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March CIPLA Meeting

  • March 02, 2023
  • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • The Ritz-Carlton Cleveland (1515 West Third Street Cleveland, OH 44113)


  • Active CIPLA Member

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023


Committee CLE Meetings (4:30–5:30 p.m., CLE accreditation will be applied for):

Patent Committee by James Haynes from Tee & Howe IP Attorneys in Beijing (1.00 hr CLE credit)

Topic: A Primer on China IP

Trademark Committee by Rita Kline from Renner Otto (1.00 hr CLE credit) 

Topic: TTAB’s Lowered Fraud Standard: Best Practices for Plaintiffs and Defendants

Cocktail Reception (5:30–6:00 p.m.)

Dinner (6:00–7:30 p.m., 1.00 hr CLE accreditation will be applied for):

Keynote Speaker: Honorable Judge Alan Albright, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Texas

Topic: Q&A Discussion with Judge Albright

Judge Alan Albright is the federal district judge for the Western District of Texas, Waco Division. Judge Albright was nominated by President Trump on January 24, 2018, and confirmed on September 6, 2018. He was sworn in on September 18, 2018. Over the past three years, he has heard more patent cases than any other judge in the country.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Albright was a partner in the Austin office of Bracewell, LLP. He practiced IP litigation and handled trials in both federal court and the ITC. Before practicing law in Austin, he earned a BA in Political Science from Trinity University in San Antonio and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he was a member of the Texas Law Review. Following law school, Judge Albright clerked for The Honorable James R. Nowlin in Austin, Texas. Judge Albright later served as a United States Magistrate Judge from 1992–99. He has also taught as an adjunct professor of law at The University of Texas School of Law. Judge Albright was recently inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Dinner Entrée Options:

  • Slow Braised Beef Short Rib, Grilled Asparagus, Sun Dried Tomato Risotto, Balsamic Reduction; or
  • Herb-Rubbed Chicken Breast, Grilled Asparagus, Sun Dried Tomato Risotto, Balsamic Reduction; or
  • Seasonal Vegetable Nepoleon, Grilled Asparagus, Sun Dried Tomato Risotto, Balsamic Reduction

Each entrée is accompanied by a salad and a seasonal cheesecake for dessert. GF and Vegan available upon request.


  • Members:  Dinner – $30; Committee CLE – Free,
  • Non-Members:  Dinner – $40; Committee CLE – $40, or
  • Student Members and Non-member Students:  Dinner – $15; Committee CLE – Free

*Raffle Announcement*

We are offering two special raffles for all attendees! We will select a random winner at each meeting to receive a $50 gift card. You must be in attendance to receive a raffle ticket. Additionally, for each meeting you attend, you will earn one raffle ticket for a grand prize drawing that we will have at our annual meeting. You must attend the annual meeting to win the grand prize. The more meetings you attend, the more tickets you will receive to enter to win the grand prize!


Any cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 27th, 2023. Please email with any cancellation—no fax or telephone cancellations will be honored.

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