CLE Information

The 2020 Mid-Winter Meeting has a total of 915 CLE minutes.  Ethics CLE credit session listed below.  Credit amounts will vary by state, based upon each state’s regulations and credit calculation.

Friday, January 31, Wellness Session, 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

  • Potential 90 minutes Professionalism

 Saturday, February 2 Plenary Session, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

  • 150 minutes Ethics


The 2020 Mid-Winter Meeting has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 15.25 hours, including 2.50 hours of Ethics CLE credit and potentially 1.5 hours of Professionalism credit.


The above amount is the calculation for 60-minute hour states.  The maximum credit hour calculation for 50-minute hour states is 18.30 hours, including 3.00 hours of Ethics CLE credit and potentially 1.8 hours of Professionalism credit.  Credit amounts will vary by state, based upon each state’s regulations and credit calculation.

Complete CLE information will be available on-site at the AIPLA CLE Information Booth.  The CLE Information Booth will remain open until 1:00 pm on Saturday.


We are an approved provider by most states requiring CLE and have applied for credit for this meeting to all states requiring CLE. To view the complete list of CLE approvals, click here.

The meeting and events schedule below is current as of January 21, 2020.  The schedule is subject change.



Tuesday, January 28

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM          IP Practice in Japan Committee Pre-Meeting (Click here to register.)

Requires advanced registration and registration for the 2020 Mid-Winter Institute

See below for the remaining 2020 Mid-Winter Institute Schedule of Programming and Events.

2020 AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute Program

Program Preview (01/20/2020)



Wednesday, January 29

8:00 am - 6:00 pm:          Registration & Exhibit Hours


8:30 am - 12 noon:          IP Practice in Japan Meeting


9:00 am - 12 noon:          Board of Directors Meeting (Board Members Only)


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm:          Board/Committee Leadership Meeting (Leadership Members Only)


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm:          Spouse/Guest Get Acquainted Social


3:00 pm - 5:30 pm:          Plenary Session: 20/20 Vision from Bench – A Look A Head


The Judges Panel will share the perspectives of the PTAB, TTAB and judiciary on how the IP system will address and adapt to the expected waves of emerging technologies that will stretch the bounds and constructs of our IP system and spark new regimes of IP specialization.


5:30pm - 6:30pm:            New Member/First-time Attendee Reception


7:30 pm - 9:00pm:           Opening Night Reception - Southwestern Cookout



Thursday, January 30

6:45 am – 8:45 am:         Committee Meetings


6:45 am - 8:45 am:          Corporate Practice Breakfast (Corporate In-House Counsel Only)


7:45 am - 8:45 am:          Global Sector IP Leadership Group (leadership Group Members Only)


8:00 am - 6:00 pm:          Registration & Exhibit Hours


9:00 am – 2:30 pm:         Spouse/Guest Tour


9:00 am - 9:15 am:          Association Business Meeting


9:15 am – 12:15 pm:       Plenary Session: Navigating IP Issues in an Emerging Tech World: Industry Leaders Speak

                                                              Myra McCormick, Johnson & Johnson, Chester, NJ (Moderator)

Jacqueline Daspit, Becton Dickinson and Company, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Brian P. McCloskey, Avon Worldwide, Suffern, NY

John Mulgrew, Uber Technologies, Inc., San Francisco, CA

Naomi Voegtli, Honeywell Aerospace, Phoenix, AZ


12:15 pm - 12:45 pm:     Luncheon Reception


12:45 pm - 2:00 pm:       Luncheon
                                                       When Preparation Meets Opportunity: Training a Diverse Workforce to Recognize and
                                                       Pursue Career Opportunities
                                                           Nona Lee, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix, AZ


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm:          Will a Machine Replace Me? The Impact of AI and New and Emerging Technologies on IP Practice

                                                            Adam R. Stephenson, Adam R. Stephenson, LTD, Scottsdale, AZ (Moderator)

                                                            Peter Anthony Pappas, United States Patent & Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA (invited)

                                                            Ian Schick, Specifio, Marina Del Rey, CA

                                                            Robert M. Hansen, The Marbury Law Group, Reston, VA


3:45 pm - 4:45 pm:          Table Talk Discussions: Small Group Discussions led by members of the Corporate Practice and Law Practice Management Committees.  Topics include the challenges new and emerging technologies present to the IP system, IP legal practice, and how we might make use of these new technologies to transform our practice.


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm:          Committee Meetings



7:30 pm - 9:30 pm:          Dinner Celebration - The 5 C's of Arizona - Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus, Climate



Friday, January 31

6:45 am - 8:45 am:          Committee Meetings


6:45 am - 8:45 am:          Women in IP Law Committee Breakfast Meeting


8:00 am - 6:00 pm:          Registration & Exhibit Hours


9:30 am - 2:30 pm:          Spouse/Guest Tour


9:00 am – 12:00 pm:       Plenary Session: Are Technology Advances Leaving Data Privacy and Cybersecurity in the Rearview?

                                                            Mark Partridge, Partridge Partners, Chicago, IL (Moderator)

                                                            Parag Pruthi, Niksun, Princeton, NJ

                                                            Jeffrey Coe, ON Semiconductor, Phoenix, AZ

                                                            Michael Baker, Mosaic451, Phoenix, AZ

                                                            Paul Schaaf, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Arlington, VA

                                                            Elizabeth Fitch, Righi Fitch Law Group, Phoenix, AZ

                                                            Lavonne Hopkins, Dell Technologies, Houston, TX

                                                            Andrija Samardzich, Assistant Attorney General, State of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ


12:00 pm - 12:30 pm:     Lunch Reception


12:30 pm - 2:00 pm:       Luncheon -- Naomi Abe Voegtli, Vice President & Chief IP Counsel, Honeywell Aerospace, Phoenix, AZ

Planes, Drones, and Artificial Brains: Strategies for Worldwide Protection of AI and Blockchain


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: ​         Concurrent Afternoon Track 1: Future of Internet and Social Media

                                                            Gail Podlosky, Carlton Fields, PA, Atlanta, GA (Moderator)

                                                            Rebecca Mond, The Toy Association, New York, NY

                                                            Tyson Smith, Pirkey Barber, PLLC, Austin, TX

                                                            Jeffrey M. Glazer, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: ​         Concurrent Afternoon Track 2: Future of Licensing: Incubating and Commercializing IP

                                                            Anthony D. Marino, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP, Phoenix, AZ (Moderator)

                                                            Kyle N. Siegal, Skysong Innovations, Scottsdale, AZ

                                                            Ameera Haider, Quarles & Brady, LLP, Madison, WI


3:45 pm - 5:15 pm:          Wellness Session - 90 minutes of Professionalism Credit pending

Positive Psychology for Lawyers: Conquering the Negativity Bias and Unlocking Creativity

In today’s fast-changing workplace, mental health and soft skills are not a luxury but a necessity. Lawyers need these skills to manage uncertainty, foster innovation, and ensure lasting organizational success. A proposed three-pillar approach integrates positive psychology, coaching, and mindfulness to encourage and guarantee a culture of self-awareness and collaboration. The session inspires and empowers participants with tools for personal and professional thriving.


5:300 pm - 6:00 pm:          Committee Meetings


FREE NIGHT!!!!  Go and enjoy the best of what Phoenix has too offer!



Saturday, February 1

8:00 am - 12:00 noon:    Registration & Exhibit Hours


9:00 am - 12:00 noon:    Plenary Session: Am I Committing Malpractice? Privacy/Data Security/GDPR

                                                            Tim West, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ (Moderator)

Privacy/Data Security/GDPR - European Perspective -- Jonathan Ball, Gowling WLG, London, United Kingdom
Privacy/Data Security Regulatory Landscape – The U.S. Perspective -- Katherine Armstrong, Drinker Biddle, Washington, DC
Recent Trends in Korean Court Decisions on Data Protection – How Korean judges decide privacy cases -- The Honorable Bowon Kwon, Hongseong Branch of Daejeon District Court, Korea
Ethical Responsibilities in a Legal Practice -- Hilary D. Wells, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, LLP, Denver, CO


12:00 noon – 4:00 pm: The Board of Directors Meeting


12:00 noon – 5:00 pm: Golf Tournament