PIPLA Year-In-Review Meeting – May 17, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association is holding a meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 3:30 pm at the Philadelphia Office of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

Location:     Drink Biddle & Reath LLP
One Logan Square
Suite 2000
Philadelphia, PA 19103

3:30 PM    Substantive Trademark and Copyright
Jacqueline M. Lesser and Kevin M. Bovard of BakerHostetler LLP

3:55 pm     Patent Ethics – Duty of Candor Inter Alia 2016-2017
Mercedes Meyer, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

4:25 pm     Ethics in the Trademark Arena – Notable Cases and Trends in Trademark Searching, Clearance, and Pretext Investigations
Maxim A. Voltchenko, Duane Morris LLP

4:55 PM     Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Year in Review (May 2016 to May 2017)
Angela Verrecchio and John Wittenzellner of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

5:20 PM     Patent Prosecution Year in Review
Michael J. Bonella and Brian J. Hubbard of Condo Roccia Koptiw LLP

5:45 PM     Recent IP Developments – A Judge’s View
Honorable Paul R. Michel, Former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

6:10 pm     Elections

The Articles of Association require yearly elections for positions on the Board of Governors. Officer positions are filled annually and Members at Large positions are filled bi-annually. In accordance with Article 4, notice is hereby given to the membership of the following slate of nominees submitted by the Nominating Committee (Jay Halt, Angela Verrecchio, and Robert Cannuscio) for the Board of Governors:

President:                        John Simmons
President-Elect:           Felicity Groth
Vice-President:            Stephen Weed
Treasurer:                        Lesley Grossberg  (2017-2019)
Board Member:            Alaina Lakawicz (2017-2019)
Board Member:            John Bollinger (2017-2019)

As the Immediate-past President, Robin Quartin will serve on the Board.
R Touhey Myer (2016-2018) will continue to serve his two-year term as Secretary.
In addition, the following Board Members will continue their two-year terms:

Board Member:           Melissa Gibson (2016-2018)
Board Member:           Dionne Heard (2016-2018)
Board Member:           Keith Jones (2016-2018)

The Articles of Association permit additional candidates to be nominated for election by submission of a petition providing the name of the proposed nominee, the desired Board position and signatures of ten (10) active voting Members.  Any such petition must be received by me no later than May 7, 2017. All active members are invited to vote.

***** SPECIAL EVENT *****
6:15 PM    7th PIPLA Distinguished Intellectual Property Practitioner Award to:

Philip S. Johnson

Introduction by the Honorable Paul R. Michel, Former Chief Judge,
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The PIPLA Distinguished Intellectual Property Practitioner Award is presented to a PIPLA member with a distinguished career who has made outstanding contributions to PIPLA and the Philadelphia region IP community.  The PIPLA Board of Governors is pleased to announce that it will present the seventh PIPLA Distinguished Intellectual Property Practitioner Award to Philip S. Johnson, who recently retired as Senior Vice-President, Intellectual Property Policy & Strategy of Johnson & Johnson.  Please join PIPLA, following the CLE Program, for the award ceremony honoring Philip S. Johnson.


One and a half hours of Pennsylvania and Delaware CLE substantive credit and one hour of Pennsylvania and Delaware ethics credit have been requested.  Cost to attend is $40.00 for members, $50.00 for nonmembers, and $15.00 for students.  Please make checks payable to “PIPLA.”

Please RSVP by May 10, 2017 to the Hospitality Committee Chair Stephanie Papastephanou by e-mail to pipla@bakerlaw.com or by mail to Stephanie Papastephanou, BakerHostetler, Cira Centre, 12th Floor, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2891.

  • The program attendance form may be viewed by clicking here.
  • The schedule for the 2016–2017 program year can be viewed by clicking here.