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June 4, 2019
A group of Polsinelli attorneys are participating in mentorship roles during this week’s 2019 Intellectual Property Law Institute, which is hosted by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) June 1-7 in Washington, D.C.

Polsinelli attorneys and HNBA members Bryan Westhoff and Taras Gracey, both Chicago-based shareholders, as well as Kansas City Shareholder Gabe Zorogastua are participating at the Intellectual Property Law Institute. In addition, Washington, D.C.-based Senior Partner Q. Todd Dickinson and Shareholder Iliana Peters are providing thought leadership, participating on expert panels with various in-house counsel during the course of the week.

“Our Polsinelli team is proud to be heavily involved in this year’s HNBA Intellectual Property Law Institute,” said Westhoff. “We are passionate about increasing the presence of Hispanic and Latino attorneys in the field of IP law and strongly believe that their advancement will be of great long-term benefit to our field and the U.S. economy as a whole.”

Each year, the Intellectual Property Law Institute selects up to 30 law students from law schools throughout the country to participate in this IP law immersion program. Competition for spots in the IPLI is high and selected candidates spend a week in Washington D.C. to receive instruction, gain hands-on practical experience, participate in writing workshops, visit U.S. government institutions related to IP law, receive briefings from leading IP practitioners and congressional and executive branch authorities, and take advantage of mentoring relationships and networking opportunities—all designed to give participants a broad understanding of IP law practice.

Dickinson’s panel, alongside Apple’s Chief IP Counsel Jeff Myers, discusses the basics of design patents. The panel presentation will take place Wednesday, June 5, from 8:45 – 10 a.m. at Facebook’s Washington, D.C., office.

Peters collaborated with a group of in-house counsel panelists, Frank Torres (Microsoft), Aaron Cooper (BSA) and Chris Calabrese (Center for Democracy & Technology), to discuss privacy issues. Additionally, she joined attorneys, including two from Microsoft, in a panel discussion about artificial intelligence.

Gracey will serve as a mentor to one of the legal students over the course of the next year.

The HNBA Intellectual Property Law Institute was launched in 2013 as a bold new program to increase Latino representation in the field of intellectual property law. The program began with an initial partnership with Microsoft, and has now expanded to include other high-profile companies such as Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google and Lenovo.


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