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  • 17 May 2018 1:02 PM | Anonymous

    MIPLA and Dykema had a great Meet the Firm event on Thursday, May 17!

  • 10 May 2018 10:39 AM | Anonymous

                         2018 MIPLA Stampede

    The 2018 MIPLA Stampede was held on May 10, 2018.  The event was a success; thank you to those who presented and to those who attended the event!

    The schedule for the 2018 MIPLA Stampede can be found by clicking here.

    The 2018 MIPLA Stampede Faculty list can be found here.


  • 27 Apr 2018 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    The 2018 MWL Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis (1300 Nicollet Mall) and will feature a full day of CLE programming, geared towards the diverse practice areas and experience levels represented by MWL’s membership. 

    MWL is honored to welcome morning keynote speaker Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the New York Public Library and past Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession from 2014-2017.  The 2018 MWL Conference will also incorporate MWL’s 46th Annual Meeting as a luncheon program.  To conclude the day MWL is pleased to present an interactive workshop led by Toni Halleen, COO and Co-Owner of Schaefer Halleen, entitled: “Say Yes to Diversity! What Improv can Teach Us About Embracing the ‘Big Tent’”.

  • 24 Apr 2018 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    On April 24, MIPLA held its annual curling event at the St. Paul Curling Club!

    Sweepers Ready!

    An aerial view of the sheets

    Match in progress

    Our resident curling experts


    Here comes the rock!
  • 06 Apr 2018 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    11:30 am – 4:30 pm, Room 325 and live webcast, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    Approval pending for 3.75 CLE credits


    11:30 am: Registration, networking, lunch

    12 pm: Welcome with Professor Sharon K. Sandeen

    12:10 – 1:30 pm: Cybaris, an IP Law Review Presentation—The Coming Dearth of Patent Lawyers: What can/should be done?

    • Professor Wissam Aoun, Detroit Mercy School of Law
    • Lucas Hjelle, Patent Attorney, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner
    • Molly Littman, Associate, Gray Plant Mooty
    • Professor Ken Port, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

    1:40 – 3 pm: A Year in Review and Coming Attractions

    • Braden Katterheinrich, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
    • Alan Koenck, Kinney & Lang
    • Kelsey Thorkelson, Robins Kaplan
    • Moderator:  Amanda Mangan, Johnson, Killen & Seiler

    3:10 – 4:30 pm: Oil States and the Future of Inter Partes Reviews

    • Rachel C. Hughey, Merchant & Gould
    • Cyrus Morton, Robins Kaplan
    • James Smith, Ecolab
    • Moderator: Katy Boyle, Pauly DeVries Smith Deffner

    4:30 – 6 pm: Reception

  • 27 Feb 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    February 27, 2018
    12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. — Ethics CLE
    1:15-1:45 — Inside the PTO: A Conversation

    The Conservatory at Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    875 Summit Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55105

    Please RSVP by February 25, 2018 to neven.selimovic@mitchellhamline.edu or sipla@mitchellhamline.edu

    Additional Information:
    Lunch is included
    MN Board approval of 1.0 ethics CLE credit is pending

    A View From Inside the USPTO

    A 1.0 credit ethics CLE and behind the scenes look at opportunities and career development at the USPTO

    St. Paul, MN, February 27, 2018–Tim Rooney, staff attorney with the Office of Enrollment and Discipline, will lead a 1-hour CLE confronting ethical issues surrounding the practice of IP law focusing on the public sector.  Following the CLE, Mr. Rooney will discuss employment opportunities including career development opportunities through the USPTO.

    Mr. Rooney is a staff attorney at the Office of Enrollment and Discipline.  He is involved in investigating allegations of misconduct by practitioners, evaluating the qualifications of patent lawyers seeking to practice before the USPTO, and assisting with OED outreach to USPTO stakeholders.  Before joining the USPTO, Mr. Rooney practiced patent law at an Am Law top 100 firm.  Mr. Rooney received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and his J.D. from George Mason University of Law.

  • 01 Jul 2017 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    Below are some pictures from the 2017 Golf Outing!

  • 17 Jan 2017 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    The second annual MIPLA Bowl IP trivia event was held Wednesday, January 17th at Rock Bottom Brewery. It was a smashing success, and it was even overheard that people were more excited to attend the MIPLA Bowl than the Super Bowl this year. The competition was fierce – there were teams in matching shirts and a tie for first place. The team fielded by Patterson Thuente walked away victorious after being the first to identify the cartoon character whose father is a patent attorney (Calvin, of course). They were rewarded with Love Your Melon hats to keep those big brains warm and the trophy for prominent display at their firm. Special thanks go to Stephanie Kwong for revitalizing this event and to our favorite emcee, Phil Goldman, the man with all the answers.

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