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: June 11, 2019

Please join us for our annual election and last meeting of the 2017-2018 Term of the SF Bay Area IP Inn of Court!

NOTE the special day: Tuesday, June 11 (not the third Wednesday this month).  We will start at our usual 6 p.m. start time.

Since this is the last meeting of the term, we will be holding an election for our four officer positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Each officer is elected for a one-year term, and any member may run for any position.  Michael Headley, our current President, will be stepping down.  Wish him well!  The remaining officers have announced their intention to run for office, but invite any member to run if they wish.  Please contact one of the officers if you wish to run for an officer position.

Our June meeting will once again feature an educational, musical extravaganza.  Your colleagues are hard at work putting on a terrific show for you.  You will be amazed at their musical talent and ability to make IP law funny!

The election, meeting, and dinner will take place at:
863 Main Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Transportation: One public parking lot entrance is directly across the street from Angelica’s.  If that lot is full, there is a public garage entrance on Broadway and a public lot at the library on Middlefield (both are between Main and Jefferson).  There is also a public garage entrance on Jefferson between Broadway and Middlefield and another entrance on Middlefield (in the Box building just west of Jefferson).  For those using public transportation, Angelica’s is an easy four-block walk from the Redwood City Caltrain Station.

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: 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)