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.

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & the Law – November 21st
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce that we will welcome Robert J. deBrauwere of Pryor Cashman LLP on November 21, 2017Partner Robert deBrauwere will present on “Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & the Law.” Robert is the co-chair of Pryor Cashman’s Digital Media Group and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property, Media + Entertainment and Litigation Groups. His extensive knowledge of the interplay between IP, technology, media, entertainment and music has earned him the role of trusted advisor to cutting-edge companies and influential artists and songwriters. A former computer programmer and sound / lighting engineer, he possesses a keen understanding of how technology and entertainment intersect in the digital world. Robert serves as outside general counsel to start-ups, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) companies, digital publishing companies, artists, writers and even Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. He has continuously been named to the Super Lawyers - New York Metro list in IP and media + advertising since 2013, and is recognized as a leading attorney in the field of IP, specifically on complex issues pertaining to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), fair use, unfair competition and false advertising laws, among others. deBrauwere’s presentation will examine augmented and virtual reality, and IP law, particularly some of the challenges they raise and how technology companies can navigate these complexities in the digital era. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the Graduate Club, located at 155 Elm Street in New Haven (www.graduateclub.com), with a reception beginning at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm. We hope to see all of our members and their guests for what will be an engaging and insightful discussion on digital media and intellectual property!  More information about Pryor Cashman LLP can be found on their website at www.pryorcashman.com.  
Belarus Delegation Visiting Cantor Colburn on October 31st
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce that in conjunction with Open World, a Congressionally-sponsored international exchange program, and the Rotary Club of New Haven that we will be welcoming a group of Delegates from the country of Belarus. The Belarussian's Delegation will be at Cantor Colburn LLP's Hartford office, located at 20 Church St, 22nd Floor on October 31st at 3:00pm.  CIPLA members are invited to attend this rare opportunity, which is being provided free of charge.   Open World is the largest international exchange program within the legislative branch of the federal government. All Open World delegates are competitively selected and vetted by the U.S. Embassy due to their promising career trajectory, and their potential for positive collaboration with U.S. entities following the program. These emerging leaders are experts in the field of intellectual property rights, specifically in Belarus and many European countries. Additionally, these delegates are available to establish contacts with U.S. organizations that are interested in protecting their intellectual property rights in Belarus, and in improving the overall intellectual property infrastructure of the country. At the meeting, Taylor Coon of Cantor Colburn LLP will present an overview of US intellectual property practice, including trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. This presentation will begin at 3:00pm at 20 Church Street, 22nd Floor. Parking can be validated at the meeting. For directions and additional information, please visit their website, which is provided below. The meeting location is: Cantor Colburn LLP                                       20 Church Street, 22nd Floor        Hartford, CT 06103    www.cantorcolburn.com  This will be an extraordinary occasion that will allow you to network with experts in the field of Belarus and European intellectual property rights, as well as an opportunity to engage in a cultural and learning experience and to be a positive influence on these young professionals. If you are interested in joining us, please fill out and return the attached reservation form with the appropriate date. DO NOT MAKE A PAYMENT AS THIS PRESENTATION IS BEING PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE. For more information on Open World and The Rotary Club of New Haven, please visit their websites, which are linked below. www.openworld.gov www.newhaven-rotary.org
October 17, 2017 with Professor Janet Freilich
The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Professor Janet Freilich of Fordham University School of Law on October 17, 2017 at the Graduate Club, located at 155 Elm Street, New Haven. The reception will begin at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm.  Professor Freilich will present on “An empirical analysis of prophetic examples in patents.” Ms. Freilich’s research concentrates in patent law, with a focus on the life sciences. Her research has been published in several periodicals, including the Iowa Law Review, the SMU Law Review, the Stanford Technology Law Review and the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. She has been acknowledged as an innovator in the field of intellectual property and has won the Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize, as well as the Irving Oberman Memorial Award in Intellectual Property. In addition to Prof. Freilich’s extensive research, she has previously served as a Patent Litigator and Prosecutor at Covington & Burling LLP. We hope to see all of our members and their guests for what will be an engaging and insightful discussion on various intellectual property topics! 
First Meeting of 2017-2018 with Professor John Thomas
CIPLA is pleased to announce its first meeting of in the 2017-2018 schedule, which will take place on September 26, 2017 at the Elm City Club, formerly the Graduate Club, located at 155 Elm Street, New Haven. The reception will begin at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm. We will be joined by Professor John Thomas of Quinnipiac University. Professor Thomas will speak on "The intellectual property implications of Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of the Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s “Banner” Guitars of WWII (American History Press, 2013)." Kalamazoo Gals is a book Professor Thomas wrote about women who built guitars during WWII. The company for which they worked covered up the story during that time and refuses to talk about the topic to this day. The BBC produced and hour-long documentary on his book, NPR, NBC, Voice of America, etc. also featured stories on the book, and a young playwright recently won a Kennedy Center award for a play based on the book. We hope to see all of our members and their guests for what will be a night filled with music, history, and discussions about their relation to intellectual property law!
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.