2023 HNBA/VIA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW INSTITUTE™ (IPLI™)

OVERVIEW

The IPLI is a trailblazing intellectual property and tech law immersion program. The IPLI’s primary goal is to increase the presence and number of Hispanic lawyers practicing intellectual property law in the United States (currently less than 2 percent). Each year the IPLI selects up to 30 students from law schools across the country to participate in a robust intellectual property immersion and tech law program. Admittance to the program is highly selective and competitive.

Scholars spend a week in Washington D.C. and participate in substantive educational programming, hands-on practical experiences, writing and interviewing workshops, and mentoring and networking opportunities. Scholars visit U.S. government institutions, including the Patent and Trademark Office, Copyright Office, House and Senate Judiciary Committee, United States International Trade Commission, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, they attend briefings from leading intellectual property and tech law practitioners and congressional and executive branch authorities. The program, travel to and from Washington, D.C., accommodations and meals are funded and provided by the Institute and its many sponsors.

As of 2022, 242 scholars have completed the program and 49 students participated in the IP & Tech Law Camp in 2020. Nearly 70% of IPLI scholars who have graduated law schools are now practicing IP and tech law attorneys.

 

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Questions? Email Carla Martin, HNBA/VIA Director of Programs, at cmartin@hnba.com.