Committees of the Intellectual Property Law Section

Members of the Intellectual Property Law Section are encouraged to join a committee or committees of their choice. You may join by emailing IntellectualProperty@nysba.org with your request to join a committee, or contact the committee chairs listed below for more details. If you are not a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section, you may join the IP Section here.

Committee Mission Statements

Advertising Law Committee

The mission of the Advertising Law Committee is to address the needs of Section members and other attorneys in connection with intellectual property issues arising in connection with advertising, marketing and social media. The Committee intends to meet these needs through the dissemination of relevant information and the development of educational programs, forums and publications.  The goal of this Committee is to provide opportunities for Section Members’ skill development; and to grow the Section’s membership by meeting the needs of those who practice in the Advertising Law community.

Chair:
Brooke Erdos Singer, Esq., New York (bsinger@dglaw.com)
A. Cassidy Sehgal-Kolbet, Esq., New York (csehgal@us.loreal.com)

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Copyright Law Committee

The mission of the Copyright Law Committee is to educate Section members and other attorneys about Copyright Law as it affects the interests of their clients. This is effectuated through programs that provide reviews of the law and opportunities for effective exchange of ideas, through publication of case reviews, and through the IP Section Speakers Bureau participation.

Co-Chairs:
Paul Matthew Fakler, Esq., New York (fakler.paul@arentfox.com)
Oren J. Warshavsky, Esq., New York (owarshavsky@bakerlaw.com)

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Diversity Initiative

It is the purpose of the Intellectual Property Law Section Diversity Initiative to achieve membership diversity of the Section and its Committees by reaching out to legal professionals and law students of diverse backgrounds, including, race, religion, gender, national origin, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation. Through the Executive Committee, the Diversity Initiative should accomplish this objective by: (i) encouraging participation of attorneys and law students of diverse backgrounds in Section activities, (ii) promoting diversity among speakers and panelists of Section and Committee programs, (iii) recognizing top achievements by attorneys and law students of diverse backgrounds in the area of intellectual property law, (iv) recognizing intellectual property law practitioners, law firms, and corporations who have demonstrated leadership in promoting a diverse workforce, including the hiring, retention, and promotion of attorneys of diverse backgrounds, and (v) collaborating with Section Committees, other sections, and other bar associations, the public and private sectors in connection with various diversity initiatives and projects.

Co-Chairs:
Joyce L. Creidy, Esq., New York (joyce.creidy@thompsonreuters.com)
Sheila Francis Jeyathurai, Houston, TX (sfrancis@inta.org)

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Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee considers ethical issues arising in the context of IP and Technology Law; informs the Section on recent developments and the possible implications to the IP professional; and provides general guidance on ethical issues of concern to the IP professional through publications and seminars. Formal or informal opinions for specific ethical issues are provided by the NYSBA and may be found on-line at www.nysba.org or by using the NYSBA ethics hot line.

Co-Chairs:
Philip A. Furgang, Esq., New York (philip@furgang.com)
Rory J. Radding, Esq., New York (rradding@edwardswildman.com)

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Greentech Committee

The mission of the Greentech Committee of the IP Section is to explore, the intellectual property law concerning new developing clean energy technologiesand how best to procure, project and exploit them.

Co-Chairs:
Gaston Kroub, Esq., New York (gkroub@lockelord.com)
Rory J. Radding Esq., New York (rrading@edwardswildman.com)

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In-house Initiative

The In-House Initiative's mission is to raise the visibility of the IP Section among in-house attorneys admitted to practice law in New York in order to increase the membership of in-house attorneys in the IP Section. Through the Executive Committee, the In-House Initiative should accomplish this objective by:  (1) organizing regular membership drives, (2) organizing CLE events for in-house attorneys only,  (3) encouraging in-house attorneys to participate in IP Section programs and networking events by sending targeted IP Section communications, and (4) forming a committee of in-house attorneys who will be charged with carrying out these objectives. 

Co-Chairs:
Chehrazade Chemcham, Esq., New York (Chehrazade_Chemcham@colpal.com)
Sarah Crutcher Preuss, Esq., New York (Sarah.Preuss@viacom.com)

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International IP Law Committee

The mission of the International IP Legal Issues Committee is to educate members of the Bar about international legal issues that affect the practice of intellectual property law from the perspective of U.S. practitioners, as well as foreign attorneys, and to assist Section members to meet the challenges of an emerging global IP law practice. The Committee will provide legal education through programs and publications and dissemination of information about legislative and judicial developments related to international IP issues. The Committee also seeks to increase the involvement of foreign attorneys in the IP Section. It is the Committee's goal to hold at least one meeting a year with participation from foreign Setion members.

Co-Chairs:
Sujata Chaudhri, Esq., Uttar Pradesh, India (sujatachaudhri@ipgurus.in)
Anil V. George, Esq., Rye (avgeorge@nba.com)

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Internet & Technology Law Committee

The mission of the Internet & Technology Law Committee is to inform the bar of emerging developments of Intellectual Property Law pertaining to the Internet and related computer networks. The rapid growth of the Internet as a means of conducting commerce, providing information, and delivering audio-visual works, make the Internet fertile ground for issues concerning trademark, copyright, patents, trade secrets and related legal issues involving the creation and protection of intellectual property (such as publicity and database laws). The Committee shall study and investigate the development of the law in this area locally, nationally and internationally, and report to the Section through newsletters, bulletins and seminar programs.

Co-Chairs:
Eric E. Gisolfi, Esq., New York (egisolfi@sabinfirm.com)
Richard L. Ravin, Esq., Paramus, NJ (rick@ravin.com)

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Legislative/Amicus Committee

The Legislative/Amicus Committee coordinates the review by the Intellectual Property Law Section of pending or existing legislation or court cases affecting Intellectual Property Law for New York practitioners brought to the attention of the Section. The Committee works with the appropriate law committees of the Section to review, analyze and then report to the Section's Executive Committee as to recommendations for action or non-action. Depending on the action to be taken, the Section's Executive Committee may recommend to the NYSBA Executive Committee that certain action be taken in the name of the NYSBA, such as the filing of amicus curiae briefs, or, where appropriate and permitted to do so, the Section's Executive Committee may authorize the drafting of affirmative legislative proposals and/or provide commentary on bills or amendments to bills or legislation. The Legislative/Amicus Committee assists the appropriate Section law Committee in taking the action authorized by the Section's Executive Committee and/or the NYSBA, such as the drafting of proposed legislation and briefs, and coordinating the Section's efforts in connection therewith.

Chair:
Dr. Charles E. Miller, Esq., New York (cmiller@sillscummis.com)

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Litigation Committee

The mission of the Litigation Committee is to address the needs of Section members and other attorneys in connection with rules of practice and procedure relating to intellectual property litigation, inlcuding issues relating to the implementation of rules of practice that may affect the practice of intellectual property law, and the selection and appointment of judges and magistrate judges. The Committee intends to meet these needs through the dissemination of relevant information from government sources, soliciting comments and making recommendations to the Section Chair in connection with rule-making, participating in the judicial selection process, and developing educational programs, forums and publications with the goal of educating Section Members and providing opportunities for skill development.

Paul W. Garrity, Esq., New York (pgarrity@sheppardmullin.com)
Marc A. Lieberstein, Esq., New York (mlieberstein@kirkpatricktownsend.com)

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Membership Committee

Co-Chairs:
William Robert Samuels, Esq., New York (bill@wrsamuelslaw.com)
Robin E. Silverman, Esq. (rsilverman@golenbock.com)

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Patent Law Committee

The mission of the Patent Law Committee is to provide information and a forum for discussion to Section members and other attorneys about inventions and inventing. Included within the scope of this mission is obtaining patents both in the United States and ourside the United States and protecting rights to such inventions. The Committee achieves its mission by establishing educational programs and materials and monitoring legislative and judicial developments in patent law.

Co-Chairs:
David B. Bassett, Esq., New York (david.bassett@wilmerhale.com)
Michael A. Oropallo, Esq., Syracuse (moropallo@hblaw.com)

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Pro Bono and Public Interest Committee

The mission of the Pro Bono and Public Interest Committee is to develop, coordinate and promote opportunities for Section members to participate in pro bono and public interest intellectual property opportunities in the community. Activities include outreach and co-sponsorship of programs and events.

Chair:
Debra Resnick, Esq., New York (debra.resnick@fticonsulting.com)
Dr. Paula Joanne Estrada De Martin, Esq., New York (paula.estradademartin@wilmerhale.com)

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Trademark Law Committee

The mission of the Trademark Law Committee is to examine, monitor, report and make recommendations to Section members and other attorneys on existing and proposed trademark laws and procedures that affect or may affect their practice and their client's business. To achieve this mission, the Committee disseminates summaries of legislative and judicial developments in trademark law and establishes educational programs and forums on the fundamentals of trademarks.

Chair:
William R. Samuels, Esq., New York (bill@wrsamuelslaw.com)

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Trade Secrets Committee

The mission of the Trade Secrets Committee is to assist Section members and other attorneys and their clients in the understanding and value of trade secrets. The mission is achieved by providing educational programs and forums.

Co-Chairs:
Andre G. Castaybert, Esq., White Plains (acastaybert@tlesq.com)
Douglas A. Miro, Esq., New York (dmiro@ostrolenk.com)

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Transactional Law Committee

The mission of the Transactional Committee is to assist Section members and other attorneys in understanding and developing strategies for the exploitation of Intellectual Property assets, whether by means of acquisition, commercialization, securitization, joint venture, licensing, or otherwise. This mission is achieved by providing education through dissemination of information concerning recent legal developments and exploration of the strategic and commercial factors that impact upon the licensing, exploitation and/or acquisition of Intellectual Property.

Co-Chairs:
Joseph John Conklin, Esq., New York (joseph_conklin@cotyinc.com)
Robin E. Silverman, Esq., New York (rsilverman@golenbock.com)

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Young Lawyers Committee

The mission of the Young Lawyers Committee is to address the goals and needs of student and young lawyer Section members in pursuing careers in intellectual property law practice. The Committee acts as a liaison between students, young lawyers, Section Committees, and Section members, and provides and promotes educational programs on intellectual property law to its members.

Co-Chairs:
Teige Patrick Sheehan, Esq., Delmar (tps@hrfmlaw.com)
Nyasha S. Foy, Esq. (nyasha.foy@law.nyls.edu)

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