On October 3, 2014, several members of the Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) attended the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association annual conference in Des Moines, with the IBL Center covering their registration fees. Students took advantage of this opportunity to learn about cutting-edge IP law issues, different professional paths, and to network with practitioners.

Brianna Chamberlin, a 1L interested in patent litigation, was among the attendees. “I really enjoyed the first session about Section 101 and 112 issues,” said Chamberlin. The presenter at that session was Susan H. Griffen, a partner in the Washington, DC, office of global IP law firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP and a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law.

Griffen’s practice focuses on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, a field that interests Chamberlin, who worked in a pharmaceutical research lab as an undergraduate at the Univesrity of Michigan. After Griffen’s presentation, Chamberlin introduced herself. “I assumed that since I’m a 1L she wouldn’t be that interested in talking to me, but she gave me some really helpful advice about looking for a job next summer,” Chamberlin continued.

 “This conference is an example of a great advantage we have in Iowa, which is how easy it can be for lawyers, judges, professors and students to interact,” added Professor Jason Rantanen, who moderated a panel discussion at the conference featuring Chief Judge James E. Gritzner and Judges John A. Jarvey and Stephanie M. Rose, all of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.  “I am always excited to see our future lawyers directly engage with current practitioners at events like this one.”    

--Jay Stirling | October 25, 2014

Iowa College of Law alumna Susan Griffen presenting at the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association conference on October 3, 2014.