CIPA Social–Great Friendships and Fun

The annual CIPA social event was held 20 April 2016 at Bin 36 in the West Loop.  The food was interesting and very tasty–especially the truffle popcorn.  The drinks accommodated all palates.  The conversation was stimulating and entertaining!

Over 30 people attended the social event that provided an evening of comraderie.  Attorneys and law students from CIPA founders and affiliates used the opportunity to renew friendships and make new acquaintances with invited guests and some aspiring law students.

Sana Hakim from K&L Gates had made all of the arrangements and has chosen a very interesting menu and drink selection.  Lisa Iverson, President of CIPA and a partner at Neal and McDevitt, presided over the evening and ensured that all were welcomed in style.

The event also offered a second networking opportunity for the CIPA attorney mentors and law students who had participated in the CIPA speed mentoring event in the fall, 2015.

Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance Launches New Mentorship Program

The Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance held its second annual Mentorship Program Luncheon on January 27, 2011 at Loyola University School of Law.  The luncheon continues CIPA’s newest program, which is designed to provide mentorship to Chicago’s next generation of IP attorneys.  The program matches second-year law students with practicing IP lawyers.  At the luncheon, mentors and mentees were able to meet each other, as well as other participants in the program.

The mentorship program was created by CIPA’s Law School Committee, whose members include Meggan Duffy, Cynthia Ho, Barbara Bressler, Richard Gruner, Olufunmilayo Arewa, and Mickie Voges-Piatt.

If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, please contact Meggan Duffy at

The mentorship program was created by CIPA’s Law School Committee, whose members include Meggan Duffy, Cynthia Ho, Barbara Bressler, Richard Gruner, Olufunmilayo Arewa, and Mickie Voges-Piatt.

Phil Hof, Dan Stringfield and Umar Bakhsh at the mentor program luncheon
Phil Hof, Dan Stringfield and Umar Bakhsh at the mentor program luncheon

Summer Networking Event

We had about 40 attendees from various law firms, law schools and companies.  The attendees enjoyed a beautiful evening on DePaul’s outdoor terrace and were treated to Judge Holderman’s prose and poetry about the creation and importance of intellectual property.  Judge Holderman was very gracious in complimenting CIPA’s work with the Chicago Public Schools in providing IP education.  Attendees mingled and enjoyed cocktails and appetizers at this CIPA sponsored event.

Science Fair Awards

Law students from CIPA founders Chicago-Kent, DePaul and Loyola Universities teamed with attorneys from CIPA law firms and corporations for the seventh straight year on March 19, 2010 to judge Chicago Science Fair Projects for the CIPA “Most Inventive” awards

IP Day In Chicago – 3 November 2009

An impressive roster of speakers from USPTO, USTR, ITC, ICANN plus outstanding local attorneys discussed pressing issues and future trends related to domestic and international intellectual property issues as countries transition from a global recession to thriving economies. Trends regarding domain names, litigation, licensing, and outsourcing were some of the topics for discussion.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly delivered the luncheon keynote address.

The event has been approved for 6.25 MCLE general credit hours.


Welcome, Dean David Yellen, Loyola University Chicago
Introduction, Cynthia M. Ho, Loyola University Chicago, Morning Moderator

Domestic Issues in a Global Economy: A View from the USPTO
Lynne G. Beresford, Commissioner for Trademarks, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

IP in International Trade: Legal and Policy Tools

New gTLD’s: What you need to know about the next Internet Gold Rush!

  • Speakers:
    • Melissa Rotunno, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Moderator
    • David Giza, Senior Director, Contractual Compliance, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
    • Frederick Felman, Chief Marketing Officer, MarkMonitor, Inc.
    • Mark V.B. Partridge, Partner, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP

Cowboys and Outlaws: Protecting Patents and Trade Secrets and Policing False Advertising


Connect with CIPA on Social Media

CIPA is now LinkedIn

The Marketing Committee has established a CIPA group on the LinkedIn networking website. This should enable founders, affiliates, and others interested in CIPA to communicate activities and developments more easily within their community.

The CIPA group on LinkedIn provides a central place for members of the group to post job announcements, links to articles of interest, meeting announcements, and questions or topics for discussion. Check it out!
The general website allows you to link to friends, colleagues and groups, post your profile, and stay in touch with like-minded professionals.

…and tweeting as well!

The CIPA Marketing Committee is also experimenting with Twitter to follow legal and business updates and to make announcements. Currently approval is required to follow CIPA news tweets.

Marketing Committee Members

  • Mickie Piatt, Esq., Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Sarah Fanto, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Greg Gulliver, Esq., The Eclipse Group
  • Sama Hakin, Esq., K & L Gates
  • Athar Khan, Esq., McAndrews Held & Malloy
  • Jeremy Roe, Esq., Neal & McDenitt
  • Kate Starshack, Esq., K & L Gates

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

At the invitation of the Alliance, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sat in Chicago during the week of 7 November 2005.

Chicago and the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance welcomed the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit during the week of November 7, 2005. The Week was a whirlwind of activities in which the Court heard cases at four different venues, attended receptions, lunches, roundtables, and dinners, and spent a great deal of time with the law students in Chicago.

Circuit judges, attorneys who argued the cases, members of the CIPA Board discussed the cases with students at the CIPA – sponsored reception after the oral arguments.

Thanks are due first to the CAFC Committee members for all of the work preparing the proposal and suggested itinerary for the Court. Chair, Jerry Gilson, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, Dolores Hanna, Tim Holbrook, Chicago Kent College of Law, Clint W. Francis, Northwestern University School of Law, Joseph T. Nabor, Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery.

On Wednesday, 9 November, CIPA hosted a reception for the Court, CIPA Founders and affiliates, law students, and attorneys at Chicago Kent College of Law, the afternoon venue for the Court’s docket. Students had a chance to talk with the judges as well as the attorneys arguing cases before the Court after an audience of over 200 watched the proceedings either from within the courtroom or through the live feed to the auditorium.