12 IPL Newsl. 1 (1993-1994)

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A PUBLICATION OF THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION SECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW


VOLUME 12, NUMBER 1


FALL 1993


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                          BY DOUG~vLAS
                          W. WYATT





   Welcome to the first issue of the American Bar
Association Section of Intellectual Property Law
Newsletter This promises to be an exciting year for the
Section-it has a new name, a new look, and new chal-
lenges to meet.
   The New York Annual Meeting held in August 1993
was historic in many ways. It signaled the end of the
name of our Section as the ABA Section of Patent,
Trademark and Copyright Law. Our Business Sessions
resulted in the Section taking positions on more substan-
tive resolutions than it had ever before taken. Those
Business Sessions, thanks to the masterful leadership of
Jack Goldstein, were conducted expeditiously and profes-
sionally and were some of the most educational sessions
that I have ever attended. Some of our members have
insisted for years that those Sessions should qualify for
CLE credit and we will take the steps necessary to insure
that Business Sessions at future Annual Meetings are CLE
accredited.
   Besides being highly educational, those Business
Sessions resulted in the Section taking positions on more
than 186 issues currently facing the intellectual property
bar. The Report of the Special Committee on
Harmonization, originally planned to be considered at a
special meeting in April 1993, which later was cancelled,
contributed to a large part of the August agenda. A full
listing of all of the resolutions considered in August is
printed elsewhere in this Newsletter. When our 1992-93


Annual Report becomes available later this year, members
will be able to read the summaries of the debates which
took place concerning these resolutions. I am certain that
those who were not present in August will find these
debates informative.
   The 1993 Annual Meeting was historic in perhaps
another way. It may well have been the last Annual
Meeting using the format we have grown accustomed to.
The Section has been considering for some time the possi-
bility of shifting its resources to a stand-alone annual
meeting at a time and place separate from the ABA
Annual Meeting. There are a number of reasons for doing
so, but the most compelling are economic reasons. The
net loss to the Section for its participation in the Annual
Meeting has been between $60,000 and $100,00 for the
past several years. The major portion of the registration
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