April 5-7, 2024

You are invited to join the SFIPLA at the 2024 Spring Seminar being held at the beautiful property of the Lodge at Sonoma Resort, Sonoma, California. Panels and presenters from the San Francisco Bay Area intellectual property community typically include judges, USPTO representatives, corporate and law firm attorneys presenting on a range of recent and emerging IP issues. Educational programing, presentations and debates will take place on Saturday-Sunday April 6th-7th. In addition to our educational programing, the seminar offers networking opportunities at the Welcome Reception on Friday April 5thand Breakfast Socials on Saturday-Sunday April 6th-7th. During the afternoon, attendees can relax around the hotel pool, spa or local Sonoma and Napa wineries and attractions.

Registration Costs are outlined below for members and non-members. 


Saturday April 6th


9-10 AM:         Schedule A Defendant Cases

Eric Goldman, Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law


10-11 AM:      Interplay Between IP Protection & FDA Approval

Chad Shear, Patent Litigation Partner, Cooley LLP

Son Nguyen, Special Counsel, FDA, Cooley LLP


11-12 PM:      Gen-AI Contracts: IP, Liability and Responsibility

David Tollen, Sycamore Legal, P.C./Tech Contracts Academy™


Sunday April 7th

9-10 AM:         IP Year in Review

Jamie Isbester, IP Litigation Attorney


10-11 AM:      Franchise Law & Trademark Practice

Marc Lieberstein, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP


11-12 PM:      Judges’ Panel, Presentation of Evidence at IP Trials

Judge Matthew F. Kennelly, District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Judge Alex G. Tse, District Court for the Northern District of California

Moderator: Mark Liang, Partner, IP Litigation, O’Melveny


All hotel reservations must be made directly with the Lodge at Sonoma Resort (The Lodge at Sonoma | A Luxury Sonoma Resort & Spa Retreat). 


SFIPLA wishes to thank our following sponsor(s) for this year’s Seminar:



Sponsoring the annual seminar provides an opportunity to connect with leading intellectual property law professionals over three enjoyable days. Email us at info@sfipla.com for details.


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September 8-10, 2021



This year’s SFIPLA Annual Seminar will take place September 8 -10. We’re looking forward to hosting three days of networking and learning for IP professionals. This year, events will be broadcasted virtually using the Gather platform. CLE credit will be provided for all educational sessions.

Given the unusual circumstances this year, we are soliciting feedback on the format of the Annual Seminar. Please use this link to access a survey to provide your input!

Early bird registration will be opened soon. Stay tune to reserve your spot today and receive some savings.

Confirmed Speakers To Be Announced Shortly!

Sponsorship opportunities for this exciting annual event are available. Sponsoring the Annual Seminar provides an opportunity to connect with leading intellectual property law professionals over three enjoyable days. For more information, email us at info@sfipla.com for details.