the Judge Janet Bond Arterton American Inn of
The Arterton Inn promotes excellence in professionalism, ethics,
civility, and legal skills for judges, lawyers, academics, and
students of law, and advances the education of the members of the
Inn, the members of the bench and bar, and the public in the fields
of intellectual property law.
The Arterton Inn is one of the twenty-three American Inns of
Court in the United States and in Japan that focuses on
intellectual property. Members meet regularly to strengthen their
professional skills in a collegial atmosphere, typically through
hands-on practical programming and exercises.
Meetings are held at the Federal Courthouses in New Haven and
Hartford, where the Inn holds IP-focused programs covering a range
of both federal and state IP topics including patent, trademark,
copyright, trade secret, unfair competition and false
advertising. Programs range from practicum-based (e.g. mock
summary judgment argument) to interactive (e.g. IP
At these meetings, Pupillage Groups comprised of members of
varied experience levels 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 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.
Our Inn is honored to bear the name of Judge Janet Bond Arterton
of the United States District Court for the District of
Connecticut, and to have the additional support of Judge Vanessa
Bryant of the United States District Court for the District of