On Friday, September 5, 2014 the Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) held its first meeting of the new school year. In welcoming the approximately two-dozen new and returning members, IPLS leaders emphasized that the society not only serves students with interests in patent, trademark, and copyright law, but also students who want to explore the role of IP law in other practice areas.

As in years past, the society intends to host or participate in a number of social, educational, and professional events. This semester IPLS members will attend the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Association’s annual conference on October 3 in Des Moines. IPLS members are also participating in a one-day seminar on the essentials of patent litigation at the law school on October 4.

In addition to updating members on the society’s upcoming events, a panel of 3Ls and 2Ls answered questions about their summer work experience. Panelists discussed their experiences working for private law firms, judges, and United States Patent and Trademark Office. They also shared job search tips, including taking advantage of the Career Services Office support and attending the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program, a top national job fair that takes place in Chicago.

“IPLS is certainly a great resource to help with job placement, but it's also so much more because IP law isn't just for aspiring patent attorneys. For example, we recently hosted a guest speaker to discuss the current Washington Redskins trademark dispute, which underscores how IP can reach almost any business and even our personal lives. This year we have a lot of great things in the works, and I'm very excited,” said Raj Patel, who has been an IPLS member all three years of law school.

--Jay Stirling | September 9, 2014