The Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) is an association of intellectual property attorneys, patent agents, and law students from across the State of Michigan who are interested in patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property issues.

Upcoming Events

On Tuesday, February 27 2018, 11:30am - 12:45pm, February MIPLA Luncheon

Many business agreements contain provisions that transfer or modify the parties’ rights in intellectual property assets. Common IP-related contracts include assignments, licenses, joint development agreements, nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements, and other commercial agreements. These instruments raise important issues because they are negotiated and performed at the intersection of multiple bodies of law. The interpretation and enforceability of a contractual provision affecting IP rights can be affected by substantive intellectual property law, general contract law principles, or rules from other areas of law, such as bankruptcy and freedom of expression. As a result, provisions in licenses and other contracts involving intellectual property rights sometimes prove to be unenforceable or are interpreted in ways that the parties did not expect.

This program will explore common provisions which are “all bark and no bite:” Parties may insert them into agreements affecting IP rights. But the provisions may have unforeseen consequences or, in some cases, may be unenforceable at all. “All bark” provisions can affect all forms of IP rights, including patents, copyrights, and trademarks, in a wide variety of agreements.

Cost – $25 members; $30 non-members
RSVP – To Joe Pytel ( by February 22, 2018

  • at Somerset Inn of Troy
  • Speaker(s): David Berry and Christopher Smith of Brooks Kushman
  • Topic(s): All Bark, No Bite: An analysis of IP contractual terms that are unenforceable or result in unintended consequences
On Tuesday, April 17 2018, 11:30am - 12:45pm, April MIPLA Luncheon

Protecting brands from online threats is vital in today’s digital economy. The ease of online international transactions and the ubiquity of social media complicates brand protection. Brett Heavner will present case studies illustrating practical approaches to domain name disputes, online counterfeit sales, phishing scams, social media, key word purchasing, and international policing programs.

  • at Maggiano's in Troy
  • Speaker(s): Brett Heavner of Finnegan & Henderson
  • Topic(s): Trademark Enforcement Strategies for the Digital Age