10th 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.


CLICK HERE to download the 10th IPLI Program. (AGENDA ONLY)

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



10th 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