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Lecture Session

Date: October 8, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM PST

Title of Session: IP Session - Patent and Trademark Updates During COVID-19

Speaker: Molly Kocialski

Description of Session: Molly Kocialski, Director of the Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will discuss patent and trademark updates during COVID-19, specifically touching on the USPTO's COVID-related initiatives such as prioritized exams, voluntary early publication of applications, fast track appeals, and other incentivized innovation and/or developments.



As the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Rocky Mountain regional office. Focusing on the nine states within this region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Kocialski ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

A recognized leader in the Rocky Mountain Region, Ms. Kocialski currently serves on the Colorado Federal Executive Board’s Executive Committee, as the President of the Colorado Intellectual Property Inn of Court, and as a member of the Planning Committee for the annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute.



The recording of Molly Kocialski's Lecture Session is now available on the Member's Only Webinar Presentation page here.


Lecture Session

Date: October 15, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM PST

Title of Session: LIT Session - Trends in State Court Filings and Beyond

Speaker: Alan Carlson

Description of Session: What might the new reality in state trial courts look like as we continue to endure the pandemic, the accompanying recession, and natural disasters? Alan Carlson will provide an overview of what is happening in state trial courts, and why, regarding filing, docketing, and tracking cases. He will also touch on possible future trends involving artificial intelligence and data analytics.



Alan Carlson has worked as a court executive and management consultant in state trial courts for over 43 years. He served as Court Executive Officer (court administrator, clerk of court, and jury commissioner) of the Orange (CA) Superior Court and the San Francisco Superior Court, Executive Officer of the Monterey County Superior Court, and Assistant Executive Officer of the Alameda County Superior Court. He has also served as President of Justice Management Institute (national court management consultants), Director of Court Services at the California Administrative Office of the Courts, and a NCSC Staff Attorney. He has hands-on experience shifting a trial court to an all-electronic record, and implementation of e-filing, and developing policies for public access to court records. Recently he has written and spoken about the risks and benefits of artificial intelligence applications in the justice system. He has a J.D. from Hastings College of Law and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from U.C. Berkeley.



The recording of Alan Carlson's Lecture Session is now available on the Member's Only Webinar Presentation page here.


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