Past Events

CIPLA is proud to sponsor a range of interesting events that will appeal to members and others involved with intellectual property law. On this page you’ll find descriptions of events that we’ve held over the last few years.

For our next event, check out the sidebar to the right of this page. All scheduled upcoming events can also be found here.

CIPLA Lobster Bake and Annual Meeting – June 14, 2017
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce that the 2017 CIPLA Lobster Bake will be held on the evening of Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Penfield Pavilion II (Jacky Durrell Pavilion) on Penfield Beach in Fairfield, CT. The Lobster Bake will serve as CIPLA's Annual Meeting and Election of Officers. Click here to view the 2017 Nominating Committee Report which includes the proposed slate of Officers, Board of Governors and Committeemen up for consideration. The business portion of the event will be kept relatively short, and we welcome and encourage spouses and significant others to attend.  If you're interested in joining us, please RSVP using the form below, or by emailing Ben White, by Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Please be sure to include your meal choice and current contact information (especially your e-mail address -- as it is our only means of communication). Note that this is a BYOB event! Feel free to bring an alcoholic beverage of your choice. Non-alcoholic drinks, ice, etc. will be provided. I also hope that everyone considers inviting a colleague or friend who is not currently a CIPLA member to help promote our meetings and general membership.

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April 6, 2017 CIPLA Meeting
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce its sixth meeting in the 2016-2017 schedule. We are welcoming Colm Dobbyn (General Counsel, Intellectual Property at MasterCard), Mark Costello (General Patent Counsel, Chief Strategy Counsel at Xerox), and our own Tim Johnson (Deputy General Counsel at Edgewell Personal Care) for a panel discussion of  IP issues currently impacting their businesses and work.  We expect the discussion to include the panelists' perspectives on topics such as: managing a large patent portfolio, the impact of the AIA and other developments in patent law, and the value brought to their businesses by patents.   The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Graduate Club in New Haven. Please RSVP by April 4, 2017 on the CIPLA website or by emailing CIPLA Program Chair Ben White at bwhite@ssjr.com.
February 22, 2017 CIPLA Meeting
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce its fifth meeting in the 2016-2017 schedule. We are welcoming James Dabney of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLC. Mr. Dabney is counsel for the petitioner in the Supreme Court case TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341.  The question presented in TC Heartland is whether the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), is the sole and exclusive provision governing venue in patent infringement actions, and is not to be supplemented by the broad definition of corporate "residence" found in 28 U.S.C. § 1391(c). In TC Heartland, the petitioner is asking the Supreme Court to construe 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) as protecting domestic corporate defendants against suit for alleged patent infringement except in districts (i) where the defendant is incorporated or (ii) where the defendant maintains a regular and established place of business and has committed an act of alleged patent infringement. The petitioner's opening brief is currently due on January 30, 2017.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Elm City Club in New Haven. Please RSVP by February 17, 2017 on the CIPLA website, or by emailing CIPLA Program Chair Ben White at bwhite@ssjr.com.
CIPLA Judge’s Dinner – May 11, 2017
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association is pleased to announce its 2017 Judge's Dinner.  CIPLA will welcome Judge Jimmie V. Reyna of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as our keynote speaker. Judge Reyna joined the Court in 2011 after being appointed by President Barack Obama. Judge Reyna has authored hundreds of opinions during his tenure including the recent opinion in McRo, Inc., DBA Planet Blue v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc. et al. concerning subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101. Prior to his appointment, Judge Reyna was an international trade attorney and shareholder at Williams Mullen.  The Judge's Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Quinnipiack Club in New Haven.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are pleased to offer several sponsorship levels for the event:  • Gold Sponsor ($1,000): 8 tickets (incl. at least one seat at a judge’s table), full page in Program Booklet. • Silver Sponsor ($500): 4 tickets, half page in Program Booklet. • Bronze Sponsor ($250) 2 tickets, recognition in Program Booklet. If you are interested being a sponsor, please contact Ben White (bwhite@ssjr.com; 203-541-4503) or Ben Lehberger (blehberger@ssjr.com; 203-541-4540).  To register and pay online without sponsorship, please complete the form below.

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December 8, 2016 CIPLA Meeting
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce its third meeting in the 2016-2017 schedule. We are welcoming author, lawyer, and producer, Ron Fierstein. Mr. Fierstein has enjoyed a long career in the entertainment industry managing recording artists and the business and legal interests of his brother Harvey Fierstein, and co-producing the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots. He started out as an intellectual property attorney at Fish & Neave where he was on the team of litigators representing Polaroid in its epic patent battle with Eastman Kodak over instant photography technology. Mr. Fierstein will speak about his experiences on this case as chronicled in his book, A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War. The meeting will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Elm City Club (formerly Graduate Club) in New Haven. Please RSVP by December 2, 2016 on the CIPLA website, or by emailing CIPLA Program Chair Ben White at bwhite@ssjr.com.
January 25, 2017 CIPLA Meeting
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce its fourth meeting in the 2016-2017 schedule. We are welcoming David Kappos of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Mr. Kappos served as the Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 2009 to 2013. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the Elm City Club (formerly Graduate Club) in New Haven. Please RSVP by January 19, 2017 on the CIPLA website, or by emailing CIPLA Program Chair Ben White at bwhite@ssjr.com.
October 19, 2016 CIPLA Meeting
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce its second meeting in the 2016-2017 schedule. We are welcoming Robert Raskopf of Quinn Emanuel. Mr. Raskopf has been chief outside intellectual property, litigation and licensing counsel to the NFL and its member clubs for more than three decades. He will be speaking about: Registration of "Disparaging" Trademarks and the Ongoing Dispute Over the Washington Redskins The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the Elm City Club (formerly Graduate Club) in New Haven. Please RSVP by October 14, 2016 on the CIPLA website, or by emailing CIPLA Program Chair Ben White at bwhite@ssjr.com.
September 21, 2016 CIPLA Meeting
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce its first meeting in the 2016-2017 schedule. We are welcoming two speakers from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Our keynote speaker will be Maria Nuzzolillo, Legal Advisor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Nuzzolillo will be speaking about: Recent Guidance from the USPTO Regarding Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. 101. We will also be joined by Gautam Prakash, Assistant Patent Pro Bono Coordinator at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Prakash will speak about the patent pro bono program and opportunities for local firms and practitioners to participate. Mr. Prakash will also be visiting firms in Connecticut the day of the event to discuss the patent pro bono program. If you are interesting in meeting with him, please contact CIPLA President Ben Lehberger (blehberger@ssjr.com) or CIPLA Program Chair Ben White (bwhite@ssjr.com) for more information. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Elm City Club (formerly Graduate Club) in New Haven. Please RSVP on the CIPLA website, or by emailing CIPLA Program Chair Ben White at bwhite@ssjr.com.
CIPLA Lobster Bake and Annual Meeting – June 1, 2016
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce that the 2016 CIPLA Lobster Bake and Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Penfield Pavilion II (Jacky Durrell Pavilion) on Penfield Beach in Fairfield, CT. The Lobster Bake will serve as CIPLA's Annual Meeting and Election of Officers. The business portion of the event will be kept relatively short, and we welcome and encourage spouses and significant others to attend. A slate of Officers, Board of Governors and Committeemen will be up for consideration at the 2016 annual meeting. If interested in joining us, please rsvp by Monday, May 23, 2016. Please be sure to include your meal choice and current contact information (especially your e-mail address -- as it is our only means of communication). I also hope that everyone considers forwarding this e-mail to a colleague or friend that is not currently a CIPLA member to help promote our meetings and general membership.
March 15, 2016 CIPLA Meeting

We are welcoming Martin I. Kaminsky, the General Counsel of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, New York, NY. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Graduate Club in New Haven.

Mr. Kaminsky will speak on: Conflicts of Interest in Patent Prosecution and Maling V. Finnegan. 

January 20, 2016 CIPLA Meeting
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce its fourth meeting in the 2015-2016 schedule. We are welcoming Tracy G. Durkin, from Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C., Washington D.C. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the Graduate Club in New Haven. Ms. Durkin will speak on: Current Hot Topics in Design Patent Law in the US and Abroad.
September 17, 2015 CIPLA Meeting
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association is pleased to announce its first meeting in the 2015-2016 schedule. We are welcoming Michael Levine, from The United States Department of Justice. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at the Graduate Club in New Haven (www.graduateclub.com). Mr. Levine will speak on IP Theft and Cybercrime: A Team Effort If you are interested in joining us, please fill out and return the attached reservation form by Thursday, September 10, 2015.  Please be sure to include your meal choice, contact information, and membership status.
January 29, 2015 CIPLA Meeting
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce its third meeting in the 2014-2015 schedule. We are welcoming Michael Gilleran, partner with Alder, Pollock & Sheehan P.C. The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the Graduate Club in New Haven (www.graduateclub.com). Mr. Gilleran will speak on: Seven Years After KSR – The Federal Circuit Test for Nonobviousness If you are interested in joining us, please fill out and return the attached reservation form by Friday, January 23, 2015.  Please be sure to include your meal choice, contact information, and membership status.