Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association


Corporate Practice
The Corporate and Licensing Practice section addresses issues and the evolving law of IP transactions primarily from an in-house counsel perspective.

IP Law Revision

The IP Law Revision section analyzes changes proposed by the USPTO and provides a forum for enhancing our members' understanding and relationships with the USPTO.

Section Chairs
Brad Pedersen - Patterson Thuente Pedersen

Stuart Nelson - Stuart Nelson of Fish & Richardson

International Law
The International Law Section provides a forum to discuss evolving IP law throughout the world and issues related thereto. The Section frequently hosts foreign attorneys to provide expertise and updates on IP law in their respective countries.

Section Chair   
James Larson - Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, P.C.

Patent Agents
The Patent Agent Section provides a forum for patent agent practitioners and others to discuss relevant topics in IP law. The Section includes practitioners from all aspects of IP law, including small and large law firms, in-house patent agents, solo practitioners, universities, and students.

Section Chair   
Sudheer Chava - Dorsey & Whitney
Brad Wright - 3M

Patent Litigation

The Patent Litigation Section addresses issues and best practices in all areas of patent enforcement: litigation, post-grant procedures, and ADR.

Section Chair   
Mike Lafeber - Briggs and Morgan

Patent Prosecution
The Patent Prosecution Section provides a forum to discuss best practices, current case law, and administrative changes affecting patent prosecution. 

Section Chairs   
Ted McGee - Westman, Champlin
Mark Deffner - Pauly, DeVries Smith & Deffner

Trademark, Copyright, and Media

The Trademark, Copyright, and Media Section provides a forum to discuss best practices and the affects of changes in these area of law on our practice.

Section Chair   
Patrick Gallagher - Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Women in Intellectual Property
Started as an informal lunch group in the '80's,  the Women in Intellectual Property Law (WIPLA) Section provides a forum for discussing and advancing knowledge of issues affecting women in the practice of intellectual property law. This section also provides valuable networking resources for women in the IP field.
Section Chairs   
Theresa Stadeim - Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Kate DeVries Smith - DeVries Smith & Deffner


This theme was designed to be very flexible and easy to customize without any knowledge of HTML or CSS.
Designers can use this theme as the basis for complex or heavily customized sites.


Defense lawyers are threatening to withdraw from pro bono work until the government agrees to an increase in legal aid funding.

Defence lawyers say staffing issues in the prosecutors office could hurt the trial rights of defendants.

Class action lawsuit against auto insurance companies seeks more than $1 billion in damages.

featured members

Recent blog posts



 Education and research.
 Discounts and member-only events.

5775 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 700, PMB #200-016 | St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: 952-237-9258 · info@mipla.net

2020 © Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association. All rights reserved.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software