Fostering Excellence in Professionalism, Ethics, Civility, and Legal Skills
The Boston Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

The Boston Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

The Boston Intellectual Property American Inn of Court is a collegial organization of judges, attorneys and law students whose practice includes significant involvement with Intellectual Property Law.  We are a local chapter of the national American Inns of Court. 

We work in teams across seniority levels to present substantive programs to the membership over several dinner meetings a year.  Through these programs, the Inn works to educate its members about intellectual property issues, and to promote interaction and foster collegiality between the bench and the bar.   

PLEASE JOIN US!  To apply for membership in the Inn, please complete this Membership Application and send it to Counselor Ilan Barzilay at ibarzilay@pierceatwood.com .  Please also feel free to contact him with any questions and requests for additional information.

Past educational programs have included a mock appellate court argument; a presentation on patent prosecutors' views on recent Supreme Court rulings regarding the law of patentability; and non-lawyer professionals' takes on how patent law impacts their business decisions.

Our stated mission:

To establish a society of judges, lawyers, legal educators, law students and others, to promote excellence in legal advocacy in accordance with the Professional Creed of the American Inns of Court;

To foster greater understanding of and appreciation for the adversary system of dispute resolution in American law, with particular emphasis on ethics, civility, professionalism and legal skills;

To provide significant educational experiences that will improve and enhance the abilities of lawyers as counselors and advocates and of judges as adjudicators and judicial administrators;

To promote interaction and collegiality among all legal professionals in order to minimize misapprehensions, misconceptions and failures of communication that obstruct the effective practice of law;

To facilitate the development of law students, recent law school graduates and less experienced lawyers as skilled participants in the American court system;

To preserve and transmit ethical values from one generation of legal professionals to the next; and

To build upon the genius and strengths of the common law and the English Inns of Court and to renew and inspire joy and zest in legal advocacy as a service worthy of constant effort and learning.