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.


During this COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that all MIPLA members are staying safe. Please note that we have canceled this year’s Judge’s Banquet due to the pandemic, but we fully expect to have the event resume in 2021.

Please stay tuned for updates regarding upcoming meetings, and please save the date for our Spring Fling boat cruise on June 4, 2021.

Upcoming Events

On Tuesday, March 23 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM, March MIPLA Luncheon

On Tuesday, March 23rd, Melissa Eckhause, a visiting Assistant Professor at Detroit Mercy Law, will be presenting on “Changes to IP Law under the Covid-19 Relief Bill.” The presentation will examine the newly enacted Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act , which creates a small-claims tribunal to hear copyright infringement matters with damages under $30,000, and the Protecting Lawful Streaming Act, which makes certain pirated streaming a felony.  The presentation also will discuss the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020, which, among other things, creates new procedures for ex parte challenges of existing registrations.

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On Tuesday, April 20 2021, 12:00PM - 1:00PM, April MIPLA Luncheon

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Scott A. Hogan, a shareholder at Reising Ethington P.C., will be presenting “Functional Claiming in the Aftermath of Williamson.” Mr. Hogan is a registered patent attorney with over a decade of experience in the manufacturing industry and a graduate degree from MIT, where he studied polymer science and was named an inventor on his first of several U.S. and foreign patents. Mr. Hogan’s presentation will examine the effect of the 2015 en banc opinion by the Federal Circuit in Williamson v Citrix Online LLC. While apparently a subtle change in means-plus-function claim analysis at the time of the opinion, the actual effect has been decidedly more drastic.

Please email Andrea Arndt at your RSVP by April 13th and Andrea will send you a link to the meeting a few hours before the meeting starts, so that the information does not get lost in your inbox.

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