February 2022 Meeting: Ethical Considerations for In-House & Outside Counsel

On February 17, 2022, the Inn hosted an Ethics presentation related to various issues concerning both In-House & Outside Counsel! The presentation is outlined below.

Please Welcome the 2021-2022 Executive Committee Members

President – Duncan Macfarlane 

President-Elect – Kevin A. Zeck 

Secretary – Lori Tonnes 

Treasurer – Caroline Bercier 

Membership Chair – Dario Machleidt 

Program Chair – Charlie Zhao 

Achieving Excellence – Xiang “Shawn” Li 

Director (Website) – Catherine “Katie” Sutton 

Director (At Large) – Stephen McGrath 

Director (At Large) – Bill Harmon 

Director (At Large) – Jessica Kaempf 

Director (At Large) – Nicholas Kim

Executive Committee Membership Announcement

Please join us in thanking the outgoing Executive Committee Members!

2020-2021 Executive Committee Members

President – Gina Culbert

President Elect – Duncan Macfarlane

Secretary – Kevin A. Zeck

Treasurer – Lori Tonnes

Membership Chair – Dario Machleidt

Program Chair – Kristen Lange

Achieving Excellence and Inn Alliance Liaison – Caroline Bercier

Director (Website) – Catherine Sutton

Director (At Large) – Shannon Jost

Director (At Large) – Stephen McGrath

Director (At Large) – Bill Harmon

Director (At Large) – Charlie Zhao

[Ex Officio Directors e.g. former Presidents – Paul Leuzzi, Jerry A. Riedinger, Lawrence D. Graham, Isabella Fu, Brooke A.M. Taylor, Brian C. Park, Signe Naeve, Mark P. Walters, John D. Vandenberg, Warren Rheaume, Jonathan L. McFarland, Ben Byer]

The Devil’s In the Details: A Mock IP License Negotiation

On April 15, 2021, the Inn of Court held a Mock IP License Negotiation. Please enjoy the slide presentation of the Mock Negotiation.

October 2020 – IP Developments

The Seattle IP Inn of Court held its October 22, 2020, meeting in a virtual mixer format. The meeting included a overview presentation of recent developments in IP law.  A section on trademarks covered willful infringement, the ability to protect “generic.com” terms, and the need for likelihood of confusion in counterfeit cases.  A section on copyrights addresses the outstanding issues in the Google v Oracle case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.  This included the copyright eligibility of application programming interfaces and associated fair use defenses.  A section on patents covered recent developments in discretionary denials at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB).  The patent segment also contained a discussion of the Arthrex case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve whether PTAB judges are principal officers, and, if so, whether the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals cured any defects in the statutory scheme creating these judgeships.

Thank you to all the participants!

2020-21 Welcome Letter & the Meetings Schedule

Please click the below links for the 2020 – 2021 Welcome Letter and the Schedule for Meetings.

Welcome Letter: https://seattleipinn.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Welcome-Letter-2020-21.pdf

Meeting Schedule: https://seattleipinn.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Schedule-of-meetings-2020-21-2.pdf

Seattle IP Inn of Court Virtual Mixer – June 18, 2020

The Seattle IP Inn of Court held its last event of the Inn year in virtual mixer format on June 18, 2020. The Board for the 2020 – 2021 year was elected. The new Board members on the call introduced themselves to the attendees. Thank you to the Board members leaving the Board! Welcome to the new Board members! Thank you to all Seattle IP Inn of Court members for their participation this year!

Ethics in the Practice of Intellectual Property – June 3, 2020

For this Seattle IP Inn of Court virtual meeting, Group 5 presented Ethics in the Practice of Intellectual Property. The presentation covered important ethical considerations for the practice of intellectual property law. The discussion included a review of applicable rules and case law, as well as interactive question and answer scenarios. Thank you for your presentation, Group 5!

Seattle IP Inn of Court Virtual Mixer – May 19, 2020

The Seattle IP Inn of Court held a virtual mixer for its May 19, 2020 meeting. The attendees began the meeting by briefly discussing Inn matters. The discussion moved on to practicing law remotely, taking depositions through Zoom, conducting trials through Zoom, and keeping kids occupied during the summer while parents continue to work from home. The conversation was informative, but also casual. Thank you to all the participants!

Seattle IP Inn of Court Virtual Mixer – April 23, 2020

The Seattle IP Inn of Court held its April 23, 2020 meeting in a virtual mixer format. Members joined the meeting from locations and with beverages of their choice. The attendees first discussed Inn business, then opened up the discussion to other topics, such as how members are staying connected to their firms, working from home adjustments attorneys, staff and clients are making, children schooling from home and changes they plan to make in their work lives after Washington’s stay at home order is lifted. Thank you to all the participants!