Message from the Chair
Welcome to our spring newsletter. As you may have heard we’ve changed our name. We are now known as the Intellectual Property Network. That said, we are the same folks behind the “network” scene focusing on all things IP, whether it’s Legal Quick Hits, What’s Hot, Webcasts, Infopaks, Top Ten, Virtual Roundtables and various other content relevant to your in-house practice. As the name suggests we are not just a committee but a network, becoming colleagues within the in-house community and sharing our experiences and brain trust.
We’ve been busy in the IPN preparing our programs for the Annual Meeting in October in Austin, Texas; developing a mentoring program; launching an in-house virtual roundtable series; and, going a bit deeper into the social media space.
Check out our new LinkedIn Group! (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8673432)
You can keep up to date on the IPN through our ACC eGroup, Network Page,
and our new LinkedIn Group as well as through our monthly business meeting. If you wish to become more involved in the IPN, please reach out. We have a number of leadership openings which are a good way to get to know your Intellectual Property Network a little bit better.
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Kilpatrick Townsend LLP
Getting to Know Renae Wainwright
Many of you may recognize this name. Renae is a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend and has spent her entire career practicing in the patent group at Kilpatrick Townsend. We are fortunate to have Renae as one of
the exceptional patent experts and invaluable contributors to LQHs, Webcasts and other resources. We sat down with Renae to get to know her a little bit more.
If you could share with us three things about yourself, what would they be?
Patent law was always my calling. It led me to Kilpatrick Townsend, where I worked as a summer associate and where I have stayed my entire career and never looked backed. The possibility of learning something new every day and being on the cutting edge of technology has always been intriguing to me. It is exciting to watch an innovation evolve from conception to commercialization and to think I may have played even a small role in that process. In addition to practicing patent law, I find pro bono work rewarding. Since I was a summer associate, I have been involved with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Relative Caregiver Project to help relatives raising children in the place of absent parents formally adopt those children.
A very enjoyable part of my job has been assisting the ACC Intellectual Property Committee (now Network), such as by coordinating speakers for the monthly Legal Quick Hit. My involvement in ACC has allowed me to build relationships with many of its members that I otherwise would never have met. Each year, I look forward to re-connecting with friends at the ACC Annual Meeting and making new ones.
Outside of work, I love animals and am passionate about animal rescue. My husband and I have two rescue dogs and have fostered many dogs throughout the years. It has been very satisfying for us to help place them in loving homes.
Since you’ve been practicing law, how have you seen it change?
The 2008 recession happened shortly after I began practicing and I witnessed its impact on the legal industry. I believe navigating the economic instability that followed allowed law firms to differentiate themselves by building strong partnerships with clients and focusing on providing
high-valueservices. I also have been pleased to see an increased commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, with law firms such as mine prioritizing diversity as a core value and many corporate clients mandating diverse teams as a prerequisite for handling their matters.
What tips would you share with our members that have guided you in your legal profession?
Building relationships is an important part of my practice. Not only do strong relationships make my day-to-day work more enjoyable (some of my closest friendships have resulted from my professional relationships), you never know where a relationship might lead. Even if someone doesn’t appear to have a direct impact on your practice at the moment, being reliable and helpful to everyone you encounter, whether a subordinate or someone outside of your current area, will likely pay off in the future.
If you could have coffee with anyone, living or dead, who would that be?
The Dalai Lama. I am currently reading The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, which documents an extended interview between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I am inspired by the Dalai Lama’s focus on compassion and kindness. This world could use more of both.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Most anything active and/or outdoors, such as hiking, biking, long walks with my dogs, boating, paddle boarding, tennis, and yoga. I also enjoy traveling and am an avid college football fan (go Buckeyes!).
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