2020 OPLA Biennial Conference - April 24 - 26, 2020

2020 OPLA Biennial Conference
Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26
Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Oregon


Platinum Sponsors:

Klarquist is one of the oldest and largest intellectual property specialty firms based in the Pacific Northwest. The firm’s more than 60 attorneys and patent agents represent clients across the nation and the globe who are at the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Klarquist is routinely ranked in the top tier of IP firms in the US and the world, and the firm’s attorneys often receive individual recognition for their technical and legal expertise.

Seed IP provides comprehensive legal services in all areas of intellectual property. Our clients range in size from individuals and start-up companies to established multinational corporations in alternative energy, biotechnology, chemistry, consumer products and services, electronics and semiconductors, engineering, medical devices, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, software and internet, and telecommunications. We are entrusted with the critical mission of adding value to our clients’ innovations and protecting their intellectual assets. Because we consistently honor that trust with our diligence, creativity, and expertise, we enjoy many long-term client relationships in the Pacific Northwest, nationally, and internationally.

Gold Sponsors:

Boehmert & Boehmert

Silver Sponsors:

Supporter Sponsors:


FRI. April 24

3:30 pm Registration

4:00 pm Welcome/Introduction/Annual Meeting
Amber Sun, OPLA Board President
Partner, Kolitch Romano




4:10 pm 35 U.S.C. § 101 Issues
Robert L. Stoll
Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and
the former U.S. Patent and Trademark Commissioner for Patents



5:10 pm  Best Global Patent Strategies - The Situation In Europe 
Dr. Heinz Goddar
Partner at Boehmert & Boehmert, Germany



6:30 pm  Reception

7:30 pm  Dinner

SAT. April 25

7:15 am Breakfast

8:15 am Assigning & Transferring Inventions in a Global Market 
Professor Karen E. Sandrik
Associate Professor of Law, Willamette University



9:15 am Topic to Be Determined
The Honorable Judge Michael W. Mosman
of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon



10:15 am Coffee/Tea Break

10:30 am  Trade Secrets Update - Ex Parte Seizures and More
Gabriel M. Ramsey
Partner, Crowell Moring




11:30 am   In house Perspectives From 20 years Spent Leading a Tech Innovator in Building and Monetizing IP in an Evolving IP Protection Landscape 
Joel Meyer
Executive Vice President of Intellectual Property, Digmarc Corporation



 12:30 pm Panel and Lunch Buffet (Topic to Be Determined)

Bobby Soltani
Partner, Seed IP Law Group LLP



Felix Hermann
Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert                     



                       -Attendees Take the Afternoon for Recreation-

SUN. April 26

7:15 am  Breakfast

8:15 am ✦ Ethics for Patent Attorneys: Exterminating The Daleks!
Kirc Emerson
Attorney, Richardson Wright



9:15 am
 Updates on Practice Before the PTAB
The Honorable Judge Devon Newman
Administrative Patent Judge at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office



We are applying for 8 general CLE credits, and 1 ethics CLE credit.

2020 Registration prices:
Member: $575*
Non-Member: $625*
In-house counsel or law student: $300
Attendee Guests (meals only): $275**

*The prices indicated here cover the CLE, coffee/tea/snacks, a reception and dinner on Friday night, childcare on Friday evening, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and lunch on Saturday.
** Attendee guest price includes reception and meals only.

OPLA’s Biennial Conference is special for many reasons.  The size of the group is intimate in comparison to intellectual property law conferences held in large metropolitan areas by large sponsoring organizations.  The location of the conference at Sunriver Resort near beautiful Bend, Oregon is difficult to match.  Sunriver Resort is a first class, nationally acclaimed resort.

We leave Saturday afternoon open for participants to spend time vacationing. Bend is perfect for that because there are many places to engage in outdoor activities all within a short distance from the city; the city itself has a very lively and active culture. For example, nearby Mt. Bachelor boasts some of the best spring skiing in the U.S. See the linked visitor’s guide for more information on things to do in Sunriver and Bend, OR – Travel Guide.

Please contact the Sunriver Resort at (800) 547-3922 to book a hotel room or vacation rental, and be sure to mention “Oregon Patent Law Association” for a group discount if you stay at the Hotel. Reservations must be made by March 25, 2020, and we recommend making a reservation with the Resort as soon as possible, as the Hotel will likely be fully booked that weekend.

If you have questions, need assistance with registration, or are interested in sponsoring the Conference, please contact Linda Schroeder at ldsopla20@gmail.com.


Price: $575.00

Date: April 24, 2020

Available Spaces: 90