In the first two weeks of school (late August/early September) we will have our intro meeting. It's an opportunity for 1L's to meet the club and get a feel for who we are and what we plan to do. For the 1L's who are interested in becoming a part of the board, 1L representative elections will be announced. For upperclassmen, it'll be an opportunity to meet up with old friends after a long summer and learn about the new activities we plan to implement this year.
Sometime shortly thereafter we will have a student info panel. For those of you who attended our student information panel in the Spring of 2011, the content will be similar. Students who are willing to hold themselves our as sources of information in particular areas of IP law, such as Patent Prosecution, Trademarks, etc, will be on hand to answer questions and provide advice about how to make the most out of your Duke experience. All years are welcome.
In mid - late September, we will once again host our Intro to IP lunch lecture. For those of you who don't know, this lecture is usually led by a prominent faculty member and is very well received. The lecture focuses on a broad picture of Intellectual Property, so even if you have no intent of practicing in the field, it's a useful overview.
Finally, at a date not determine yet, we plan on having practitioner lunches with various representatives of prominent IP firms in the local area. This may spill over into spring as well. More details will be forthcoming when we get them.
On Friday, February 3, 2012 we will have our 11th annual Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Symposium. Please see the 2012 Symposium section at left for more information and registration.
Toward the end of the spring semester, we will once again have a student panel on IP course selection advice.
Finally, throughout the semester we hope to host various informal lunches that target a single, practical area of IP law, such as patent searching. The lunches will be run by students and (possibly) local counsel or faculty members, and will focus on presenting and teaching a skill that will be useful during summer employment.
These are all the events planned so far - but it's a guarantee that more will come up and that not all of them will make their way onto this site so please join our listserve for the lastest updates (