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


Upcoming events

    • 23 Apr 2024
    • St. Paul Curling Club 470 Selby Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
    Registration is closed

    2024 MIPLA Curling Event

    We are excited to invite you to the 2024 MIPLA Curling Event on Tuesday, April 23rd, at the St. Paul Curling Club. Join us for an evening of fun, networking, and the opportunity to learn and play the exciting sport of curling!

    Event Details

    Date: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024 
    Location: St. Paul Curling Club, 470 Selby Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
    Event Schedule: 

    • 5:30 – 6:30 pm - Complimentary food and happy hour 
    • 6:30 – 8:30 pm - Curling lesson and ice time

    Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with fellow MIPLA members while enjoying complimentary food and beverages during our happy hour. Afterward, you’ll receive expert instruction and have the chance to test your skills on the ice.

    Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 16, 2024, and feel free to include any team requests you may have. We look forward to seeing you there!

    • 02 May 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Pinstripes - 3849 Gallagher Dr, Edina, MN 55435-5251

    Registration is open for the annual MIPLA Stampede, being held in-person Thursday May 2, 2024 at Pinstripes (3849 Gallagher Dr, Edina, MN 55435) in the upstairs ballroom. Attendees may receive up to 6.0 CLE credits including 1.0 ethics credit (MN CLE course code: 505610; credits applied-for).  This will be another fun and informative IP CLE program, and a great opportunity to network with colleagues from the IP community.

    Event registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and a reception/cocktail hour with appetizers and bocce ball at the close of the event.

    MIPLA will conduct its annual meeting over lunch. MIPLA members can attend the annual meeting portion only via a special limited registration, without having to register for the full CLE event.

    Download the agenda here! Complete session details are available here.


    • An International Trade Commission investigative attorney on Section 337 investigations - Cortney Hoecherl (USITC OUII)
    • A USPTO representative on trademark pendency, the new USPTO trademark search system, and trademark scams – Kyle Ingram (USPTO)
    • Patent continuation practice developments regarding prosecution laches, double patenting, and USPTO policies – Jan Conlin & Jake Siegel (Ciresi Conlin)
    • Panel discussion on patent claim construction – moderator: Prof. Chris Turoski (U of M); panelists: Tom Leach, Michael A. Erbele, & Daniel Bruzzone (Merchant & Gould) and Galen Rahmlow (Medtronic)
    • Ethics in IP practice, with discussion of ABA Model Rule 1.6 amendments (ethics credit to be applied-for) – Prof. Davis Schultz (Hamline U.)
    • Unique issues in design patent litigation - Joseph Herriges & Conrad Gosen (Fish & Richardson)
    • Guidance on trademark clearance analyses in a global and Internet-intensive marketplace - Tim Sitzmann & Mary Susan Gerber (Winthrop & Weinstine)


    •  $175 for MIPLA members; become a member here  
    •  $250 for non-MIPLA members
    • Free for student MIPLA members; become a student member here
    • The annual meeting portion is free to attend for MIPLA members (pre-registration under this option requested)

    Registration Deadline: In order to reserve a lunch, you must register for the event by April 24, 2023.

    Parking information: Free parking is available in the ramp adjacent to Pinstripes and the Container Store (enter to the left as you enter the parking lot) and in the small surface lot. 

    Note: the times and titles of individual sessions are subject to change.

    Event Sponsor(s):

    Husch Blackwell

Past events

16 Apr 2024 Free CLE: Trending Topics in Post Grant Reviews including IPRs (April 16)
12 Apr 2024 CLE on the Intersection of Trademark Law and the First Amendment
05 Mar 2024 MN IP Law Association Roundtable: DOCX
22 Feb 2024 MIPLA Patent Agent Committee Happy Hour
20 Feb 2024 International Patent Drafting Strategies for AI-related Applications CLE Event
24 Jan 2024 MIPLA Trivia Bowl 2024!
07 Dec 2023 Annual MIPLA Holiday Happy Hour
09 Nov 2023 Topics in Patent Law Complimentary CLE Webinar
26 Oct 2023 MIPLA Halloween Happy Hour - - Join Us for Spooky Fun! 👻
24 Oct 2023 Register today for a complimentary Ethics CLE on Tuesday, October 24th, hosted by LegalCORPS in conjunction with Pro Bono Week
02 Oct 2023 2023 MIPLA Member Golf Scramble
14 Sep 2023 Empowering Her Justice: A Conversation with Honorable Wilhelmina M. Wright - New Date: September 14th
11 Jul 2023 MIPLA Service Project with Second Harvest Heartland on July 11th
30 Jun 2023 Patent Agent Happy Hour on June 30th
07 Jun 2023 2023 MIPLA Stampede CLE Program & Annual Meeting on Wed. June 7th
02 May 2023 2023 MIPLA Curling Event
23 Mar 2023 USPTO China IP Road Show
09 Mar 2023 USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program: Pathways to Inclusive Innovation
07 Mar 2023 The Unified Patent Court and System
02 Mar 2023 Virtual Patent Agents Committee Meeting
13 Feb 2023 Valentine's Cookie Decorating Party!
19 Jan 2023 MIPLA Trivia Bowl
12 Jan 2023 MIPLA Patent Prosecution Section Roundtable: DOCX
16 Nov 2022 Account Management: Leveraging Your Client Relationships for Value and Growth | November 16, 12:00pm
09 Nov 2022 Patent Agents Committee Social Hour | November 9, 5:00pm
05 Oct 2022 Come and meet other Patent Agents and provide input on future direction of the group - Cancelled
12 Sep 2022 MIPLA Annual Golf Social - Cancelled
01 Aug 2022 IP and Ice Cream
10 May 2022 MIPLA Annual Meeting
10 May 2022 2022 MIPLA STAMPEDE Tuesday, May 10th
21 Apr 2022 WIPLA Nails & Networking
19 Apr 2022 2022 MIPLA Curling Event
07 Apr 2022 AIPLA Women in IP Networking Event
24 Feb 2022 Women in IP invite – Brazilian Truffle Party
16 Feb 2022 2022 Virtual MIPLA Bowl
10 Feb 2022 Patent Agents Committee Meeting
27 Jan 2022 AIPLA Women in IP Speed Networking
25 Jan 2022 EPO Update #1: Novelty and Inventive Step at the EPO - How to Provide Convincing Arguments Followed by a Virtual Happy Hour.
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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