Congratulations to our new IPLAC Officers and Board of Manager Members! At the IPLAC Annual Meeting on May 4, 2016, IPLAC elected these new Officers and Members:

Serena Pruitt, President
Paul Kitch, President-Elect
Adam Kelly, Vice President
Erin Lothson, Secretary
Elizabeth Cutri, Member, Board of Managers
Jomarie Fredericks, Member, Board of Managers
Kathernine Dennis Nye, Member, Board of Managers
Peter Prommer, Member, Board of Managers.

These new Officers and Board of Manager Members will join Treasurer Erin Fox, Board of Manager Members Cynthia Ho, Casey Mangan, Tamara Miller, and Dominic Zanfardino, and Immediate Past President Alisa Simmons in leading IPLAC for the 2016-17 Membership Year! IPLAC congratulates this new board and looks forward with great anticipation to this new membership year!

IPLAC extends its thanks and appreciation for the service of these outgoing Officers and Board of Manager Members: Immediate Past President Garret Leach, Secretary Melaina Jobs, and Board of Manager Members Sorin Cimpoes, Anthony Gabrielson, and Sherry Rollo.

If you have not already, please be sure to renew your IPLAC membership to be a part of this 2016-17 Membership Year with us. From now until May 13, 2016, we are offering a renewal special of $10 off all 2016-17 membership dues. Please take advantage of this savings opportunity and join us for what we know will be another great year.

As you renew, please also, if you have not already, join an IPLAC committee. IPLAC is run entirely by its volunteer members, and our committees and committee leaders need your participation and support. IPLAC committees cover the entire spectrum of IP practice areas and interests, so there should be a place for everyone. We invite you to join a committee and help us plan future programs and events and get to know better your fellow IPLAC colleagues in the process. Also, if there are events or programming that you would like IPLAC to offer, then please share your ideas by reaching out to President Serena Pruitt or any board member. We would be delighted to hear from you.

As we approach summer, please know that IPLAC has several great events coming up! We look forward to seeing and welcoming you at these events! Please learn more about and sign up for our events here, and be sure to check back for details about additional upcoming programs. Let’s please also all plan to attend IPLAC Field Day on Monday, June 13, 2016, in honor of our new President, Serena Pruitt, who has been planning our Field Day event and fun for several years now.

During this past year as president of IPLAC, I have enjoyed the opportunity to experience and see how tremendously talented, creative, and generous all of our members are. IPLAC is blessed to have such wonderful members. I extend a thank you to our 2015-16 Board and to our Committee Leaders for planning and hosting this past year’s many engaging and enjoyable programs, and I look forward with great anticipation to our upcoming 2016-17 Membership Year with our new leadership! Thank you for your support and membership!

Alisa Simmons
Immediate Past President

The Benefits of Membership

There are many benefits to IPLAC Membership.  First and foremost, IPLAC provides an unmatched opportunity to network with intellectual property professionals in the Chicago area.  IPLAC also offers intellectual property professionals an opportunity to be an active advocate in the development and protection of intellectual property law.

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What is IPLAC?

IPLAC is the oldest intellectual property law association in the United States, operating since 1884.  It is highly respected by both local and the national judiciary.

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