Knobbe Martens Kicks Off the AIPLA Women in IP Community Service Event

Knobbe Martens is pleased to announce that the firm’s Washington D.C. office has once again teamed up with AIPLA, Finnegan, and Maryland-based nonprofit Comfort Cases® to give back to the local community as part of the AIPLA Women in IP Community Service Event.

A virtual donation drive already underway will provide children entering foster care with special comfort items including backpacks, pajamas, stuffed animals, and books, with the aim of bringing a sense of dignity during a challenging time. The donated items purchased through the event’s Amazon Wish List will ship directly to the nonprofit’s headquarters to be packed with first night essentials and then distributed nationwide. Knobbe Martens is excited for the opportunity to transition to a virtual format for this year’s donation drive and community service event. Women in the IP community in the greater D.C. area are invited to join a virtual gathering on Wednesday, November 18th from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET to learn more about Comfort Cases®, tally the results of the donation drive, and create bookmarks for next year’s event. 

“Knobbe is so pleased to be partnering with AIPLA, Finnegan, and Comfort Cases again on this important and meaningful project, particularly in light of the strain the pandemic has undoubtedly put on the foster care system and the lives of the children within it,” said partner Devanie DuFour, who, along with partner Andrea Cheek and associate Cassie Gourash, are spearheading the event for Knobbe Martens.

“Last year’s event was a great success, and this year we are excited to provide an opportunity for women in IP in the greater D.C. area to gather safely, in a virtual setting, to continue building relationships and serving our local community,” added Gourash, a member of the AIPLA Women in IP Law committee.

Last November, women in IP in the greater D.C. area came together to pack more than 1,500 donated items into 100 assembled Comfort Cases for children between the ages of three and nine entering foster care. Through donation drives like ours, more than 75,000 assembled Comfort Cases nationwide have been distributed since the nonprofit’s founding in 2013.

The AIPLA Women in IP Community Service Event is an annual opportunity during the months of November and December to strengthen relationships among colleagues and help people in need in the local community.

We invite women working in IP in the greater D.C. area to register to attend the November 18 virtual community service event. If you have any questions about the event please contact

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