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Intellectual Property Law Section

Intellectual Property Law Section





About the Intellectual Property Law Section

Intellectual Property (IP) includes patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and the licensing and enforcement of rights therein. IP is the core of every business and the incentive for creativity and innovation.

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar brings together New Mexico’s IP professionals with a common purpose: to foster New Mexico’s entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and innovation by ensuring local access to high quality IP services. We are dedicated to support New Mexico’s business ecosystem. The IP Law Section does this by providing:

  • Continuing legal education event to lawyers;
  • IP-focused pro bono legal clinics to the public;
  • Networking events for lawyers and law students; and
  • Opportunities for for New Mexicans to meet and hear from national IP leaders such as directors of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and various subject matter experts from around the country.

To sign up for the 2020 Pro Bono IP Fair, either as a volunteer attorney or as a client, please visit our IP Events page!
 Lawyers and law students, Join the IP Law Section!

 Here are some reasons why:

  • Membership pays for itself! IP Section dues are only $20 per year, but IP Section members receive a 10% discount on CLE programs.
  • Members receive news alerts and professional updates on IP related court decisions, legislative initiatives and changes at the USPTO.
  • Members often refer work to each other, for example when representation is conflicted or when the representation is outside the practitioner’s services.
  • Members stay abreast of opportunities within the state such as new government incentives or grants.
  • Members become part of a community that support each other.

Joining is simple. Simply fill out and submit the form under the "Join the Section" button above with your $20 membership payment!

The IP Section strives to provide the best of educational material and networking opportunities. Below is a photo taken following the IP Section’s Sept. 2022 CLE. The IP Section hosted many of the USPTO’s key people, including: Hope Shimabuku, the Texas Regional Office Director; Chief PTAB Judge Scott Boalick; Chief TTAB Judge Gerry Rogers; Deputy TTAB Judge Mark Thurmon.

Annual Meeting 2022 Award - Outstanding Legal Program Award for the Intellectual Property Pro Bono Fair


Our Members and Board of Directors

A list of all current members of the IP Section is available in the tab "Membership Roster".  All members of the IP Section must be members of the New Mexico State Bar or law students at the University of New Mexico.

The IP Section is led by its Board of Directors, who are volunteers that meet monthly to coordinate our events.  A list of our current Board of Directors is available in the tab "Board of Directors".

If you are a member of the IP Section, consider joining our Board!  We often have at least one vacancy on the Board and every year must fill open positions on the Board.  Please contact the Chair of the Board of Directors to do so.

Email the Section Board

Want to join the Intellectual Property Law Section? You have two ways of doing so!

  1. Still need pay your licensing fees? Simply check the Intellectual Property Law Section when completing your Licensing and Renewal forms. Join as many sections as you’d like while you are there!
  2.  Already paid your dues for the year? Login to your Member Dashboard (see top of screen). Navigate to ‘My Groups’ and click ‘Join Section/Voluntary Bars’. Select Intellectual Property Law Section and to pay the dues and join. You can join any section or voluntary bar at any time.