Michigan Intellectual Property

Inn of Court

2019-2020 Meeting Dates

  • POSTPONED – Match Game, 5:30 p.m.

Location: HopCat (Royal Oak) **NEW LOCATION**

208 W 5th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

  • May 14, 2020 – Annual Dinner beginning with cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m.

Location: TBA


2019 Member Survey, Renewals, and Change of Status

Please click the above link and take a few minutes to fill out the Member Survey. The responses will be useful for knowing how many open spots are available for 2019-2020 and will provide information about potential venues for our meetings. If you have any questions, please let us know.

2019 Nominate a New Member

If you would like to nominate an individual for consideration by the Michigan IP Inn of Court, please use the above form to submit their name and information.

2019 Nominee Statement

If you have been nominated for consideration, please use the above link to provide your Nominee Statement.

Update Personal Member Info

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.


  • November 14, 2018 Program: Phillips v BRI: A Tale of Two Standards
20181114 Handout.docx
20181114 Phillips vs BRI.pptx

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.