The protection of intellectual property including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights is essential to the progress and promotion of the useful arts. The New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA) is devoted to educating its members and the public about intellectual property and its protection under the law. NJIPLA includes hundreds of practicing intellectual property attorneys, patent agents, law students, and interested individuals primarily from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.


New rule for foreign trademark customers 
Effective August 3, 2019, applicants, registrants, and parties residing outside the United States are required to have a U.S.-licensed attorney represent them in all USPTO trademark matters.

Update to Trial Practice Guide
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has published an update containing additional guidance about trial practice before the Board.



NJIPLA is reviving its Dinner Speaker Series. Our next event will be held in September 2019. These Series will offer dinners at a local NJ restaurant, presentation on a relevant IP topic and single CLE credit. NJIPLA, seeking to bring its members together and provide networking opportunities, will provide these events at-cost.

Our first event was held on Tuesday, April 30th. Ken Sonnenfeld (King & Spalding) presented “Digging Into the Weeds of the Supreme Court’s Funk Brothers Case to Dig Out of 101 Ineligibility.”  The presentation delved into the legal and technological issues the Supreme Court’s Funk Brothers decision and explore whether the USPTO’s current practice of relying on the Funk Brothers case to reject patent claims to purified natural products is proper.


Following a 69th year tradition, New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA) presented the 2019 Jefferson Medal to The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet (Ret.)United States District Judge for the District of Delaware.

The Jefferson Medal is awarded to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the field of intellectual property law.  Previous Medalists include judges, members of Congress, Patent and Trademark Office officials and leaders of the intellectual property bar.

Please nominate one or more candidates for the 2020 Jefferson Medal by providing the candidate's name and biography to Kristine Butler, Chair of the Jefferson Medal Committee, at, no later than September 18, 2019.


NJIPLA invites the membership to submit nominations for the 2020 Board of Managers. Please submit your nominations to by Friday, October 4, 2019. Voting will take place at the 33rd Annual Pharmaceutical & Chemical Patent Practice Update on November 13th at the APA Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin, NJ.

Upcoming events

33rd Annual Pharmaceutical / Chemical Patent Practice Update
Thank You To Our 2019 Sponsors


NJIPLA is pleased to offer Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2020 Jefferson Medal Dinner and Continuing Legal Education events. Benefits are recognition in our pre-event emails, logo and link on the NJIPLA website, and acknowledgement of sponsorship during the event welcome remarks. Put your logo on the next e-blast and become a sponsor today! To be a sponsor email


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