Intellectual Property Law

The Section on Intellectual Property Law shall take as its province the promotion of the objectives of the Pennsylvania Bar Association within the particular fields of intellectual property, and, to that end, furthering the development of the law and procedures related to intellectual property law; stimulating and extending the study of these fields; cooperating in obtaining uniformity with respect to both legislation and administration in all matters concerning the law and procedures related to intellectual property; simplifying and improving the application of justice in these fields of the law; and reviewing, studying, and making recommendations concerning all proposals and matters affecting intellectual property law, including but not limited to monitoring and addressing actual and proposed legislation, litigation, rules of conduct and procedures, and other relevant developments in Pennsylvania, the United States Patent & Trademark Office, the United States Copyright Office, Congress and the federal courts, as well as educating the legal community and the public about intellectual property.

P.A. Bylaws, Article VI, Section 667


Message From the Chair

Welcome to the Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section! The IP Law Section is a group of friendly and welcoming attorneys who have extensive experience in the fields of patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights.

The IP Law Section includes attorneys who are solo practitioners, as well as those who work at small law firms, large law firms and as in-house counsel. The attorneys in the IP Law Section work with individual inventors, university professors and technology transfer offices, in-house scientists and engineers, as well as artists, musicians and performers.

Each of our IP Law Section meetings has an in-depth presentation on a particular aspect of intellectual property law. Our presenters include IP attorneys from Pennsylvania, from across the country, and even our international associates around the world. Our meetings also include a brief update on recent changes to practice and the law in the fields of patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights. Accordingly, attending our meetings is a good way to keep up with the changes in law and practice in the field of intellectual property.

In addition, the members of the IP Law Section are happy to share their knowledge and experience with other attorneys, so we can serve as a good resource for any of your IP-related questions.

So, if you work in the intellectual property field, are thinking of doing so, or merely have an interest in Intellectual Property law, we welcome you to join our section, or even sit in on a few meetings, we would be happy to see you. If you have any questions regarding the IP Law Section, or would like to discuss the section, I would be happy to speak with you, please feel free to call me at 215-320-0881.

Joseph F. Murphy, Ph.D.
Chair, PBA Intellectual Property Law Section