Guide to Intellectual Property Groups at the ABA

Young Lawyers Division: Intellectual Property and Internet Law

The committee’s focus is on trademark, copyright, trade secrets, the Internet, and related unfair competition cases. The wide scope of this committee runs from technical products to artistic works. Though focusing on federal law, it also touches upon state law and international concerns.

Section of Intellectual Property Law

Since 1894, [the section has] advanced the development of intellectual property laws, and their fair and just administration. As the forum for rich perspectives and balanced insight on the full spectrum of IP law, the section serves as the ABA voice—within the profession, before policymakers, and with the public. 

Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice: Intellectual Property Committee

The committee’s jurisdiction covers all aspects of practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office and the US Copyright Office. 

Section of Antitrust Law: Intellectual Property Committee

The committee focuses on antitrust issues that arise from the acquisition, licensing, and enforcement of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other forms of intellectual property, as well as developments in patent, copyright, and intellectual property law from the standpoint of competition policy. 

Business Law Section: Intellectual Property Committee

The mission of the committee is to be a resource to business lawyers who, as members of corporate law departments and private law firms, encounter intellectual property issues in the course of representing their clients in connection with business transactions and litigation matters. 

Section of Dispute Resolution: Intellectual Property Committee

The goals of the committee include building a dynamic committee, ensuring the diversity of participants, sponsoring educational opportunities, participating in the publication of materials that are consistent with the mission statement of the committee, and supporting other section committees. 

Section of International Law: International Intellectual Property Rights Committee

The committee serves as a forum for member communications on topics of interest; gives CLE presentations; and prepares comments and opinions on ABA resolutions, potential legislation, regulations, policy, and other matters that fall within the substantive areas of interest of the committee. 

Section of Litigation: Intellectual Property Litigation Committee

The committee is one of the 40 practice groups open to all members of the section. Joining the committee entitles a member to a number of benefits. The committee’s leadership is made up of experienced litigators from all over the country working to keep IP litigators fully up to date in all areas relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, the Internet, and related unfair competition cases. 

Section of Public Contract Law: Intellectual Property Committee

Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division: Intellectual Property Law Committee

A resource for IP solo and small-firm attorneys to share ideas, discuss evolving substantive legal issues, and provide education and support to outside legal professionals practicing in or desiring to learn more about this exciting and dynamic area of law. 

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