Intellectual Property Law Institute™ (IPLI)*
Program Overview

The IPLI is a trailblazing intellectual property and tech law immersion program, now in its tenth year. We are planning to hold it in-person in Washington, DC, on June 5 – 10, 2022. The IPLI’s main goal remains increasing the number of Hispanic lawyers practicing intellectual property law (currently at <2%) and tech law in the United States.

Launched in 2013, the IPLI’s targeted and effective approaches have resulted in over 230 scholars completing the program, with a majority of the scholars currently working as IP and technology attorneys.

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*This program is not a fundraising event for HNBA/VIA and is presented for educational purposes only.

2022 IPLI™ Steering Committee

Katie Alvarez, Associate Principal Counsel, Digital Antipiracy, The Walt Disney Company

Carlos Bollar, National President and HNBA VIA Fund Chair, HNBA

Mariana Bravo, National President-Elect and HNBA VIA Fund Vice-Chair, HNBA

Chi Chang, Lead Patent Counsel, Apple

Alba Cruz-Hacker, HNBA Executive Director & COO and HNBA VIA Fund President, HNBA

Horacio Gutierrez, General Counsel, The Walt Disney Company

Mick Konowal, Senior Attorney, Microsoft

Qianru Li, Senior Patent Counsel, Genentech

Bernadette Lopez, Associate Corporate Counsel, Amazon

Erika Lopez-Tello, Director of Operations, HNBA

Rosevelie Márquez Morales, VP of Programs, Su Futuro, HNBA

Carla Martin, Director of Programs, HNBA

Morvarid Metanat, Director and Asso

Ana Nicacio, Director of Legal, Illumina

Alex Ponce de Leon, Corporate Counsel & Manager, Litigation Group, Google

Catherine Romero, Senior Attorney, Microsoft

John Whealan, Associate Dean for Intellectual Property Law, GW Law

Bryan Zielinski, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer