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SVIPLA April 28-USPTO Admin Patent Judge Panelist for IP Pro Bono Program

  • 28 Apr 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA


  • Special price for members

"California Patent Pro Bono Program - Your Involvement Needed"

  Hyatt Regency
 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
6:00 p.m. - Registration and Cocktails
7:00 p.m. - Dinner and Program

PROGRAM: A provision in the America Invents Act (AIA) mandates that the USPTO “work with and support intellectual property law associations across the country in the establishment of pro bono programs designed to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses.” To this end, the largest patent pro bono program in the U.S., called the California Inventors Assistance Program (CIAP), was established in California in 2012. 


Matt Clements, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, USPTO
Erik Meztger, Intel Processor Architecture Patent Portfolio Manager
Dan Ovanezian, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Ben Kimes, Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Bob Pimm, Director of Legal Services, California Lawyers for the Arts


Along with the lead administrative patent judge from the USPTO, attorneys from the non-profit California Lawyers for The Arts (CLA), which administers the CIAP, as well as attorneys who helped to establish and run the CIAP will talk about their experiences helping out low income inventors, and will discuss practices that the CIAP has put in place to ameliorate concerns of conflicts, malpractice insurance and possible extended engagements with patent pro bono clients.  The attorneys will also discuss how firms, private practitioners and corporations can get involved in this exciting program.

If you have problems registering for the April dinner and want to make a reservation, please email Casey at caseymj10@hotmail.com.

DEADLINE FOR RESERVATION OR CANCELLATION: Friday noon, April 24, 2015.  Online registration automatically closes at that time - please make your reservation online by the deadline as there are only a few extra spaces allotted at the meeting for walk-ins. The venue may not be able to serve meals beyond the guaranteed number expected for the meeting.

SVIPLA Tax ID#-77-0491659

MCLE: This event will qualify for 1 hour of CLE credit. The Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.



REMINDER: Renewal or new SVIPLA memberships are now due - the membership year is September 2014 - June 2015.  Please renew your membership at time of registering for the September dinner meeting or separately at www.svipla.org.

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