2022 HNBA/VIA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW INSTITUTE™ (IPLI™)
Intellectual Property Law Institute™ (IPLI™)*
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.
*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