Fostering Excellence in Professionalism, Ethics, Civility, and Legal Skills

The Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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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 benefit.

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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 available. 

Connect with us on our LinkedIn group and our Facebook group, which are open to members and prospective members.

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2018-2019 Meetings

  • September 12, 2018  "2018-2019 Organizational Meeting" [6PM at Baker Hostetler LLP, Cira Centre, 12th Floor, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA]
  • October 16, 2018 "Patent Eligibility cases and USPTO Guidance" [6PM at  Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Room 202, 299 N. Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA 19085]
  • November 13, 2018 "Trademarks especially geographic indications,
    surnames and use of color in trademarks" [6PM at BNY Mellon Center, 1735 Market St., 5th Floor, Philadelphia PA, courtesy of Ballard Spahr]
  • January 15, 2019 "PTAB Overview of Inter Partes Review and Strategies on Whether to File a Request for Inter Parties Review" [6PM at Morgan Lewis, 1701 Market St., Philadelphia, PA]
  • February 26, 2019 "Copyright fair use, physical and conceptual
    separability and other recent issues" [6PM at Volpe & Koenig, 30 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA]
  • March 21, 2019 "Judges Meeting on Patent Litigation" [6PM at the Ceremonial Courthouse, U.S. District Court, EDPA, 601 Market Street, Room 2609, Philadelphia PA]
  • April 16, 2019 "Ethics Meeting" [6PM at DLA Piper, 1650 Market St #5000, Philadelphia, PA]


On November 13, 2018, the Benjamin Franklin Inn  was presented with an award for achieving Platinum Status for the program year 2017. The Platinum Status award is presented to Inn chapters excelling in the areas of programming, communications, mentoring, and more. This was the seventh straight year of Platinum Status. Wow! Our current President, Steve Stanton, accepted the award on behalf of our immediate past President, Benjamin Leace. Congratulations, Ben and Steve!

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