American Bar Association
Young Lawyers Division: Intellectual Property and Internet Law

Young Lawyers Division:
Intellectual Property and Internet Law

Committee Description

The Intellectual Property Committee’s focus is on trademark, copyright, trade secrets, the internet, and related unfair competition cases. The wide scope of this committee runs from technical products to artistic works. Though focusing on federal law, it also touches upon state law and international concerns.

Shane Delsman –

Vice Chairs:
Jessica Bahr –
Brandy Toelupe –
Rebecca Chen –
Bobby Murkowski –

Leadership Biographies

Message from the Chair

Greetings from the Intellectual Property Law Committee of the Young Lawyers Division. If you are a young lawyer whose practice involves an area of intellectual property, such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets or the litigation thereof, or you are interested in such matters, this Committee will help improve your knowledge of the intellectual property field and enhance your practice. We also offer to our members the opportunity to publish articles and present teleconferences. If you have an interest in publishing an article or presenting a teleconference, please contact us. Throughout the year we will notify our members of new content and opportunities through our website, newsletter and a small number of email communications. Thank you for stopping by our webpage, we hope you will decide to join us.

News and Announcements

Upcoming Committee Teleconferences:

Past IP Law Committee Teleconferences:

November 14, 2013 - Apple v. Samsung: How Close Is Too Close?

To listen to a replay of the presentation or get the materials, please click HERE

February 17, 2014 - Strategies for Managing Startup Clients

To listen to a replay of the presentation or get the materials, please click HERE

March 20, 2014 - Panel Discussing the Effect of the Trans Pacific Partnership Negotiations on the U.S., Mexico and Japan

To listen to a replay of the presentation or get the materials, please click HERE



- August 8: Speed Networking Event with IP Section Leaders

Building upon the success of the Conference Connections, which debuted at this year’s ABA-IPL Spring Conference, we are continuing to develop the program by planning a networking event for the upcoming ABA Annual Meeting. This is not just another networking event. This unique event will give you the opportunity to network with several of the ABA-IPL Section leaders, including: our Chair, past Chairs, Officers, members of editorial boards, and who are all top IP professionals. In a fast-pace setting, you will have the chance to connect with several lawyers eager to meet the future of IP and give you guidance from their years of experience.Coffee and snacks will be served promoting a relaxed setting of chatting and getting to know each other in few minutes or less.

Space is limited so anyone interested in attending should reach out to Ej Sherman at no later than Friday, August 1.

Articles and Newsletters

We are actively looking for new and returning contributors to author articles in our 101 and 201 Practice Series. Articles related to recent case and legislative developments would be of most value. If you have any ideas or interest, please contact Jessica Bahr – or Rebecca Chen –


Fall 2013

Spring 2014

101 Practice Series: Breaking Down the Basics

Copyright Remedies

The Google Books Case

Trade Dress 101

An Overview of the Elements of a Copyright Infringement Cause of Action - Part I: Introduction and Copying

An Overview of the Elements of a Copyright Infringement Cause of Action - Part II: Improper Appropriation

Through the Looking Glass: The Curious Interaction of Social Networks and Privacy Law

Copyright Law

Demonstrating an Intent to Use for Trademark Applications

Green Building Patents

Indirect Patent Infringement

Keeping It Under Wraps: Trade Secret

Trademarks 101 Part 1: What Is a Trademark?

Trademarks 101 Part 2: The Benefits of Federal Registration

201 Practice Series: Beyond the Basics

Why To Be Careful When Objecting And Producing Documents

IP Update: Accenture Global Services v. Guidewire Software

The Latest on Trademark Infringement and Keyword Advertising

What You Need to Know About the Newly Proposed Federal Trade Secret Legislation

Navajo Nation v. Urban Outfitters Inc.

Japanese IP Practice II: IP Considerations with Japan’s Entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Japanese IP Practice: The Introduction of Nontraditional Trademarks in Japan

An Overview of DMCA Take Down Policy

Good Faith Belief of Patent Invalidity Can Negate Intent Element for Induced Infringement

Copyright Jurisdiction and Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick

En banc CAFC Arguments Demonstrate Lingering Controversy Over §112, ¶1 Independent Written Description Requirement

Fair Use in Copyright Law

Patent Infringement Motion to Stay

Preparing for a Markman Hearing - Part I

Preparing for a Markman Hearing - Part II

Releasing the Waters from the Gorge of East Texas: The Federal Circuit Discharges the Dam of Patent Litigation

The Trademark Ex Parte Appeals Process

Will the ITC Become A Regular Forum for Non-Practicing Entities to Enforce Their Patents?

Patent Law

Trademark Law

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Committee Roster  

ABA YLD IP Q&A Advice Column

If you are wondering about any of the following topics: recent trends in IP law; IP legal research; IP practitioner tips; networking; or career search/interview tips – please send your questions to our committee for review by emailing Jessica at We look forward to hearing from you and building an ongoing conversation among our membership.

Presentation Materials (e-mail Chair for audio)

Mentoring Program

LinkedIn Subgroup

ABA YLD Intellectual Property and Internet Law Committee
The Committee's LinkedIn subgroup is a valuable resource for our members and, among other content, contains discussion boards through which practice-related questions can be posted. It has proven great tool for our members to obtain feedback regarding common (and uncommon) issues that arise in connection with the practice of intellectual property and internet law.

ABA Resources

Programs, Meetings & Events

Section Events

Modified by Shane Delsman on July 25, 2014

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