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2021 Intellectual Property Law Section Program

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Although we have all grown accustomed to the virtual environment instigated by a global pandemic, it has presented both challenges and opportunities for intellectual property law practitioners.

Certain aspects of intellectual property law, like privacy pitfalls and technology collaboration agreements, have become more challenging. Others, like new licensing opportunities and leveraging technology for firm marketing, have offered more fruitful opportunities. And aspects like enforcement strategies in China have remained just as important as before.

The theme of this year's Intellectual Property Law Section CLE, practical guidance, aims to equip you with the diverse knowledge and useful insight to successfully navigate each of these aspects.

Topic highlights include an ethical conversation in light of the Supreme Court's Brunetti case, presented by keynote speakers John Sommer and Megan Carpenter, as well as year-in-reviews for trademark and patent law.


  • Identifying and Benchmarking Intellectual Property to Find Licensing Opportunities
  • U.S. Trademark Updates and Review
  • U.S. Patent Law Updates and Review
  • How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich (or a Complex Research and Development Collaboration Agreement) Without Creating a Mess
  • Ethical Considerations in Advising Clients: The Impact of Brunetti in the Era of Renewed Focus on Social Justice
  • Intellectual Property and Enforcement Strategies in China
  • Privacy Pitfalls and Best Practices: Privacy Law Primer for IP Attorneys
  • Leveraging Technology and Social Media Marketing for Intellectual Property Attorneys in North Carolina

Live Webcast
Thursday, April 29, 2021
8:55 AM–4:10 PM

Click here to view the full program agenda.


  • Megan M. Carpenter, University of New Hampshire, Concord, NH
  • Angela P. Doughty, Ward and Smith PA, New Bern
  • Ticora E. Davis, The Creator's Law Firm, Charlotte
  • Darrell A. Fruth, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
  • Robert J. "Bob" Koch (retired), Milbank LLP, Washington, DC
  • Megan C. Lambert, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
  • Lance A. Lawson, Burr & Forman LLP, Charlotte
  • Mary S. Mathew, Dentons, New York, NY
  • Richard T. Matthews, Williams Mullen, Raleigh
  • Susan E. McBee, McBee Moore & Vanik IP LLC, Frederick, MD
  • Chester G. "C.G." Moore, McBee Moore & Vanik IP LLC, Frederick, MD
  • Christian Palmieri, A+E Networks, New York, NY
  • John R. Sommer, Stussy Inc., Irvine, CA

NCBA Intellectual Property Law Section

  • Daniel I. "Dan" Becker, Olive Law Group PLLC, Cary (Planner)
  • Andrew T. "Andy" Prokopetz, Cotton Inc., Cary (Planner)
  • Erica B. E. Rogers, Ward and Smith PA, Raleigh (Planner)

North Carolina: 6.00 MCLE Hours

1.00 Ethics/Professional Responsibility
2.00 Technology Training


See pricing below. Discounts may be available for NCBA members who are students, law professors, judges or legal services/public interest attorneys. Call CLE at 919.677.0561 for details.