Intellectual Property Law

Dabney J. Carr IV, Chair

1.         During the 2017-18 Fiscal Year, the IP Section had 1,536 members.  The Officers and Board Members (term expiration year) of the Section:

Dabney J. Carr, IV, Chair

Timothy J. Lockhart, Chair-Elect

Robert M. Tyler, Vice-Chair

Tara A. Branscom, Secretary

Matthew R. Osenga, Immediate Past Chair

Robin C. Vance (2018)

Edward T. White (2018)

Sherri L. Crawford (2019)

Aaron L. Parker (2019)

Robert D. Michaux (2020)

Martha W. Weis (2020)


2.         29th Annual Intellectual Property CLE Seminar – In October 2017, the IP Section partnered with Virginia CLE to put on this annual two-day CLE seminar in Charlottesville.  The program included 8.0 hours of CLE presentations and was organized by the officers and Board members of the section.  Section Chair Dabney Carr moderated the program.

3.         Spring Ethics CLE Webinar—In March, 2018, the IP Section presented an Ethics CLE program on “Professional Responsibility and Practice before the USPTO.”  The webinar was attended by more than 100 members of the section.  Board Member Aaron Parker organized this event.

4.         Law Student Writing Competition—At its Annual CLE Seminar, the IP Section presented the 2017 Law Student Writing Competition Award to Justin Jorgenson, a third-year student at the University of Richmond, for his article titled “Jurisdictional Splits and Timid Copyright Licensing.”  Board Member Tara Branscom ran the competition.  Past Section Chair, Judge Richard Linn, of the Federal Circuit, continues to grade the final round of papers.  The 2018 competition will conclude in May, 2018.

5.         Annual Meeting CLE Program— No Slam Dunk for Video Games or College Athletes.  Speakers.  This program addressed the balance between the rights of college athletes to control use and exploitation of their likeness on television and in video games and the creative expression rights of video game makers.  Speakers included Thomas J. Dillon, III, chairman of the Sports and Entertainment Practice Group at Hirschler Fleischer and Michael E. Kientzle, an intellectual property litigator at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer who represents a consortium of major sports leagues in multiple federal agency proceedings involving copyright royalties and statutory licenses under the Copyright Act.  The program was moderated by Barry Meek, Assoc. General Counsel for the University of Virginia.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dabney Carr

2017-18 Chair

Virginia State Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section

Updated: Jul 02, 2018