Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court

The Michigan Intellectual Property Inn is comprised of practicing attorneys, judges, and students.  There are four categories of active membership, (1) Masters, (2) Barristers, (3) Associates and (4) Students. Total active membership (i.e., all categories of membership other than Honorary and Emeritus Members) shall be approximately 80-100.     
About Our Organization
The Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court was founded in September 2012 and is a part of the Richard Linn Inn Alliance.
Become a Member
Each year, the Inn looks to add potential members.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact our membership chair.
Sponsor Opportunities
From September through May, the Inn hosts member meetings on various educational topics. 

Sponsorships are available for each meeting and can accept donations for each meeting.  If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact us.   

Michigan IP Inn of Court has been awarded 
the “Platinum” Achieving Excellence

The Achieving Excellence program recognizes Inns for effective practices in five core competencies: administration, communications, programs, mentoring, and outreach. 

This honorable distinction, awarded to only 1 in 4 Inns nationwide, is a testament to our Inn’s leadership for the past 5 years and the diligence of our members. Congratulations! And many thanks to President Bill Abbatt and President-Elect Eric Dobrusin, who fervently advocated on our behalf for this recognition. 


After clicking the above link, you will taken to the National American Inns of Court website.  Your login is your email address used with the Michigan IP Inn of Court.

Please select the Forgot my password.  A new password will be emailed to you. 

Update any information that is incorrect in the National American Inns of Court record.  We will be using this information for upcoming invoices, meeting reminders, team groupings, and other communications.


2017-2018 Meeting Dates

October 12, 2017 (4:00 pm / 4:30 pm); Location: The Birmingham Athletic Club  

  • New Member Orientation and Introduction to the 2017-2018 Term (4:00 pm for new members), followed by Welcome/Kick-Off Meeting with hors d’oeuvres and drinks (4:30 pm for returning/Honorary members). 
  • Sign-up for Programs
  • Introduce "Membership Experience Taskforce" with an emphassi on Scholarship (Writing Competition)
  • Pro-bono
  • Mentorship

 November 15, 2017 (4:30 pm); Location: TBA

  • Supreme Court Review & Preview

 December 5, 2017 (4:30 pm);  Flagstar Strand Theatre, Pontiac Michigan

Holiday joint meeting with Oakland County Bar Association Inn of Court

 January 16, 2018 (4:30 pm); Location: TBA

  • The Latest & Greatest in Trademark Law: Recent Trends in the Court and the TTAB

 March 1, 2018 (4:30 pm); Location: TBA

  • Protection and Enforcement of Copyrighted Software and Trade Secrets in Software: Strategies & Lessons Learned from Recent Case Law 

 April 10, 2018 (4:30 pm); Location: TBA

  • Practice Before the Federal Circuit 
  • Hot Topics in Patent Law: Venue, Patent Eligibility Under 101, and IPRs
  • Appellate Advocacy Panel
  • Perspective from the Bench

 May 10, 2018 (6:00 pm); Location: Oakland Hills Country Club 

  • Annual Dinner; "A Year in Review" 

Renew an Existing Membership