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About the NAPABA Intellectual Property Committee

The IP Committee, organized in 2001, seeks to advance the professional standing and interests of Asian and Pacific American (APA) IP attorneys within the legal community by networking, mentoring, and providing substantive IP expertise. Historically, APA IP lawyers had to advance their careers either on their own or with the help of fragmented and insular pockets of fellow APA practitioners. Through NAPABAís support, the IP Committee intends to promote recognition for APA IP attorneys by increasing networking opportunities and supporting each otherís professional objectives.

The IP Committee also connects junior APA IP lawyers in all sectors of practice (e.g., private practice, corporate practice, and government practice) with potential mentors from among the more experienced lawyers. As the overall number of APA IP lawyers increases, there should be an opportunity for the junior lawyers in the ranks to forge relationships with APA trailblazers within the IP professional bar.

The IP Committee also provides a forum for APA IP lawyers to share their knowledge, experience, and ideas. The IP Committee contributes to NAPABAís substantive programming by planning and presenting Continuing Legal Education seminars on various IP topics and by contributing and presenting on IP topics at both national and regional NAPABA conventions. We have also established subcommittees for IP committee members to further support our mission. We currently have the following subcommittees:

  • In-House Counsel
  • Membership
  • Patent
  • Programming
  • Publications
  • Social
  • Technology/Licensing
  • Trademark

The IP Committee hopes to attract new members to NAPABA from the ranks of APA lawyers who are particularly interested in IP law. If youíre interested in joining, please contact one of the IP Committee Co-Chairs: Joe Lee at Microsoft (joelee@microsoft.com); Yuri Mikulka (ymikulka@sycr.com); Phong Nguyen (pnguyen@bakerlaw.com).


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