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BLS Webinar: Small Company Strategies for Fast Ramping a Patent Portfolio.

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Particularly for startups in the cyberspace area, building an IP portfolio can be a key competitive differentiator. The talk will discuss strategy and planning for your clients and how to best help position them to avoid future problems and protect their competitive advantages. Public examples like Nest, Shazam, Vivint and Fuisz point to alternatives for small growing companies that need to quickly ramp their patent portfolio. We will outline some of the elements for a strategic portfolio development plan for early stage companies that need to secure investment, need to persuade investors of a sustainable competitive advantage, and are at risk for patent assertion. This overview of patent strategy puts counsel in the role of a strategic advisor anticipating challenges for growth companies and planning cost-effective solutions to avoid disruption and avoidable cost

Speaker: Vince Murray joined Intellectual Ventures in 2013 as a Senior Director, Strategic Business Development. In this role he supports innovation through development of intellectual property solutions for large enterprise customers with complex technology footprints. Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures, Murray worked at Apple Computer, Tropian, HearMe, and Silicon Graphics

Uniform Voidable Transactions Act Update.

In the fall of 2014, Gabriel Glazer, David Barton, and Paul Barkes of the Commercial Transactions Committee prepared a detailed report to the California legislature recommending for adoption certain amendments to the existing Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (Section 3439 et seq. of the California Civil Code). These proposed amendments, which in addition to making a number of substantive changes to existing law, would change the title of the act to the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act, were largely consistent with amendments approved and recommended by a drafting committee appointed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The proposed bill (SB 161) incorporated nearly all of the CTC's recommendations and passed through the Legislature earlier this year.

Save the Date for Agribusiness Committee 2015 Berry Tour.

Friday, July 10, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Driscoll's Cassin Ranch
151 Silliman Road, Watsonville, CA 95076

Join the members of the Agribusiness Committee at Driscoll's Cassin Ranch in Watsonville on July 10th. Driscoll's is the world's largest distributor of fresh berries, and the Cassin Ranch serves as its primary research and development center of excellence. We will tour raspberry and blackberry test plots, attendees will participate in berry tasting along the way, and lunch will be provided. Attendees will hear an historical introduction and will also hear from one or more of Driscoll's specialists on intellectual property and various topics.

This program is free of charge and MCLE credit will be offered. One of the many benefits of membership and constituency on the Agribusiness Committee!

Attention! All Consumer Financial Services Attorneys Interested In Making The Most Of Your State Bar Membership.

The BLS's Consumer Financial Services Committee ("CFSC") is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 year, which starts in October.

The CFSC is comprised of a diverse mix of outside counsel on both the plaintiff and defense sides, and in-house attorneys at financial institutions, financial services companies, and financial technology companies. We are looking for enthusiastic attorneys who are interested in meeting other consumer financial services attorneys and honing their skills in this area to join our committee! We hold monthly calls where we hear from speakers on a relevant topic (you'll have the opportunity to earn MCLE credit); occasional in-person meetings in both LA and San Francisco; and several great events throughout the year - including Sacramento Day (where you'll get to meet with and hear from our legislators), networking events, and an in-person gathering at the annual state bar meeting. Speaking and publishing opportunities also are available to members.

Please note that you must be a member of the Business Law Section and have been admitted to a state bar for at least 5 years to apply. Please contact Kristina Del Vecchio (Kristina.delvecchio@owb.com) or Jennifer Duncan (jduncan@resortcom.com) for more information.

Insolvency Law Committee Attorneys Speak on "Maximizing the Value of Intellectual Property in Bankruptcy" to the Association of Corporate Counsel.

The Insolvency Law Committee ("ILC") congratulates Co-Chair Monique Jewett-Brewster and Co-Vice Chair Leib Lerner on their recent panel presentation at the Association of Corporate Counsel San Francisco Bay Area chapter's Mini-MBA Day conference.

On June 4, 2015, Leib, a partner with the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP, and Monique, an attorney with the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP, spoke on the topic of "Maximizing the Value of Intellectual Property in Bankruptcy." Using a number of practical scenarios, these ILC attorneys highlighted the issues a licensor or licensee of intellectual property may face upon a bankruptcy filing by a counterparty to a licensing agreement. They also discussed factors for consideration in the purchase of intellectual property assets in bankruptcy, and how the debtor's post-petition treatment of intellectual property licenses may impact a company's defenses in certain bankruptcy-related litigation cases. As part of their presentation to the 250+ attorneys in attendance, Monique and Leib discussed the ILC and its mission, and increased the ILC's constituency list by inviting attendees to sign up to receive the ILC's free, substantive eBulletins

The ILC is pleased to recognize Leib and Monique for their well-received presentation.

Are You Interested in a Specialty Area of Business Law? Join a Constituency List to Receive Regular E-Bulletins in Your Area of Interest.

The 15 BLS Standing Committees publish e-bulletins announcing developments in their area of law and upcoming events open to BLS members. As a BLS member, you can sign up to receive these e-bulletins from any BLS Standing Committee. If you are a BLS member already then please click HERE, log in, and follow the instructions to update your contact information and receive electronic communications from one or more BLS Standing Committees.

Get Involved with the Business Law News.

A subscription to the Business Law News (BLN) has often been called the most significant membership benefit of the BLS.  Published quarterly, BLN reaches the entire section, over 8,500 members. Publishing in BLN is a terrific opportunity, both to influence the discourse in the areas in which you practice and to market yourself and your practice.

What's more, BLN is now more accessible than ever. BLN is pleased to announce that selected issues are now available online. BLN members can click HERE. Complete issues from 2013 Issue 1 to 2014 Issue 2, and Annual Reviews from 2004 through 2014, are now posted on the members only section of the Section website.

Now is your chance to participate!  BLN is actively seeking submissions for its next regular issues - Issue 3, 2015 and Issue 4, 2015 - on any topic of interest to the business law community. Articles addressing issues that you regularly (or even unexpectedly) encounter in your practice would likely be helpful to the membership at large. BLN is especially interested in articles of general interest which would readily lend themselves to conversion into an MCLE article. All that is required to turn a regular article into an MCLE article is 20 true or false questions together with a list of the answers and justifications for the answers. The deadlines are June 30, 2015 and September 30, 2015, respectively.

If you are interested in writing for BLN, please contact Editor-in-Chief Jerry Grossman at grosspersonlaw@gmail.com. You can find BLN's submission guidelines HERE.

Finally, have you been interested in getting involved in the section but don't know where to start?  BLN is now seeking enthusiastic section members to join its Editorial Board.  BLN is a great entry point. The Editorial Board is unique in that it regularly accepts members that have less than five years of practice experience. Contact Editor-in-Chief Jerry Grossman at grosspersonlaw@gmail.com if you have questions about joining the board. You can find the application to join the BLN HERE.

Available BLS Publications for June 2015.

In addition to the monthly programs and e-bulletins, the BLS Committees publish books and materials of value to business law practitioners. Available titles include:

  • ABC (Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors) Desk Guide
  • Agricultural Law Sourcebook (68 business law contracts)
  • Guide to Organizing and Operating a Limited Liability Company in California
  • Handbook for Incorporating a Business in California
  • Uniform Commercial Code Committee 2005 Report

In addition, the BLS offers several helpful reports from the Opinions Committee:

  • Report on Third-Party Remedies Opinions (2007 Edition)
  • Corporations Committee 2007 Opinions Report
  • California Opinions Report 2002

Prices for materials range from $35 - $85 for BLS members.  Click HERE to purchase yours today!

Follow the BLS on Social Media and Contribute.

Did you know that the BLS maintains a presence on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook where it posts regular updates about new cases, new regulations, key legislative developments, and news and events from the BLS’s Standing Committees? What you may not know is that you can not only send items to the BLS to post or tweet, but also suggest items from your own social media pages for the BLS to re-post, re-tweet, or like. Doing so expands the reach of what you have to say to everyone who likes or follows the BLS on its various social media platforms, and may result in the BLS following you! Please submit your suggested items for consideration or direct any questions to BLS Social Media Subcommittee Chair Sarah de Diego (sarah@dediegolaw.net ), BLS Vice-Chair of Member Services Robert Harris (rob@bindermalter.com), or Tom Phinney (tom@parkinsphinney.com) and join the fray!

Join a Standing Committee.

Standing Committees are now accepting applications to fill vacant seats and filling them with the best attorneys in the State. Practitioners and other legal professionals who are members of the BLS and who have at least five (5) years of experience are eligible to apply. Membership on a committee affords unique opportunities to participate in the creation of law in your practice area, to get to know and be known by other practitioners, to work with the recognized leaders in your field, and to stay on the cutting edge of developments and practice techniques. Membership is a rewarding experience that keeps one ahead of, and in touch with, business law developments. Most committees meet once a month, often by phone; a full list of the Standing Committee Meeting dates for June are listed HERE. A description of the required commitment and application process, along with a link to the application, can be found at the following link at the State Bar Website HERE.

Connect 15

You are invited to attend a regular monthly meeting of one of the BLS’s 15 Standing Committees (see below). These monthly meetings provide attendees an excellent opportunity to chat with committee members and other lawyers with a similar expertise. Some committees even offer free MCLE credit! Please see the contact person listed below to RSVP or request more information. Follow us on Twitter @calbarbuslaw. Use a Standing Committee’s hashtag to search for tweets by that committee in its designated field and to re-tweet.

Standing Committee Meeting Dates

Standing Committee Contact Email Next Meeting
Agribusiness Kathleen Abdallah kabdallah@kroloff.com July 7, 1:30 p.m.
Business Law News Jerry Grossman grosspersonlaw@gmail.com July 21, noon
Business Litigation Peter Bronson pbronson@pbronsonlaw.com July 1, 10:00 a.m.
Commercial Transactions Katherine Bell
John Engel
Katherinebell@paulhastings.com
engel@sullivanhill.com
July 14, 12 noon
Consumer Financial Services Kristina Del Vecchio Kristina@josephandcohen.com July 16, 11:30 a.m.
Corporations Peter Menard
Michael Henry
pmenard@smrh.com
michael.henry@sce.com
July 10, 9:30 a.m.
Cyberspace Raffi Zerounian
Karl Kronenberger
rzerounian@hansonbridgett.com
info@krinternetlaw.com
July 14, 12:30 p.m.
Financial Institutions Mike Zandpour mike.zandpour@cnb.com July 14, 9:30 a.m.
Franchise Law Tal Grinblat
Grant Nigolian
tgrinblat@lewitthackman.com
grant@gan-law.com
July 9, 9:30 a.m.
Health Law Craig Garner craig@craiggarner.com July 3, 9 a.m.
Insolvency Law Monique Jewett-Brewster
Van Durrer
Monique.jewettbrewster@bryancave.com
vdurrer@skadden.com
July 7, 10:00 a.m.
Insurance Law Armand Feliciano armand.feliciano@acicnet.org July 21, 12 noon
Nonprofits Carol Bradford cbradford@calfund.org July 30, 10:30 a.m.
Opinions James Fotenos
Rick Frasch
Peter Szurley
Carol Lucas
jfotenos@greeneradovsky.com
rnfrasch@gmail.com
szurley@chapman.com
clucas@buchalter.com
No June meeting
Partnerships & LLCs Rachelle Cohen RCohen@kscllp.com July 14, 12 noon

Contact Us

Business Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
BusinessLaw@calbar.ca.gov
415-538-2570
FAX 415-538-2368