We aim to schedule a variety of educational and networking events to appeal to our membership and the NYU Law community. Please see below for the complete calendar of events for the upcoming semester. Join the IPELS listserv through NYU Home or our Facebook page for updates and invitations.


2016 – 2017 Events

IPLELS Wide Events

o   IPELS Presents: The Road to Entertainment LAw, featuring attorneys from HBO, AMC, UMG, & Wenner Media

·      IPELS hosted a panel featuring four distinguished in-house attorneys representing some of the biggest entertainment companies in the world! The panel featured discussions about the entertainment sector, day-to-day work, recommended courses for aspiring entertainment attorneys, and advice on how to navigate the legal landscape post-law school for those interested in the entertainment industry. 

Madhu Southworth, Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at AMC Entertainment and Sundance TV.

Lynn Gonzalez, Vice President of Business and Legal Affair at UMG (Universal Music Group), Def Jam Recordings & East Coast Labels Shared Services.

Kesari Ruza, Vice President of Legal Affairs of branding and Marketing at HBO.

Natalie Krodel, General Counsel at Wenner Media (Rolling Stone, Us, Men's Journal, Glixel)

o   IPELS Presents: Paul, Weiss IP 

·      IPELS hosted IP attorneys from Paul, Weiss intellectual property departments. 

o   IPELS Presents: O'Melveny IP 

·      IPELS hosted IP attorneys from O'Melveny's trademark/copyright and patent litigation departments. 

o   IPELS Presents: Akin Gump

·      IPELS hosted IP attorneys from Akin Gump's practice group. 

o   IPELS Presents: Latham & Watkins IP group

·      IPELS hosted attorneys from the Latham & Watkins intellectual property group. The attorneys spoke about their practice, life as an associate in IP, and their experience with the firm. In addition, Gia Wakil, IPELS Vice President, presented her JIPEL (Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law) note program topic.

Fashion Committee

o   Fashion Law Presents: Jessica Garrett, Senior Associate at Katten Muchin (9/28/16)

·      IPELS Fashion Law Committee hosted Jessica Garrett, Senior Associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. She shared insight about counseling clients with respect to native advertising, internet domain names, and her work in a broad range of industries covered by Copyright and Trademarks.

o   Fashion Committee Presents: Charles Klein, Partner at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP (10/25/16)

·      IPELS Fashion Law Committee hosted Charles Klein, a partner and head of the fashion law practice at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP. He is an alumni of NYU Law and has spent much of his career representing clients ranging from start-ups to major brand owners in the fashion industry. Mr. Klein has published several works related to fashion, including a chapter entitled “Examining Fashion Contracts” within the book Navigating Fashion Law.

Patent Committee

o   Careers in Patent Law: Student’s Perspective (9/21/16)

·      The Patent Law Committee hosted a panel discussion on careers in patent law. 2Ls and 3Ls who completed their summer programs in patent law shared their job search strategy, thoughts on the difference between patent litigation/prosecution, and more.

o   Patent Committee Presents: Robert Roby, Partner at Knobbe Martens (10/26/16)

·      The Patent Law Committee hosted Robert Roby, partner at Knobbe Martens. Robert gave a presentation titled, “IP Boutiques: Bringing your Background into the Foreground.”

Cyber Committee

o   Cyber Committee Presents: Randal Milch, Former General Counsel of Verizon (11/18/16)

·      The Cyber Law Committee hosted a private lunch discussion with Randal Milch, a Distinguished Fellow at the Center on Law and Security at NYU school of Law and the NYU Center for Cyber Security. Milch served as the general counsel for Verizon from 2008 to 2014.

Entertainment Committee

o   Entertainment Committee Presents: Entertainment 101: Music/Film/TV Industry Talk (11/2/16)

·      The Entertainment Committee held a presentation for students interested in the entertainment industry to learn more about the inner workings of the industry. The presentation was led by 2Ls and 3Ls who had previous work experience in the entertainment industry. 



Past Events


Patent Committee Events


  • IPNY Event with Laura Sheridan

    Laura Sheridan, Patent Counsel at Google, will be discussing ideas for improving the quality of U.S. patents, focusing both on institutional reforms that could make the PTO better at turning away low-quality patent applications, and changes in the patent law that could also help us reach that goal.  The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy faculty will also share their insights.


    Laura is Patent Counsel at Google, where she works on patent policy and manages a team focused on patent strategy. As a registered patent attorney, Laura was previously in private practice, where she specialized in patent prosecution, litigation, IP due diligence, and post-grant practice before the Patent Office. She speaks regularly on patent challenges under the AIA, the patent reform landscape, and defensive strategies against non-practicing entities. Laura studied engineering at Cornell University and received her J.D. from Fordham Law School.

    Thursday, November 20, 2015

  • Patent Spotlight: Collaboration in Action at Morrison & Foerster (no scientific background necesssary!) Wednesday 10/29

    • Come join us to hear about this collaboration in action from two partners who have worked together on high profile patent litigation cases at Morrison & Foerster:  Rich Hung, deputy chair of the IP Litigation Practice, and Peter Yim, head of the Electronics, Software & Telecommunications Patent Prosecution Group.  Mr. Hung and Mr. Yim will discuss their paths to their respective practices and how they work together to bring successful results for their clients.


Cyberlaw Committee Events


  • Wednesday 11/12 at 5pm - Revenge Porn and the Celebrity Photo Hacks: Can A Legal Response Balance Privacy and Free Speech?

    • The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society presents a panel on the legal and ethical issues surrounding revenge porn and the recent celebrity photo hacks.  Speakers representing several viewpoints will discuss what - if any - legal remedies exist and how those remedies may protect or inhibit the First and Fourth Amendments.  

    • This event is co-sponsored by Law Women and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project.

    • Panelists include:

      • Carrie Goldberg, who litigates on behalf of victims of revenge porn

      • Amanda Levendowski '14, who works at Cooley and whose student note advocated copyright as a way to combat revenge porn
      • Kelly Lum, who works as a security engineer at Tumblr
      • Amanda Marcotte, an award-winning journalist and blogger who writes about feminism and politics
  • Monday 10/27 from 12:30-1:50 in FH 120   Book release lunch “Civil Disobedience and the Internet” with Molly Sauter @OddLetters


IPELS is co-sponsoring the JIPEL Symposium "Innovation without Regulation: How Necessary is Intellectual Property Protection?"


The symposium will take place November 21, 2014 from 9 am to 12:30 pm in Vanderbilt Hall.


The half-day symposium will consist of two panels made up of professors, practitioners and industry insiders from the comedy, open source software, food and fashion industries. This will be followed by a research presentation highlighting some of the overarching themes and viewpoints espoused by innovators in general.


The purpose of the symposium is to address the underlying policy concerns supporting intellectual property regulation in light of varying industry norms and market forces suggesting that such regulation may not be the only source of protection. By establishing a wide-ranging board of presenters, we hope to provide varying perspectives on the application of intellectual property theories in various creative fields. Our panelists include academics Professors Christopher Sprigman, Jason Schultz, and Jessica Silbey; active practitioners Barbara Kolsun, General Counsel at Stuart Weitzman, Lee Sporn, General Counsel at Michael Kors, Orin Snyder, partner at Gibson Dunn, and Charles Valauskas, partner at Valauskas Corder LLC; and creative professionals including comedian Jim Mendrinos, MIT Technology Licensing Officer Daniel Dardani, fashion designer Brandon Sun, and Chef Rebecca Charles. The symposium will specifically focus on these fields as they are either attempting to gain protection under Intellectual Property regulation or operate outside of regulatory protection.


This event has been approved for 3 New York CLE credits for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys.


To RSVP, or for more info, visit http://jipel.law.nyu.edu/symposium

Copyright Events
Post-mortem panel on Authors Guild v. Google hearing
Wednesday, December 3, 2014  from  4-6 pm
Vanderbilt Hall 206, 40 Washington Square South
The Authors Guild lawsuits against Google and its library partners (brought separately as Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust) have set much of the stage for how U.S. copyright law impacts efforts to mass digitize book collections. On December 3, 2014 at 2 p.m., the Second Circuit will hear argument in the appeal of Authors Guild v. Google, where Judge Denny Chin granted judgment in favor of Google, finding that its book digitizing activities were fair use under Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.
The panel will commerce after the hearing concludes, starting at approximately 4 p.m. (or, if the hearing runs late, as soon as the participants are able to arrive) and focus on the contents of the appeal, including the questions presented, the briefing, the argument, and the implications for any certiorari petition to the Supreme Court.
Featured speakers include: 
  • Professor Jason Schultz, Director, Technology Law & Policy Clinic and Co-Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy; 
  • Jeremy Goldman, Counsel for the Authors Guild in Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust, 755 F.3d 87 (2d Cir. 2014); 
  • Fred von Lohmann, Legal Director for Copyright, Google;
  • Corynne McSherry, Intellectual Property Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation; 
  • Joseph Gratz, Durie Tangrie LLP (Counsel for Google); 
  • Greg Cram, Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy, New York Public Library.

This event is open to the academic public.