Intellectual Property Law

Robert A. Angle, chair

In fiscal 2013-2014, the Intellectual Property Law Section continued its commitment to providing continuing legal education to its members and sponsoring scholarship opportunities. The Intellectual Property Law Section had 1,677 members, and a projected budget of $44,650.  The current membership is 1,714 members.

During the Seventy-Fifth Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in June 2013, the section sponsored a 1.5-hour CLE program on Business Method Patents.  Our panel included board members Erika Arner and Dennis Brown.  This CLE was organized by board member Chris Forstner.

The section’s Twenty-Fifth Annual Fall CLE Program took place October 4-5, 2013, at the Williamsburg Inn in Williamsburg, Virginia.  The program highlights included presentations on the Accelerated Case Resolution at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Implementation of the USTPO’s New Ethics Rules, Patent Licensing Issues, Executive Orders to Curb Patent Troll Litigation, Divided Infringement in Patent Litigation, a Copyright Law Update, and IP Issues for U.S. Companies in China, and an in-house counsel panel on retention of lawyers and law firms for IP issues.  This CLE was organized by board members Tim Lockhart, Dabney Carr, and Christopher Foley.  

The section continued its annual writing competition for law students, with U.S. Judge Richard Linn of the Federal Circuit again serving as the final judge.  Our 2013 student writing competition winner was Tom Randall, a 2013 graduate of the George Mason Law School. His paper was titled Patent Harmonization in the 21st Century. Mr. Randall attended the 2013 Fall CLE Program, where he was presented with his $4,000 prize and a commemorative plaque.  The writing competition was organized by board member Matt Osenga. 

The section also continued its $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.  The 2013 scholarship was awarded to Jarred O. Taylor of The College of William and Mary School of Law.

The section hosted its annual a one-hour ethics presentation on May 20 at McGuireWoods.  Tom Spahn of McGuireWoods presented on IP ethics issues.  This successful event was coordinated by board members Dave Finkelson, Timothy Lockhart and Jonathan Bowser.

At the 2014 VSB Annual Meeting, the section elected new officers and members to the board of governors.  Officers for fiscal 2014-15 are Dave Finkelson, chair; Chris Forstner, chair-elect; Matt Osenga, vice chair; and Dabney Carr, secretary.  Tara Branscom of Cowan Perry (Roanoke) and Professor Laura Heymann (William & Mary Law School) were elected as board members for a term of three years.  Rob Tyler of Spotts Fain (Richmond) was elected to fill the two remaining years a board seat that was not filled in 2013. 

Updated: Jul 01, 2014