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2015-2016 Annual Report

President's Message

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 membership investment.

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.


Denise DeFranco