The Intellectual Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association introduces members of our Association to the interesting and growing areas of law which make up Intellectual Property Law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and Internet intellectual property law issues. We provide educational programs, other activities and invite the participation of attorneys, law students and non-lawyer members of the business community. We invite our members to take advantage of substantive legal research through our Law Watch search results, to discuss issues and ideas in our discussion groups, and to participate fully in the site’s online community.

Contact the Intellectual Property Law Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Sharmin Woodall
[email protected]
(518) 487-5686

Please do not contact the Section liaison with a request for legal advice or an attorney referral. You can instead visit our ‘Public Resources’ or ‘Lawyer Referral Service’ page for this type of request.

Brooke Singer

Bill Samuels

Bill Samuels brings his experience with regard to obtaining, protecting, and commercializing intellectual property, in the US and around the world, to the chair ship of the Intellectual Properties section. His practice at Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP combines counseling, transactional, and enforcement work.  

He is a graduate of Emory University School of Law.

Past Chairs

1992-1994 Rory J. Radding (Founding Chair)
1994-1996 Tricia T. Semmelhack
1996-1998 Robert M. Hallenbeck
1998-2000 Michael I. Chakansky
2000-2002 Victoria A. Cundiff
2002-2004 Marc A. Lieberstein
2004-2006 Richard L. Ravin
2006-2008 Debra Ivy Resnick
2008-2010 Joyce L. Creidy
2010-2012 Paul Matthew Fakler
2012-2014 Kelly M. Slavitt
2014-2016 Charles Thomas Joseph Weigell, III
2016-2018 Erica D. Klein
2018-2020 Robin E. Silverman
2020-2022 Michael A. Oropallo
2022-2024 Brooke Erdos Singer

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Bright Ideas- Vol. 33 No. 1

Bright Ideas

The Intellectual Property Law Section Publication (Bright Ideas) features peer-written, substantive articles about current issues in intellectual property law, including patents, copyrights and trademarks. Also included are recent cases and updates on Section programs and events. Edited by Sarah Ryu, Bright Ideas is published three times per year by the Intellectual Property Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

Bright Ideas is published as a benefit for members of the Intellectual Property Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association.

The Intellectual Property Law Section Newsletter (Bright Ideas) encourages article submissions on topics of interest to members of the Section. Writing an article for a NYSBA Section publication is a great way to get your name out in the legal community and advertise your knowledge. Our authors are respected state-wide for their legal expertise and have written articles on such topics as IP mediation, the impact of transfer pricing on IP lawyers, patents, copyrights, and trademark liability.

Individuals interested in submitting an article, announcement, practice tip, etc., for consideration for publication in an upcoming issue are encouraged to do so.

Author Guidelines

NYSBA has created comprehensive author guidelines, with information regarding our reprint policy, style guidelines, and obtaining MCLE Author Credits.


The Intellectual Property Law Section is committed to providing opportunities for participation of young lawyers and law students in the Section. See below for details on some of the opportunities available.

2 two-year positions offering leadership opportunities within the Intellectual Property Law Section.


Miriam Maccoby Netter Scholarship
Scholarship established by The New York Bar Foundation through a gift from the Intellectual Property Law Section.

13th Annual Women in Intellectual Property Law - NYSBA IP Law Section
2014 Women in Intellectual Property Law
2014 Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Meeting

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