Section of Intellectual Property Law

From its strength within the American Bar Association, the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) advances the development and improvement of intellectual property laws and their fair and just administration. The Section furthers the goals of its members by sharing knowledge and balanced insight on the full spectrum of intellectual property law and practice, including patents, trademarks, copyright, design, and trade secrets. 

Join the ABA-IPL Section

ABA lawyer and associate members can join the ABA-IPL Section for $105. FREE for law students.

2020 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting

2020 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting

April 1-3, 2020

Registration is now open for the 2020 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting at the Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.

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Special Member Benefit!

All ABA-IPL Section live webinars are FREE to Section members through August 31, 2020. Don’t forget to sign-up and check them out.

George W. Jordan III sworn in as ABA-IPL Section Chair

George W. Jordan, III was sworn in as the Chair of the ABA-IPL Section on August 8, 2019, during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The oath was administered by U.S. Court of Claims Judge, Hon. Mary Ellen Coster Williams.

IP is All Around Us® Video Series

The IP Is All Around Us® series highlights patent, trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property in real life situations. Produced by ABA-IPL's Young Lawyers.

ABA-IPL Publications

Members receive the high-profile Landslide® magazine six times annually in both print and digital formats. Our books portfolio (with discounts for members) includes over 60 titles covering the full range of IP subjects.

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Advertise with LANDSLIDE ®

LANDSLIDE® magazine is a unique intellectual property law source for the members of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law.

Interested in joining an ABA-IPL Committee?

Section members can join any committee. Participate in one or more substantive committees and gain a deeper understanding of current issues.

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The State of Patent Eligibility in America

Past Chair Scott Partridge provides live testimony before U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary on “The State of Patent Eligibility in America" on June 5, 2019.


Stay informed on the latest projects, initiatives, and activities of the Section and our committees through this monthly e-newsletter, including information on opportunities for you to get involved.

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January 2020 - Issue

In Memory of Donald R. Dunner (1931-2019)

In Memory of Donald R. Dunner (1931-2019)

ABA-IPL Section Chair (1995-1996)

Donald R. Dunner, former Section Chair, passed away on October 16, 2019. Don was a renowned intellectual property attorney with more than 60 years of service to the profession including over 50 years of leadership with the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. In addition to serving as ABA-IPL Chair and all Section leadership ladder positions, Don was also a member of the Section Council from 1989-1993 and served as a Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates from 2002-2014. He served as a member of the ABA Board of Governors from 2014-2017.

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