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Intellectual Property Law

Welcome to the Intellectual Property Law Section Page

The Intellectual Property Law Section examines copyright, patent and trademark law issues, providing information to its members about a vast array of issues related to international property law.

About the Intellectual Property Law Section

Membership in the Intellectual Property Law Section provides an opportunity to network with other intellectual property law attorneys and patent agents. The section sponsors CLE programs and services, provides members with a substantive newsletter, and helps mold the NCBA's legislative agenda for presentation to the General Assembly. The section also provides roundtable discussions, luncheons, legal updates and CLE discounts. Affiliate membership is offered to patent agents.

  • Lunch & Learn on Feb. 24: Potential Impacts of the B&B Hardware Decision

    In April of 2015, the Supreme Court decided the case of B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc., holding that a TTAB (Trademark Trial and Appeal Board) ruling on likelihood of confusion can have a preclusive effect in subsequent district court infringement actions in certain circumstances.  This decision turned established jurisprudence on its head and will likely have a significant impact on trademark owners and the way in which trademark enforcement and TTAB proceedings are approached.

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  • Lunch & Learn: Licensing Strategies for Post Patent Payments

    This Lunch and Learn on February 26, 2016 explores innovative ways in which research institutions may structure the financial terms in a license agreement to adequately reap the rewards of their patented inventions and provide for payments after the 20-year patent term.

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  • IP Links Newsletter

    Section members receive IP Links newsletter, which recently featured the following article:

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  • 2015-2016 Outstanding Achievement Pro Bono Award

    This award is intended to foster and recognize the outstanding pro bono efforts undertaken by IP Section members during the year.

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