Join the Boston Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section for the premier IP law event of the year. Panelists will provide attendees with what you need to know from landmark cases and legislative changes from 2018 and offer insights into what’s ahead in patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets.

Learn and network with IP attorneys from in-house legal departments and Boston-area law firms.

19th Annual Intellectual Property Year in Review
Thursday, January 24, 2019
1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA



Laura A. Peter
Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

Laura Peter is the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, she is responsible for all agency operations and managing approximately 13,000 employees.

Prior to joining the USPTO, Ms. Peter was the Deputy General Counsel of A10 Networks, where she oversaw daily legal matters related to commercial agreements, litigation, and intellectual property (IP) portfolio development. In 2014, she helped shepherd the company through its initial public offering.

Ms. Peter has practiced IP law for over 20 years. Previously, she was Vice President and General Counsel of Immersion Corporation, where she led all aspects of the company’s legal issues, including its IP portfolio. She was also Assistant General Counsel and Director of Intellectual Property at Foundry Networks, where she built a successful patent portfolio and litigation program. She began her career as a commercial and IP litigator at Townsend, Townsend and Crew (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP).

Ms. Peter received a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Cornell University and a master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago. She also holds a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law and a Master of Law degree in international business law from King’s College London.


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch and Registration

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Keynote Address

Trade Secrets
Design rights

6:00 PM

Networking Reception



Julienne Hearn
Ropes & Gray


Brian Landry
Saul Ewing


Daniel Lev


Kevin Prussia



Boston Bar Members – $325.00


Non-Member Guests – $425.00

The 18th Annual Intellectual Property Year in Review is sponsored in part by the Joan B. DiCola Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation. This fund provides critical support for Boston Bar Association programs and initiatives that foster the education and professional development of lawyers. For more information on the BBF or this fund, please contact Megan Leppert at or (617) 778-1924.

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