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Stay on top of what's new in the intellectual property arena. Join the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Section.

Charley Macedo of Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP speaks on IP due diligence at the 2011 VBA Summer Meeting.

By becoming part of the section, you can:

  • help plan seminars on relevant IP and IT subjects for the summer and annual VBA meetings,
  • be the first to know when events are scheduled,
  • get active in needed technology-related legislation in Virginia, and
  • contribute to the spread of important information on the intellectual property and information technology fields.

A large number of Virginia businesses have intellectual property to protect and information technology to advance. Patents, trademarks and copyrights increasingly are important to the Commonwealth’s economy. Find the links we have compiled in these areas in the right-hand column. 


The VBA IP and IT Law Section was established January 17, 1997, after existing as a committee for several years. It assumed a major role in drafting the Virginia Trademark and Service Mark Act of 1998 through the Section’s legislative committee, which created a discussion group with representatives of the State Corporation Commission and the International Trademark Association.


The mission statement adopted by the section is “To increase awareness of intellectual property law issues among all practitioners by publications and continuing legal education programs.”

To accomplish the mission, the VBA IPITL Section has presented CLE programs on the Internet’s impact on the practice of law and has committed to presenting CLE programs at the VBA annual and summer meetings. 

CLE presentation at W&M Law School in 2011 on P.R.O.T.E.C.T. IP legislation

Panel moderator Jeffrey Geiger of Sands Anderson in Richmond (from left), William & Mary Law School Professor Trotter Hardy and Capital One attorney Douglas Smith discuss proposed federal legislation regarding the Internet at a CLE presentation in Williamsburg. (Photo courtesy Polina Zvyagina-Taber)


This section has a membership in excess of 200 individuals. The Section Council is our leadership.


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