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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.

Spring CLE


The Association held its annual Spring Meeting on Friday, May 12, 2017, at the BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte, NC. Thank you to all of the speakers and attendees that contributed to the success of the Spring Meeting.

This year’s Spring program included about 3.5 hours of CLE credit and featured the following speakers:

Daniel W. Smith of ALAS, Inc. presented "Common Cause: What Clients and Law Firm Insurers Both Want Firm Lawyers to Do"

Julie Burke of Knobbe Martens presented "Comparison between U.S. Restriction Practice and PCT Unity of Invention Practice"

Larry Jones of Alston & Bird presented "Design, Style & Fashion---IP Issues in the World of Retail"

Daniel W. Smith is a Vice President—Senior Loss Prevention Counsel in the Loss Prevention Department at ALAS, Inc. (ALAS), which educates insured firms on what causes professional liability claims, and advises on risk mitigation techniques. Before he joined ALAS in February 2006, Mr. Smith was a litigator at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago for over 13 years, the last six of which he was an equity partner. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law with a J.D. in 1992; he was a member of the Law Review and admitted to the Order of the Coif. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with Honors, from the University of Notre Dame in 1987, where he majored in the Program of Liberal Studies (Great Books).

Julie Burke is a patent scientist in Washington D.C. office of Knobbe Martens. Dr. Burke handles patent prosecution matters, primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical areas. From 2007 to 2015, Dr. Burke served as a Quality Assurance Specialist for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where she drafted petition decisions, reviewed quality of Office Actions and allowances and evaluated patent examination practices to identify targets for quality improvement. From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Burke served as a Special Program Examiner in Technology Center 1600 of the USPTO, where she oversaw special laws applications including re-issues, re-examination proceedings, patent cooperation treaty applications. From 1995 - 2000, Dr. Burke was a Patent Examiner for the USPTO where she examined patent applications in the cancer immunology and recombinant antibody arts.Dr. Burke also has academic and industry laboratory experience. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at The John Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Biological Chemistry. Dr. Burke has also worked for Biogen Research Corporation where she designed and conducted experiments to express a variety of mammalian proteins in recombinant and transformed cells, and at Angenics, Inc. where she developed diagnostic immunoassays and created monoclonal antibody producing cell lines.

Larry Jones is a partner at Alston & Bird, LLP’s Charlotte, NC office in the Trademark and Copyright group. He focuses his practice on litigation, counseling, and the management of trademark and copyright enforcement and adversarial matters. These services are directed primarily to clients who have large multinational trademark portfolios. His practice also involves the management of the conflicts and litigation dockets of companies who regularly encounter copyright and trademark disputes arising from the merchandise manufactured or marketed by those clients. Mr. Jones routinely represents and counsels clients in litigation conducted not only in the United States, but also in other countries in which those clients conduct their businesses. He has managed adversarial matters for the firm’s clients in hundreds of trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings and lawsuits in virtually every country of the world, and he has represented clients in federal courts located in approximately 30 states. Mr. Jones has been named the 2015 “Charlotte Trademark Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America©. He has been recognized for trademark law in this publication since 2011.