Association of Intellectual Property Firms


Upcoming Events

    • June 09, 2015
    • Columbia University, New York, NY

    Join US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, 
    USPTO Director Michelle Lee, Columbia President Lee Bollinger, and many others on June 9th at Columbia University

    The  Future of Urban Innovation summit will be held at Columbia University on June 9, 2015. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the USPTO and Columbia, the summit brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, government officials, and thought leaders on the innovation ecosystem to engage on the present and future state of innovation and how government, academics, and industry work together to spur economic growth. Featured participants include:

    • Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce
    • Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 
    • Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University
    • Alejandra Castillo, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
    • Eric Gertler, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for the Center for Economic Transformation at the NYC Economic Development Corporation
    • Maria Gotsch, President and CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City
    • Orin Herskowitz, Executive Director, Columbia Technology Ventures
    • Julie Kirk, Director, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Economic Development Administration
    • Tom Maniatis, Co-Founder, Genetics Institute, ProScript Pharma, Acceleron Pharma; Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University
    • Rajit Manohar, Founder of Achronix Semiconductor Corporation; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell Tech
    • Lita L. Nelsen, Director, Technology Licensing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Frank Rimalovski, Executive Director, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
    • Sam Sia, Founder, Harlem Biospace, Claros Diagnostics; Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
    • Brent Stockwell, Co-Founder of CombinatoRx; Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, Columbia University
    • Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Co-Founder of Epibone; Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine), Columbia University
    • Chris Wiggins, Co-Founder of hackNY; Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics, Columbia University
    • Other leaders in government, academia, and industry, pending confirmation (see bios here)

    The event includes sessions on:

    • Federal, State, and City Strategies for Promoting Technology-based Economic Development;
    • The Role of the University in the Urban Technology Cluster
    • Trends in Early-Stage Intellectual Property and R&D
    • Innovations in Startup Formation, Support, and Funding
    • VCs, Startups, and Industry “Talk Back”
    • Demos from 20+ student startups from around NYC

    We encourage you to register as soon as possible, as there is limited space available and we would love for you to join us. Tickets are $175; please register using this link register now. For more information, please contact: or 646-496-7668.

    • July 15, 2015
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • GoToWebinar
    July 15, 2015 WebIPHour
    "Effective Office Action Responses &
    Discovery Conferences in TTAB Proceedings"
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EST - GoToWebinar

    Nicholas SantucciErik M. Pelton & Associates
    Cheryl BurbachHovey Williams LLP



    Effective Office Action Responses
    Learn how to overcome the two most common substantive refusals to register trademarks: descriptiveness and likelihood of confusion. Effective arguments will be illustrated with real life examples. 

    Discovery Conferences in TTAB Proceedings
    This discussion will provide practice tips to maximize the usefulness of the discovery conference and include suggested edits to the standard protective order.

    • September 30, 2015
    • October 02, 2015
    • Toronto

    Early Bird Registration is now open!

    AIPF 2015 Annual Meeting
    "Cross Border IP: Globalization of IP Rights and Protections"
    Omni King Edward Hotel
    37 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    September 30 - October 2, 2015

    Current Program Agenda

    Early Bird Registration Form
    (Early bird registration ends July 10)

    Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities:
    Sponsorship Packages

    Speakers Include:
    - Honourable Roger T. Hughes, Judge, Federal Court of Canada
    - Lori Ball, Molson Coors, Canada
    - Jason Gorden, SAP, USA
    - Dr. Karen Keller, Karen Keller International, Inc., USA
    - Daniel Martin, H&R Block, Inc., USA
    - Stuart Levy
    - Sandra Peisz, Bata Limited, Canada
    - Gene Quinn, IPWatchdog, USA

    Hotel Information:
    For hotel reservations, please contact the Omni King Edward Hotel: All reservations must be made individually through the hotel’s Reservation Department by calling 1.800.THE.OMNI (800-843-6664) or through the Group Online web link You must mention the AIPF Annual Meeting to receive the discounted rate of $219.00 USD for single or $239.00 USD for double occupancy per night (excluding taxes). This rate is available until the room block is sold-out or until 5:00PM EST on August 27, 2015, whichever occurs first.