OCIPLA COMMITTEES

Amicus Committee

This committee shall: a) scrutinize judicial decisions which involve significant issues of law or practice which affect intellectual property, (b) recommend to the Board of Directors that amicus curiae briefs be filed in appropriate cases, and (c) draft OCIPLA amicus curiae briefs.

Women in IP law Committee

This committee shall act to facilitate and empower women in their practice of intellectual property law.

Professional Programs Committee

This committee shall identify, recommend curricula to the Board of Directors and assist in coordinating educational programs to be conducted during regular monthly meetings or at other times on topics which: (1) are of interest and benefit to the OCIPLA members; or (2) pertain to the professional activities of OCIPLA members and are of interest to others. The Committee will also assist the Board of Directors in obtaining speakers and otherwise preparing for the presentation of approved educational programs. The Professional Programs Committee shall include a litigation and prosecution subcommittees.

Corporate Practice Committee

This committee shall develop and disseminate information that is particularly useful to in-house attorneys, and promote efficient exchanges of best practices among in-house attorneys.

Membership Committee

This committee shall focus on expanding and diversifying the membership of OCIPLA, and shall work closely with other Committees and the Board of Directors to provide insights as to what IP practitioners in our IP community want from a legal organization and how OCIPLA can better the local IP community.

New Lawyers Committee

This committee shall focus on members in their first ten years of practice. The Committee shall provide educational and networking opportunities to new lawyers at OCIPLA. In addition, the Committee shall work closely with other Committees to provide new lawyers with opportunities to become more involved in the association, including participating in planning for OCIPLA meetings, coordinating networking events and other social activities for OCIPLA, assisting in research & writing projects, and developing educational materials.

Law Student Committee

This committee shall serve the law students in the local community, with particular focus on communicating their concerns to the Board of Directors and to welcome more law students to join the association as active members. The Committee shall also work closely with other Committees to provide law students with opportunities to become more involved in the association, including participating in planning for OCIPLA meetings, coordinating networking events and other social activities for OCIPLA, assisting in research & writing projects, and developing educational materials.

Newsletter Committee

This committee shall identify, recommend to the Board of Directors and prepare high quality, educational material for the OCIPLA Newsletter.

Trademark Committee

This Committee seeks to increase the interest and involvement of OCIPLA members in trademark law, provides an open community for the exchange of ideas and concerns on the laws and treaties of the United States concerning trademarks, trade names and unfair competition involving trade identity, the operations of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in trademark matters, the common law and State statutes concerning trademarks and trade names, and related unfair competition law; disseminates information on recent developments in trademark law, and develops educational programming on trademark law for the membership.

Copyright Committee

This committee seeks to increase the interest and involvement of OCIPLA members in copyright law, provides an open community for the exchange of ideas and concerns on U.S. Copyright law and underlying policy, disseminates information on recent developments in copyright law, and develops educational programming on copyright law for the membership.