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March 2024 CIPLA Meeting

  • March 07, 2024
  • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Aloft Cleveland Downtown (1111 West 10th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113)


  • Active CIPLA Member


Aloft Cleveland Downtown

1111 West 10th Street

Cleveland, OH 44113

Parking options include the on-site garage, the Flats East Surface Parking Lot, and valet.


Committee CLE Meetings (4:30–5:30 p.m., CLE accreditation will be applied for):

1) International Committee (1.00 hr CLE credit)

Topic: How to Build a Worldwide Patent Portfolio

This presentation will focus on current strategies and best practices for building a global patent portfolio that is aligned with business objectives.

Speaker: Joshua Goldberg, Partner at Nath, Goldberg & Meyer (visiting from Alexandria, Virginia)

2) Copyright, Computer Software, and Media Law and Practice Committee (1.00 hr CLE credit)

Topic: Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA)

The enactment of VARA, as an amendment to the Copyright Act, was the first time federal law recognized an artist's moral rights in their works beyond traditional property law. This presentation will cover important considerations for artists in 2024.

Speaker: Jameson Tibbs, Attorney at Lippes Mathias LLP

Cocktail Reception (5:30–6:15 p.m., open bar)

Dinner (6:15–7:30 p.m., 1.00 hr CLE accreditation will be applied for):

Topic: Pixels, Play, and Pink: An IP Play Date with Barbie

Keynote Speaker: Jordan Walbesser, Director of Legal & Business Affairs at Mattel (visiting from Buffalo, New York)

Lights, camera, legal action! Jordan Walbesser from Mattel will discuss how the iconic brand is exploring the edges of IP, including how Mattel is creating and protecting IP outside of the Dreamhouse and in the new playgrounds of Web3 and Generative AI. He'll also discuss the legal complexities behind the biggest blockbuster in recent history in a pink-colored presentation of enlightenment, where IP meets innovation, and Barbie takes center stage in the legal spotlight!

Jordan is a Director of Legal Business & Affairs at Mattel where he helps develop Mattel’s digital gaming, web3, and connected play strategies and products. Under his guidance, Mattel was the first major toy company to market, auction, and sell NFTs as virtual collectibles. Jordan also leads legal efforts at Mattel related to strategic product and brand partnerships throughout Mattel and its global subsidiaries, including Fisher-Price, Mega, and American Girl.

Jordan earned his BS in computer engineering and JD at the University at Buffalo. He was appointed to the steering committee of the Wilson Center’s Digital Asset Forum and was named one of the University at Buffalo’s Ten Most Innovative Alumni. In his spare time, Jordan serves as the Executive Director of BootSector – a non-profit focused on improving Western New York’s startup ecosystem. Jordan regularly lectures on intellectual property, ethics in video game development, and is a published heraldist.

Dinner Entrée Options:
  • Sirloin, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Broccolini
  • Salmon, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Broccolini
  • Stuffed Pepper, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Broccolini

    Each entrée is accompanied by a Chef Seasonal Salad and Cannoli for dessert.


    • Members:  Dinner – $35; Committee CLE – Free,
    • In-House Members: Dinner – $30; Committee CLE – Free,
    • Non-Members:  Dinner – $45; Committee CLE – $45, or
    • Student Members:  Dinner – $15; Committee CLE – Free


      Any cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024. Please email with any cancellation—no fax or telephone cancellations will be honored.


      Thanks to Executive IP ( for sponsoring our meeting and supporting CIPLA! Executive IP representatives will be available at the meeting to answer any questions about their services.

      Annual Meeting:

      The Annual Meeting and Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's new Visitor Hall. Please plan to attend!

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