Virginia Lawyer Magazine - June/July 2012

Volume 61/Number 1

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Intellectual Property Section

Intellectual Property Section Serves Members and Encourages Interest in Intellectual Property Law
by Stephen W. Palan

First-To-File or First-To-Invent: What’s the Difference? The U.S. Patent System Transitions
by Matthew R. Osenga

IP Owners in Foreign Proceedings May Force the Disclosure of Information Inside the United States
by Christopher P. Foley

Trademark Board Finds CRACKBERRY Infringing and Not a Parody of BLACKBERRY
by Timothy J. Lockhart

Recent Developments Regarding Business Method Patents
by Suzanne C. Walts and William J. Sauers

2012–13 VSB President

Lifelong Ties to Lawyer Mentors Led Harless to Career, VSB Presidency


President’s Message
Executive Director’s Message
Book Review: Writing to Win: The Legal Writer
Law Libraries
Consultus Electronica
Risk Management


Access to Legal Services

  • At White House, Whitfield Describes Valley’s Legal Aid Woes and Heroes
  • Richardson Receives Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s Eggleston/I’Anson Professionalism Award
  • JusticeServer Pro Bono Matchmaker Will Improve Services



  • Highlights of the June 14, 2012, Council Meeting
  • Proposed Payee Notification Statute
  • Sharon D. Nelson is President-elect of Virginia State Bar
  • VSB Dues Can Be Paid Online
  • New MCLE Record View (TBD)
  • Check Your MCLE Hours Online Now
  • 20th Anniversary Conclave Examines Education of Lawyers


  • VSB Honors Attorneys
  • VSB Honors Local Bar Associations
  • Virginia Law Foundation Taps New Officers, Board Members
  • In Memoriam
  • Local and Specialty Bar Elections
  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers Video Wins Public Relations Award


CLE Calendar
Professional Notices
Classified Ads
VSB 74th Annual Meeting Highlights | Additional 74th Annual Meeting photos to come

About the Cover

Virginia State Bar President W. David Harless and his family were photographed at the Col. C. W. Woodson, Jr. Memorial Gallery at the Virginia State Police Academy in Richmond. The gallery houses portraits of sworn members of the State Police who have given their lives while protecting and serving the public. David’s father, Trooper Warren Y. Harless (portrait center), was killed in the line of duty in 1968.

Pictured (left to right) are children Kenzie, Taylor, and Sarah; David and his wife Debbe; and children Jordan and Ann Warren.