Founded in 1884, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago is the country's oldest bar association devoted exclusively to intellectual property matters. Located in Chicago, a principal locus and forum for the nation's authors, artists, inventors, scholarly pursuits, arts, creativity, research and development, innovation, patenting, and patent litigation, IPLAC is a voluntary bar association of over 1,000 members with interests in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, and the legal issues they present. Its members include attorneys in private and corporate practices before federal bars throughout the United States, from law firm attorneys to sole practitioners, corporate attorneys, law school professors, law students, and judges, as well as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office. IPLAC members prosecute thousands of patent applications and litigate many patent lawsuits in Chicago and across the country.
A principal aim of IPLAC is to aid in the development and administration of the patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and associated fields of law and the manner by which they are applied by the courts and by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
IPLAC is dedicated to maintaining a high standard of professional ethics in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and associated fields of law.
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