The Chair’s Comments: A Word from Cynthia B. Rothschild
Article Date: Saturday, June 04, 2011
As this will be my last submission as the IP Section Chair, I would like to begin my comments by thanking the IP Section and the IP Section Council for making my year as chair of the section a remarkably rewarding experience. Additionally, I would like to recognize and thank the N.C. Bar Association for all the support that they have provided, with special thanks to Ms. Lynda Imhoff for all her assistance to myself and others in the IP Section.
I hope a good many of you have had the chance to participate in IP Section activities over the last year. As a reminder, information about the section can be found at the NC Bar Association website at http://intellectualpropertylaw.ncbar.org/
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The IP Section held its annual meeting and CLE on March 25, 2011 at the Embassy Suites in Concord, NC. Individuals nominated and/or recommended for appointment as officers of the 2011-2012 IP Section Council were: Chair – David Sar of Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard, LLP; Vice Chair – E. Eric Mills of Ward & Smith, PA; Treasurer – J. Timothy Meigs of Becton Dickinson & Company; and Secretary – A. Jose Cortina of Ward & Smith, PA. The IP Section also presented its individual and firm Pro Bono Awards during the annual meeting. Individual awards were presented to Robert Crouse of Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec for his successful appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran's Claims, and Dean Powell of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton for his work with Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills. The firm award was presented to the Winston-Salem office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Congratulations to these incoming officers and pro bono recipients!
The IP Section has recently formed two new committees. The first is a Trademark Specialization Committee working to establish a certification for specialization in trademark law in North Carolina. This committee is chaired by Matthew Ladenheim of Trego, Hines & Ladenheim. Please contact Matthew if you are interested in learning more about this committee. The second new committee is the International IP Committee chaired by Jack Hicks of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC. Jack is also serving as the IP Section's representative at U.S. Bar -EPO Liaison Council Meetings; these meetings serve to promote dialog between U.S. practitioners and our European colleagues. Please contact Jack if you are interested in receiving more information about this committee.
Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve as Chair of the IP Section. I look forward to seeing many of you at our next year's committee meetings and/or annual CLE.
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