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ABA-IPL at 125 years: Celebrating exhilarating accomplishments in IP

Landslide, American Bar Association

Publication April 2020

This year, the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) is proud to commemorate 125 years—marking a momentous time in its history and that of intellectual property (IP) law itself.

Created in August 1894 at the 17th ABA Annual Meeting in Saratoga Springs, New York, our Section, then called the Section of Patent Law, became the first substantive section of the American Bar Association. The Section gained an early start in forging its individual identity within the ABA. By the 1920s, we were addressing trademark and copyright as the Section of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law, and we became the Section of Intellectual Property Law in 1993. Back in the beginning—just like we hear today—patent law was considered a “difficult but fascinating” area.

Read the entire article by Senior Counsel George Washington Jordan, III.


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