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WSPLA 2022 Election Results

May 24, 2022


Dear WSPLA Members,


WSPLA congratulates Venu Sareen who has been elected to the WSPLA Board. Thanks to all candidates who agreed to be nominated for Board positions.


Sincerely and respectfully yours,
WSPLA Board of Directors



WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center

November 2, 2021


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center is holding a 3-day Online Mediation and Arbitration Workshop on 8-10 December, which we think may be of interest to members of WSPLA.


Free-of-charge, and convenient for participants in Europe and the Americas, for two hours each day the Workshop will cover:

  • mediation and arbitration as options for resolving IP and technology disputes (including FRAND/SEP disputes);
  • an industry view on dispute resolution;
  • keys to drafting effective dispute resolution clauses; and
  • the move to online meeting and hearings.


The Workshop is designed for IP and technology stakeholders, including mediators, arbitration and IP lawyers, in-house counsel, and patent and trademark attorneys.


The event program can be found online here; faculty profiles can be found here. Registration is now open.



IPBC Global

October 15, 2021


14-16 November 2021 – Hyatt Regency Seattle


IPBC Global will bring the world’s IP business leaders back together again in 2021 when it
reconvenes in Seattle, the fastest growing tech hub in the USA and home to some of the
most innovative businesses on the planet.


From 14 to 16 November 2021, attendees at the world’s leading IP event will enjoy
unsurpassed networking and deal-making opportunities, as well as the chance to join
high-level discussion around the key challenges facing those responsible for developing IP
business strategies now and into the future.


Use code WSPLA300 when registering to save $300! (Code not valid for IP service
providers) Follow this link to register



Mentor/Mentee Program

October 11, 2021


Calling All WSPLA Members:


The WSPLA Mentoring Program is now live for 2021-2022! The Mentoring Program is
available to mentees who have either (1) completed their first year of law school and
have taken, or are currently taking, patent law or (2) are in their first five years of practice
as an IP/patent attorney; and to mentors who have completed at least 5 years of practice
as an IP/patent attorney.


Although the nature and scope of the relationship between mentors and mentees will be
worked out between the participants, WSPLA expects that mentors and their mentees will
meet by phone/webchat quarterly (with primary responsibility for coordinating meetings on
the mentee). If we have enough participants, and depending on interest, we may assign
participants to mentoring groups of 4 to broaden participant access to various stages of
practice and professional development.


Please sign up to be a either mentee or a mentor at


Registration will be open from October 15 through November 15, 2021. Once registration
is closed, the Mentoring Committee will match mentees with experienced IP attorneys.
While WSPLA membership is not required to participate, membership is certainly


Have questions? Feel free to reach out to Adriane Scola WSPLA Mentoring Committee Chair



USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program

October 5, 2021


Hello WSPLA Members:


As part of our ongoing efforts to improve access to the patent system in our community,
we hope you will consider volunteering with the USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program. The
University of Washington School of Law, in partnership with the USPTO, provides all the
initial screening to make sure your time and skills are put to good use. Please read further
for more information from the USPTO Patent Pro Bono Team.


The WSPLA Board



WSPLA 2021 Election Results

May 25, 2021


Dear WSPLA Members,


WSPLA congratulates Julie Kane Akhter and Gloria Steinberg who have been elected to the WSPLA Board. Thanks to all candidates who agreed to be nominated for Board positions.


Sincerely and respectfully yours,
WSPLA Board of Directors



Seattle CHIZAI (IP) Kick-off Event

November 7, 2018


Seattle CHIZAI (IP) is a learning and networking initiative. It aims to create a unique communication platform by providing an intellectual property (IP) lens for professionals looking for leaning and networking experience in Seattle and the West Coast.


Seattle CHIZAI (IP) is planning a kick-off event on December 7th (Fri) 2018 at Microsoft Conference Center (16070 NE 36th Way Bldg 33, Redmond, WA 98052). We are expecting many professionals will come, especially IP professionals and those who are interested in IP in business not only at a large corporation but also at a smaller company. Click for event schedule.


Title: Exclusion and Inclusion – “Open Innovation” from academic, IP and business viewpoints


Date: December 7, 2018
Time: 3:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: Microsoft Conference Center (16070 NE 36th Way Bldg 33, Redmond, WA 98052)


RSVP to Masa Kaneko by Friday, November 30th.



WSPLA Content Committee

October 19, 2018


The new WSPLA Content Committee is looking for WSPLA members to join the committee to help find content to post on the WSPLA web site and social media. Let me know if you’re interested (Jim Baunach 206-694-4816).



Join WSPLA on LinkedIn and Twitter

October 19, 2018


Join the WSPLA LinkedIn Group at and follow the WSPLA Twitter account at