Intellectual Property Law

Christopher P. Foley, chair

In fiscal year 2012-13, the Intellectual Property Law Section continued its commitment to providing continuing legal education to its members and supporting scholarship legal writing.  The Intellectual Property Law Section had 1,685 members, and a projected budget of $41,950.

During the 75th Annual Meeting in June 2013, the section sponsored a 1.5 hour CLE program titled, “Business Method Patenting and Strategies Smart Companies Are Pursuing.” The panel included Dennis Browne, vice president and associate general counsel at Capital One, Christopher Forstner in Murphy & McGonigle’s Richmond office, and Erika Arner in Finnegan’s Reston office.  This CLE was organized by board Member Christopher Forstner.

On May 20 the section sponsored a 2-hour ethics CLE at the Tysons Corner, Norfolk, and Richmond offices of McGuireWoods LLP on “The Ethics of E-Mail and Social Media.”  The presenter was Thomas E. Spahn of McGuireWoods, an expert in the field of legal ethics and a popular speaker at Intellectual Property Section CLE programs.  The presentation, which was live in Tysons Corner, was organized by board Member David Finkelson.

The Section’s 24th Annual Fall CLE Weekend Seminar took place on September 21-22, 2012, at the Westin in Alexandria.  The fall CLE was organized by Chris Foley and the Finnegan firm.  The program highlights included a live hearing of the patent trial and appeal board in Medtronic v. NuVasive at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office auditorium.  Other program events included:

  • Implementation of the American Invents Act by Teresa Stanek Rea, Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, United States Patent & Trademark Office, and Janet Gongola, Patent & Reform Coordinator, United States Patent & Trademark Office;
  • Mediation/Settlements in intellectual property cases at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia by a panel including Hon. John F. Anderson, Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Virginia, and Hon. Dennis W. Dohnal, Former Magistrate Judge now with The McCammon Group. The panel discussion was moderated by Dana McDaniel of the Spotts Fain firm in Richmond.
  • Other presentations included:
    • Copyright Fundamentals by Marybeth Peters of the Oblon Spivak firm in Alexandria. Ms. Peters was the Register of Copyrights at the U.S. Copyright Office from 1994-2011.
    • Conflicts of Interest by David Hricik, who is a Professor at the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.
    • Changes in Internet gTLDs and its Impact on Trademark/Internet Law by Mary Bram and Michael H. Jacobs of Crowell & Moring.

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.  The board is in the final stages of grading submissions provided in May.  The winner will be announced later in the summer, and the $4,000 prize for 2013 will be awarded during our Fall CLE Program in Williamsburg.  The writing competition was organized by board Member Matt Osenga.

Additionally, at the 2013 VSB Annual Meeting, the section elected new officers and board members.  The chair is Robert Angle, chair-elect is Dave Finkelson, vice chair is Chris Forstner, and Matt Osenga is secretary.  Erika Arner was elected to the board for a three-year term.  Jonathan Bowser and Dabney Carr were elected ex-officio board members.

Additionally, the section continued to communicate with its members through email and its website, which has been updated and maintained by our great webmaster and newly elected secretary, Matthew Osenga.

Updated: Sep 12, 2013