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In-Person Live | 2022 Intellectual Property Law Section Program

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The evolving landscape of intellectual property continues to impact a variety of different areas.

During this program, we explore some of the trending topics and current issues — including protection of IP rights for cannabis, COVID vaccines and student athletes — and hear firsthand from the Secretary of State's Office about the agency's integral role in protecting IP and capital in NC.

Join us for an insightful discussion that brings you up to speed on the latest updates and recent developments in IP law.


  • Intellectual Property and the NC Department of the Secretary of State
  • In the Weeds: The Crossover Between Intellectual Property and Cannabis
  • Waiver of Patent Protection for COVID Vaccines
  • Student-Athlete Name, Image, Likeness: Best Practices for Brand Protection
  • IP Year in Review
  • How to De-stress and Be Happy as a Lawyer

In-Person Live
Thursday, March 31, 2022
7:45  AM–5:10 PM

Click here to view the full program agenda.

North Carolina Bar Center, 8000 Weston Parkway, Cary

Contact hotels directly for reservations at the special NCBA room rate. Rates are based on availability and rooms may sell out.

Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary
Nightly Rate: $174 single/double
Reservations: Click here or call 919.677.1840 (Corporate Account Code: 2691626)

TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 120 Sage Commons Way, Cary
Nightly Rate: $114 studio queen with sleeper sofa (Sunday–Thursday)
Reservations: 919.678.0005 (Ask for the NCBA corporate rate)


  • Deborah M. Butler, North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, Raleigh
  • Ann M. Elmore, North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, Raleigh
  • Katherine A. "Kae" Gruner, McGuireWoods LLP, Atlanta, GA
  • Corinne S. "Cori" Hockman, McGuireWoods LLP, Raleigh
  • Candace A. Hoffman, North Carolina Lawyers Assistance Program, Raleigh
  • Lance A. Lawson, Burr Forman McNair LLP, Charlotte
  • Richard T. "Rick" Matthews, Williams Mullen, Raleigh
  • Bobby L. Robinson, Nexsen Pruet LLC, Charlotte
  • Ana Santos Rutschman, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • William "Bill" Toole, North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, Raleigh

NCBA Intellectual Property Law Section

  • Anthony P. DeRosa, Myers Bigel PA, Raleigh (Planner)
  • R. Brian Drozd, Oliff PLC, Charlotte (Planner)
  • Seth L. Hudson, Nexsen Pruet LLC, Charlotte (Planner)
  • Sarah W. Wheaton, McGuireWoods LLP, Raleigh (Planner)

North Carolina: 7.25 MCLE Hours

1.00 Substance Abuse/Mental Health


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.