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2021 Intellectual Property Law Section Program

The theme of this year's Intellectual Property Law Section Program is practical guidance!

We have all grown accustomed to the virtual environment, which makes this year's event even EASIER to attend. The virtual environment, instigated by a global pandemic, has made certain aspects of intellectual property law more challenging (e.g., privacy pitfalls or technology collaboration agreements); made certain aspects more fruitful (e.g., identifying new licensing opportunities or leveraging technology for firm marketing); and has made certain aspects just as important as before (e.g., enforcement strategies in China). This program's goal is to provide intellectual property attorneys with knowledge that is diverse and useful to their practice.

Other topic highlights include an ethical conversation in light of the Supreme Court's Brunetti case from special guests Attorney John Sommer and Dean Carpenter and 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

NCBA Intellectual Property Law Section

North Carolina: 6.00 MCLE Hours

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