The firm is pleased to announce that Erica Dorsey, one of our patent attorneys, has been elected to be the President of the Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) for the term running from June 2015 until June 2016. Erica previously held the title of Vice President with the organization. CIPLA was originally founded in 1946 as the Connecticut Patent Law Association to promote a standard of ethics within the profession of patent attorneys. In 2001, the association changed its name to the CIPLA to broaden its scope and recognize the relationship between patent law and other fields of intellectual property law. The association now has approximately 150 members who meet on a regular basis continuing the associations goals of promoting a standard of ethics and professionalism among its members. We expect Erica to continue to provide strong leadership for the organization and its efforts to place a high level of focus on IP related issues that have an impact not only in the US but overseas.
Erica is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Suffolk University, where she obtained her JD. Erica has significant experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications, as well as preparing infringement, invalidity, and patentability opinions for a variety of national and international clients. Her practice is focused primarily on mechanical, electromechanical, and related technologies, including software and consumer products. Erica (near left) also has time to enjoy out of office time with clients supporting charitable events including this recent Fairfield County Bar Foundation golf outing in support of The Carver Foundation of Norwalk.