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Sections and Committees - Intellectual Property and Technology


Simply stated,  the Intellectual Property and Technology Committee acts as a conduit for practical and useful information regarding technology law.  We seek to educate our colleagues on related issues including, for example, complex patent infringement, web site development agreements, privacy issues, and compliance with the CAN-SPAM ACT of 2003.

One of the purposes of the Intellectual Property, Computer and Telecommunications Law Committee is to educate our colleagues on intellectual property law and issues, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, Internet law and related licenses.

The Committee will present a CLE in Spring 2008 for ethics credit regarding strategies to mitigate the risk of cancellation and invalidation of trademarks based on fraud.  A recent trend is for the Trademark Office to cancel trademark registrations based on fraud where, for example, a trademark registrant files a declaration that the trademark has been used in commerce on certain goods when, in fact, the trademark has been used on some but not all of the goods. 

The Committee is interested in presenting joint CLEs with other WCBA committees on topics that intersect intellectual property issues with other legal issues and invites other WCBA committees to contact its Chairpersons to discuss this in more detail.

The Committee will be publishing the inaugural issue of its newsletter in the Summer 2008. The newsletter will highlight breaking developments in intellectual property law and changes to patent and trademark practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The Committee recently had a roundtable breakfast meeting among its members and will be continuing these meetings on a regular basis to discuss hot topics in intellectual property law and upcoming Committee activities.

The Committee welcomes new members to join and to contribute to this year’s exciting agenda.