President's Update 


Happy Spring to you! IPLAC began 2016 with some leadership changes. President-elect Paul Korniczky left us to become an Administrative Law Judge with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO and is now based in Denver. We thank Paul for his many years of service and voluntarism on behalf of IPLAC. While we miss Paul and his guidance and treasured sense of humor very much, we wish him well in his new position and look forward to welcoming Judge Korniczky to IPLAC events on his return visits to Chicago. Serena Pruitt, at the invitation of the IPLAC Board, graciously agreed to fulfill Paul’s role as President-elect for the remainder of the current membership year, and we thank her for her dedication and willingness to help out. At the upcoming May 4 Annual Dinner, the membership will vote on a full slate of officers and new members for the Board of Managers. We will be circulating the invitation to the Annual Meeting very soon.

It is the time of year to please renew your IPLAC membership for the upcoming 2016-17 membership year. IPLAC’s membership year runs May 1 to April 30. From now until May 1, 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 hope is another great year. Please renew your membership through our website.

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 me or Serena Pruitt or any board member. We would be delighted to hear from you.

IPLAC has several great events coming up this spring and summer, and we look forward to seeing and welcoming you at those events! Please learn more about and sign up for our upcoming events here, and be sure to check back for details about additional upcoming programs.

Thank you for your support and membership!

With kind regards,

Alisa Simmons

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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