

When I was a junior associate, my colleague Denise DeFranco brought me to an Annual Meeting and showed me around.  One of my favorite memories is the Mid-Winter Institute 2012 in Las Vegas. I chaired the meeting with the help of a great committee.  The dinner event with the Vegas-style entertainment was especially fun -- in particular, arranging to have “Marilyn Monroe” sing “Happy Birthday” to Joe Re!

How big is your committee membership?

The Committee on Legislation is a closed committee made up of 18 members.

How did you first get involved in this committee?

I was appointed as a member of the committee and served while the America Invents Act was pending. (I still have my chart comparing IPR and PGR provisions!). After my stint on the Board of Directors, I was asked to return to the committee and serve as chair.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

There has been so much activity in Congress in recent years that this committee has served in a primarily reactive role. I would like to us take on a more proactive approach to legislative reform efforts, drawing on the breadth and depth of our members’ experiences as well as the insights of the substantive committees. 
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Iris Mok
Vice Chair, International and Foreign Law Committee
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

Great question, I think I would rather be a pilot as much as I love traveling. But that’s assuming I have better eye sight and don’t get sick being up in the air all the time.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Spent 5 years in Europe and speaking German and coming home without experiencing reverse culture shock.

What do you like to do for fun?

Yoga, Dancing, watching football games.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

2008, getting stuck in Paris during snow storm in one of the IPP Europe trips while the rest of the delegation are in London. Remembering the cab drive almost got me killed sliding on ice on the way to the train station so I can get on the Eurostar.

How big is your committee membership?

About 450 members.

How did you first get involved in this committee?

Working as co-chair in IPP Europe committee and attending DeAnn’s monthly global sector calls.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

TPP comments for Board information, IPP in Arabic countries, IPP in Africa subcommittee
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Ken Nigon
Vice Chair, Patent-Relations with the USPTO Committee
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

An engineer because I really enjoy learning about new technology.  It’s the best part of the job.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Raising my kids

What do you like to do for fun?

Gardening.  I have a vegetable garden, two mature tangerine trees that I grew from seed and two coffee plants.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

I first got involved based on my father’s experience.  He valued AIPLA (or APLA as it was known then).  My favorite AIPLA memory was being involved in the taskforce that reviewed the rules packages that came out as a result of the AIA.

How big is your committee membership?

Our committee has 654 members.

How did you first get involved in this committee?

When I was vice chair of the Patent Law committee, we frequently coordinated with the Patent Relations with the USPTO Committee.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

To get more of the membership involved in improving the relationship between practitioners and the USPTO.
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Kathleen Petrich
Vice Chair, Online Programs Committee
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

A restaurant critic for a large city newspaper!  I love great food and wine and being able to tell others about the fabulous (or not so fabulous) restaurant experience I had.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Personal:  Raising our son to be the fine man with a great future that he is—and that he is very comfortable being around and working with strong-minded women (!).  And the children's picture book that my sister and I worked on (came out November 2015) is pretty cool too. 

Professional:  Not sure that I have reached my biggest professional accomplishment (yet), but my best legal moment was when I got to hear retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor speak at a dinner a few years ago in Seattle.

What do you like to do for fun?

Going to the dog park every weekend with my husband and our large Bernese Mountain Dog.  I also enjoy having friends over for dinner where my (culinary academy-trained) husband cooks for us.  And I also love to read.  I'm a member of our firm's book club.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

I was just stepping down from being the president of the Washington State Patent Law Association (2003), and Rex Stratton asked me to join AIPLA and be on a new committee (IP Law Associations) that was then chaired by Harrie Samaras.  I have been a member ever since.

My favorite AIPLA memories are: (1) attending the best educational seminars with great speakers where I learned so much, and (2) eating pizza and drinking wine at 2 Amys with TM Relations with the USPTO Committee Chair Jessie Roberts.  She is such a great person and we have formed a strong friendship.

How big is your committee membership?

123 members – and they are fabulous!

How did you first get involved in this committee?

I received an e-mail from then AIPLA president Wayne Sobon asking me to be the Vice Chair of the TM Relations with the USPTO Committee.  I had been involved with the TM Law Committee and TM Litigation Committee for many years, including summarizing the 9th Circuit trademark cases for the AIPLA quarterly trademark case review.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

Our goal is to be the major law association providing helpful feedback to the U.S. Trademark Office.  AIPLA's position is unique and our voice is requested, respected, and listened to by the U.S. Trademark Office officials.  Right now, we are working hard to comment on the proposed TTAB rules package.  We recently formally commented on the FY2017 proposed fee increase.  We also participate in the USPTO Expo and put on an annual CLE for Trademark Office attorneys.  And our chair has been a participant at TM5 (last year hosted by the USPTO).
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Jessie Roberts,
Chair,
Trademark-Relations with the USPTO
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If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

I would be an actress. Since the age of 5, I’ve loved performing in theatre. I have an advanced degree in acting and I currently act and direct with local theatre companies. But succeeding as a professional actress is difficult in many ways so I became at attorney and fortuitously entered the field of IP.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Besides my wonderful family, I would have to list two major accomplishments.

The first is that I was chairperson of a group of parents employed at the USPTO that successfully created an employee child care center very close to the Crystal City campus of the USPTO. It was established in 1987. The day care center continues to exist today at the Alexandria campus of the USPTO.

The second is that I am author of the book A Guide to the Nice Agreement published by Oxford University Press. I was immersed in the world of Trademark Classification while at the USPTO and by serving two years as a classification officer at WIPO. I felt that the knowledge I gained through this experience would be helpful to trademark practitioners around the world, thus, I wrote a book about it.

What do you like to do for fun?

That would have to be theatre. It’s grueling, time-consuming and often frustrating work, but I love it. I get great satisfaction personally but I also find making people laugh, think, self-examine and escape from the realities of life for a while very rewarding.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

I got involved with AIPLA after I left my employment at the USPTO. I considered becoming active in another national trademark organization that shall remain nameless, but I found that it was difficult for an individual to have an impact on IP through that organization. AIPLA was much more welcoming and appreciative of my interests and the strengths I could bring to make the organization and the IP world a better place.

My favorite AIPLA memory isn’t a memory yet. It would be meeting, working with and becoming friends with my vice-chair (should be co-chair), Kathleen Petrich. We are currently working together for the committee and will continue to do that in the future. Generally, the memories I will have of AIPLA will be all of the people I have met and worked with through the organization. But Kathleen is special.

How big is your committee membership?

123 members

How did you first get involved in this committee?

I joined the committee when I joined AIPLA and the committee in 2011 after my retirement from the USPTO. The next year, Al Tramposch (who also worked at WIPO while I was there), asked if I would chair the committee. I was honored to be asked and glad to accept.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

The most important goal of the committee is to assure that AIPLA’s relations with the USPTO are mutually beneficial and cordial. As a former USPTO employee, I would like to think I have furthered that goal since so many of the people this committee has interacted with in the USPTO over the years of my chairship were colleagues and friends when I was working there. This has made interaction with them pleasant and productive.

My personal goal for the committee is to bring trademarks into greater awareness and focus in the AIPLA organization. The “little sister (or brother)” status of trademarks vis-à-vis patents was true at the USPTO and is true in the larger world. However, trademarks deserve more significant focus than they currently get since most business ventures have trademarks whether they are registered with the USPTO or not while a smaller percentage own patents. I have no empirical evidence of this but my own observation of commerce and the marketplace. Therefore, I feel that trademarks should be given much more “face time” than it now gets in AIPLA as well as other all-IP organizations.

DeAnn Smith,
Chair,
International & Foreign Law
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

A dancer.  In college I had to decide between biochemistry and ballet - I often wonder what my life would have been like if I had chosen the latter instead of the former.


What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Having my daughter later in life as a single mother-by-choice and continuing with my career.

What do you like to do for fun?

These days, chase around a 2 year old! But I also enjoy running, yoga, skiing, being with friends and family and going to the beach.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

I was in law school when I attended my first Annual Meeting (1991) and have been a member ever since so really too many great memories to choose from! Seeing Denise DeFranco, my very good friend and colleague, become the President this year was certainly wonderful.

How big is your committee membership?

~ 450 members

How did you first get involved in this committee?

Other leadership positions in other international-related committees.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

External programming (education); add subcommittees; get new lawyers more involved; complete analysis of IP provisions of TPP; and much, much more!


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Craig Whitney
Copyright Law Committee
Vice Chair
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

Starting point guard for the New York Knicks.  I mean, since this is a hypothetical, I might as well pick my fantasy job, right?  (Plus, I think the position is currently available.)

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Definitely convincing my wife to marry me, and then raising our wonderful son.

What do you like to do for fun?

Playing tennis and going for bike rides with my family along the Hudson.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

At my prior firm, I was looking to become involved in a meaningful IP-focused organization, and Kim Van Voorhis (who worked at the same firm at the time) convinced me to join AIPLA and showed me the ropes.  My favorite memory is probably my first AIPLA panel speaking experience during a joint Trademark/Copyright session at the Annual Meeting.

How big is your committee membership?

I don’t know the exact number, but I believe we have several hundred members.

How did you first get involved in this committee?

From Day One at AIPLA, I approached the committee leaders at the time and asked how I could get involved.  It didn’t take long from there.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

Probably too many to list here.  We are a very active committee with numerous projects going on simultaneously.  Matt and I just started the bi-monthly committee calls a few months ago, and they have been great – much of the committee’s work is discussed there as well as at the committee sessions during stated AIPLA meetings, so we encourage anyone who wants to be involved to attend and raise his or her hand.  There are several Copyright Office, congressional and judicial projects underway and we are always looking for interested volunteers.

 


 
 

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April 15
2016 Spring Meeting Preparations

​The AIPLA 2016 Spring Meeting Board of Directors/Committee Leadership Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17th, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

After the Board/Committee Leadership Meeting, you and your spouse or guest are invited to attend the Board/Committee Leadership Reception at Hell's Kitchen, 80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402. Located within walking distance of the hotel, in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, appropriately located in a beautiful underground space, you’ll discover a chef-owned restaurant known for its great food: unique but not fancy, interesting but not fussy.  So come to our underground lair and enjoy…it’s a fun place…a bit on light-hearted, quirky side, but the emphasis always has been and always will be our great food. We hope you can be there to enjoy this experience during the reception.  For planning purposes, please complete and SM16 RSVP Form.docSM16 RSVP Form.doc via e-mail to Iris J. Howell at  iris@aipla.org no later than Monday, May 2, 2016.
 
Each Committee Chair is required to submit a written report/workplan update in advance of the 2016 Spring meeting. The report will be posted online on the Committee Leadership Handbook Page. Please send your report to Iris J. Howell at iris@aipla.org no later Monday, May 2, 2016.   Committee+Report+and+Workplan+Template.docxCommittee+Report+and+Workplan+Template.docx
 
We encourage you to register for the meeting in advance and to view the Spring Meeting program.  Don't delay. The early registration discount ends on April 20!  See the SPRING MEETING WEBSITE for more information.

March 10
Committee Leadership Spotlight - March 2016

​Each month, we are reaching out to the leaders of several committees to provide some information about themselves for inclusion in the Leadership Spotlight. This is your opportunity to introduce yourselves to your fellow leaders of AIPLA. We look forward to spotlighting each of our Committee Leaders throughout the year!

This month features:



Stephen E. Belisle
 Vice Chair, Professional Programs Committee
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

A U.S. Army officer in the Corps of Engineers – this was my chosen career path prior to entering graduate business and law school, and the experiences available along that path cannot be matched elsewhere.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Marrying my wife, raising our vibrant daughters, and building a home together.  Putting those brownie points aside, perhaps becoming qualified as a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger.

What do you like to do for fun?

Exercise (e.g., weightlifting), DIY house projects, and play piano.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

I first became involved in AIPLA by attending an Annual Meeting many years ago, and at the urging of my friend and mentor, Tony Zupcic, joining the Professional Programs Committee and volunteering to coordinate a track for a then-upcoming stated meeting.  As for a favorite AIPLA memory, I’ve enjoyed all of the time I’ve been involved with the association, but my roles as Chair and Vice Chair of the Online Programs Committee and now as Vice Chair of the Professional Programs Committee have been the most memorable.   

How big is your committee membership?

According to the committee member listing on our microsite, we currently have 377 members.

How did you first get involved in this committee?

As mentioned previously, I first became involved in AIPLA’s Professional Programs Committee many years ago by volunteering to coordinate a track for a then-upcoming stated meeting.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

The Professional Programs Committee organizes the agenda and speakers for the AIPLA Spring and Annual Meetings with the objective of providing world class IP programs by respected speakers. 




Justin Cohen
Chair, Education Committee
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

A teacher. Ideally splitting time between teaching at a traditional school and being an outdoor educator with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) or similar outdoor group.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Earning the trust of our clients.

What do you like to do for fun?

Playing anything with our kids (Lily 7, Caleb 5), especially 1980’s board games like Mousetrap.

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I also enjoy boating, waterskiing (slalom and barefooting particularly), snow skiing, and camping.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

I first became involved with the New Lawyers Committee organizing regular happy hours in the Detroit area. My favorite AIPLA memory was launching the Business Casual newsletter for the NLC—especially because my wife came up with the name.

How big is your committee membership?

The Education Committee has about 230 individual members, but we also interface with a number of law school faculty and administrators that are not direct members.

How did you first get involved in this committee?

I first became involved simply by helping the previous Chair, Ehab Samuel, with his project. Ehab and I worked together when he was chairing the NLC and continued to enjoy working together.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

We have two major goals this year. First, to expand our law school outreach program. Last year we launched the program and held one webinar for about 12 law schools with content directed to practical IP education for law students. This year our goal is to hold at least four webinars for at least 20 law schools at each webinar. Our first webinar of 2016 went out to 21 law schools, and our second webinar will be held on March 24th. Our second goal is to expand the patent prosecution boot camp. Last year we held two boot camps and reached capacity at the October program. This year, we intend to ensure we can accommodate more participants and will be prepared to organize two boot camps in 2017.



Michael Drapkin Chair, Professional Programs Committee
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

Surgeon – because it is very interesting and challenging.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Personal - I’m so proud of my four kids, but my amazing wife deserves most of the credit.

Professional – I was one of three attorneys who lead the effort to bring a satellite patent office to Denver.  People thought that the satellite patent office idea was crazy in the  beginning, but now it’s a reality!

What do you like to do for fun?

Skiing, hiking, surfing, and yoga.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

I worked with Todd Dickinson and the ECLC to revive the ECLC Summit – the first year was in Denver, and now it is an annual affair.

How big is your committee membership?

About 400 members

How did you first get involved in this committee?

Jack Etkowicz and Mike Martinez asked me to be a coordinator.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

Create a sustainable committee structure to ensure that we have the best IP programs in the world.


Jameson Ma
Vice Chair, Online Programs Committee
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

Toiling around in the minor hockey leagues, waiting for my chance to get called up to The Show.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Well, my wife did the hardest part, but raising my three-month old son, Grayson, is by far my biggest accomplishment.

What do you like to do for fun?

Long runs or catching some rays at the beach.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

The Online Programs Committee sent out an email asking for volunteer coordinators, and apparently there are plenty of opportunities for those who volunteer.  I will never forget my first AIPLA Annual Meeting.  I was blown away by the energy and enthusiasm.

How big is your committee membership?

We have several dozen active volunteer coordinators, and are always looking for more!

How did you first get involved in this committee?

My first AIPLA project was coordinating a webinar relating to Opinions of Counsel.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

I want AIPLA to be the preeminent source of online IP legal education.


Jennifer Rogers
Chair, Online Programs
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

Probably a college physics professor or a birth doula and childbirth educator.  I enjoy teaching, and helping people with the transition to parenthood.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Probably having my three children, ages 8, almost 5, and 1.  My youngest two were born at home, one 5 minutes before the midwife arrived, and another 3 minutes after.  My husband stayed cool as a cucumber: “Do you want to catch, or should I?”  Now that they’re here, they keep us busy!

What do you like to do for fun?

I play soccer on a women’s summer league.  During Minnesota’s cooler seasons I love baking, and roasting vegetables.  Roasting seems to make all vegetables taste good! (Olive oil, salt, and pepper probably don’t hurt).

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

When I was a new associate, the partners at my firm said “We want you to get involved in AIPLA.” So I did!  Favorite memory—not sure but it probably involves a dessert reception.

How big is your committee membership?

We have 5-10 core members who coordinate our online programs, and two active sub-committees that run our two non-CLE webinar series.

How did you first get involved in this committee?

At my first AIPLA annual meeting I stumbled upon the Online Programs committee meeting and ended up volunteering to coordinate a webinar.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

Building out our sub-committee membership so we can distribute the workload across more than one person.  Keeping in touch with the substantive committees for timely topic ideas.
 

March 10
Updates for the 2016 Spring Meeting

​Registration is now open for the 2016 Spring Meeting, being held from May 18 - 20 at the Hilton Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN. If you plan to attend the meeting, please be sure to register online.SMBanner200x160.jpg

Early Bird Registration Deadline:  Save $100 by registering before April 20, 2016

Hotel Cut Off: April 26, 2016

Mark your Calendars: The Board of Directors/Committee Leadership Meeting at the 2016 Spring Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17th, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Iris J. Howell will provide you with further details as the date approaches. 

Sponsorship Opportunities: We offer many sponsorship opportunities to get your company's name before attendees. Sponsorships are available for every budget level and can be customized for your needs. View a list of sponsorship options and contact Ivy Caro (icaro@aipla.org) if you are interested.

We look forward to seeing you all in May!

March 09
Requesting Speakers from the USPTO For Your Program

​It is very common for Committees seek speakers from theJC3_2938web.jpg government for their programs, many of whom come from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In order to decrease the burden on the USPTO, any requests to have a speaker from the USPTO for your program, at a stated meeting or otherwise, must be coordinated through AIPLA Headquarters. We are able to present the requests to the USPTO in a consolidated way that minimizes the opportunities for confusion or conflict.

In advance of each AIPLA Stated Meeting, the deadline for USPTO Speaker Requests is established by the Professional Programs Committee (or Planning Committee Leadership for the Mid-Winter Institute) and distributed to all committee leaders. Please ensure that your request includes the name(s) of the speaker(s) from the USPTO that you would like to invite as well as the topic you would like them to address. The Committee Leadership Handbook details the procedure to requesting a USPTO Speaker.

View the Procedure Document for Further Information

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 About this blog

 

We have created this blog to:

1) serve as a reminder throughout the year of all of the ways you can engage with both your committee members and AIPLA as a whole;

2) provide a forum for highlighting the background and work of each Committee leader while encouraging the leadership to learn more about one another; and

3) communicate upcoming deadlines, association-wide initiatives or opportunities, and news about AIPLA.