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    Welcome to the Intellectual Property Law Section!
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    Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Report The 2014-15 NYSBA Annual Report is now available online. View a brief overview of the IP Law Section’s accomplishments, activities and events this past year. (click image to view)
  • Events
    • August 3: IP and EASL Pro Bono Clinic with Women in Music

      Monday, August 3, 2015 
      25 West 4th Street 
      New York, NY 
      4:00pm – 7:00pm
      (courtesy of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

      If you would like to volunteer for one or more of the 30 minute time slots, please email Elissa Hecker at and specify your contact information (name, firm/company, phone number and email address), which time slot(s), area(s) of expertise, and whether you are an EASL and/or IP Section member. Please also indicate any other areas of practice that you may have that would be helpful to the clients, including music, licensing, collaboration and band deals, producer agreements, agency and management agreements, and other areas that may be of concern to musicians, artists, songwriters, producers, and other parties involved in the music industry.

      If you do not have pro bono liability insurance, you may be covered under EASL and IP's policy for this Clinic.  Please also indicate if you need such coverage.

    • September 9: Pro Bono Clinic on IP Issues for Startups

      Legal Clinic: Intellectual Property Issues for Startups

      September 9, 2015
      Cardozo Law School
      55 Fifth Avenue (btw. 12th and 13th St.)
      New York, NY

      We are pleased to announce that the Intellectual Property Law Section, in conjunction with NYC Business Solutions and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will be hosting a Pro Bono Clinic on Intellectual Property Issues for Startups, to be held at Cardozo Law School. This clinic will explain intellectual property issues and strategies that are important for startups, and will pair the attendees with an attorney for a no-fee 30 minute consultation. We anticipate a large turnout so we encourage you to attend.

      The clinic will take place between 6:30 and 10:00 pm, and will be organized as follows:

      • 6:00 to 6:30  -- sign in
      • 6:30 to 7:30  -- presentation on Intellectual Property Issues for Startups
      • 7:30 to 10:00  -- 30 minute consultations

      Pre-registration by the attendees is required so that we can properly match the attendees to the attorneys. Once we have paired up the attorneys and attendees, we will provide notice to the attorney so that he or she can run conflicts, if necessary, prior to the clinic. 

      We will soon be looking for volunteers to fill the 30-minute time slots. Please SAVE THE DATE, and check back for further details.

      For questions, contact

    • November 11 - 15, 2015: Entertainment, Sports and IP Law Summit, Cancun

      27th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports and IP Law Summit

      November 11-15, 2015 | Cancun, Mexico
      Earn CLE credit through the ABA

      This year our Section has joined with the NYSBA's and the Florida Bar's Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law (EASL) Sections as program co-sponsors of the highly successful Annual North American Entertainment Sports & IP Law Summit (the "ESIP").  It will be held November 11-15, 2015, in Cancun, Mexico, at the 5 star Ritz-Carlton resort. View a "save the date" advertisement for the Summit here.

      Program, Attendance, and Registration:
      The program is well attended by in-house and outside counsel and judges from the Federal Circuit. Over 300 of our colleagues in IP and entertainment law attend. The Summit provides an excellent opportunity for networking with in-house and outside counsel and significant CLE courses. This year’s agenda will be coming soon. 

      The ESIP is very interested in having our members speak on IP subjects, including patent, trademark, internet, and trade secret law. If you may be interested in speaking, please contact Philip Furgang at for further information.

      The program agenda will follow. View registration details

  • About

    The Intellectual Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association introduces members of our Association to the interesting and growing areas of law which make up Intellectual Property Law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and Internet intellectual property law issues. We provide educational programs, other activities and invite the participation of attorneys, law students and non-lawyer members of the business community. We invite our members to take advantage of substantive legal research through our Law Watch search results, to discuss issues and ideas in our discussion groups, and to participate fully in the e-community of the site.

    Meet the Chair
    Charles T.J. Weigell, III, Esq.

    Executive Committee Roster | IP Section Bylaws

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    IP SEction Photo Galleries

    Women in IP 2012  Women in IP 2013 2014 IP Section Annual Meeting

    Women in Intellectual Property Law Photos > 20152014 | 2013 |  2012
    Read more about the 2015 Women in IP program 

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    View 20th Anniversary IP Photos >


    The Intellectual Property Law Section extends its gratitude to the following for their significant sponsorship over the past year:

    Brooks Brothers
    Cahn Litigation Services
    Davis & Gilbert LLP
    Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
    Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
    FTI Consulting
    Hiscock & Barclay LLP
    Kilpatrick Townsend
    Stout Risius Ross

    Micro Strategies
    NYLS Institute for Information Law and Policy
    Park IP Translations
    Physique 57
    Pryor Cashman LLP
    Reckitt Benckiser
    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
    Thomson Reuters/Thomson CompuMark
    Tory Burch

  • Bright Ideas

    Bright Ideas

    The Intellectual Property Law Section Newsletter (Bright Ideas) features peer-written, substantive articles about current issues in intellectual property law, including social media, patents, copyrights and trademarks. Also included are recent cases and updates on Section programs and events. Bright Ideas is published three times per year by the Intellectual Property Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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  • Coming Soon!

    Intellectual Property Law Section Community - Coming Soon!

    We are pleased to announce that the Intellectual Property Law Section will soon offer a private online professional community—for IP Law Section members only.

    NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools.

    Stay tuned for details about the Intellectual Property Law Section Community!

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