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The CPTCLA is the oldest legal association dedicated to practitioners of Intellectual Property law in North and South Carolina. CPTCLA hosts an annual Spring CLE seminar in North Carolina, as well as a Fall CLE seminar in South Carolina, offering a combined nine to twelve hours of CLE credit. Our Fall CLE will be held on September 22-23, 2017 at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Kiawah Island, SC. We have a great line-up of speakers. JOIN US.

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CPTCLA FALL MEETING – September 22-23, 2017 - Register Now

The Association will hold its annual Fall Meeting on September 22-23, 2017, at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort on the Kiawah Island, SC. The program will begin Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM at the Turtle Point Clubhouse, followed by a cocktail reception from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Legends Landing of the Turtle Point Clubhouse. A continental breakfast will be available on Saturday morning at 8:00 AM. The Saturday CLE program will begin at 8:25 AM and conclude at 12:35 PM so that members may take advantage of the recreational activities available at Kiawah.


This year’s Fall program will include approximately 7.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of mental health/substance abuse credit. We are excited to have the following speakers:

David L. Vanik of McBee Moore Woodward & Vanik IP, LLC will present "Mechanisms for Navigating the USPTO: Facilitating Allowance and Strategies for Working with Examiners."

Brooke A. Beyer, Jr. of NASCAR, Inc. will present "Sponsorship and Licensing: A Legal Perspective on the Fuel of NASCAR’s Business."

James L. Blackburn of Jim Blackburn Seminars, LLC will present "Resilience - The Phoenix in All of Us."

Reagan Charney of Newell Brands will present "Desperately Seeking Trade Secrets – A Practical Guide for Finding and Protecting Your Trade Secrets."

Lissi Mojica of Brooks Kushman P.C. will present "Federal Circuit Decisions and How They Are Impacting the Policies and Procedures at the PTAB."

Thomas L. Irving of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner will present "Patent Law Year in Review."

You may register online at

If you have any questions regarding the CPTCLA Fall Meeting, please contact Ryan Harris at


David L. Vanik is a member of the law firm of McBee, Moore, Woodward, and Vanik IP, LLC, and focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling, opinion work, and patent portfolio strategy in the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and biotechnology arts. In addition to prosecution and counseling, David has served as counsel in ex parte and inter parte reexamination proceedings, an inter partes review proceeding (IPR), and a Post Grant Review proceeding (PGR) before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). David also worked as a patent examiner at the USPTO. As an examiner, David’s docket encompassed numerous technologies, including small molecules, pharmaceutical compositions, medical device coatings, rapid and extended release drug delivery formulations, liposomes, tissue engineering compositions, nanoparticles, cosmetics, hair care products, and methods of treating cancer. In evaluating patent applications, David participated in patentability interviews and pre-appeal conferences, conducted prior art searches, and drafted Office actions. David also has experience examining applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). David is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and holds a Ph.D. in the area of Protein Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. As a graduate student, David investigated the biophysical properties of the mad cow disease-related prion protein using a multitude of biophysical techniques to study the molecular basis of the propagation and interspecies transmission of prion disorders.

Brooke A. Beyer, Jr., was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S.B.A. in 1987. He received his J.D. from the University of Maryland in 1991. Prior to coming to NASCAR in 2002, Mr. Beyer worked as a trademark examining attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Beyer joined NASCAR, Inc.’s Charlotte Legal Department as Associate Licensing Counsel and now holds the position of Senior Assistant General Counsel in the New York City office. His primary responsibilities at NASCAR include: sponsorship, marketing, entitlement and licensing contract drafting and negotiation; intellectual property and brand protection; corporate governance and strategic development; and international expansion. Brooke has successfully negotiated major marketing contracts on behalf of NASCAR, including Sprint, Monster Energy, Nationwide, Coca-Cola, MillerCoors, Mars, Bank of America, Toyota, VISA, Sunoco, Goodyear and The NASCAR Hall of Fame, and represents NASCAR in international sponsorship and licensing initiatives. He has also played a major role in the development of the NASCAR Team Properties industry licensing initiative, The NASCAR Foundation, and NASCAR Green, as well as managing the corresponding day-to-day legal affairs of NASCAR’s Charlotte, NC, and New York City offices. In 2006, Brooke was named as the “Sports Counsel of the Year Award” by the Media & Entertainment Counsel of the Year Awards. He is a past chairman of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Sports & Entertainment Section, a co-founder of The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC), and has been an adjunct professor in Georgetown University’s Sports Industry Management Program.

Jim Blackburn is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina law school at Chapel Hill. Jim became an Assistant Attorney General with the North Carolina Justice Department upon graduation from law school where he served as an advisor to multiple state agencies, the Director of the Consumer Protection Division and finally as a Special Deputy Attorney General in the office’s Special Prosecutions Section, prosecuting various criminal cases across North Carolina. In the fall of 1977, Jim joined the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina as the First Assistant United States Attorney and the chief of the Criminal Division. In 1979, he served as the lead prosecutor in the triple murder case of U.S. v. Jeffrey MacDonald, a case that is still going on in the federal courts to this day. In the spring of 1980, Jim was appointed United States Attorney where he served until September, 1981, when he left for a career in private practice. Jim practiced law in a small law firm, in a solo practice and ultimately in a large multi city law firm. During the twenty plus years that Jim was a practicing attorney, he knew great success and accomplishment, primarily as a trial attorney. Then, in the winter of 1993, it all stopped as Jim’s career crashed with bad decisions, misconduct, and a serious depression. Jim’s subsequent surrender of his law license, guilty pleas to state charges, and a three and one-half month stint in state prison were well publicized in the media. He was also then diagnosed with a major depression and placed under a psychiatrist’s care for over three years. It has now been well over twenty three years since those initial events. It took time to rebuild Jim’s life. Coming back for Jim took him to a well-known restaurant in Raleigh where he hosted and waited tables for several years, the state Treasurer’s office, and finally the writing of a book called Flame-Out which is his story of that time. Over time, Jim started making speeches and talks to many groups and subsequently built a new career as a teacher in Continuing Education on Ethics, Professionalism and Mental Health, as a motivational speaker to many various groups outside the practice of law. Jim has traveled to many states, to business and law groups including law schools, law enforcement agencies and trade associations, talking about how to keep from making mistakes and how to come back if you do. It is possible to start over, but it takes time, persistence, faith and many friends. Finally, Jim talks candidly about depression in many of its forms…the harm that it can do, and the consequences for those who have it in its most serious forms. But, and this is important, many people can get better. Depression does not have to steal your life forever. Jim talks about how he did this, and what you can do. Every person can start over today. Every person can beat the pressure of perfection. Every person can make the most of now.

Reagan Charney is a Patent Counsel for Newell Brands where she handles a wide-range of IP issues for Newell’s Writing business (e.g. Sharpie, Elmer’s, Expo, Parker), and Process Solutions (e.g. Jarden Zinc, Jarden Plastics). As part of this role, she oversees protecting these businesses through trade secret protection in addition to patent prosecution, counseling, clearance, contracts, and litigation. Dr. Reagan Charney earned a J.D., cum laude, from Georgia State, a Ph.D., from Georgia Tech in organic chemistry, and a B.S., magna cum laude with honors from Texas A&M University. Dr. Reagan Charney is also a Registered Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and an adjunct professor at Georgia State, co-teaching Patent Law.

Lissi Mojica is a globally recognized leader in post-grant proceedings and one of the most experienced practitioners in this field. Before moving to the private sector, she was an examiner with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for 19 years. In that role, she launched the Central Reexamination Unit (CRU) to safeguard the quality and consistency of reexamination proceedings and reduce pendency. As the CRU’s first director, Mojica oversaw thousands of reexamination proceedings and lay the foundation for the adoption of the America Invents Act post-grant review. She also oversaw policies, standards and procedures while developing inter partes and ex parte reexamination training for CRU examiners. Her practice includes all aspects of post-grant proceedings, including inter partes review, post-grant review, covered business method proceedings, reexamination proceedings, reissues and interferences. Mojica also specializes in appeals to the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board, as well as patent quality and patent examination matters.

Thomas L. Irving is a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner and has almost 42 years of experience in the field of intellectual property law. His practice focuses on America Invents Act (AIA) post-grant proceedings, due diligence, counseling, Orange Book analysis, and patent prosecution, usually involving potentially Orange Book-listable patents. He counsels clients on a wide range of mainly pharmaceutical matters, including pre-litigation, Orange Book listings of patents covering FDA-approved drugs and methods of treatment, infringement/Freedom to Operate issues, and enforceability and validity/patentability analyses. A significant portion of Mr. Irving’s current practice is focused on AIA post-grant proceedings, including how to enhance the strength of patents in the pharmaceutical space to protect against post-grant challenges.


Please note that we have a limited number of rooms in our block, which are available on a first-come-first-served basis until August 31, 2017. Please make your reservation now to receive your choice of room at our negotiated rates. Rooms have been blocked for CPTCLA as follows (exclusive of taxes, resort fees, and gratuities):

1 bedroom scenic villa at $175/night;
2 bedroom scenic villa at $216/night; and
3 bedroom scenic villa at $245/night

Room reservations may be made calling 1-800-654-2924, using our group code "CPTCLA 2017 Fall Meeting" or group booking number 14908.

***If you are in need of special assistance or a handicap-accessible room during your stay, please do not hesitate to let Kiawah Island Golf Resort know prior to making your reservation.


Directions to Kiawah Island Golf Resort are available at

When using a GPS device to locate the office for villa registration, please enter 5480 A Sea Forest Drive, Kiawah Island, SC 29455 as the street address.

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