March 14, 2017

2017 IPLSPRING Conference Information

IPL Spring

You are encouraged to make your airline reservations on the ABA Online Travel site where you automatically receive airfare discounts from a variety of carriers.

Access the provider, Orbitz for Business, at or the Orbitz toll free number (877) 222-4185. 

The deadline for receipt of early registration, at the early registration rate, is March 15, 2017. Registration will only be accepted when accompanied by a credit card number (Visa, MasterCard or American Express only). Checks, money orders, or government purchase orders or training forms may also be used when submitting a printed copy of the registration form via mail. No registration can be held without payment.
Registration and check-in will be available onsite, the schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, April 4 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 5 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, April 6 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Onsite registrations will be accepted only when accompanied by a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express only), check, money order, or government purchase order or training form. Late registration fees will be in effect for onsite registrations.
Confirmation of registration will be sent via e-mail in advance of the program for all registrations received prior to March 15.
The 32nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference will be held at the:

Hotel Room
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

The ABA group rate is $249.00 single/double occupancy. All rooms are subject to a 13.5% Virginia State Sales Tax. Make your reservation online or call the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel directly at (202) 920-3230 or (800) 228-9290. Be sure to mention the ABA 2017 Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference to receive the special group rate.

Note: The cutoff date for the room block is Tuesday, March 14, 2017. But do not wait until the March 14th cutoff date, as the room block and the hotel fill up quickly. After this date, reservations can be made on a space available basis only. The ABA will not be able to secure a room for you.
Hertz provides car rental discounts worldwide to members.Visit Hertz to make a reservation, be sure to enter the CDP# 13000 when you book.
Please call Michael Kesler, ABA-IPL Program Associate, at 312-988-6278 or

Americans with Disabilities Act:

If special arrangements are necessary for individuals with disabilities to attend this conference, please contact Carey Farley, at the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654, or 312-988-5595 or by March 15, 2017.
The ABA directly applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA programs in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NH, NM, NV, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WI, and WV. These states sometimes do not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This course is expected to qualify for 12.0 CLE credit hours (including 1.5 ethics hours) in 60-minute states, and 14.4 credit hours (including 1.8 ethics hours) in 50-minute states. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit or contact Michael Kesler, Program Associate, or 312-988-6278.

Course Materials Available

Course materials are made available for viewing by conference registrants in advance of the conference on the Section website and the conference app.

Special Tuition Assistance

A limited number of registration fee reductions are available for government employees, academics, law students, and public interest lawyers employed with nonprofit organizations. No full tuition waivers are available. The fee-reductions will be determined on a one-time only, case-by-case, first-come first-serve basis. To apply, send a letter outlining the basis for your request of a fee reduction to Michael Kesler, Program Associate, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654 or Deadline for receipt: March 15, 2017. No cases will be considered after the deadline, and all standard registration fee rates will apply after March 15.Scholarships to defray tuition expense for Section of Intellectual Property programs are available upon application on a program-by-program, case-by-case basis. Preference will be given to public interest lawyers, government lawyers, full-time law professors, solo or small firm practitioners of limited means, and unemployed attorneys. Click here for more information and to complete a scholarship request for a specific program. Scholarship applications must be received at least two weeks before the program start date. You will be notified prior to the program if your application is approved. A minimum fee may be charged on all approved scholarship applications to defray expenses. For programs with tuition costs over $500, qualifying attorneys will receive at least a 50% reduction in the course fee(s).
Registrants who are unable to attend the conference will receive a refund less a $100 administrative fee if a written cancellation is received by March 15, 2017. Cancellation requests should be e-mailed to Michael Kesler at (The administrative fee for cancellation is $50 for Corporate Counsel, Law Student, and Government and Public Sector fee categories.) No refunds will be granted after March 15, 2017. Vouchers for future programs will not be provided. Proxy substitutions are acceptable. The ABA reserves the right to cancel any program and assumes no responsibility for personal expenses.

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