Archive | January 2014

Stop by the Women in IP Committee Booth at the Mid-Winter Institute Expo

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If you are attending the MWI in Phoenix, please visit the Women in IP Booth on Friday, between 3:30 and 4:30. We have a video and giveaways that may help you keep your balance.


Speakers Needed for CLE Webinar Series on Restriction Practice

The AIPLA New Lawyers’ Committee is continuing its series of CLE Webinar presentations this year and is currently planning to offer the next CLE during early March. Toward that end, we are currently soliciting speakers to prepare and present a 90-minute CLE (as a sole, joint or panel discussion) on Restriction Practice for Patents:

Description: Increasingly patent examiners have been making restriction requirements. What is restriction practice and what are some of the issues in this area? Further, discuss some effective strategies for dealing with them and simultaneously effecting the client’s interests.

If you are interested in presenting on this topic, please contact Joseph DiCioccio at who is coordinating the speaker/topic selection process. We are also happy to help anyone interested in working with others on a topic to find additional participants for a joint/panel discussion, and with otherwise facilitating the process every step of the way.

Please also do not hesitate to contact Joe with any general questions about the presentation/process.

Upcoming AIPLA Women in IP Law Networking Event

The AIPLA Women in Intellectual Property (“IP”) Networking Event is being held for the seventh year on Thursday, May 22, 2014. The event is a simultaneous meeting of women located in the U.S. and/or abroad who practice IP law and/or are regularly faced with IP issues in the course of ordinary business. In this regard, numerous events are concurrently held in various domestic and foreign locations by law firms and/or corporations. These events may include a seated dinner, a cocktail party, passed hors d’hoeuvres, or other type of gathering. At 8:30PM EST, all of the events are joined together via a teleconference and/or video conference. During the conference, the AIPLA President and Executive Director address all of the guests and speak briefly about various AIPLA and IP related issues. The Chair and Vice-Chair of AIPLA’s Women In IP Committee also speak briefly. In addition, there is a roll call of all of the participating cities.

For more information regarding networking event locations please see the AIPLA Women in IP Law microsite HERE.

Carol Thorstad-Forsyth

Elise J. Selinger

First AIPLA Women in IP Lean In Meeting

We will be having our first monthly AIPLA Women in IP Lean In meeting on Thursday January 23, 2014, at 1 pm EST. The topic of our first meeting will be Power & Influence. Following our first meeting, we plan to meet every month on roughly the Third Thursday of each month. We will alternate the meeting times between 1 pm EST and 3 pm EST to try to accomodate all of our members.

If you are already a member of our AIPLA Women in IP Lean In group, you will receive an Outlook invite with instructions on how to log in to the Lean In webiste for Women in IP, and with dial-in numbers for our teleconference. You will also receive the materials for the meeting.

If you are not yet a member of our AIPLA Women in IP Lean In group, please contact Jessica Ergmann at and she will send you an invitation to join.

Thank you and if you have any questions regarding our new Lean In group please contact Debora Plehn-Dujowich at or Jessica Ergmann at