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 Dana Alamia
[email protected]
(518) 487-5607

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.

Mike Oropallo

Mike Oropallo

Mike Oropallo is chair of the New York State Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section. He is a partner at Barclay Damon LLP serving as a Branding, Trademarks & Practice Area co-chair and co-leader of the Outdoor & Wildlife Team. He previously served as the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group leader.

A first-chair trial lawyer with 30 years of wide-ranging complex civil trial experience, Mike regularly represents clients in complex intellectual property disputes throughout the United States and in negotiating agreements, licensing, monetization, and IP due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. He also handles litigation, enforcement and permitting issues regarding environmental and wildlife laws, including the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Mike additionally serves as an arbitrator, mediator, and NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee member.

Outside his legal practice, Mike enjoys hunting, fishing, the outdoors, and spending time with his family on one of New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes. He is active with non-profits, including those focused on conservation, wildlife and sustainability of our natural resources.

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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.

Summer fellowship through The New York Bar Foundation, created and funded by 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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