08th May, 2019
As part of the Cooperating Agreement between FICPI and the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, which was renewed last year for a second 3-year term, Julian Crump, as president of FICPI, was invited to attend, as an Honoured Guest, the ABA-IPL Spring Council meeting, Annual Meeting, and 34th Intellectual Property Law Conference. The meeting took place in Arlington, Virginia USA on April 10-12, 2019. Due to scheduling conflicts, Julian could not attend; however, he asked Barry Graham to attend on behalf of FICPI. Barry is the president of the FICPI Membership Commission and FICPI’s Liaison to the ABA-IPL.
Mark Dickson, Chairperson of the ABA-IPL, acknowledged, on more than one occasion during the meetings, FICPI’s attendance as an Honoured Guest. During the meetings, Mark and Barry spoke on ways to increase membership in their respective organizations. Attendance at the Council meeting and the Leadership Dinner after the Council meeting allowed Barry to observe the leadership of the ABA-IPL in action, to discuss FICPI with many of the leaders, and to seek new members.
Regarding the 34th Intellectual Property Law Conference, over 450 registrants attended the Conference; the programs put on were well done and very informational; and included a welcome reception, the Mark T. Banner Award luncheon, and a Woman in IP Luncheon. Barry’s attendance at these various events also allowed him to discuss FICPI with many of the Conference attendees and seek new members. It also permitted Barry to meet in-house IP counsel and private practitioners who expressed interest in speaking at FICPI’s events and who made very good presentations during the Conference.
The ABA-IPL will hold its 125th Anniversary celebration at next year’s Annual Meeting on April 1-3, 2020 in Washington, DC. FICPI, again, will attend as an Honoured Guest.