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In January 1978, AIPLA (then the American Patent Law Association) held its first Mid-Winter Institute, in La Costa, California. The goal of the Institute was to provide an annual venue for deeper analysis on a topic of interest to the IP community in a relaxed setting that encouraged networking and comradery. From 1978 to today, AIPLA has continued that tradition, and will do so again this year.


Enforcing IP – From Creation to Monetization and Litigation

In the current era of economic restraint and market uncertainty, companies are searching for value from every dollar spent.  It is with this in mind that the 2016 Mid-Winter Institute will explore the issues and perspectives surrounding IP enforcement throughout its entire life cycle, from creation to monetization to litigation.


Join us as we learn from experts on how to efficiently create, monetize, and enforce IP so that your company or client can most effectively leverage its IP investment. From patents to trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, we will explore enforcement of all areas of IP.  Experts from in-house, academia, government, and private practice will discuss topics ranging from: 

  • IP Portfolio Development Given Protection Eligibility and Multi-Jurisdictional Concern
  • Maximizing Licensing Opportunities in View of U.S. Exhaustion
  • IP Enforcement Including at the ITC and Perspectives from Patent Owners
  • Building and Enforcing a Trade Dress in a Product Design
  • The Role of Trade Secrets and Espionage in IP Affairs
  • IP Litigation Including Early Disposition with 101 Issues, Enforcement of Copyrights and Best Strategies for IPRs
  • Ethical Issues brought by Fee Shifting in IP Litigation and Export Control of IP

Disclaimer: AIPLA is a nonprofit national bar association. The sole purpose of this CLE program is to provide educational and informational content. AIPLA does not provide legal services or advice. The opinions, views and other statements expressed by contributors to this CLE program are solely those of the contributors. These opinions, views and statements of the contributors do not necessarily represent those of AIPLA and should not be construed as such.​