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Intellectual Property Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

About the Section

Founded in 1970, the IP Section seeks to advance the quality of intellectual property law practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We strive to create opportunities for our members to get to know one another, to provide good CLEs to IP and non-IP attorneys, and to keep our members informed about developments in IP practice in the Commonwealth.

The IP Section presently has a large number of members and is growing rapidly. A board of governors directs the section.

We have several regular events. In the fall, we host a weekend seminar at various locations within the Commonwealth, such as in Alexandria near the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office or in Williamsburg. These events provide both top quality CLE's intended for current IP practitioners and social opportunities to get to know other section members. In the spring, we host a short CLE program, usually featuring ethics.

In June, we have programming at the Virginia State Bar annual meeting in Virginia Beach. The Section typically hosts or co-hosts a CLE program targeted for both IP practitioners and other attorneys interested in IP issues.

We run an annual writing competition for law students studying in Virginia or who reside in Virginia even if they attend an out-of-state law school. We feature a whopping prize of $5000 for the winner and $2500 for the second place paper.

If you are a VSB member, please join our section -- see the Join Our Section page.

Also, please get involved in our section -- we welcome new volunteers.

The IP Section bylaws are available here.