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Every year, RIPLA organizes a CLE seminar in the Fall where we cover several developing and trending topics in intellectual property. Attorneys attending this event are entitled to 6.0 Credits of MCLE, including 5.0 of Skills and 1.0 of Ethics provided by Harris Beach PLLC. RIPLA members and non-members are invited to attend this annual meeting.

RIPLA’s Fall CLE Seminar is scheduled for November 9, 2018 at Casa Larga Vineyards. We have some wonderful topics and speakers scheduled and we look forward to seeing you at the event!


8:00 – 8:30 AM

8:30 – 9:20 AM
Speaker: Justin Petruzzelli, Rossi, Kimms & McDowell LLP
Topic: Evolving Patent Landscape of Blockchain Technology
Credit: 1.0 Skills

9:20 – 10:20 AM
Speaker: Laura W. Smalley, Harris Beach PLLC
Topic: Venue Considerations in Patent Litigation
Credit: 1.0 Skills

10:20 – 10:35 AM
Networking Break

10:35 – 11:35 AM
Speaker: Tim Rooney, Office of Enrollment and Discipline (USPTO)
Topic: Ethical Considerations in Practicing before the USPTO
Credit: 1.0 Ethics

11:35 AM – 12:35 PM

12:35 – 1:35 PM
Speaker: Albert Keyack, EPO Attaché to the United States
Topic: Updates and Insights Regarding Representing Clients in Matters Before the European Patent Office
Credit: 1.0 Skills

1:35 – 2:35 PM
Speaker: Annette Kahler, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, PC
Topic: IP and Your Employees: Key Issues
Credit: 1.0 Skills

2:35 – 2:50 PM
Network Break

2:50 – 3:50 PM
Speaker: Frederick W. Gibb, Gibb & Riley, LLC
Topic: Quickly Evaluating Claims: Shortcuts to Spotting Good and Bad Patent Claims
Credit: 1.0 Skills


Registration and Payment

Please use this Registration Form to sign up for this event and use the links below to make your payment online:

Members: Click here to pay for a ticket ($180)

Retired/In-House Counsel/Student Members: Click here to pay for a ticket ($110)

Retired/In-House Counsel/Student Non-Members: Click here to pay for a ticket ($140)

Non-Members: Click here to pay for a ticket ($210)

For registration fees with additional costs (membership fees, printed materials or multiple attendees) please fill out the Registration Form, obtain your total for the requested items and use the link below to send a custom amount to RIPLA.

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For those of you interested in joining RIPLA or renewing your membership (and saving on the cost of this event), you can download and complete this 2018-2019 Membership Form. Click the Pay Now button below to make a payment for your membership and send your completed forms to the RIPLA treasurer, Stephanie Nott at nott@abramslaw.com.