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, January 23 2018, - 8:00PM, Licensing Executives Society (LES) Happy Hour and Networking Event

(Note: this is a 3rd party event and is not sponsored by MIPLA)

LES Michigan Chapter presents:

Let’s Talk IP Management, Strategy and Dealmaking

The Licensing Executives Society (LES) is the premier organization in intellectual property (IP) management, strategy and dealmaking. LES Michigan is pleased to provide this happy hour as an excuse to get out of the office and mingle with the leading executives and other professionals the field. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Eastern

Jolly Pumpkin
419 S. Main St.
Royal Oaks, MI 48067
United States

Through January 16:
LES Member/LES Student:$20.00
Non-Member:$25.00 After January 16:
LES Member/LES Student:$25.00

Registrations are non-refundable, but substitutions will be accepted. Contact Chapter Relations for assistance: (703) 234-4058.

Disability and Dietary Requests:
Requests for ADA accommodations and special dietary needs should be submitted to the event contact on the registration page.

Photography Consent:
By registering for this event, you permit LES and its chapters to use photographs of you with or without your name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and web content.

  • at Jolly Pumpkin, 419 S. Maint St., Royal Oak, MI 48067
On Tuesday, January 30 2018, 11:30am - 12:45pm, January MIPLA Luncheon

The 2011 America Invents Act brought to shareholders in the patent community seemingly potent alternatives to the extraordinary expense and uncertainty of patent litigation in the United States District Court system. Now approaching their fifth year, Inter Partes Reviews and, to a lesser extent, Post-Grant Reviews and Covered Business Method Reviews, allow parties to bring challenges regarding the validity of a United States patent directly before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, an administrative body comprised of administrative law judges, rather than before Article III judges. While these alternatives still enjoy significant popularity today, recent developments may cause invalidity seekers to reconsider. Additionally, the United States Supreme Court is presently considering whether or not these alternatives are even constitutional, and may strike down these alternatives all together.

Mr. Underwood’s Talk will address the history of post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, particularly in the context of the America Invents Act, and compare these proceedings to patent litigation in the United States District Court system. The Talk will also consider the impact of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal, which reversed the rule placing on the patentee the burden of persuasion that amendments to patent claims presented during such post-grant proceedings were patentable. Presumably, the ability to amend patent claims during these post-grant proceedings will become more liberal and commonplace, potentially lowering the risk of a finding of patent invalidity. The Talk will conclude by exploring the potentially devastating impact of the United States Supreme Court’s consideration of the Constitutionality of such post-grant proceedings in the context of the patent owner’s right to a jury trial on the issue of invalidity under the Seventh Amendment in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC.

  • at Skyline Club (2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075)
  • Speaker(s): Steven Underwood of Price Heneveld
  • Topic(s): The Untimely Death of the IPR
On Tuesday, February 27 2018, 11:30am - 12:45pm, February MIPLA Luncheon

Details TBD

  • at Somerset Inn of Troy