MIPSA Activities & Events

  • November 8, 2011 | MIPSA Lecture and Performance "Copyright and Creativity at University of Maryland School of Law" featuring Professor John Peacock (MICA) who will speak on the myth of originality, Westminster Hall at 6:45PM, free tickets, contact Adam Holofcener.
  • October 31 - November 4 | MIPSA Annual Business Card Fundraiser, official student business cards can be ordered, 200 cards for only $35 with a $10 discount if you previously purchased cards with the old name and logo, purchase at MIPSA's table near the mail boxes.
  • October 29-30, 2011 | National Conference of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), an organization dedicated to increasing access to medications through university technology transfer policy reform and student action, register here, contact Andrew York.
  • October 27, 2011 | Science in the City Networking Event, University of Maryland BioPark 5-7PM, casual networking event with BioPark tenants, University of Maryland faculty, and members of the BioScience community, register by accessing this link.
  • October 26, 2011 | Fortnightly IP Lecture "A General Overview of Litigation before the International Trade Commission (ITC)" Benjamin H. Huh, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, 4:00–5:15 PM Room 405
  • October 12, 2011 | Fortnightly IP Lecture "The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act: Overview and Discussion of Patent Law Reform" Professor Patricia Campbell, Director, Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center, 4:00–5:15 PM Room 405
  • September 28, 2011 | Fortnightly IP Lecture "The Struggle of OEMs: IP Strategies in China and Taiwan" Andy Y. Sun, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Legal Institute, 4:00–5:15 PM Room 405
  • September 14, 2011 | | Fortnightly IP Lecture "The Future is Now: Personalized Medicine, Biologics, and Tissue Engineering" Dr. Lawrence Sung, Director, Intellectual Property Law Program, 4:00–5:15 PM Room 405
  • April 28, 2011 | Maryland Small Business Development Center Seminar “Intellectual Property Basics: Copyright, Trademarks, Trade Secrets and Licensing Agreements” 6-8PM
  • April 19, 2011 | Fortnightly IP Lecture “Topic in Art History: Intellectual Theft in Seventeenth-Century Rome” Dr. Elizabeth Cropper, Dean of Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Krongard Board Room, Tuesday, 4-5:15PM
    • The tradition of selective imitation was the basis for artistic invention and education for centuries throughout the history of art. How then was it possible for the painter Giovanni Lanfranco to accuse his contemporary Domenichino of “stealing” the idea for his altarpiece depicting the Last Communion of St. Jerome from another artist when it was unveiled to the Roman public in 1614? Dr. Cropper will lecture on her acclaimed book “The Domenichino Affair: Novelty, Imitation, and Theft in Seventeenth-Century Rome” (Yale University Press, 2005) in discussing intellectual appropriation in 17th-century Italy and its impact on modern conceptions of novelty and innovation. Questions please contact
      Pauline Pelletier
  • April 12, 2011 | Lecture by Daniel E. Yonan and Michael D. Specht of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC on “Unfair Practices in Import Trade and the USITC”
  • April 8, 2011 | Applications Due for Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch LLP Summer Patent Seminar BSKB Offices in Falls Church, VA June 11 - July 1, 2011 (Scholarships Available)
    • This intensive three week seminar covers all major areas of U.S. patent law, including an overview of the U.S. patent system and various patent prosecution topics and moving on to more complex subjects such as patent infringement litigation. In addition to providing valuable and practical training, the course will allow scholarship recipients to network with patent professionals in both professional and social situations. Please forward completed application along with your resume and transcripts to sps@bskb.com no later than April 8, 2011. Learn More
  • April 5, 2011 | Fortnightly IP Lecture Series Interactive Debate and Panel on the Subject of “Open Source vs. Copyright” Krongard Board Room, 4-5:15PM
    • Featuring Cynthia Sanders, Associate at Ober Kaler and Adjunct Professor, Adam Holofcener, Co-President, Maryland Intellectual Property Students Association (MIPSA), and Juliana Neelbauer, University of Maryland Law student.
  • April 5, 2011 | 2011 USPTO "The World of Designs: Design Practice and the International Marketplace” at USPTO Madison Auditorium, Fifth Annual USPTO Design Patent Conference
    • Join design practitioners from around the country for an open forum with USPTO officials on the state of the Design Examination Group. This Event is being cosponsored by the USPTO, IPO, AIPLA and the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. and is an opportunity for managers, design examiners and the design patent bar to exchange ideas and to educate each other on important topics affecting design patent practice. Read More.
  • March 31, 2011 | MIPSA and EASL Co-Sponsored Film Festival and Fundraiser to be Held in Room 107 at 12-5PM Featuring Among Others the Documentary Film “Copyright Criminals”
    • This event will feature a documentary directed and produced by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeodthat that examines the history and influence of musical sampling surrounding debates about copyright, compensation, and creativity in the age of intellectual property featuring commentary by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig on why the recording industry is “self-destructing.” Read More
  • March 31, 2011 | The University of Dayton, School of Law will host a Symposium Series on Current Issues in Intellectual Property Law, Scott Kief of GWU Law School. Read More
  • March 29, 2011 | The Columbus School of Law will host the Dean William Callyhan Robinson Intellectual Property Lecture Series, featuring Jeffrey Lefstin and Judge Alvin Schall. Read More
  • March 25, 2011 | Journal of Business and Technology Law hosts Symposium “Confronting the Challenges of Counterfeiting in Practice and Policy" Ceremonial Moot Court Room
    • This event will begin with an overview by Professor Patricia Campbell, Director of the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center, explaining the relevant law and remedies to the counterfeiting problem. In the morning and afternoon sessions, nine speakers will give presentations on counterfeiting in their various fields of expertise, including counterfeiting of electronic products, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, fashion, athletic apparel and wine, as well as consumer complicity in counterfeiting activities. Representatives from the United States government will discuss the impact of the counterfeiting problem and the government's initiatives in combating counterfeiting. The Symposium will also explore alternative remedies, including use of design patents and new legislation to address copying of designs. Each speaker's presentation will identify germane public policy issues implicated by the counterfeiting problem and will educate law students and practitioners on how to deal with counterfeiting in practice. To register for this event, please click here.
  • March 25, 2011 | The Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law will host its symposium on “Creative Capital: Intellectual Property Creation and Venture Capital”
    • Keynote speaker is Bob Young CEO and Founder of Lulu.com; other speakers include Michael Mireles, Therese Maynard, and Daniel Egger. Read More
  • March 23, 2011 | Event Featuring the Center for Social Media at American University “Best Practices in Fair Use” Room 202 at 4:30-5:30PM, Speakers Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi
    • MIPSA is hosting Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi from the Center for Social Media at American University to speak about the Center's work with Best Practices in Fair Use. The talk will take place in room 202 from 4:30pm-5:30pm and a reception will follow with food and drinks.
  • March 22, 2011 | Fortnightly IP Lecture “Shredded Wheat” by James Astrachan, Principal, Astrachan Gunst Thomas Rubin, PC, Adjunct Professor, Krongard Board Room, 4-5:15 PM
  • March 18, 2011 | GWU Law School will host an Intellectual Property Panel including Bruce Sewell, Mike Jacobson, John Whealan, and Chief Judge Radar as keynote speaker. Read More
  • March 10-11, 2011 | Eighth Annual Intellectual Property Law Seminar at Howard University School of Law—Fee Waived for University of Maryland Law Students
    • Since 2003, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP has co-hosted an annual IP conference at Howard University School of Law in DC for the Institute of Intellectual Property and Social Justice (IIPSJ). Esther Lim, the program chair and a Maryland Law graduate, is inviting interested Maryland Law students to attend this conference and she has generously offered to waive the fee! If you are interested in attending, please email Ms. Lim at esther.lim@finnegan.com with the following information: (1) Your name (2) Your year in school (also, indicate that you are from UMD Law) (3) Which day(s) you'd like to attend. You can choose to attend one or both days: Day 1 covers copyright & trademarks and Day 2 covers patents. In addition to corporate counsels and many attorneys from Finnegan, the following distinguished speakers will be presenting on Day 2: Chief Judge Rader and Judge Linn of the CAFC, Retired Judge Michel of the CAFC, Judge Essex of the ITC, Judge Lee and Judge O’Grady of the Eastern District of Virginia, and Raymond Chen of the USPTO. Read More
  • March 11, 2011 | USPTO and USWCC Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium, USPTO in Alexandria, VA, Keynote Speaker U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. Read More
  • March 10, 2011 | Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, "Beyond Piracy: Managing Patent Risks in the New China" Berkeley, CA, Speakers Barner, Merges, Barr. Read More
  • March 8, 2011 | Fortnightly IP and EASL Sponsored Lecture by Ira Wexler of Wexler Photography Inc. on “Focusing on Copyright in Photography” 4-5:15 PM Room 107
  • March 3, 2011 | MIPSA GENERAL BODY MEETING “Day Students” 12-1PM Room 460 “Evening Students” 6:30-7:30PM Room 309
  • March 2, 2011 | Maryland State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, “Understanding the Trademark Examiners Perspective – Tips for the Private Practitioner” Webinar 12-1PM
    • Christopher J. Schulte and Scott M. Oslick from Merchant & Gould will discuss trademark prosecution at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, both from the perspective of the trademark practitioner and the trademark examiner. Section members may participate for FREE. Non-members are welcome to participate for a $25.00 program fee or join the Section for $20.00. Reserve now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/337822848
  • February 28, 2011 | Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) Interest Meeting 1PM SMC Campus Center Room 351 Contact
    Andrew York
    • Come find out about UAEM and discover what you can do on the UMB campus to help make medicines more accessible for those who need them most through Global Access provisions and increased research in high need areas! We will discuss the opportunity of starting a registered UAEM Chapter on campus. Read More
  • February 23, 2011 | Second Annual Business Law Program Lecture “Continuous Innovation—Crafting a Career in the 21st Century” Buck Goldstein 5:15PM Ceremonial Court Room
    • Burton B. "Buck" Goldstein, the University Entrepreneur in Residence and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina, has been involved in entrepreneurship, as a practicing attorney. In 1982 he co-founded Information America, an online information company that developed hundreds of products from databases of public records collected and compiled from courthouses throughout the United States. In 1994, West Publishing, the largest legal publisher in the United States, acquired Information America. Goldstein served on the Executive Committee of West before and after its subsequent acquisition by Thomson, a multinational information and publishing company. Goldstein has been recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Information Industry Association and Information America appeared numerous times in the Inc 500 list of rapidly growing businesses. He recently published a new book, Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Century. A reception in the Atrium will follow Mr. Goldstein's presentation. Both the lecture and the reception are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Hilary Hansen at
      hhanson8 @ law.umaryland.edu
  • February 22, 2011 | Fortnightly IP “Counseling Emerging Technology Companies” Krongard Board Room School of Law, 4-5:15PM, Professor Patricia Campbell, Director, Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center
  • February 12, 2011 | Maryland Law Students at the East Regional 2010-11 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition sponsored by the International Trademark Association (INTA), Moynihan Courthouse of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • On February 12, 2011, Torrey Fishman (‘12) and Morgan Folus (’12) represented the University of Maryland School of Law at the East Regional 2010-11 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition sponsored by the International Trademark Association (INTA). The event was held at the Moynihan Courthouse of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The team, which also included Tom Yebernetsky (‘12), submitted briefs and Torrey and Morgan presented oral arguments regarding a trademark dispute involving virtual reality issues. While the team did not advance to the national rounds, Torrey and Morgan were uniformly praised for their excellent appellate advocacy skills. Special thanks to Hilary Hansen and Julie Hopkins for assisting with team preparation.
  • February 8, 2011 | Fortnightly IP “A Career in Private IP Practice” Krongard Board Room School of Law, 4-5:15PM, Julie Hopkins '04 and Bryant Young '04, B.L. Young Law LLC
  • November 22, 2010 | Fortnightly IP “A Career in IP Law: The View from a Government Attorney” Raymond Chen, Deputy General Counsel and Solicitor, USPTO, 4:00–5:15 p.m. Krongard Board Room,
    by 11/19/2010
    • As an Associate Solicitor for the USPTO, named the Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor in December 2008, Mr. Chen has spent 10 years defending the USPTO's decisions in federal court, briefing and arguing numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His notable Federal Circuit arguments include In re Bilski, In re Nuijten, and In re Comiskey. Mr. Chen has also provided legal advice to the USPTO on new regulations and examination guidelines.
  • November 18, 2010 | MIPSA Social Gathering Thursday, Time: 8pm Place: The Brewer's Art; 1106 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201 Specials: $1 wristband gets special prices from 8pm until closing Contact Project Chairperson:
    Mike Zidanic
    • This event is NOT sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Law and MIPSA reminds you to please drink responsibly and to always have a designated driver or cab phone number for your trip home.
  • November 8, 2010 | Fortnightly IP “IP in Pharmaceuticals & Biotech” Nadine Chien, Ph.D., Esq. Vice President, Legal Affairs and Secretary Furiex Pharmaceuticals, 4:00–5:15 p.m. Room 405
    • Dr. Chien has more than 16 years of intellectual property and transaction law experience and started her legal career in an intellectual property law firm serving as in-house patent counsel for a private biotechnology company. She is an adjunct professor with the University of Maryland School of Law and is published in the areas of science and law.
  • October 25, 2010 | Fortnightly IP “Life of a Startup from Day One” Paul Rothstein, Consultant/Counsel at Blackboard, 4:00–5:15 p.m. Room 405
  • October 22, 2010 | AIPLA Law Students IP Career Panel Discussion and Reception (Woodley Park, DC)
    • "Landing your IP Law Job: Advice in an Adverse Economy a Panel Discussion featuring: Alyson Barker, Howrey, Guy Donatiello, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Alicia Dray, Sughrue Mion PLLC, Denise Kettelberger, Faegre & Benson LLP, Kevin Wolff, Wolff Law Offices" Hosted by the American Intellectual Property Law Association's Law Students Committee. Space is limited so please RSVP by October 8th to
      sbarker @ aipla.org

      AIPLA Membership and Annual Meeting registration are not required to attend the Career Panel and Reception. AIPLA Students Members are eligible to register and attend the Annual Meeting at a discounted rate of $55. Valid student ID is required.
  • October 18 – October 22, 2010 | Official Maryland Law School Business Cards for sale $30/100 cards and $50/200 cards (cash or check), see our table at on the Comcast Breezeway. Contact
    Brian Hill
    • These are extremely helpful to employment contacts when networking and interviewing for jobs. Our business cards bear our school's name and logo, are sponsored by MIPSA, are of excellent quality, extremely popular, and professionally made.
  • October 11-20, 2010 | OIA Phonathon MIPSA Fundraiser
    • The Office of Institutional Advancement ("OIA") is sponsoring this Phonathon to raise money for the School of Law, its programs, and most importantly, the students. Help MIPSA and the school raise some funds. If you're available for a shift during the evenings please contact
      Adam Holofcener
      Bruce Villard
  • October 11, 2010 | Fortnightly IP "A Career in IP Law: The View from a Law Firm Associate" Alex Hanna, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 4:00–5:15 p.m. Room 405.
    • Mr. Hanna's practice primarily focuses on intellectual property litigation and also includes direct-client counseling and opinions in patent matters involving computer software and hardware, e-commerce, and computer and telephone networks. He received his J.D. from University of Maryland School of Law in 2006, where he was a staff member of The Business Lawyer, ABA Section of Business Law, and later the executive technology editor of the Journal of Business & Technology Law.
  • October 7, 2010 | MIPSA Fall Kick-Off Social Event, Current Location Brewer's Art Restaurant, 1106 North Charles Street.
  • September 27, 2010 | Fortnightly IP "Copyright and the Constitution" Mike Klipper of Meyer, Klipper & Mohr, PLLC, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Room 405.
    • Mr. Klipper speaks at the law school as a frequent commenter on intellectual property and distinguished expert on the subject of copyright law and legislation. Notably, he served as Judiciary Committee counsel to Senator Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. (R-Md) advising on issues including the Copyright Revision Act of l976 and the Voting Rights Act of 1982. He was in-house counsel to the Motion Picture Association of America and in the 101st Congress served as counsel to the Copyright Remedies Coalition. More recently, Mr. Klipper served as counsel to the Coalition Against Database Piracy which is devoted to pursuing the enactment of a federal database protection law.
  • September 13, 2010 | First General Body Meeting (Evening Students) 5:30-6:30PM in Room 402.
  • September 9, 2010 | First General Body Meeting (Day Students), Noon-1PM in Room 310.
    • Officers provide general information about MIPSA and any upcoming activities. Hilary Hansen, Business and Intellectual Property Law Program Manager and Director of Externships, speaks about what the Department followed by a mini-forum with Professors Sanders and Sung.
  • April 15, 2010 | Fortnightly IP - "Legal Publishing: Writing, Politics & Law" BNA Books Acquisition Manager Jim Fattibene.
  • April 6, 2010 | "Reexamination and Concurrent U.S. District Court and ITC Litigation" Presented by Robert G. Sterne and Lori A. Gordon, Directors at Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC, Sponsor Law Firm of The Reexamination Center (Download) (Read More).
  • April 2, 2010 | Journal of Business & Technology Law Spring Conference "The Future of Genetic Disease and Diagnosis: Do Patents Matter?" considered the legal, ethical and social issues surrounding the patenting of gene-based inventions and the implications for health care delivery.
    • In particular, the discussion considered the lawsuit Ass'n for Molecular Pathology v. U.S.Patent & Trademark Office (and Myriad Genetics and Univ. of Utah Research Found.) (S.D.N.Y.), which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation filed on behalf of researchers, genetic counselors, women patients, cancer survivors, breast cancer and women's health groups, and scientific associations representing 150,000 geneticists, pathologists, and laboratory professionals. The suit charges that the patents on the genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, which are genetic markers for breast cancer, violate the First Amendment and patent law because genes are "products of nature" and therefore can't be patented.
  • April 1, 2010 | Fortnightly IP - "Making Music in the IP Age" Local artists Rjyan Kidwell and Jason Yurick.
  • March 4, 2010 | Fortnightly IP - "Patent Law Practice in Uncertain Times" Abby Bhattacharyya, Esq., Law Offices of Bartunek & Bhattacharyya, Ltd., and current Chair, Programs Committee of the MSBA IP Section.
  • February 18, 2010 | Fortnightly IP - "The Legislation of Intellectual Property: Lessons from Capitol Hill" Wayne Paugh, Esq., Former U.S. Coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement.

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