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Your Proposed 2015 Board of Directors
Intellectual Property Law Section 

Hello, Members:
The Intellectual Property Law Section Nominating Committee has issued its report, below, proposing a slate of officers for 2015. If you want to contest the election, please get the signatures of at least 10 members of the section on the petition, email it to D.D. Wolohan by Oct. 31, and state which position you are contesting. A runoff will follow. If there is no opposition after Oct. 31, the slate is approved by acclamation and will serve in 2015.

Intellectual Property Law Section Nomination Committee Report

Position 1, 01/01/15 - 12/31/17
Ian Bezpalko
has a solo practice in Albuquerque with a focus on copyright, trademark, and business law. He also provides legal research and writing to attorneys in all areas of the law. He has been a seminar speaker for the State Bar of New Mexico and for the National Business Institute. Mr. Bezpalko's memberships include the GP SOLO/Small firm section of the ABA,   the Intellectual Property section of the ABA, the Albuquerque Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. For the State Bar of New Mexico, he is chair of the Board of Editors, chair of the Law Practice Management Committee, and Board member of the Solo and Small Firm Section.

Position 2, 01/01/15 - 12/31/17
Kevin Soules
is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney. Kevin's practice specializes in patent preparation and prosecution in the mechanical, electrical, electronics, data processing, and electro-mechanical arts. He also has handled intellectual property litigation, including copyright. Mr. Soules graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2009. His undergraduate studies were also at the University of New Mexico, where he received honors while pursuing concurrent degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics. He worked as a research assistant at BUAP University in Puebla, Mexico, developing software to model classical and quantum dynamic systems.

Position 3, 01/01/15 - 12/31/15
Talia Kosh
is the co-president and founder of New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts (NMLA). Talia is also an associate with the Bennett Law Group in Santa Fe, with a focus in employment issues, IP and business matters. She has served on the boards of Creative Santa Fe, Warehouse 21, Silver Bullet Productions and the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. Ms. Kosh currently serves on the boards of NM Film Foundation and the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of New Mexico (as past-Chair) and she is a member of the Governor's Council of Film and Media Industries in New Mexico. She teaches at Santa Fe Community College and UNM Continuing Education on legal issues in the arts and guest lectures at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, and also holds a Master of Laws in International Law from Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC. She will be receiving the Santa Fe Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts this month.

Gina Constant

Nominating Committee Chair


The Intellectual Property Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar is pleased to announce its formation, effective January 1, 2008. The Section focuses on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, and other aspects of intellectual property law. Like other sections, it provides networking and educational opportunities to members though continuing legal education programs, newsletters, and other forums. All State Bar members are eligible to join.


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By Sheri Qualters Contact All Articles
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Eleven applicants for generic top-level domain names believe there's no domain like ".home." But even more are ".app"-happy, seeking to register that term, made popular by iPhones and Droids, as a domain name.

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Anheuser-Busch tries to trademark Phoenix airport code
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Date: Saturday, June 23, 2012, 8:53am MST

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A Few Benefits of Membership in the
Intellectual Property Section:

  • Section members receive a $30 discount on CLE programs, yet pay only $20 in dues per year.

  • Networking opportunities in ALL areas of intellectual property throughout New Mexico and referrals from outside New Mexico.

  • News alerts and professional updates on court decisions, legislative initiatives, and changes at the USPTO.

  • Keeping abreast of IP developments within the state such as recent growth in the film industry and art and entertainment law.


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