40th Annual IP Institute

Hosted By: State Bar of California - IP Section

At this year’s IP Institute we will explore new IP frontiers, which include topics relating to interactive media and augmented reality, drone technology, the Darknet, wearable technology, and cryptocurrencies. We will also learn about the latest developments in intellectual property laws affecting our practices. Our panelists, comprised of private practice attorneys, in-house counsel, academics, and government practitioners are leading experts in their fields and bring a wealth of information to share with the attendees.

Charlene Morrow’s topic of discussion will be: The Trade Dress Universe: Protecting Industrial Designs in a Web-Enabled World


This program will use the cell phone wars as an example of the challenges associated with using trade dress to protect user interface and other design features in consumer products and consumer applications. The lessons learned will also be applicable to web-site design. The speakers will compare and contrast the value of trade dress, design patent and utility patent protection.


Charlene M. Morrow is a partner in the Litigation group of Fenwick & West LLP. She has over twenty years of experience handling a range of intellectual property claims for technology companies. She is an accomplished advocate, appearing in courts across the country, and coordinating complex domestic and international prosecution and defense strategies.

Lane Simmo​ns is in-house counsel Director of Patent Litigation at eBay, Inc, where he manages patent litigation matters and advises on intellectual property issues including post grant review strategies, patent portfolio development, and open source licensing. He has over 20 years of experience representing technology companies in protecting intellectual property in patent litigation, intellectual property transactions and licensing, and patent portfolio development, preparation and prosecution.​​​​