LAIPLA co-sponsors Judges' Night Gala in Los Angeles

Judges’ Night Gala

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Downtown Los Angeles

Judges’ Night Gala with The Honorable Raymond T. Chen, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, the Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court invite you to our annual Judges’ Night Gala. Judges’ Night honors those members of the judiciary who handle intellectual property matters and features an interactive discussion of current topics with a panel of prominent judges and scholars. We are extremely pleased to announce that this year’s guest of honor will be The Honorable Raymond T. Chen, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Judge Chen will join in a panel discussion with Judge James V. Selna of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and Professor Mark Lemley of Stanford Law School. The panel discussion will be moderated by Alexander Giza of Hueston Hennigan LLP.

The LAIPLA will present its 2018 Distinguished Public Service Award to Judge Francie Gorowitz and Judge Lorelei Ritchie of the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the Judges’ Night Gala.

**Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (provider # 2083) will seek approval from the State Bar of California for MCLE credit in the amount of 1.0 hour.

Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

Chicken or Vegetarian

Business Attire

Valet parking at the hotel is available for $22. Alternatively, you may park across the street in Pershing Square for $16 before 5:00 PM, and $7 after 5:00 PM.


Tables seat 10 total – 8 guests with an additional 2 seats reserved for a judge and guest or for in-house counsel (if available)

Member* Table: $1700 ($2,200 after February 16)

Non-Member Table: $2,350 ($2,850 after February 16)

Individual Pricing:

Judge (plus one guest): FREE

In-House: FREE ($145 after February 16)

$170 ($220 after February 16)

Non-Member: $235 ($285 after February 16)

Non-Member + Discounted LAIPLA Membership: $320 ($370 after February 16)

Government: $105 ($155 after February 16)

LAIPLA Student Members: $75 ($100 after February 16)

Non-LAIPLA Student Members $95 ($145 after February 16)

* Members of LAIPLA, OCIPLA, or the Inn of Court are eligible for the discounted Member rate

Limited tickets available. This event has sold out in previous years.

Pre-registration deadline is Friday, February 16. After Friday, February 16, the registration fee increases as shown above. Cancellations must be received by the pre-registration deadline of Friday, February 16.


5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Cocktail Reception
6:30 PM: Dinner Begins
7:15 PM – 8:45 PM: Panel Discussion


The Honorable Raymond T. Chen, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Judge Chen was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack H. Obama in 2013.

Judge Chen served as Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor at the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 2008 to 2013. He was an Associate Solicitor in that office from 1998 to 2008. From 1996 to 1998, Judge Chen served as a Technical Assistant at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before joining the court staff, Judge Chen was an associate with Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear from 1994 to 1996. Before entering law school, Judge Chen worked as a scientist at the law firm of Hecker & Harriman from 1989 to 1991.

Judge Chen received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1994 and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990.

The Honorable James V. Selna, United States District Court for the Central District of California

Judge Selna was appointed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President George W. Bush in 2003.

Judge Selna has been one of the Patent Pilot judges in the Central District since the program started in 2011. In the patent field, he has presided over complex patent trials, including TCL v. Ericsson, Broadcom v. Qualcomm, Broadcom v. Emulex, and Siemens v. Seagate. Before taking the Bench, he was in private practice for over 25 years at O’Melveny & Myers where he handled complex civil litigations.

Judge Selna received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1970 and his A.B. from Stanford University in 1967.

Mark A. Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology at Stanford Law School. He teaches intellectual property, computer and internet law, trademark law, antitrust, and remedies. He is the author of seven books and 162 articles on these and related subjects, including the two volume treatise IP and Antitrust. He has taught intellectual property law to federal and state judges at numerous Federal Judicial Center and ABA programs, has testified seven times before Congress, and has filed 48 amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and the federal circuit courts of appeals.

Professor Lemley is a founding partner of Durie Tangri LLP. He litigates and counsels clients in all areas of intellectual property, antitrust, and internet law. Professor Lemley also is a founder of Lex Machina, Inc., a startup company that provides litigation data and analytics to law firms, companies, courts, and policymakers.

Professor Lemley clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and has practiced law in Silicon Valley with Brown & Bain and with Fish & Richardson and in San Francisco with Keker & Van Nest. He received his J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1991, and his BA with distinction from Stanford University in 1988.


LAIPLA to Present Public Service Award to Judge Francie Gorowitz and Judge Lorelei Ritchie, United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

The Honorable Francie Gorowitz, United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Judge Gorowitz started her career in trademark law as an examining attorney. She then spent more than 25 years in the private practice of intellectual property law. Her law firm experience includes 15 years with the Los Angeles office of Ladas & Parry, where she became a partner. She then spent four years with the L.A. office of O’Melveny & Myers, where she created and managed the trademark prosecution practice group. Subsequently, she served as partner at Katten Muchin Rosenmann (Century City) and at Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman (Beverly Hills).

At the TTAB, Judge Gorowitz has authored high-profile opinions, including those involving McDonalds and athletic shoe company Brooks, among others. She was also on the panel of TTAB judges that ruled in favor of Facebook when another company attempted to register “FaceMail.”

In the community, Judge Gorowitz was a long-time member of the Board of Governors and officer of the Century City Bar Association. She participates in educational programs sponsored by the U.S. Trademark Office, such as appearing with Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison at an INTA forum in Silicon Valley in 2016.

Judge Gorowitz is a graduate of the Albany Law School of Union University and earned her bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York.

The Honorable Lorelei Ritchie, United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Judge RitchieJudge Ritchie began her career in private practice, working at Skadden, Brobeck, and Arnold and Porter. In 2002, Judge Ritchie commenced working for UCLA as its Intellectual Property Manager, where she managed UCLA’s intellectual property policies. In 2006, Judge Ritchie moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where she was a faculty member at Florida State University, School of Law, specializing in intellectual property, contracts, and alternative dispute resolution. While at FSU, Judge Ritchie was awarded the 2007 Bayh-Dole Fellowship in Public Policy.

In March 2008, Judge Ritchie was appointed as an Administrative Trademark Judge for the TTAB. At the time, she was the first USPTO judge located in California. During her service at the TTAB, Judge Ritchie has authored many high-profile opinions. In recent years, she has authored published, precedential opinions in Frito-Lay North America, Inc. v. Princeton Vanguard, LLC, 124 USPQ2d 1184 (TTAB 2017), In re Loggerhead Tools, LLC, 119 USPQ2d 1429 (TTAB 2016), Fiserv Inc. v. Electronic Transaction Systems Corp., 113 USPQ2d 1913 (TTAB 2015), and In re Hitachi High-Technologies Corp., 109 USPQ2d 1769 (TTAB 2014).

Judge Ritchie has served her community well. Among other appointments, Judge Ritchie has served as the co-chair for the ABA’s Universities and Intellectual Property Committee and the State of California’s Education Standing Committee. From 2006-2008, she was appointed by Hon. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez to the national, 9-member Trademark Public Advisory Committee, and from 2005-2008, she was appointed by the Board of Governors to the 17-member Executive Committee of the State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Section. Judge Ritchie sits on the Executive Committee of the USC IP Institute and previously was a member of the Planning Committee. She works with the Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, and was presented as an “honored judge” by the Washington, D.C.-based Giles Sutherland Rich Inn of Court.

Judge Ritchie is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and earned her bachelor’s degree at Stanford University.



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Thursday, March 1, 2018
5:30 PM – 9:15 PM

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Downtown Los Angeles
506 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Contact the LAIPLA office at or call 323-285-1654.