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Please join us for this month's Corporate Practice Committee Brown Bag.  Discussion material enclosed and details below:


"Filing a Patent Application in Canada – New Rules for the Same Game"

Hetal Kushwaha will speak to us about changes to Canadian Patent Laws which are coming into force, and how these changes might significantly impact your patent portfolio and prosecution strategies in Canada.


Tuesday, June 19th, at 12-1pm Eastern


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Passcode:  1031346​


Please join us for this month's Corporate Practice Committee Brown Bag.  An interactive discussion moderated by Jason Scher and Jessica Costa.  Discussion material enclosed and details below:


"Career Builders or Career Killers?"

In a business environment, certain decisions might advance, or set back, the career of a corporate legal practitioner.  Please review the following hypothetical scenarios, and bring your advice for our make-believe practitioner to help him/her navigate these tricky situations.   We will lead an open discussion of the scenarios and welcome input from all attendees.


Tuesday, March 20, at 3-4pm Eastern


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Passcode:  1031346​


​Thank you to Greer, Burns and Crain for sponsoring the breakfast and leading an informative panel discussion on Strategies for in-house counsel in dealing with ITC proceedings, including panelist Robert Rogers, former ITC judge!​

The presentation is available in our Committee Documents section.


Please join us for this month's Corporate Practice Committee Brown Bag.  Presentation material can be found in the committee documents section. 

"How to Strategically Incorporate Ex Parte Appeals Into Your Practice"

 Presented by:

Trent Ostler, Anticipat

Thomas Lebens, Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP

 Tuesday, January 16th, 3-4pm Eastern

 Dial: 1-866-444-1161

Passcode:  1031346​


​Please join us for this month’s Corporate Practice Committee Brown Bag.  Presentation material enclosed and details below:

" Notable Case Law of 2017 Impacting Corporate IP Practice"

Presented by: Jason B. Scher, Esq.

Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP

Tuesday, November 21st, 3-4pm Eastern

Dial: 1-866-444-1161

Passcode:  1031346

Presentation can be found in Committee Documents

​Please join us for this month’s Corporate Practice Committee Brown Bag, which will be a joint event with the AIPLA Chemical Practice Committee.  Presentation material in the committee documents - brown bag folder.  

"The On-Sale Bar: Factors Courts Consider for the On-Sale Analysis"

Presented by: Dr. Erin Sommers, Esq.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Tuesday, September 19, 3-4pm Eastern

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Passcode:  1031346


The Maurice Klitzman Award provides a junior corporate attorney or corporate patent agent the opportunity to attend the AIPLA Annual Meeting (with most expenses paid), and the opportunity to be matched up with a mentor during the meeting. The award was named after Maurice Klitzman for his active service to AIPLA, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Amicus Committee, as well as the active role he took in educating many new patent attorneys, both as a senior corporate patent counsel and as an adjunct law professor. 



Apply for the 2017 Maurice Klitzman Award>>



Please join our August committee teleconference on Tuesday, August 15th at noon Eastern.  Call in number 302-202-1110 - participant code 564979#​

Jessica Costa (Vistaprint), Angie Sebor (Tolmar, Inc.) and Jason Scher (Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP) will lead an open discussion on:

"Best Practices for Creating and Maintaining a Successful Corporate Ideation Environment".

A slide providing topics and questions to stimulate the discussion has been saved in the Committee Documents folder. 


Please join us for the next Corporate Practice Committee Brown Bag teleconference on Tuesday, July 18th, at 3pm Eastern, for an informative presentation by Russell Beck on "Best Practices for In‐House Department for Keeping."

Call in number 302-202-1110 - participant code 564979#

The presentation and other materials can be found in the Committee Documents - Brown Bag folder 


Please join us for the next Corporate Practice Committee Brown Bag teleconference on Tuesday, June 20, at noon Eastern, for an open discussion led by Angie Sebor and Jessica Costa on "Best Practices for Getting that Promotion or that Next IP Position".  We will start the conversation with some perspectives gleaned from industry publications, but bring your own ideas about what you think works (or does not work) from the perspective of the employee, or manager, in a corporate IP department when a promotion or a new position is at stake. ​

Call in number 302-202-1110 - participant code 564979#

A discussion guide can be found in the Committee Documents - Brown Bag folder - June 2017 Brown Bag


​Please join us for the April Corporate Practice Committee meeting and brown bag discussion on April 18th at noon eastern.  Call in number 302-202-1110 - participant code 564979#

Presentation will be "Best Practices in Foreign Filing of Trademarks for U.S. Applicants – Madrid Protocol v. National Filings".  Miriam Trudell of Sheridan Ross P.C. is the speaker.​

Presentation materials and Miriam's bio can be found in committee documents - brown bag folder.


​Come join the Corporate Committee brownbag meeting Tuesday 3/21 (noon PST, 1pm MST, 2pm CST, 3pm EST). Call in number 302-202-1110 - participant code 564979#

.....for an interactive meeting to discuss:

•        Meeting your annual IP budget

o   How do you do it

o   How do you communicate it

o   How do you track it

•        Having a Successful Budget Relationship with your Outside Counsel

•        Managing your IP litigation costs

•        And more!  

Come ask questions of your peers to learn useful tips on managing Your budget!  Come share your own budgeting best practices and guidelines!  Presentation slides saved in Committee Documents Folder.


Please join us for our next Brown Bag meeting on February 21 at noon ET where Luisa Rezende from Clark Modet will present on “Best Practices for Expediting and Engaging in Patent Prosecution in Latin America.” ​Presentation available via Committee Documents - Brown Bag folder.  

Dial-In for U.S. (choose one):


+1 (312) 754-8333


+1 (469) 480-6629

Los Angeles

+1 (213) 458-8486

New York

+1 (347) 966-4574

Dial-in for Brazil:   +551131815020

PIN :45343369


Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 3pm Eastern

Call in number 302-202-1110 - participant code 564979#​

"Best Practices and Tools for Improving Efficiency in a Corporate IP Practice"

Jessica Costa of Cimpress, Inc. and Angela Sebor of Tolmar, Inc. will lead an open discussion on best practices, tools and tips that corporate IP practitioners use to improve their efficiency, effectively manage matters and workflow, improve inter- and cross-team communications, and assist in strategic decision making.  Join the discussion and share your own tips and insights!


​Please read this excellent op-ed by Manny Schechter of IBM and AIPLA Board Liaison to the Corporate Practice Committee.  The Changing Trade Secret and Patent Equilibrium


​If you are interested in getting more involved with the Corporate Practice Committee, here is your chance!  We are looking to fill several sub-committee chair positions.  Please contact Janet Craycroft (Chair), Nancy Klembus (Vice Chair), or Jessica Ergmann (Secretary) if you are interested or would like further information.  Thank you!

  1. Sub-Committee Chair, Lunch Bunches/Breakfast Club
    1. Description:  You would work with the committee members to organize lunch bunches (or “Breakfast Club”) meetings in cities across the U.S.  The objective is to give committee members who are located near each other the opportunity to meet informally, network, and build relationships.
  2.  Sub-Committee Chair, Publications
    1. Description:  This is an opportunity to work on a joint publication by AIPLA and BNA.  You – and your team – would develop a proposal and write a book on a topic pertinent to the Corporate Practice Committee.  The topic would need to be one focused on the needs/interests of In-house counsel
  3. Sub-Committee Chair, Corporate Practice Resources
    1. Description:  You would work with this committee to develop IP forms that would be useful for members and which could be included in the Form project underway that is being led by the New Lawyer Committe
  4. Sub-Committee Chair, Legislation
    1. Description:  From time to time, the Corporate Practice Committee is invited to submit an opinion on pending legislation.  You would handle soliciting feedback from the committee that is representative of the committee’s membership and work with Janet and Nancy responding to such requests.
  5. Sub-Committee Chair, Liaison
    1. Description:  In this position, you would reach out to other AIPLA Committees so you can report out on their activities to this committee and its membership while looking for opportunities to collaborate
  6. Sub-Committee Chair, Outreach
    1. Description:  You would reach out to new corporate members and corporate non-members to keep them informed and get them involved. This might include: (i) sending emails to the stated meeting first time attendees (as well as current members) to inform them of the breakfast, social, etc.; (ii) sending emails to corporate non-members who are local to that particular stated meeting to inform them of their free registration and CLE credits as well as the breakfast and brown bag session.


For reference, a letter from AIPLA to the EPO regarding consultation on Unitary Patent Fees has been added to the Committee Documents files.​
Dear Committee Members,
AIPLA’s Corporate Practice Committee is working with AIPLA to increase participation by our members in the AIPLA educational programs as speakers and moderators at stated meetings, webinars, and other events.  Whether you spoke or moderated in the past or this is something that you have only considered, you know that speaking at an AIPLA event is the perfect opportunity to share your expertise with your fellow AIPLA members while creating visibility for your firm or company and really maximizing the networking that AIPLA provides. 
Our members have vast expertise and knowledge on a variety of IP law topics ready to be shared.  To provide you with an opportunity to be considered as a potential speaker or a moderator and to help the program coordinators to find the right speakers and moderators, we are building a database of our members who are interested in speaking and/or moderating opportunities, including their expertise and topics of preferences.  This way, when the right opportunity comes along, you can be considered as a potential speaker or moderator.
If you are interested in speaking at an AIPLA event, whether at a live meeting or an educational webinar, and to be included in our database, please fill out the survey provided in the link below.  This database information will only be used for the stated purpose of finding speakers and moderators for the AIPLA events, and will not be shared otherwise. 
If you have any questions, contact Jessica Ergmann at
Thank you in advance for your participation!
Warm Regards,
Corporate Practice Committee