OC Markey IP Inn Mission
Founded in 2013, we are an Orange County based American Inn of Court focused on Intellectual Property Litigation. We are dedicated to upholding the standards of the legal profession, practicing law with dignity and respect, and encouraging respect for our system of justice. We believe that strong mentoring is one of the most important ways in which we can maintain the strength and vitality of our legal community, and we seek to enhance the reputation of the practice of intellectual property law in Orange County.

Inn Meeting on October 16, 2018

Our FIRST official Howard T. Markey IP Inn of Court meeting for the 2018-2019 term will be on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 6-8 PM.

We are excited to announce that all of our programs this year will be components of a patent infringement mock trial, all based on the same patent and fact pattern!
Pupilage Group 5 will be conducting the Markman Hearing phase of our trial. We are still working on identifying the perfect location for our meeting and will circulate details closer to the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

September 17, 2018

We held our Kickoff Meeting and Social at the Pacific Club.  Everyone enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres , dinner and reconnecting with old friends and colleagues.  We heard from our new President, Ken Parker, who gave us our vision for this next year and recognized our outgoing officers and board members, and awarded Pupilage Group of the Year to Group 2 for their presentation of “Inventorship Mystery Dinner Theater.”  Our Membership Chair, Brian Classen, welcomed several new Inn Members.  Our Program Chair, Steve Hanley, explained this year’s innovative mock trial format. Looking forward to another great year!



May 15, 2018

At our Final Inn Meeting of the season, Pupilage Group 4 gave us insightful cross-examination tips in its program, “Working with an Expert Witness.”  Our members were also treated to a concise and practical summary of the Supreme Court’s recent Oil States and SAS opinions.  Thanks everyone for a great year!


April 10, 2018

New developments in Copyright law was the topic of Pupilage Group 5’s insightful presentation, “Blurred APIs” on April 10, 2018.  Thank you to UC Irvine’s Law School for hosting a fabulous evening … and congratulations to Pieter “Markman” Van Es for winning the Kahoot! competition!

March 6, 2018

On March 6, Pupilage Group 1 presented the entertaining program, “Jeopardy! IP Litigation in the ITC.”  Markey Inn members were treated to a primer on the ITC, interesting new developments, and a challenging quiz at the end.    Thanks to Orrick for hosting a fabulous evening.

January 23, 2018

In our first Inn Meeting of 2018, Pupilage Group 2 presented the program, “Inventorship Mystery Dinner Theater.”  Our members were divided into teams, presented with a fact pattern, allowed to interview witnesses (!), and asked to formulate an analysis relating to patent inventorship issues.  The interactive presentation was followed by a great panel discussion lead by Lester Savit.  What a way to start off the New Year!


November 14, 2017

On November 14, Pupilage Group 6 presented the fascinating panel discussion, “The Art of Persuasion in Intellectual Property: Advice for a Young Lawyer.”  The panel was moderated by our esteemed member, Bill Rooklidge, and was based loosely on a paper he co-authored with the Honorable Martha K. Gooding many years ago.


October 21, 2017

Congratulations to our very own, Christina Von der Ahe Rayburn, for receiving the prestigious 2017 American Inns of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service.  Christy was presented with the award at the American Inns of Court’s annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States.  The event was hosted by Associate Justice Elena Kagan.  Way to go, Christy!

October 17, 2017

On October 17, Pupilage Group 3 presented “Venue After TC Heartland,” a mock hearing before a federal judge on whether, in light of TC Heartland and In Re Cray, venue is proper for a patent litigation asserted against a foreign corporation without a physical presence in the United States.  The role of federal judge was played by our very own, Honorable James Selna!

September 19, 2017

Thanks to all that attended our Awards & Kickoff Event!

In addition to honoring the outstanding program of the 2016-2017 year (“Ethical Family Feud”), we celebrated the newest member of the bench, Shashi Kewalramani, and also bestowed the prestigious Andrew J. Guilford Award upon founding member and attorney extraordinaire, Joseph Re.  Congratulations to Joe, Shashi and all of our distinguished honorees!

Howard T. Markey packed four distinguished careers into a single life time. He served as the first Chief Judge of the newly formed Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. He was an Air Force General and jet test pilot. He served as the Dean of John Marshall Law School and was a successful patent attorney in private practice. As Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit, he had a tremendous influence on the development of intellectual property law. Charged with creating uniform patent laws, Chief Judge Markey wrote more than 800 opinions and heard over 5,000 appeals. As the Judicial Conference stated: “for two decades, he wrote most of the landmark patent decisions.” He was also the only judge to have sat on all thirteen federal circuit courts of appeals for which he wrote another 250 opinions and heard over 1,400 appeals.

Judge Markey was known for his effectiveness as a judicial administrator. As the United States Judicial Conference stated: Chief Judge Markey "lived out the motto posted in his Chambers which read, ‘The best possible decision, in the shortest possible time, and the least possible cost.'” Judge Markey chaired the Conference committee which under his leadership for the first time became a real force within the federal judiciary. He was responsible for many of the leading opinions construing and applying the ethical cannons applicable to federal judicial officers.

One of his proudest achievements concerned his work with the American Inns of Court. Judge Markey firmly believed in the Inns’ mission to improve the skills, ethics, civility, and professionalism among lawyers and judges. Judge Markey was co-founder and first president of the Charles Fahy American Inn, which was the fifth in the nation to be organized. Judge Markey served on the Board of Trustees for the American Inns of Court and under his leadership the Inns of Court grew to 204 Inns located throughout the United States. Judge Markey’s vision for the American Inns of Court was summed up in a speech in 1991:

[W]e are engaging in a ‘quiet crusade’ – a crusade literally to save our profession, or as much of it as we can. In doing so, we thereby also serve the administration of justice – the very heartbeat of a free society. I harbor a fervent, fevered hope, and an unquenchable belief, that when the American Inns of Court have reached their full potential, there will be accepted though-out our society another unchallenged accolade. I believe that day will come when our total society will accept as a given and use daily as a measure, the phrase, “ethical as a lawyer".

Here at the Orange County Markey Intellectual Property Inns of Court, we hope through our service to do honor to Chief Judge Markey and to fulfill that potential he dedicated his life to achieving.