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News of Note
IPLAC Job Board
The IPLAC job board is now online at http://www.iplac.org/JobBoard/. IPLAC hopes that this new service will allow local companies and firms to more easily connect with local IP practitioners looking for new employment opportunities. Job seekers can use the site for free. Seekers can even sign up for an RSS feed listing all the jobs as they are posted to the site. Companies and firms pay a nominal fee of $35.00 to post a job for up to 60 days. An option to make your job posting a "spotlight" job that is featured on the home page will cost $50.00. In order to post a job, firms must fill out the online form at http://iplac.org/JobBoard/Instructions/ and submit it. No paper submissions will be accepted. Payment can be made by check payable to IPLAC and sent to Kevin Thompson, Vice Chair, IPLAC Website Committee, Davis McGrath LLC, 125 S. Wacker, Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois 60606.
New Online Registration and Payment System
IPLAC is pleased to announce a new online registration and payment system, which is now operational. IP practitioners can now complete IPLAC membership applications or renewals online and pay dues by credit card. Through a separate but parallel “shopping cart,” IPLAC members and guests can register and pay for IPLAC programs via the website. In addition, new and renewing members can easily contribute online to the IPLAC Educational Foundation. Please note that you will still be able to join IPLAC, renew your membership, contribute to the Educational Foundation, and register for programs the “old-fashioned” way, but do check out the new system. Corporate renewals should also be done by mail, as they involve discounted rates and multiple individuals.
Dear IPLAC Friends:
This is my last letter as President of IPLAC. A year ago, this day seemed so far away. Now that it is
here, I cannot believe how fast it went. It has been a wonderful year for me personally as President and for IPLAC. I want to thank everyone for their
continued involvement in IPLAC. Your volunteerism, enthusiasm, and commitment to the growth and success of IPLAC have made and continue to make IPLAC the
dynamic organization it is. I believe this is due to the excitement our committees have generated and the excellence of their contributions to IPLAC. In
the past two years, we have had a large increase in new membership, especially among the younger members. Our New members and Young Members committees have
been particularly instrumental in this regard, and they deserve a particular thank you. Our Amicus Committee also deserves a particular thank you for
putting IPLAC on the map in the amicus arena not only with the number of briefs filed on IPLAC’s behalf this past year but for the high quality of
the briefs. To all of our committee leadership and members, it has been an absolute pleasure working with you.
I also would like to thank my Board. You made my presidency very memorable and enjoyable. For those of
you continuing on this year, I know you will continue to make IPLAC a great organization. For those of you who have completed your tenure, you were a
wonderful addition to our organization. Please stay involved. In particular, thank you to our officers, Janet Garetto, Brent Hawkins,
Garrett Leach, Paul Kitch and Marc Richards for keeping me on the straight and narrow. Finally, thank you to Sorin Cimpoes for his
tireless work on our monthly newsletter.
I cannot tell you how much fun this has been. Thank you everyone for a great run. I look forward to
working with all of you in the future.
Janet A. Pioli