We have nine meetings each Term, which runs from September through June (there is no December meeting).

We meet at a variety of Bay Area locations: most often the Peninsula, San Francisco, and San Jose.

Next Meeting: September 18, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Please join us for our first meeting of the 2019-2020 Term of the SF Bay Area IP Inn of Court!

As in past years, the program will be an open discussion of anticipated developments in IP law over the next nine months, as well as a brief look back at what the courts and the PTO have done to our practices so far this year. 

The meeting and dinner will take place at:

Arya Steakhouse

885 Middlefield Road

Redwood City, CA 94063

Despite the “Steakhouse” name, we will have the same Mediterranean menu that we have had in previous years.


Parking is available across the street in the Box parking garage (The Crossing/900 Middlefield), as well as in an underground parking garage that can be entered on the west side of Jefferson Ave between Broadway and Middlefield Road, in the city hall public parking lot on the east side of Jefferson Avenue (entrance by the post office), or in the library parking lot on Middlefield Rd. (entrance just east of Jefferson).  For public transit, the location is a short, one-block walk from the Redwood City Caltrain station.


2019-2020 Term

September 18, 2019: IP: The Year in Review and in Preview
October 2019:
November 2019:
January 2020:
February 2020:
March 2020:
April 2020:
May 2020:
June 2020:

2018-2019 Term

September 26, 2018: IP: The Year in Review and in Preview
October 2018: IP and the Supreme Court
November 2018: The Supreme Court Return Mail Case:  Can the Government File Petitions to Invalidate Patents in the PTAB?
January 2019: Ninth Circuit Don’t Give A #%@&! Gordon v. Drape Creative (the Honey Badger case)
February 2019: From Practice to the Bench: What I Wish I Knew!
March 2019: Joint Meeting with the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court and the Lawyers’ Club of San Francisco Inn of Court
April 2019: Mediation and Arbitration of IP Disputes
May 2019: PTAB Advocacy and Practice (with Judges Turner, Zado, and Trock)
June 2019: IP Lawma Mia! (our June musical tradition)

2017-2018 Term

September 2017: IP: The Year in Review and in Preview
October 2017: Should I Stay or Should I Go: Anticipating Oil States
November 2017TC Heartland: Aftermath
January 2018: Everyday Ethics in IP Practice
February 2018: The Fate of Sovereign Immunity and the PTAB (To be or not to be, that is the question!)
March 2018: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Attorneys’ Ethical and Legal Obligations (Joint Meeting with the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court and the Lawyers’ Club of San Francisco Inn of Court)
April 2018: PTAB Advocacy and Practice (with Judges Clements, Zado, and Beamer)
May 2018: Does Patent or Copyright Issuance Defeat Trade Secret Protection?
June 2018: Law, American Style! (our June musical tradition)

2016-2017 Term

September 2016: IP: The Year in Review and in Preview
October 2016: Objective Reasonableness – Still at Play for Willfulness?
November 2016Flitter v. Flintstone: employee mobility and the DTSA
January 2017Lee v. Tam: Disparagement under the Lanham Act
February 2017: Football, Video Games, Avatars, the Right of Publicity and the First Amendment
March 2017: Post-Marshall plan? TC Heartland: what’s next.
April 2017: Judicial Panel: District Court Judges Susan Illston and William Orrick and Superior Court Judge Michael Markman, moderated by Judge Zimmerman
May 2017Life Technologies v. Promega trial presentation
June 2017: A Crazy Little Thing Called Law (our June musical tradition)