Archive | July 2015

AIPLA award to provide all-expenses paid trip to Annual Meeting in Washington, DC for a junior corporate attorney or patent agent

The Maurice Klitzman Award was created to help young corporate patent attorneys continue their learning.

The Maurice Klitzman Award provides a junior corporate attorney or corporate patent agent the opportunity to attend the AIPLA Annual Meeting and to be connected with an experienced mentor during the meeting.

The award was established as a lasting and appropriate memorial to Mr. Klitzman for his active service to AIPLA. His heart and soul were dedicated to training young patent attorneys and helping them to develop a broad approach to IP Law with a conviction to moral principles and ethics. His career was a unique blend of corporate IP law, heart-felt support for the inventor, and shaping the mindset of future IP leaders.

The award will cover the recipient’s reasonable travel and accommodation expenses during the 2015 Annual Meeting October 22-24 in Washington, DC; namely, coach air or train fare, hotel accommodation at the conference hotel, complimentary registration and function tickets, and incidental ground transportation. In addition, the recipient of the award will be assigned a mentor to provide guidance during the meeting and facilitate the opportunity to meet members of the AIPLA leadership.

Award Details

Award application deadline: August 28, 2015
Winner selected: About September 11, 2015

Award includes:

•Complimentary Registration for the AIPLA 2015 Annual Meeting, October 22-24, in Washington, DC
•Coach airfare or train fare
•Hotel accommodations at the conference hotel
•Tickets to all functions and incidental ground transportation


AIPLA’S Europe and Women in IP Committees unite!

Every year, AIPLA’s IP Practice in Europe Committee meets with various IP organizations in Europe, and for the first time, in June 2015, incorporated a women’s breakfast with IP organizations in London, Paris and Munich. Inspired by the well-attended and celebrated Women in IP Committee breakfasts, the IP Practice in Europe Committee so proudly brought the tradition to each city with the goal of providing an opportunity for women in IP law to build relationships with and gain perspectives from the women in other countries.

Allow us to take you on a quick tour. Our first stop was London, where the breakfast, hosted by CIPA, followed a more formal format being attended by both women and men. This event was promoted as a Diversity breakfast. Breakfast and networking were followed by a few words from CIPA’s and AIPLA’s Presidents, Andrea Brewster and Sharon Israel, with a summary of AIPLA’s WIIP activities provided by Jessica Ergmann prompting a powerful conversation amongst the group.

Our next stop was Paris, where the breakfast, hosted by CNCPI, was very casual, no presentations, simply fantastic conversation over French coffee and croissants. The event was attended by women only, and “girl-power” filled the room.

Lastly, we visited Munich, where similar to Paris, the event, hosted by Taylor Wessing LLP, was casual and attended by women only, in a more intimate setting with an outstanding breakfast spread on a gorgeous roof terrace – ideal for networking with incredibly warm and welcoming women. Each event had its own flavor, depending on the organization’s preference and perhaps the culture of that particular country; however what was undeniably common was the comradery and the genuine excitement about continuing the new tradition!