Intellectual Property Law
by Susan M. Dadio, chair
In fiscal year 2009-10, the Intellectual Property Law Section continued its commitment to providing continuing legal education to its members and to sponsoring scholarship opportunities. The Intellectual Property Law Section had a total of 1,661 members, and its projected budget was $37,840.
During the Seventy-Second Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in June 2010, the section offered a 1.5-hour CLE program, “IP for a New Decade: Hot Topics and Latest Trends in Intellectual Property Law.” This CLE was organized by board member Melanie C. Holloway.
The section’s Twentieth-First Annual Fall CLE program took place October 2-3, 2009, at the Omni Richmond Hotel. This CLE was organized by board members Robert A. Angle, Christopher P. Foley, and Thomas W. Brooke. We were extremely fortunate that just a month or so after he was sworn into office, David J. Kappos, undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, spoke on his objectives and goals for the USPTO. Director Kappos also conducted a question-and-answer session. Other speakers addressed the use of surveys in trademark matters, fraud standards in the Trademark Office, hot topics in patent law, electronic copyright applications, Google AdWords and online advertising, bankruptcy and IP, and an ethics presentation.
Our 2009 student writing competition winner was Jacob Schroeder, a 2009 George Washington University Law School graduate and Virginia resident. Mr. Schroeder attended the Fall CLE, where he was presented with a $4,000 prize and a commemorative plaque.
U.S. Judge Richard Linn of the Federal Circuit again will serve as the final judge for the 2010 writing competition. Board of governors members Matthew R. Osenga and David E. Finkelson will coordinate the competition.
Additionally, using fiscal year 2009-10 funds, the section provided a $4,000 scholarship through the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation for a law student who is attending a law school in Virginia or is a Virginia resident attending law school in another state.
On April 27, 2010, the section hosted its second webinar — a one-hour ethics presentation on social networking. This event was coordinated by board member Stephen W. Palan.
At the 2010 VSB Annual Meeting, the section elected new officers and members to the board of governors. Officers for fiscal 2010-11 are David W. Hill, chair; Stephen W. Palan, chair-elect; Christopher P. Foley, vice chair; and Robert A. Angle, secretary. New board members include Jonathan Bowser and Dabney Carr.
Additionally, the section continued to communicate with its members through e-mail and its website, which has been updated by new Section Webmaster Matthew R. Osenga to be in a consistent VSB format.