Section Program

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – Part I

2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – Part II

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Intellectual Property in Our New Virtual World

Join us for a topical virtual conversational IP Section Annual Meeting and hear about the variety of legal and related business issues associated with intellectual property protection and the practice. Legal experts and corporate counsel will come together to talk about how they are “virtually” enforcing their intellectual property against infringement and counterfeiting; how companies are “pivoting” to maintain and/or increase brand value and/or market share; what steps are attorneys taking to make sure they are complying with their ethical obligations to clients and the security of their communications and meetings; and up to date global strategies for maintaining and securing your intellectual property portfolio. Our new virtual world offers much promise to intellectual property owners and practitioners, so we hope you can join us to learn how you can capitalize on these opportunities


Message from the Chair 

Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”--Ruth Bader Ginsberg, JSC.

Leadership is an elusive concept.  There is no definition that fits the great leaders that have come before us.  Leaders come from every nook and cranny, and many of you are leaders in your communities, law firms and the many organizations that are in need of direction and leadership.  As we embark on the rebuilding that will surely mark 2021, I call on all of you to help us in this monumental task.

Part of that leadership will be in accepting what we have learned in 2020, and implementing it in our daily lives and practices.  If there is one word that describes 2020 when it comes to the practice of law, it is VIRTUAL!  We have all struggled with what to many of us is a gregarious profession, with networking and hand-shaking part of our normal routines.  That has given way to home offices, Zoom meetings, and even virtual court appearances.

The IP Section Annual Meeting and CLE will focus on IP Practice in a Virtual World, and out meeting co-chairs Leonie Huong and Marc Lieberstein, together with our active Committee Chairs and Section Officers, have assembled timely topics with exceptional speakers for the Annual Meeting.

Among other things, the two-day meeting – January 20th – 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. and January 26th – 8:30 a.m. – Noon – will discuss the practical, legal and ethical issues related to the virtual practice of law, both generally and specific to the IP practitioner.  Topics will range from Brand Protection On-Line, to Diversity and Inclusion in the Virtual IP Workplace, to Taking Your Business On-Line.  It is sure to be informative and invaluable to your practice, and because we can all attend the Annual Meeting from wherever we sit, for a great price, and with over 8 hours of CLE credit (including 1 hour of ethics), I encourage you all to consider signing up.

I will leave you with a message as you lead your respective teams and communities into 2021 – patience and perseverance!  There will be more bumps in the road.  We will face adversity.  And it may get darker before we fully emerge from this Pandemic.  But we will get through it together, with respect and civility for each other.

Happy New Year!




Section Chair

Mike Oropallo
Barclay Damon, LLP.

Program Chairs

Leonie Huang, Esq.
Holland & Knight LLP
Marc A. Lieberstein, Esq.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Michael A. Oropallo, Esq.
Barclay Damon LLP
Brooke Erdos Singer, Esq.
Davis & Gilbert LLP


Program Sponsor





3.0 MCLE Credits- 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice; 1.0 Skills; 1.0 Ethics

This program is transitional and is suitable for all attorneys including those newly admitted

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

2:30 PM – 2:40 PM

Welcome and Introduction


Michael A. Oropallo, Esq. | Barclay Damon LLP, New York, NY


2:40 PM – 3:35 PM

Copyright and Intellectual Property Considerations Before Moving Your Business Online

With so much of the marketplace being taken online in light of COVID-19, and the likelihood that ecommerce will only become more prolific throughout the world, our panel will discuss the legal, strategic and commercial considerations that intellectual property owners should take into account before they move operations online.


Amelia K. Brankov, Esq. | Brankov PLLC, New York, NY
Jennifer D. Silverman, Esq. | Jennifer Silverman PLLC, New York, NY


Marc A. Lieberstein, Esq. | Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, New York, NY

1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice


3:35 PM – 3:45 PM



3:45 PM – 5:35 PM

Virtual Lawyering – Practical and Ethical Concerns in Litigating and Resolving Disputes in the Age of Covid-19

From ethical, legal and practical perspectives, the panel will probe timely issues and situations that arise when litigating and mediating IP in a solely online environment with emphasis on the interplay between counsel, the trier of fact and clients.


Theodore K. Cheng, Esq. | ADR Office of Theo Cheng LLC, New York, NY
Anthony E. Davis, Esq. | Clyde & Co LLP, New York, NY
Edwin M. Larkin, Esq. | Chief Litigation Counsel, Gannett Co. Inc., Pittsford, NY
Michael A. Oropallo, Esq. | Barclay Damon LLP, New York, NY


Rory J. Radding, Esq. | Mauriel Kapoutyian Woods LLP, New York, NY

1.0 Credit in Skills; 1.0 Credit in Ethics


5:35 PM – 5:50 PM

Closing Remarks


Michael A. Oropallo, Esq. | Barclay Damon LLP, New York, NY



Tuesday, January 26, 2021

3.0 MCLE Credits- 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice/ 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

This program is transitional and is suitable for all attorneys including those newly admitted


8:30 AM – 8:40 AM

Welcome and Introduction


Michael A. Oropallo, Esq. | Barclay Damon LLP, New York, NY


8:40 AM – 9:35 AM

Understanding and Disrupting Implicit Bias in the Legal Workplace

This panel will explore implicit bias and the role that it plays (and doesn’t play) in employment discrimination law. There will be a discussion of relevant caselaw and how courts distinguish bias versus discrimination. The panel will also highlight some examples of bias and discuss potential remedies and ways to “disrupt” implicit bias in the legal workplace and promote diversity and inclusion.


Joshua Zuckerberg, Esq. | Partner in the Labor and Employment, Litigation and Corporate Groups,Pryor Cashman LLP, New York, NY
Dennis C. Hopkins, Esq. | Partner in the Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation Practices, Perkins Coie LLP, New York, NY
Clarence A. Nesbitt, Esq. | National Basketball Players Association, New York, NY


Deborah Robinson, Esq. | ViacomCBS, New York, NY

1.0 Credit in Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias


9:35 AM – 9:45 AM



9:45 AM – 10:35 AM

#TRADEMARKS: New Media, Hashtags, Trademarks & Brand Protection

This panel will discuss issues and considerations for protection of trademarks and intellectual property in the new media environment, namely use of marks as hashtags, protectability, and practical implications. What should owners consider regarding whether to use a trademark as a hashtag? Creating brand awareness is key,but consider the issues before tweeting. We’ll get into those issues, and what might be down the road. How does one build, identify, and protect the #BRAND? Come engage in the conversation.


Nehal Madhani, Esq. | Alt Legal, New York, NY
Iva Rukelj, Esq. | TheSoul Publishing, New York, NY


William R. Samuels, Esq. | Warshaw Burstein, LLP, New York, NY

1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice


10:35 AM – 10:45 AM



10:45 AM – 11:35 AM

Hot Topics in IP and Advertising Law for E-tailers

This presentation will touch on all manner of advertising and IP issues for e-tailers. Topics covered will include pricing, e-commerce, gift cards, loyalty, sweepstakes, text message & email marketing, influencer marketing and cause marketing. In addition, the presentation will touch on IP issues germane to e-tailer advertising particularly in the social media and music space.


Tish Jones, Esq. | Bazaarvoice, Austin, TX
Devin Kothari, Esq. | Davis & Gilbert LLP, New York, NY
Samantha Reilly, Esq. | Glossier, New York, NY

1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice


11:35 AM – 11:50 AM

Closing Remarks


Michael A. Oropallo, Esq. | Barclay Damon LLP, New York, NY


$149: Section Member | $179: NYSBA Member | $299: Non-NYSBA Member

REGULAR REGISTRATION (1/1/21 and after)

$199: Section Member | $239: NYSBA Member | $399: Non-NYSBA Member

IMPORTANT: For those of you that wish to attend multiple Section or Committee programs, we are extending a discount of 25% off the pricing of 2 or more programs, however you must contact our MRC Department directly and register over the phone.


If you have questions please contact us at 800.582.2452 | [email protected]

Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.




Barclay Damon attorneys team across offices and practices to provide customized, targeted solutions grounded in industry knowledge and a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses. With nearly 300 attorneys, Barclay Damon is a leading law firm that operates from a strategic platform of offices located in the Northeastern United States and Toronto.


Davis & Gilbert LLP is a strategically focused, full-service mid-sized law firm. Founded over a century ago and headquartered in New York City, the firm represents a wide array of clients – from advertising and marketing agencies of all types and sizes, and major brands and advertisers of products and services to media, technology, financial services and real estate companies, private individuals and non-profits. Widely regarded as the #1 law firm for the marketing communications industry, Davis & Gilbert has practice groups in Advertising, Marketing & Promotions; Benefits & Compensation; Corporate; Digital Media, Technology & Privacy; Entertainment, Media & Sports; Insolvency, Creditors’ Rights & Financial Products; Intellectual Property; Labor & Employment; Litigation; Private Client Services; Real Estate; and Taxation.


Kilpatrick Townsend is among the largest firms in the U.S., bringing expertise in intellectual property, litigation, and corporate transactional matters. A passionate focus on excellent client service is the foundation of our success – from hiring multinational, cross-industry, and cross-practice area talent to meeting existing and anticipating client needs and to instilling in every employee a commitment to exceptional client service. We serve clients around the world from our offices in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

Interested in being a sponsor?

Contact the Intellectual Property Law Section Liaison

Dana Alamia
[email protected]
(518) 487-5607

We’re pleased to announce an additional 25% discount on all Books, eBooks, Online Forms and Pamphlets currently available in our online store during Annual Meeting.

Use discount code: PUBAM21 during the checkout process.


  • The discount code (PUBAM21) expires on January 29 on the final day of Annual Meeting
  • The 25% discount will be taken off of your qualifying process based on your NYSBA Membership status
  • On-Demand CLE programs available in the online store do not qualify for the 25% discount.




Siegel On Entertainment Law

Siegel On Entertainment Law

Regular Member Price: $145.00




Virtual Lawyering: A Practical Guide (eBook)

Virtual Lawyering: A Practical Guide (eBook)

Regular Member Price: $45.00




A Guide To Diversity & Inclusion In The 21st Century Workplace, Second Edition

A Guide To Diversity & Inclusion In The 21st Century Workplace, Second Edition

Regular Member Price: $22.00







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