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CIPLA is pleased to announce the following monthly meetings for the 2023-24 year:

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at The University of Akron

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Thursday, March 7, 2024

*WE ARE EXCITED FOR OUR NEW MEETING VENUE!* Meetings will be held at Aloft Cleveland Downtown (1111 West 10th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113), in the Flats, unless otherwise noted. Meetings will start at 4:30 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and dinner thereafter. Additional meeting information and reminders will follow.

Please SAVE THE DATES and join us for the meetings!

Upcoming events

    • December 05, 2023
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Aloft Cleveland Downtown (1111 West 10th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113)


    Aloft Cleveland Downtown

    1111 West 10th Street

    Cleveland, OH 44113

    Parking options include the on-site garage, the Flats East Surface Parking Lot, and valet.


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

    1) Data/Privacy and Cyber Committee (1.00 hr CLE credit)

    Topic: From Start to Finish: How to Identify and Address Cybersecurity Incidents

    This presentation will focus on what a forensic investigation entails, what evidence is needed for analysis, how a privileged forensic investigation can be used to support legal conclusions, and how to identify potential legal obligations arising from incidents.

    Speaker: Chris Ballod, Managing Director of Cyber Risk at Kroll

    2) Trademark and Unfair Competition Committee (1.00 hr CLE credit)

    Topic: Social Media and Marketing Considerations for IP Lawyers

    This presentation will cover online advertisements, influencers/endorsement deals, sweepstakes and contests, and the updated guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission.

    Speaker: Jessica Goedel, Attorney at Dinsmore & Shohl

    Cocktail Reception (5:30–6:15 p.m., open bar)

    Dinner (6:15–7:30 p.m., 1.00 hr CLE accreditation will be applied for):

    Topic: IP Lawyers Behaving Badly: Professional Responsibility and Practice before the USPTO

    Keynote Speaker: Dahlia Girgis, Attorney for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) at the USPTO (visiting from Washington, DC)

    Are patent or trademark attorneys involved in more disciplinary action at the USPTO? Patent attorneys have attorney-client privilege, but what level of privilege applies to patent agents? What disciplinary actions are taken against patent agents who engage in the unauthorized practice of law (UPL)? What about patent attorneys unknowingly filing declarations containing inaccurate information? The mission of the OED is to protect the public and the integrity of the patent and trademark systems. The OED is responsible for investigating all types of matters including conflicts of interest, UPLs, inequitable conduct, solicitation, and substance-abuse issues. This presentation will cover ethics scenarios and select case law for a variety of situations that reach the OED.

    Since 2011, Ms. Girgis has been an attorney for the USPTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline where she investigates grievances and complaints alleging misconduct by patent and trademark practitioners. She first joined the USPTO in 2005 as a Trademark Examining Attorney and in 2008, she joined the USPTO Office of General Law where she investigated and prosecuted EEOC complaints, grievances, and Merit Systems Protection Bureau appeals. She has also served as the USPTO FOIA Officer. Before working at the USPTO, Ms. Girgis was an Assistant Attorney General for the N.H. Office of Attorney General and also served a tour of duty as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the United States Air Force.

    Dinner Entrée Options:
    • Airline Chicken, Quinoa, Asparagus
    • Salmon, Quinoa, Asparagus
    • Ratatouille (Vegetarian), Quinoa, Asparagus

      Each entrée is accompanied by a Chopped Salad and Mixed Berry Bread Pudding for dessert.


      • Members:  Dinner – $35; Committee CLE – Free,
      • In-House Members: Dinner – $30; Committee CLE – Free,
      • Non-Members:  Dinner – $45; Committee CLE – $45, or
      • Student Members and Non-Member Students:  Dinner – $15; Committee CLE – Free


        Any cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. Please email with any cancellation—no fax or telephone cancellations will be honored.


        Thanks to PLI ( for sponsoring our meeting and supporting CIPLA! PLI representatives will be available at the meeting to answer any questions about their services.

        Next Meeting:

        Enjoy the holiday season! The next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 1st. Please plan to attend!

      Past events

      November 08, 2023 November 2023 CIPLA Meeting
      November 02, 2023 CIPLA Fall Social Event at Immigrant Son Brewery
      October 17, 2023 October 2023 CIPLA Meeting
      September 13, 2023 The 33rd Annual AOAIOIP
      August 12, 2023 MS Buckeye Breakaway Bike Ride
      May 05, 2023 2023 CIPLA Annual Meeting and Dinner
      April 28, 2023 CIPLA Women's Committee: Annual Tea
      April 11, 2023 Young Lawyers Committee Social Event: Cleveland Guardians Game
      March 02, 2023 March CIPLA Meeting
      February 07, 2023 February CIPLA Meeting
      January 09, 2023 CIPLA Winter Social Event at Pins Mechanical Co.
      December 06, 2022 December CIPLA Meeting
      November 14, 2022 Young Lawyers Committee Social Event at Saucy Brew Works
      November 08, 2022 November 2022 CIPLA Meeting
      September 29, 2022 September CIPLA Meeting
      June 04, 2022 CIPLA Annual Meeting and Dinner
      May 20, 2022 CIPLA Women's Committee: Annual Tea
      April 26, 2022 April CIPLA Meeting (Rescheduled from February)
      March 15, 2022 Young Lawyers Committee Social Event: Cleveland Monsters Game
      March 10, 2022 March CIPLA Meeting
      December 07, 2021 December CIPLA Meeting
      November 09, 2021 November CIPLA Meeting
      October 28, 2021 Young Lawyers Committee Social Event
      October 14, 2021 October CIPLA Meeting
      September 23, 2021 The 31st Annual AOAIOIP
      August 28, 2021 CIPLA 2021 Social Event
      July 27, 2021 CIPLA Women's Social Networking Event
      June 17, 2021 CIPLA 2021 Annual Meeting and Wine Tasting
      May 05, 2021 Patent Portfolio Management
      April 01, 2021 Planning and Budgeting an IP Lawsuit
      March 23, 2021 Trade Secrets at the ITC: the Aftermath of Tian Rui
      March 11, 2021 IP and Brexit—What Happened and What’s Next?
      February 18, 2021 FIRESIDE CHAT: An opportunity to ask Karyn Temple about her ascent to the role of Register of Copyrights and President & GC of the Motion Picture Association
      February 10, 2021 Updates from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
      January 14, 2021 International IP Law and Practice
      December 08, 2020 Copyright Fair Use: From Art to APIs
      November 18, 2020 Fireside Chat on Social Justice Issues with Legal Experts Matthew W. Green, Jr., Ayesha Bell Hardaway, and Brant T. Lee
      November 11, 2020 Data Rights Data Privacy - What’s A Business To Do?! Virtual CLE with Dan J. McMullen
      October 07, 2020 30th All Ohio Annual Institute on Intellectual Property
      September 29, 2020 Fireside Chat with the Honorable Kathleen O'Malley
      June 26, 2020 CIPLA Annual Meeting -NOW VIRTUAL-
      February 13, 2020 Women in I.P. Networking Event
      January 23, 2020 January 23 2020 CIPLA Meeting
      November 21, 2019 November 21 CIPLA Meeting
      October 24, 2019 CIPLA Meeting
      May 11, 2019 CIPLA Annual Meeting and Dinner
      April 13, 2019 Patent Pro Bono Breakfast
      April 04, 2019 Thursday, April 4, 2019 CIPLA Meeting
      March 13, 2019 CIPLA Women's Tea at the Ritz Carlton
      February 28, 2019 Thursday, February 28, 2019 CIPLA Meeting
      January 31, 2019 January 31, 2019 CIPLA Meeting - University of Akron School of Law
      December 04, 2018 Tuesday, December 4, 2018 CIPLA Meeting
      November 08, 2018 CIPLA Young Lawyers Committee Fall Social Event
      October 25, 2018 Thursday, October 25, 2018 CIPLA Meeting
      September 27, 2018 28th All Ohio Annual Institute on Intellectual Property
      May 12, 2018 CIPLA Centennial Celebration 100th Annual Meeting and Dinner
      April 26, 2018 CIPLA Women's Tea at the Ritz Carlton
      April 12, 2018 Thursday, April 12, 2018 CIPLA Meeting
      March 07, 2018 Wednesday, March 7, 2018 CIPLA Meeting
      February 08, 2018 February 8, 2018 CIPLA Meeting
      January 27, 2018 Patent Pro Bono Breakfast
      December 07, 2017 December 7, 2017 CIPLA Meeting
      November 16, 2017 CIPLA Young Lawyers Committee Fall Social Event
      October 19, 2017 October 19, 2017 CIPLA Meeting
      September 14, 2017 All Ohio Annual Institute on Intellectual Property
      June 10, 2017 CIPLA 2017 Annual Meeting and Dinner
      May 02, 2017 May 2017 CIPLA Meeting
      April 05, 2017 CIPLA Women's Tea at the Ritz Carlton
      April 01, 2017 Patent Pro Bono Breakfast
      March 09, 2017 March 2017 CIPLA Meeting
      February 09, 2017 February 2017 CIPLA Meeting
      December 07, 2016 CIPLA Happy Hour - Small Firm/Small Business Committee
      December 01, 2016 December 2016 CIPLA Meeting
      October 27, 2016 October 2016 CIPLA Meeting
      September 15, 2016 CIPLA Social - Sep. 15, 2016
      May 14, 2016 2016 CIPLA Annual Meeting and Dinner
      April 28, 2016 CIPLA Afternoon Tea
      April 14, 2016 April 2016 CIPLA Meeting
      March 03, 2016 March 2016 CIPLA Meeting
      February 04, 2016 February 2016 CIPLA Meeting
      December 10, 2015 December 2015 CIPLA Meeting
      November 12, 2015 November 2015 CIPLA Meeting
      October 08, 2015 All Ohio Annual Institute on Intellectual Property
      September 24, 2015 End of Summer Meet & Greet
      May 16, 2015 2015 Annual Meeting and Dinner
      April 15, 2015 CIPLA Ladies Tea
      March 12, 2015 March 2015 CIPLA Meeting
      February 12, 2015 February 2015 CIPLA Meeting
      December 11, 2014 CIPLA December 2014 Meeting
      November 19, 2014 CIPLA November 2014 Meeting
      September 17, 2014 All Ohio Annual Institute on Intellectual Property
      April 29, 2014 IP Law Spring Happy Hour

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