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Penn Intellectual Property Group (PIPG)

The Penn Intellectual Property Group is the student hub for intellectual property on campus.  Our members’ interests span the full range of IP, with a focus on patents, copyrights, and trademarks.  We also invite those holding an interest in contemporary legal issues such as data privacy, internet, and space law.  The group hosts numerous events and panels throughout the year, bringing in speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including attorneys from top law firms, in-house counsel from large technology and life sciences companies, and government officials.  In past years, these speakers have included a sitting judge federal judge from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy at the Walt Disney Company, the Founder of Intellectual Ventures, and many other distinguished professors and practicing attorneys from various leading law firms and Fortune 500 companies.  PIPG also produces and publishes original content on our blog, Useful Arts and Sciences, where our members analyze breaking IP news and summarize the latest IP precedent.  PIPG’s year culminates with an annual symposium on exciting new topics in IP law, bringing together lawyers and entrepreneurs from around the country to discuss the legal issues surrounding emerging technology and other industries.  Topics have included fashion, open source technology, the gene-editing technology CRISPR, design patents, and media streaming.

Students looking to get involved in the group can contact us at pennlawip@gmail.com to be added to our list serve.  Additionally, we take applications for 1L representatives in the Fall and for other board positions in the Spring semester.