The holiday season allowed me a travel respite, although my
work with AIPLA remained as busy as ever. During the break, we
submitted comments on everything from
Chinese Patent Law to ICANN
proceedings, and worked on finalizing several Amicus
briefs. The break from travel also gave me time to consider the
schedule of the AIPLA President.
As I’ve mentioned, one of AIPLA’s
strategic initiatives is to increase its global presence. It
sure feels like my travel schedule has achieved that goal, at
least in some respects. But there is still a lot of ground to
cover (for the moment I have cancelled my monthly Metro North
ticket), and so I thought I would let you know about upcoming
trips both foreign and domestic.
At the end of next week I will be leaving for the Executive
Committee meeting of the International Federation of Industrial
Property Attorneys, known as FICPI (an acronym for
Fédération Internationale des Conseils en
Propriété Industrielle) to be held in
Cartagena, Colombia. I’m interested in
understanding the various views on intellectual property that
will be coming from many different areas of the world and
seeing how they all intersect. I have already been looking at
the working groups that will present on everything from the
packaging of tobacco products (particularly proposals to remove
trademarks from the packaging) to the refund of search and
Straight from Cartagena I will be going to Florida to spend
time at the winter meeting of the Association
of Corporate Patent Counsel (ACPC) in Orlando. A number of
in-house AIPLA members will be there and I look forward to
hearing about needs and interests from the corporate side.
After that, it is off to Tampa where AIPLA will be having its
The Mid-Winter Institute this year should be fascinating;
its focus is on the role of intellectual property in business.
I have often told people that as a litigator I try to remember
that the bottom line is the
client’s bottom line. The Mid-Winter
Institute will really look at this in a broader perspective and
keep in mind the broader business interests for all areas of
intellectual property. Wayne Sobon, President-Elect of AIPLA,
is the officer in charge of this meeting and he is putting in a
huge amount of time planning it down to the smallest detail. I
am looking forward to a great conference.
After Tampa, I will be home for just a few days and then
it’s off to the ABA
meeting in Dallas. The
Intellectual Property Law Section of ABA and AIPLA consider
ourselves sister organizations, and the head of each attends
the other’s meetings as an invited guest.
It’s always interesting to see how other bar
associations operate and the issues that they grapple with,
since usually they are the same things that AIPLA is
I will let you know how these trips go, but until then
thanks for reading.