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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. 

2023 IP Fall Institute Virtual Meeting

Join us for this two-day virtual program featuring four cutting-edge CLE programs and a keynote presentation by Judge Pauline Newman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. October 12-13 2023

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IPLSPRING 2024 ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting – April 17-19, 2024 at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel Washington, DC.

2024 Mark T. Banner Award

Call for Nominations

This award is for an individual or group that has made an impact on intellectual property law and/or practice. The award is open to the widest range of individuals and there is no requirement to be a lawyer or ABA member. Self-nominations are welcome.

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Join the ABA-IPL Section

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

Meet ABA-IPL’s Sponsor!

Stout is a global investment bank and advisory firm specializing in corporate finance, accounting and transaction advisory, valuation, financial disputes, claims, and investigations.

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Be A Friend to ABA-IPL

The ABA-IPL Section recognizes that many of our supporters wish to support the Section in whatever way they can, and therefore, we developed a new “Friend of the ABA-IPL Section” support option in the amount of $250 - $1000. This opportunity is available for firms with less than 25 attorneys. Members may also participate and be recognized as individuals, rather than as a member of their organization. Friends of the ABA-IPL Section will be given the opportunity to renew support each year.

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June/July 2023

Travel: We're Not in Kansas Anymore | Tourism and Trademarks, European Counterfeit Problem, Ethical Issues of Remote Work

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ABA-IPL Committee Orientation Series

Save your spot!

Attend an upcoming ABA-IPL Committee Orientation call to learn more about Section Division and Committee opportunities.

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Special Member Benefit!

All ABA-IPL Section live webinars are FREE to Section members through August 31, 2023. Don’t forget to sign-up and check them out.

ABA-IPL Podcasts

Access this new series FREE to ABA-IPL members. Hear from trademark, patent, and copyright law experts in these featured non-CLE recordings.

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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.

ABA-IPL Communities

Join this new, exclusive online community site for ABA-IPL Section members to connect and interact through interactive discussions, content sharing and much more.

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Advertise with Landslide® Magazine

For advertising opportunities contact Chris Martin, ABA Media and Sponsorship Sales at [email protected] or call 1 410-584-1905.

ABA Communities

Join this new, exclusive online community site for ABA-IPL Section members to connect and interact through interactive discussions, content sharing and much more.

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Law Firm Sponsorship

Law Firm Sponsorship Opportunities

For companies looking to promote their business to intellectual property law practitioners, the IPLSPRING Conference, the IP Fall Institute and other CLE programs provide a direct avenue for engagement. We also offer opportunities for Section-wide sponsorship. For law firms, sponsorship is a low net-cost opportunity to show support for the Section’s work.

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Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

ABA-IPL Section encourages you to contribute to the efforts of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program.

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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.

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Contact Section staff using this online form.


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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