The 2018 AIPLA Annual Meeting was held on October 25-27 in Washington, DC, and included the gathering of more than 2,000 diverse professionals in the field of intellectual property. In addition to the numerous networking opportunities and education sessions, committees within the AIPLA conducted their committee meetings.
Perhaps the most enjoyable of these committee meetings was the Women in IP Law Breakfast meeting. Despite being held on Friday morning of the conference at 6:45 AM, attendance was certainly impressive. The full buffet breakfast helped! But the breakfast is not the only reason we have seen such a surge in attendance. The leadership of the Women in IP committee is forward thinking and inclusive. What used to be a small breakfast, has turned out to be one of the most well attended sessions at the AIPLA, likely because of the programming and inclusiveness it provides. By the way, men are invited too!
During the meeting, we discussed numerous committee issues. But the one most dear to my heart is the AIPLA Women in IP Global Networking Event which I co-chair with Lucy Samuels. The Global Networking Event is scheduled for April 4, 2019, of which my firm, Harrity & Harrity, is a proud sponsor in Northern, Virginia. The Global Networking Event consists of a plurality of events held on the same day in various cities around the world. The hosts are responsible for choosing their type of event, sending out invitations to female AIPLA members in their area (the AIPLA provides a list), and of course inviting anyone else they would like. Each host event can include any activity the host would like such as a cocktail reception, dinner, guest speaker, or panel discussion etc. Each host is asked to join a brief teleconference call to connect and say hello to other hosts in different locations. It is a wonderful event, and I strongly encourage women IP professionals to attend, or host in your area.
Please contact me if you are interested in attending in Northern Virginia, or if you would like to host in another area.