Every year, intellectual property law practitioners from around the state of Iowa meet to discuss and learn about the latest developments in the field. This year, The University of Iowa College of Law plays host to that meeting. The annual Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association (IIPLA) gathering, which draws many of the state’s leading IP lawyers, occurs October 2nd at the Boyd Law Building.

This year represents a unique opportunity for both the statewide IP community and students at The University of Iowa because for the first time the Conference is being held in an academic setting. Although the Conference features continuing legal education (CLE) opportunities for professionals, it is also an excellent chance for students to get a glimpse into what the practice of intellectual property law is like in Iowa, as well as for non-law members of the broader university community to learn a bit about intellectual property law. This opportunity isn’t a coincidence.

Holding the event at the College of Law is the culmination of what IIPLA President Matt Warner-Blankenship has called an ongoing “effort for many years to get students involved.” Warner-Blankenship also noted that the membership has reacted very positively to being hosted in Iowa City. In addition to being close to home, there are a number of presenters who will draw students to the Conference.

Dennis Crouch, who runs PatentlyO, one of the most influential IP blog and website services, will be presenting. So will Gene Quinn, who operates IPWatchdog, another influential IP web service. Other presenters include speakers from the US Patent and Trademark Office and Elizabeth Townsend Gard, a Tulane Law Copyright professor who founded the start-up “Limited Times” which created the “Durationator” - software used to determine the length of copyright terms. According to Warner-Blankenship, these highly anticipated presenters will contribute to the “academic, collegial event” that students will have the opportunity to experience without even leaving Boyd Law Building.

Warner-Blankenship attributes much of the success hosting the event at the university to the help of Professors Rantanen, Bohannan, Jill DeYoung and the College Administration.

Attendance for students is free, but the Iowa Innovation, Business & Law Center asks that students planning to attend RSVP to Professor Jason Rantanen by September 28th (jason-rantanen@uiowa.edu).

For more details, visit http://www.iipla.com/announcements/2015-annual-conference-registration.

                                                                                                                                                                  -- Peter Kline | August 27, 2015