The Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court
The Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court promotes skill
improvement, professionalism and legal ethics. It does so primarily
through collegial discourse and mentoring during monthly meetings
at which "Pupillage Groups" are central. The Pupillage Groups
employ skits intended to provoke thought and discussion on topics
of interest to the profession.
Members of each Pupillage Group teach by role-playing, conveying
valuable information on identified topics by simulating scenarios
for situations and issues that arise in the practice of
intellectual property (IP) law. Our meetings encourage broad
participation by group members and audience members. By taking
advantage of the vast and varied experiences of attendees, we all
Originally one of only a handful of Inns to specialize in the
field of IP law, the Benjamin Franklin Inn was chartered in 1995.
Our Inn has grown into a strong organization that is a major
exchange of intellectual property knowledge, and became a founding
participant in the Linn Inn Alliance of IP Inns.
The Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court holds its meetings
at various locations in the City of Philadelphia. In keeping with
the collegial practice of the British Inns, a "host" organization
provides food (hors d'oeuvres) and drink (wine, beer, and soft
drinks) to foster social exchange following the formal presentation
portion of the meeting. Pennsylvania CLE credit will be
Connect with us on our LinkedIn group and our
Facebook group, which
are open to members and prospective members.
To be sure of receiving our application and meeting notices via
email, or for more information, please e-mail us.
Tuesday, September 10th - Introductory
meeting [6PM at Baker Hostetler LLP, Cira
Centre, 12th Floor, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA]
Thursday, October 10th - Ethics for Young Lawyers
[6PM at Villanova University, Charles Widger School of
Law, 299 N. Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA 19085]
Tuesday, November 12th - Trademarks for immoral or
scandalous material; Non-US entities seeking US trademark
registration must be represented by US licensed attorneys
[6PM at Volpe & Koenig, 30 S 17th St, Philadelphia,
Tuesday, January 14th - Trial Proceedings before the
PTAB and more [6PM at Drexel University Kline
Institute of Trial Advocacy - 1200 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia,
Tuesday, February 11th - Review of Copyright SCOTUS
decisions [6PM at Ballard Spahr, LLP 1735 Market
Thursday, March 19th - Judges Meeting [6PM,
Ceremonial Courtroom at Federal Courthouse, 601 Market
Tuesday, April 14th - Recent Patent Eligibility cases
and USPTO Guidance [6PM at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP,
1701 Market St]
Wednesday, April 15th - Joint Meeting with Joint Patent Practice
Continuing Legal Education, Inc. [register at www.jppcle.org] [New York, New
Benjamin Franklin Inn was presented with an
award for achieving Platinum Status for the program year 2018-2019.
The Platinum Status award is presented to Inn chapters excelling in
the areas of programming, communications, mentoring, and more. This
was the eighth straight year of Platinum Status.
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