Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS)

The Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) offers a forum for the exploration of traditional areas of intellectual property law comprising patent, trademark, and copyright law as well as other related areas such as antitrust and entertainment law. In recent years, this aspect of the University of Iowa College of Law curriculum has developed significantly and has attracted increasing interest from both students and prospective employers. Examples of typical IPLS events include: a guidance-and-information meeting to help prepare students for the Loyola Patent Law Fair, a panel discussion on trademark licensing with attorneys from the University of Iowa, and a lecture on music copyright law with a partner from Chicago.

IPLS has also traditionally offered a mentoring program where upper-level students are paired with first-year students to offer advice regarding the practice of intellectual property law, the nature of the job market, and course work planning. IPLS members in the last couple years have received summer internships in IP law all over the country, including Chicago, Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, Des Moines, and Minneapolis.

The officers and faculty advisors encourage any member of the University student body who is interested in the practice of intellectual property law or wants to learn more about the field in general to contact the officers directly or attend an IPLS meeting.