Intellectual Property Law Section

David E. Finkelson, Chair

In fiscal 2014-2015, the Intellectual Property Law Section continued its commitment to providing continuing legal education to its members and encouraging scholarship through its annual law student writing competition. The Intellectual Property Law Section had a 2014-2015 budget of $39,900.  The current membership is now 1,761 members.

The section’s annual one-hour Spring Ethics CLE took place on March 20, 2015, at the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Will Covey, Deputy General Counsel for Enrollment and Discipline at the USPTO, moderated a panel entitled Common Ethical Issues for Patent and Trademark Practitioners. The panelists were Brian E. Hanlon, Director of the Office of Patent Legal Administration; Cynthia C. Lynch, Administrator for Trademark Policy & Procedure; and Timothy C. Rooney, Office of Enrollment and Discipline.

The section’s Twenty-Sixth Annual Fall CLE Program took place September 19-20, 2014, before a standing-room only audience at the Embassy Suites in Alexandria, Virginia. The program was highlighted by a judicial panel comprised of Judge Barbara Milano Keenan of the Fourth Circuit, Judge Pauline Newman of the Federal Circuit, and Judges Liam O’Grady and John F. Anderson of the Eastern District of Virginia, addressing Appeals in the Fourth Circuit and Federal Circuit and from the USPTO to the Eastern District of Virginia. Other presentations included Supreme Court IP Decisions, Best Practices in Trademark Prosecution and Maintenance, Copyright Update, Ethics in Trial Practice at the PTO/IPR Proceedings, IP Issues in 3-D Printing and Manufacturing, Ethical Issues Relating to Cease and Desist Letters, and PTO Prosecution Guidelines.  

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 2014 student writing competition winner was Kevin T. Richards, a 2014 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.  His paper was titled Experimentation and Patent Validity:  Restoring the Supreme Court's Incandescent Lamp Patent Precedent.  Mr. Randall attended the 2014 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 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 2015 VSB Annual Meeting, the section elected new officers and members to the board of governors. Officers for fiscal 2014-15 are Chris Forstner, chair; Matt Osenga, chair-elect; Dabney Carr, vice chair; and Tim Lockhart, secretary. Edward White of LeClairRyan and Robin Vance of McGuireWoods were elected as board members for a term of three years.

Updated: Jul 27, 2015