Corporate Practice

The Corporate and Licensing Practice section addresses issues and the evolving law of IP transactions primarily from an in-house counsel perspective.

IP Law Revision

The IP Law Revision section analyzes changes proposed by the USPTO and provides a forum for enhancing our members’ understanding and relationships with the USPTO.

Section Chair(s)

Brad Pedersen
Patterson Thuente Pedersen

Stuart Nelson
Stuart Nelson of Fish & Richardson

International Law

The International Law Section provides a forum to discuss evolving IP law throughout the world and issues related thereto. The Section frequently hosts foreign attorneys to provide expertise and updates on IP law in their respective countries.

Section Chair(s)

James Larson
Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, P.C.

Patent Agents

The Patent Agent section provides a forum for discussing and advancing knowledge of issues affecting patent agents in the practice of intellectual property law. The section also provides valuable networking resources for agents in the IP field.

Section Chair(s)

Deborah Carlson
Pauly, DeVries Smith & Deffner

Co-Chair
Brad Wright
3M

Patent Litigation

The Patent Litigation section addresses issues and best practices in all areas of patent enforcement: litigation, post-grant procedures, and ADR.

Patent Prosecution

The Patent Prosecution Section provides a forum to discuss best practices, current case law, and administrative changes affecting patent prosecution.

Section Chair(s)

Ted McGee
Westman, Champlin

Mark Deffner
Pauly, DeVries Smith & Deffner

Trademark, Copyright, and Media

The Trademark, Copyright, and Media section provides a forum to discuss best practices and the effects of changes in these areas of law on our practice.

Section Chair(s)

Mike Lafeber

Women in Intellectual Property

Started as an informal lunch group in the ’80’s, the Women in Intellectual Property Law (WIPLA) section provides a forum for discussing and advancing knowledge of issues affecting women in the practice of intellectual property law. The section also provides valuable networking resources for women in the IP field.

Section Chair(s)

Theresa Stadheim
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Kate DeVries Smith
DeVries Smith & Deffner