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Upcoming Section Events
Clark Wilson Discusses the Recent Patent Law Reform Act
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January 2012
Newsletter Editor: 
Clark A.D. Wilson
Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section Board of Directors
Chair: David M. Lilenfeld
Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: L. Katherine Adams-Carter
Secretary: James A. Attwood
Treasurer: David G. Richards
Immediate Past Chair: Scott E. Atwood

The Hon. T. Jackson Bedford, Jr.
Timothy M. Curtin
Monroe J. Feldman
Frank G. Goldman
Ronne G. Kaplan
William J. Piercy
Rachel Platt
Beth E. Rogers
Thomas L. Walker
Robert G. Wellon
Clark A.D. Wilson

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Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for these upcoming Section events!
Please check your emails and for updates.
Details are subject to change.
Section Breakfast
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 7:30 am

"Using Bank's Technology and Treasury Management to Improve Your Cash Flow"
Speaker: Bill McDermott
CEO, McDermott Financial Solutions
Location: Buckhead Club
3368 Peachtree Road NE
Please register online or return the registration form.

Section Wine Tasting Social with the Women in the Profession Section 
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 5:30 pm
Each attendee will be able to taste 4 red wines and 2 white wines. Wine experts will be on hand to talk about the wines and answer questions.
Location: Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Five Concourse Parkway
8th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30328
Please register online or return the registration form

Section Networking Luncheon
Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12:00 pm
Come Meet Fellow Members and Promote Your Practice! Show off your skills in our first ever pool tournament (optional)!
Location: Gordon Biersch
848 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Please register online or return the registration form
Clark Wilson Discusses the Recent Patent Law Reform Act at the November Section Breakfast Meeting

Those who attended the November Breakfast meeting learned about the recently-passed Patent Law Reform Act, officially titled "The America Invents Act."  The speaker was Clark Wilson, a patent attorney with the intellectual property boutique firm Gardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva PC.  For reference, the changes to the patent laws mark the first major update since 1952.  And, while many of the amendments are of particular interest only to patent attorneys, there are some aspects which all business-focused attorneys can benefit from understanding.
First, and most widely publicized, is the landmark shift to a "first inventor to file" system of patent rights ownership.  Previously, the USA had maintained its position as the only nation on the planet using a "first to invent" system.  This old system allowed patent rights to be acquired by the first true "inventor" regardless of the date on which he/she filed a patent application.  The process for determining who "invented" something first was often complicated, expensive and unreliable.  Under the new system, set to begin on March 16, 2003, if two inventors both invented the same invention independently, it is the one who files a patent application first who will be awarded the patent rights.   

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A limited number of unemployed lawyers may attend SP/SF Section events at no charge.     If you would like to attend one of our events, please email      Tanya Windham.

Section members may now place free classified ads in our Newsletter. Please email Clark Wilson for further information.
Vacation Property Available
for Rent
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina,
Palmetto Dunes Resort:
2BDR, 2BATH recently refurbished villa: sleeps 8.   Flat screen TV in lounge (55"), two more in bedrooms (42" and 36"),
WiFi throughout.
Superb location overlooking golf course with adjacent private community pool and tennis courts, kayaking on canals, large network of trails, and short bike ride from outstanding beaches. Perfect for families, golfing or tennis retreats.

Contact: Clark Wilson, (770) 984-2300
Exective Office Share 
- Phone and Internet Service Included in Rent
- 1 large window and one inside office
- Perfect for a Lawyer & Paralegal  
- Class A+ building (Resurgens Plaza) at a fraction of the
  cost of signing a direct lease. 

Includes: use of reception area, conference room, large break room, copier/scanner, fax, internet, unlimited long distance.

Conveniently located in Buckhead adjacent to MARTA; easy access to 400/75/85. Walk to restaurants & Lenox Mall. 

Contact: Debra Schwartz or Jay Rollins, 404-844-4130.

Space for Rent
Morningside - Ansley area
Available Offices: 2 small approx. (10x12) and 1 large (18x15) window office available for rent in converted house on 2nd floor.  Phones, high speed dsl, parking, etc. Some referral & association cases possible. Negotiable.
Contact: Monroe Feldman, 404-881-0800

The Information Exchange is Looking for Articles of Interest
typewriter newsThe Information Exchange is looking for articles of interest to the SPSF Section. 

If you would like to submit an article for publication, please email the editor, Clark Wilson.