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WIPLA Holiday Party on Dec. 4, 2014
The Women's Intellectual Property Lawyers Association invites WIPLA members and their guests to join us for our 2014 Holiday Party (with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres) as a thank you to our members for their commitment to the WIPLA organization.

Our celebration will be held at:

The Sofitel
223 Twin Dolphin Dr.
Redwood City, CA 94065.

Complimentary to WIPLA Members and their guests (please limit registration to one guest per WIPLA member)

Please Register by November 27, 2014

For more information, contact Roberta Robins at rlr@robinslaw.com


Dear WIPLA Members,

2014 has been a great year for WIPLA and we seek your help in making 2015 an even better one!


In order to continue to advance as an organization, we need strong leaders to join our committees to help plan events, bring in sponsorships, and help grow our membership base.  We are seeking 2-3 enthusiastic WIPLA members per committee.  Please see the list of committees below and reply to ziccarelliG@dicksteinshapiro.com with which committee(s) you are interested in being a part of.  We would really appreciate receiving all responses by November 19th so that we can ensure 2015 gets off to a great start.

  • Communications Committee (including a social media guru)
  • Membership Committee
  • Programs Committee
  • Sponsorship Committee

Membership Renewal

It is membership renewal season!  Renew now to ensure that you receive all of the member benefits, including member-only events and discounts, in 2015.  If you are not a member, join on or after November 1st and receive the remainder of 2014 and all of 2015 for the cost of one year’s membership.  This includes an invitation to the Members-Only Holiday Party on December 4, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the chic Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City.  Join or renew here

Please pass on this information to any of your contacts who may be interested in joining WIPLA.  Thank you for your commitment to the organization and we are looking forward to an outstanding 2015 with you all.


Gabriella Ziccarelli

Membership Committee Chair 


IP Career Opportunity:

Detroit IP Clinic - tenure track faculty position

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law seeks an Intellectual Property Law clinician/professor to direct a new clinic certified by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. (The USPTO has opened its first satellite office in Detroit.) The successful candidate will begin in the 2015-16 academic year.

Additional information regarding the Intellectual Property Clinic can be found at:

The complete advertisement for the position: IP Clinic Job Opportunity.doc. For more info: www.law.udmercy.edu






Learn from the best!

No one likes making mistakes, but mistakes can deliver important lessons. And everyone makes mistakes!  Learn from women at the top of their game what they learned the hard way in a lively discussion of Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Woman Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting it Wrong. 

Women in law, politics, medicine and the arts open up about mistakes and lessons: Civil rights lawyer and legal scholar Lani Guinier discusses how the wrong job can help you figure out what the right job is; physician and author Danielle Ofrie talks about moving on from a bad decision; and best-selling Wild author Cheryl Strayed discusses making the most of feedback.

What you will learn:

-How to take charge of your own narrative

-How to ask for what you need

-How to say no

-How to build resilience

Panelist bios

From before except that we replace the sentence about mindset with one about our own best advice or worst mistake, for example:

Kate Wheble is a partner at Hiaring +Smith, LLP where she counsels clients on trademark and copyright protection and enforcement.  She has practiced for over twenty years in California and New York.  Kate believes that  understanding a mistake helps you avoid making another one.

When:             October 23, 2014

Networking from 6:30 - 7 p.m.

Program from 7 –8:30 p.m.

Where:           Winston & Strawn LLP

                        101 California St.

                        San Francisco, CA


Dear WIPLA Members,

Get out your calendars and pens (or smartphones and thumbs) because the next few months are filled with fantastic WIPLA events, guaranteed to make even the most newly minted women intellectual property attorneys want to put down their latest issue of “New Matter,” and join in the fun.

It is true that July’s spa event will be a tough act to follow and I held back my suggestion that all future events be held in this manner, however, given the discussions at the fall planning meeting held last Friday, I am convinced that the upcoming events, such as the Book Review Discussion on October 23 and the Holiday party scheduled for December 4th, will be nothing short of fabulous. Some of the other events that were discussed at Friday’s planning meeting included the “Student Outreach” events, in which WIPLA members will travel to law school campuses and be available to answer questions about the organization. Volunteers are needed for this event which will provide a wonderful opportunity to gain some new members. We also discussed repeating some of the popular past events, such as the “Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession” and “IP Year in Review: Trends and Developments.”

The Board and committee members were truly interested in what the new members had to say and they want to hear more, so keep your ideas coming. As a new member, I can’t wait to get out of the pool and get involved in some of these great upcoming fall events. I hope you’ll join us!

Jennifer Fleischer
WIPLA Member and Communications Chair


The Women's Intellectual Property Lawyers Association thanks its sponsors for their support of women in the field of intellectual property law:

Is your organization also interested in sponsoring WIPLA or a WIPLA event?  Contact Krista Carter at 650.690.9544 or carterk@dicksteinshapiro.com
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