About Us

The CHICAGO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ALLIANCE is a group of organizations working together that

  • PROMOTES Chicago as a vibrant center for the development and management of IP
  • LINKS those with interests in intellectual property
  • PROVIDES quality educational programs in IP
  • HIGHLIGHTS regional expertise in intellectual property
  • COMMUNICATES new developments in IP law and practice
  • ENABLES access to and exchange with professionals in IP
  • UNDERSCORES opportunities in the Chicago region in the IP arena

Mission Statement

The Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance (CIPA) is a 501(c)(3) not for profit entity that identifies and promotes Chicago, the Midwest and its committed intellectual property practitioners, law schools, associations and businesses as the intellectual property center for new ideas, programs and education.

IP News

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A timely analysis of McRO v. Bandai et al. just out from the Federal Circuit, by Ross Dannenberg, Aseet Patel and Peter Nigrelli at the Banner and Witkoff website.



The Power of PTAB:  The New Authority in Patent Law is a conference that will take place on Friday, 20 October 2017 at Chicago-Kent College of Law.  It will feature leading academics, attorneys, and officials to examine that expanded role of PTAB in patent law.  Registration is available.

John Marshall Law School presents its 61st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference on Friday, 3 November 2017 at the Union League Club for morning sessions and at JMLS for the afternoon sessions in downtown Chicago.  Registration is open.

On Monday, 6 November 2017 CIPA is proud to be the Gold Sponsor of the inaugural IP Awareness Summit, the first conference to address the role of IP understanding–or lack of it–in innovation, ideas, and value creation.  The conference is being put on by the Center for IP Understanding in conjunction with the IP Management and Markets Program located at Chicago-Kent College of Law.  The event is by invitation only, highly interactive, and will allow maximum time for exchange among panelists and attendees.