Updated: Jan. 31, 2024

Intellectual Property Section

The Intellectual Property Section strives to promote the practice of intellectual property law and focuses on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and related matters. The Section promotes the development of industry and the useful arts by encouraging the establishment, maintenance, respect for, and utilization of intellectual property rights that fairly balance the limited monopoly enjoyed by the owner of intellectual property rights with the benefit to society derived from the creation of useful subject matter protectable by those rights.

The Section provides benefits to members by providing continuing legal education events, including the Intellectual Property Institute, and publishing a newsletter. The Section conducts outreach activities with members and law students providing financial support to law students attending law schools in Washington State. The Section reviews, comments on, and makes recommendations related to pending legislation, and proposes statutory enactments to improve and to facilitate the administration of justice.

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The Intellectual Property Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about the section, their upcoming events and offerings, as well as information about the section's executive committee.

Upcoming Programs

Executive Committee

Upcoming Programs

Tuesday, Feb. 13 - WSBA IP Section Inland Empire Mini-CLE

Please join us at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, from 2-4 pm, for our WSBA IP Section Inland Empire Mini-CLE. This Mini-CLE will discuss recent issues in IP surrounding copyright, artificial intelligence, surveys, jurisdiction, and strategies surrounding IP disputes, all relevant to a broad range of practitioners. Please note this seminar is in-person only and will not be recorded.

Please click here to register online, call (800) 945-9722 to register by phone, or print and send this form to register by mail. Registration will close at noon Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. If you have any questions, please email cle@wsba.org

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Executive Committee

ChairRodney Tullett (2023-2024)

Chair-Elect: Connie Wan (2023-2024)

Immediate Past ChairDario Machleidt (2023-2024) 

Secretary/TreasurerSyed Abedi (2023-2024) 

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Vacant

Board of Governors Liaison*: Matthew Dresden (2023-2024)

At-Large Members:

Carrie Lofts (2022-2024)
Thomas Wong (2022-2024)
Ian Crosby (2023-2025)
Sunah Lee (2023-2025)
Ethan Vodde (2023-2025)


*Nonvoting member

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

To join the Section list serve and get general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the Section, please contact the Section chair, Rodney Tullett.

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