September 21-23, 2018



Indian Springs Resort & Spa

Calistoga – Napa Valley, CA


This year’s SFIPLA Annual Seminar will take place the weekend of September 21-23 at the lovely Indian Springs Resort & Spa in Calistoga – Napa Valley, CA. We’re looking forward to hosting three days of networking, learning, and relaxation for IP professionals and their families.

Confirmed Speakers

Hon. Jeremy Fogel, U.S.D.C, Northern District of California

Hon. Laurel Beeler, U.S.D.C, Northern District of California

Hon. Jacqueline Scott Corley, U.S.D.C, Northern District of California

Hon. Robert Stoll, former USPTO Commissioner, Drinker Biddle & Reath

Sabrina Sweat-Kajogbola, Homeland Security Investigations

Professor Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University

Suchi Somasekar, Western Digital

Jeff Risher, Faraday Future

Eric Gelwicks, LiveNation

James Isbester, Kilpatrick Townsend

Erica Brand Portnoy, Sideman Bancroft LLP

Mary Shapiro, Evoke Law

Christopher Shaowei & Dr. Luke Zuo, NTD Patent &Trademark Agency Ltd

Frederic Thiel & Richard Howson, Kilburn & Strode

Barrington Dyer, Polsinelli

Irina Lyapis, Winston & Strawn

Program Schedule

9/22 –

China and Europe IP Law Panel – Shao Wei & Dr. Luke Zuo and Frederic Thiel & Richard Howson

Updates in China and Europe IP Law

Prof. Eric Goldman – Hot Topics in Copyright and Trademark Law

9/23 –

James Isbester – Patent Year in Review

Unsettled Areas of the Law: Cannabis, Blockchain, Token Transactions, and Self-Driving Cars Panel – Mary Shapiro, Barrington Dyer, Jeff Risher, Moderated by Eric Gelwicks

Unsettled Areas of the Law: Cannabis Trademark

Trademark Enforcement and Criminality Panel – Suchi Somasekar, Sabrina Sweat-Kajogbola, Erica Brand Portnoy, Moderated by Irina Lyapis

Trademark Enforcement and Criminality

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 for details.


SFIPLA would like to thank the following sponsors for the 2018 Annual Seminar