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Date(s) - Fri 09/22/2017 - Sun 09/24/2017
All Day

The Lodge at Sonoma

September 22-24, 2017



 The Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa

Sonoma, CA

This year’s SFIPLA Annual Seminar will take place the weekend of September 22-24 at the beautiful Lodge at Sonoma. We’re looking forward to hosting three days of networking, learning, and relaxation for IP professionals and their families.

Confirmed Speakers

Sally Abel, Partner and Chair of the Trademark Group at Fenwick & West

Alex Feerst, Head of Legal at Medium

Hon. Beth Labson Freeman, District Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Michelle Galloway, Of Counsel at Cooley, Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School and Santa Clara Law School

Marc Greenberg, Professor of Law and Founding Director of the IP Law Program at Golden Gate University School of Law

Hon. Elizabeth Laporte, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Peter Menell, Koret Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Jim Pooley, Senior Counsel at Orrick and Inductee to the IP Hall of Fame

Hon. Richard Seeborg, District Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Hon. Kara Farnandez Stoll, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Hon. Robert Stoll, former USPTO Commissioner of Patents, Partner and Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath

David Tollen, Sycamore Legal and author of the ABA’s Tech Contracts Handbook

Standard Registration ($1,800) includes full CLE program, lodging Friday and Saturday nights, Friday evening drinks reception, and  Saturday banquet dinner. Early Bird rate for Standard Registration ($1,650) available through May 19, 2017. Discounted packages are available for law students, recent graduates, government lawyers, as well as a “no hotel” package.

Tickets available for purchase through our Eventbrite page.

Program Schedule

List of Attendees

Speaker Presentations:


David Tollen – Protecting IP in Cloud Computing and Data Licensing Agreements

Prof. Marc Greenberg – Copyright Year in Review


Michelle Galloway – Patent Year in Review

Sally Abel – Trademark Year in Review

The Defense of Trade Secrets in Practice Panel – James Pooley, Prof. Peter Menell, Hon. Elizabeth Laporte, Alex Feerst





SFIPLA would like to thank the following sponsors for the 2017 Annual Seminar





















Sponsoring the annual seminar provides an opportunity to connect with leading intellectual property law professionals over three enjoyable days. For more information, see our sponsorship packet or email us at info@sfipla.com for details.