Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

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Need IP relevant CLE credits? Want to meet new IP colleagues? Join us in strengthening the intellectual property community of Minnesota!

From attending events to planning them - MIPLA welcomes all levels of member involvement.


Upcoming events

    • 25 Jan 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Virtual via Zoom

    What is the EPO looking for?  Dr. Sackin and another EPO attorney will address tricky novelty and inventive step issues such as implicit disclosure; accidental disclosure; novelty only citations (Art 54(3)); the problem and solution approach in inventive step; common general knowledge, the skilled person.  Dr. Sackin will discuss useful arguments based on the prior art documents and arguments based on advantages provided by the invention.

    Presented by:

    Robert Sackin advises on a broad range of patent issues with a particular focus on computer-implemented inventions.

    Robert has 20 years’ experience in patenting inventions for his clients in a wide range of technologies reflecting his background in engineering and physics.

    One focus of his practice is on drafting and prosecuting patent applications related to computer implemented inventions including electronic trading systems used by the world’s largest banks, consumer electronics, set-top box technology, telecommunication systems, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence. Currently, digital healthcare is a particular focus often working with colleagues in our life sciences team reflecting the strong cross-disciplinary nature of this exciting and expanding sector.

    Another focus has been in technologies with both a mechanical and electrical or electronic aspect including various fields of wind turbine technology, lasers, medical devices, various aspects of smart phone technology including displays and actuators, data centre construction and antennas for mobile telecommunication networks, as well as purely mechanical technology such as car park design and vehicle suspension systems.

    Robert has extensive experience of the US patent system reflecting the importance of the US as a marketplace for many of his clients and the broad range of inventions that can be protected there.

    Robert has directly advised clients of all sizes on a broad range of patent issues. He has advised on the initial steps in filing patent applications for individual inventors and small companies, as well as drafting and prosecuting patent applications and preparing freedom-to-operate reports for large multi nationals with large, worldwide patent portfolios. Robert regularly represents clients in European Patent Office opposition and appeal procedures. Robert also advises overseas patent attorneys, mainly in the US and China, in particular on the subtleties of patenting computer-implemented inventions at the European Patent Office and in the UK.

    His commercial experience includes several months spent working for Nippon Steel in Japan.

    The Zoom link will be included in the event registration email.

    2.0 CLE credits have been applied for.

    • 27 Jan 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual

    AIPLA Women in IP Speed Networking

    Please join us on January 27, 12-1pm EST for a virtual, round-robin speed networking event (using the REMO platform) hosted by the AIPLA Mentoring Committee. 

    Mentorship is critical to growth whether you are a law student, junior, or seasoned legal professional, so please join us and expand your network!

    Register here today: live.remo.co/e/2022-mid-winter-institute-mentor/...

    • 16 Feb 2022
    • Virtual via Zoom

    This year the annual MIPLA Bowl trivia contest will again be held online the evening of February 16th so start working on your team (max 6 players) and team name! Individuals who do not register as part of a team will be placed in a team. The event will be entirely virtual and teams will be joined via Zoom breakout rooms. Prizes will be abundant! Registration and additional details will be sent via email in early February.


    If you participated last year and have any feedback or tips for improving the experience, please email host Stephanie Kwong at skwong@dbclaw.com. Thanks!

    • 24 Feb 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Virtual

    ChIPs is inviting WIPLA members to a virtual Brazilian truffle-making party on Thursday February 24th from 5-7pm. A kit will be shipped to the first 30 registrants. Due to the limited number of attendees, if you register and find you cannot attend, kindly offer your kit to another person.

    Email Sheila Niaz SNiaz@MerchantGould.com to register based on first come, first served basis. ChIPs or MIPLA membership not required, however, it’s free to join ChIPs so you might as well! Click here to join.

    • 19 Apr 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • St. Paul Curling Club 470 Selby Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102

    Save the date for the 2022 MIPLA Curling Event!

    This event will include food and a happy hour provided at no cost: 

    Event Schedule:

    • 5:30 – 6:30 pm: Happy Hour
    • 6:30 – 8:30 pm:  Curling lesson and ice time

    Additional details will be announced soon!

    • 10 May 2022
    • Royal Sonesta 35 S. 7th St., Mpls 55402

    Save the date for the 2022 MIPLA Stampede!

    More details will be coming soon!

Past events

09 Dec 2021 MIPLA Holiday Happy Hour
16 Nov 2021 Pro Bono Program Update for MIPLA Members
27 Oct 2021 St. Thomas SIPLA and MIPLA Happy Hour
19 Aug 2021 WIPLA Happy Hour
15 Jul 2021 You Are Invited to Attend “Own the Zoom” Virtual CLE Event
17 May 2021 2021 MIPLA STAMPEDE Monday, May 17th – Thursday, May 20th
21 Apr 2021 MIPLA International Law Section Invites You to Recent Changes to Chinese Patent Law
21 Apr 2021 Patent Agents Committee Meeting
26 Feb 2021 MIPLA Members Moonlit Snowshoe & Bonfire at Lebanon Hills Regional Park - Jenson Lake Trailhead
23 Feb 2021 Advanced Patent Searching: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know
19 Feb 2021 New Date - MIPLA Members Moonlit Snowshoe & Bonfire at Theodore Wirth Regional Park - Chalet Parking Lot
28 Jan 2021 2021 MIPLA Bowl
22 Jan 2021 MIPLA Patent Agent Happy Hour | January 22 4:30-6:00 PM
10 Nov 2020 Navigating Brexit Virtual Presentation, 10 Nov 2020
06 Oct 2020 MIPLA & LCL CLE Event: Ethics and Mental Health: Coping During Challenging Times
30 Sep 2020 25th Annual MIPLA Golf Social
16 Sep 2020 Protecting Confidential Information in the Evolving Workplace: Strategies for Avoiding the Loss of Company Secrets
25 Aug 2020 Event Announcement – 2 CLE credits available (including 1.0 Elimination of Bias) - POSTPONED
14 Aug 2020 MIPLA-sponsored virtual networking event August 14, 2020
05 Aug 2020 MIPLA Sponsored Event: USPTO Updates: PTAB Changes and Pilot Programs Useful During COVID-19
04 Aug 2020 Putting Down the Shield and Picking Up the Sword: Generating Value from Patents in an Economic Downturn
27 May 2020 May Patent Agents Committee Virtual Meeting - Playing to Win: Policeability as IP Strategy
12 May 2020 2020 MIPLA Stampede - Cancelled
27 Apr 2020 Patent Agent Committee Virtual Meeting - Playing to Win: Policeability as IP Strategy - CANCELLED
21 Apr 2020 MIPLA Curling Championships 2020 - Cancelled
19 Mar 2020 Reception to Follow the China IP Road Show - POSTPONED
19 Mar 2020 USPTO China IP Road Show - POSTPONED
18 Mar 2020 MIPLA Patent Agents Committee Meeting - Postponed
03 Mar 2020 Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium - USPTO- March 3, 2020
23 Jan 2020 MIPLA Bowl
22 Jan 2020 MIPLA Patent Agents Committee Meeting
05 Dec 2019 Save the Date - 2019 MIPLA Holiday Happy Hour
30 Oct 2019 MIPLA Patent Agents Committee Meeting
17 Oct 2019 Discover IP Japan Seminar 2019
11 Sep 2019 Meet-and-Greet with Mary Denison, Commissioner of Trademarks, United States Patent and Trademark Office
10 Aug 2019 Science Museum of Minnesota

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