Michigan Intellectual Property

Inn of Court

Dear Members,

I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

We are postponing the Inn’s Annual Dinner (currently set for May 14) to a later time. The current plan/hope is to combine the Annual Dinner with the September kick-off meeting, so please stay tuned for details.

In addition, the Executive Committee is currently exploring ways for the Inn to give back to the community during this crisis, with a focus on Detroit-based organizations that have particularly strong needs. If you have any suggestions in that regard, please let me know.

Happy holidays to all those who are celebrating!




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  • November 14, 2018 Program: Phillips v BRI: A Tale of Two Standards
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Our Michigan IP Inn has been invited by the Richard Linn Inn, along with the Indy IP Inn, to join the team and participate in this fun event to help raise money. If interested, please contact the Linn Inn Executive Director, Olivia Bedi (obedi@nge.com).


The Richard Linn Inn offers the Mark T. Banner Scholarship, a $10,000 scholarship to a deserving, diverse law student who is focused in IP and has a financial need. See their website for Information about the Scholarship (http://www.linninn.org/Pages/scholarship.shtml).

The relevant race information is below:

DateMay 17-18, 2019 (Fri-Sat) WhereChicago to Madison WhatRelay race with team of 12 runners riding in 2 vans with 2 drivers. Each runner runs 3 legs of about 3.3-8 miles each leg. WhyRaise money for Mark T. Banner Scholarship through Go Fund Me page Runners1. Rachel Schweers2. Matthew Kelly3. Christopher Freeman4. Russ Cass5. John Bisbikis6. Olivia Bedi7. Paul Vickrey (maybe) Van Drivers1. Brett Schweers (Rachel’s husband)2. Peg Duncan Course VolunteerWe need one volunteer to work the course. More Infohttps://images.runragnar.com/files/bibles/f44fd487198886dd.12.11.pdf?_ga=2.37522147.23425115.1549078575-1270900313.1549078575

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.

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.