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How to get Involved with the AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee

Please see below to find out how you can become more involved in the Women in IP Law activities. We welcome new volunteers and members. The email addresses of the contact person(s) responsible for each activity are listed in the description below. Please contact them if you would like to participate!

Women in IP Global Networking Events
The annual AIPLA Women in IP Global Networking Event is a meeting of women located around the globe who practice IP law and/or regularly face IP issues in the ordinary course of business. In this regard, numerous sub-events are concurrently held in various geographic locations by law firms, corporations, and universities. These events may include seated dinners, cocktail parties, passed hors d’hoeuvres, talks on topics of interests or other types of gathering. During the event, the individual locations are joined together via a teleconference and/or video conference.
How can I get involved?
The 2015 AIPLA Women in IP Global Networking Event is being held on Thursday, May 21, 2015. If you would like to host an event, contact the Networking Event Co-Chairs Carol Thorstad-Forsyth ( and Yelena Morozova ( for further information. If you would like to attend an event in your area, be sure to include the Women in IP Law Committee in your committee membership selections to receive an invitation prior to the 2015 events.

Women in IP Lean In Circle
AIPLA’s Women in IP Law Committee joined the emerging Lean In community by launching its own Lean In Circle in January 2014. Lean In provides a forum for peers to learn about and discuss a range of fascinating topics related to empowering women in the workplace.
How can I get involved?
If you would like to join the over 100 members, both men and women, who participate in monthly discussions, contact Jessica Ergmann ( to become a member of our circle.

Social Media
The Women in IP Law Committee has an active presence in the Social Media world. The committee provides multiple social media avenues for committee members to share information and interact, to allow each individual the opportunity to communication and participate using the tool she is most comfortable with.
How can I get involved?
Join one or more of our social media groups including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Committee blog and Committee microsite. If you would like to help with updating and maintaining our various social media groups including locating and disseminating information that would be of interest to Women in IP Law members, join our sub-committee by contacting Debora Plehn-Dujowich (social media lead; or Arlene Neal (Communications and Electronic Outreach Subcommittee chair;

Advancement and Retention Subcommittee
The advancement and retention subcommittee advocates for the committee’s members with many activities including producing a White Paper on the challenges for women in the innovative ecosystem and IP profession, liaising with headquarters on the 2014 Membership Survey including refining the gender based questions and creating a database of the gender based responses, and working with a college engineering mentoring program.
How can I get involved?
If you would like to contribute to the information gathering, analysis, and communication projects underway, the advancement and retention subcommittee is looking to expand its membership. Please contact Meg Boulware ( and Melissa Buss (, the subcommittee co-chairs.

The Women in IP Law Committee produces a newsletter that is published twice a year to all Women in IP Law Committee membership and is also available on AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee micro site. The newsletters typically include a letter from chair, subcommittee happenings, featured professional articles, member spotlight, book review, news and notes.
How can I get involved?
If you would like to write or edit an article and/or help with planning, organizing, and proof-reading the Women in IP Law newsletter, please contact Sonsy P. Rajan (newsletter lead; or Arlene Neal (Communications and Electronic Outreach Subcommittee chair;

The Women in IP Law Committee organizes and holds webinars for its members and for the AIPLA membership in general, free of charge, focused on work/life balance and professional growth.
How can I get involved?
If you have an applicable topic in mind that would be of interest to the Women in IP Law Committee membership, and/or would like to help with planning, coordinating, moderating, or sponsoring a webinar by the Women in IP Law Committee, please contact the Yelena Morozova (webinar lead; or Arlene Neal (Communications and Electronic Outreach Subcommittee chair;


Women in IP Law working with AIPLA to increase member participation as Speakers and Moderators

Dear Committee Members,

AIPLA’s Women in IP Law Committee is working with AIPLA to increase participation by our members in the AIPLA educational programs as speakers and moderators at stated meetings, webinars, and other events. Whether you spoke or moderated in the past or this is something that you have only considered, you know that speaking at an AIPLA event is the perfect opportunity to share your expertise with your fellow AIPLA members while creating visibility for your firm or company and really maximizing the networking that AIPLA provides. Our members have vast expertise and knowledge on a variety of IP law topics ready to be shared. To provide you with an opportunity to be considered as a potential speaker or a moderator and to help the program coordinators to find the right speakers and moderators, we are building a database of our members who are interested in speaking and/or moderating opportunities, including their expertise and topics of preferences. This way, when the right opportunity comes along, you will be considered as a potential speaker or moderator.

If you are interested in speaking at an AIPLA event, whether at a live meeting or an educational webinar, and to be included into our database, please fill out the survey provided in the link below and you will be contacted to work out the details. The database information will only be used for the stated purpose of finding speakers and moderators for the AIPLA events, and will not be shared otherwise.

If you have any questions, contact Jessica Ergmann at

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Warm Regards,
Women in IP Committee

AIPLA Biotech Committee is Organizing a Blood Drive at the Spring Meeting

Dear AIPLA Women in IP Law Members:

If you are attending the AIPLA Spring Meeting in Philly, on Wednesday, May 14th, YOU can make a difference by donating blood.

The Biotechnology Committee, AIPLA Leadership, and AIPLA Fellows are hosting an on-site blood drive as the AIPLA Cares – Community Service Project. It will held from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on May 14th.

Did you know that ONE blood donation can save up to 3-4 lives?

Instead of talking until one is blue in the face about how biotech patents bring life-saving technologies to the public… How awesome will it be to say: Things we do save lives.

In order to make this happen, we need at least 40 people to sign up now to donate blood. Please sign up by sending an email (with “AIPLA Cares – Blood Drive” in the subject line) to Molly R. Weisblatt at

Be part of something wonderful and help us show that AIPLA Cares and things we do save lives. Please sign up now!

Thank you,

Suzannah Sundby
Chair of the AIPLA Biotechnology Committee

Debora Plehn-Dujowich, Ph.D.
Services Leader of the Biotechnology Committee

CAREER & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SERIES: Becoming an Active AIPLA Member: Why, When, and How?

CAREER & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SERIES: Becoming an Active AIPLA Member: Why, When, and How?

Join us for a FREE Webinar on April 17

The speakers will be:
Alyson G. Barker
Title: Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Company: The Wet Seal, Inc.

William R. Childs
Title: Associate
Company: Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP

Elise J. Selinger
Title: Associate
Company: Conley Rose, P.C.

Lynn C. Tyler
Title: Partner, Intellectual Property Department
Company: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:


Thinking about joining AIPLA? Are you a current member who wants to explore what AIPLA offers to a greater extent and become more active within the association, but do not know how to go about it or where to start? As part of the AIPLA’s Career & Practice Management Series, the Law Students Committee invites you to join a webinar that will address the range of opportunities AIPLA provides to law students and young and rising lawyers and how opening yourself to such opportunities may help you to advance and develop your career. Our distinguished speakers will draw upon their personal experiences to provide you with tips and sage advice on finding opportunities within AIPLA that suit you best, what to do when you volunteer, and maximizing the benefits of your AIPLA membership and involvement within the association.

Title: CAREER & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SERIES: Becoming an Active AIPLA Member: Why, When, and How?
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Next AIPLA Women in IP Lean In Meeting will be held on Thursday March 20

Our next AIPLA Women in IP Lean In Meeting will be held on Thursday March 20 at 1:15 pm EST.

We are changing the format for our March meeting. Before the call, please watch the two-part video lecture presented by Fred Kofman, Professor of Leadership at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin, titled “Managing Difficult Conversations” and “Practicing a Difficult Work Conversation.” The call will begin at 1:15pm.

This lecture is a two-part video focusing on how to remain true to yourself while also opening up to your counterpart. During the call, the floor will be opened up for a discussion where members can ask questions, comment and share their experiences.

The lecture can be accessed by signing in to your Lean In account at:, and clicking on the link titled “Expert Lectures.”

If you are not yet a member of our Women in IP Law Lean In Circle and are interested in joining, please email Jessica Ergmann at and she will send you an invitation to join as well as the dial-in information for the meeting.

Thank you,

Debora Plehn-Dujowich

Webinar Announcement: Mentorship and Sponsorship-The Road to Success

Are you looking for professional development, advancement, or both? What are the differences between mentors and sponsors? What kind of relationship should you seek to achieve your professional goals? This webinar will address the differences between mentors and sponsors and the value and benefits of both kinds of relationships. We will look at formal and informal approaches to mentorship and sponsorship, including the AIPLA Mentorship program, and help you to determine which one may suit you best. We will also consider how mentorship and sponsorship or lack thereof affects advancement and retention of women in IP, and the legal field in general, and what we may expect in the future. Please join our distinguished speakers, Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D., Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP; Carey C. Jordan, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP; Margaret (“Meg”) A. Boulware, Boulware & Valoir; and Hetal Kushwaha, Marks & Clerk Canada, each of whom will be drawing upon and sharing her experiences, for a thoughtful and important discussion. The webinar will be moderated by Shawna Lemon of Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, PA.

Please join the Women in IP Law Committee’s free webinar on March 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm EST.

***No CLE credit is available for this webinar.***

Sponsored by Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, PA

To register please click HERE

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.