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Chicago-Kent College of Law Joins Alliance to Promote Chicago as a Vibrant Intellectual Property Center

CHICAGO – March 20 – Chicago-Kent College of Law has joined the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance (CIPA) as a founding member, working with law firms, local law schools and Chicago-based businesses and associations to promote Chicago and the Midwest as a vibrant center for intellectual property expertise, ideas, education, and programs.

CIPA is a not-for-profit entity that will bring together those with common interests in intellectual property law. It will sponsor academic and professional programs, and foster an exchange of ideas among scholars, lawyers, businesses and others interested in intellectual property law.

"Chicago-Kent has long had a well-respected, highly developed, and innovative program in intellectual property law," said Professor Graeme Dinwoodie, director of the law school's program. "We expect that it will be further enriched by our involvement in the Alliance, which will enhance the number and quality of programs we can offer. It will bring our students and faculty into regular contact with practitioners, businesses and policymakers in the field, and thus contribute to the intellectual and professional development of our students.

"We hope to work with colleagues in the Alliance both to structure courses that reflect the challenges faced in the real world, and to facilitate the placement of our students as externs in intellectual property settings. Our involvement as a founding member of the Alliance will ensure that Chicago-Kent remains at the forefront of intellectual property law in Chicago, and will allow us to help promote Chicago as a leading center of intellectual property law."

Founding members of the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance include law firms Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLC; Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione; The Eclipse Group; Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery; Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.; Marshall, Gerstein & Borun; McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd.; McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff; Neal & McDevitt; Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson; Wallenstein & Wagner, Ltd.; and Welsh & Katz, Ltd.

In addition to Chicago-Kent College of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Northwestern University School of Law are also founding members.

Corporate founding members include Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, IP Today (Omega Communications), and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company.

The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), a long prominent association of over 900 intellectual property attorneys, has also joined CIPA as a founding member.

The inaugural program sponsored by the CIPA will be held at Chicago-Kent College of Law on March 31, 2003. It will feature Commissioner of Trademarks, Anne H. Chasser, and two of her deputy commissioners, who will premiere the USPTO proposed rules implementing the hugely significant Madrid Protocol. Under the Madrid Protocol, applicants will be able to file a single application to register their trademarks in a number of countries.

Additional information regarding the Alliance may be found on the CIPA Web site, Information on the Madrid Protocol Preview is also posted at the Web site.

Information regarding the Program in Intellectual Property Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law may be found at



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