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IP Student Organizations

The Franklin Pierce Center for IP has more IP-related organizations than at any other law school in the United States. IP students join and enjoy the benefits of networking as well as keeping up to date with IP news and activities.

Student Intellectual Property Law Association

SIPLA's mission is to:

  • Promote intellectual property issues across the student body of UNH Law, to those of the New Hampshire bar, and beyond
  • Bring together many facets of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights
  • Provide a forum which promotes an open dialogue of current issues in intellectual property and exposes how these issues will affect the practice of intellectual property law in the future
  • Continue to promote the Franklin Pierce Center for IP as an academic center for the study of intellectual property
  • Promote rapport between students and professionals in the intellectual property field

Sports and Entertainment Law Society

The purpose of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society is to promote an understanding and appreciation of the legal structure of the motion picture, music, and theatrical industries. The Sports and Entertainment Law Society intends to familiarize law students with the intellectual property rights and contractual relationships between the media producers, distributors, and authors of these industries as well as the deal making and advising aspects of practice in the greater entertainment field.

The society hopes to accomplish this by sponsoring extracurricular programs such as guest lectures from experts in entertainment law, career planning seminars to aid students entering this field, and forums for interaction and communication between current students, faculty, and alumni from various backgrounds in intellectual property law.

International Intellectual Property Organization (IIPO)

The International Intellectual Property Organization (IIPO) is dedicated to educating the student body on the role of intellectual property in our global society, how nations around the world strive to protect IP rights and how IP affects the quality of life and economies of those countries. The International Intellectual Property Organization (IIPO) shall:

  • Promote the study and understanding of international intellectual property
  • Provide a forum where Franklin Pierce Center for IP students from a variety of geographical backgrounds can share their perspectives and experiences with intellectual property law
  • Analyze the similarities and differences between the varying intellectual property regulations found in countries across the globe
  • Discuss the socioeconomic impact these regulations have on populations in both developing and developed countries

Licensing Executives Society (LES)

The mission of the Franklin Pierce Center for IP's student chapter of the Licensing Executives Society is to offer students access to the Society's national structure and to facilitate the mission of the national organization. THe Licensing Executives Society is committed to advising the Society's membership, international and government bodies, the business community, and the public at large of the economic significance of licensing intellectual property.

The Licensing Executives Society is also committed to advising the community of changes about laws in the U.S. and worldwide, which affect technology transfer and licensing of intellectual property rights.

The organization also supports student involvement in Society meetings and seminars, both national and regional. The student chapter hopes to bring national recognition to UNH Law students through these networking opportunities.

Patent Law Forum

The Patent Law Forum is devoted to promoting the study and practice of patent law. Our main purpose is to facilitate engagement in the patent law community in bringing students who are passionately interested in patent law together with faculty members and practicing professionals to engage in deep and lively discussion on ideas and issues relating to patent law and its policies. 

At Patent Law Forum, we strive to furnish an environment under which students can share their intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, higher education experience, and personal and professional enrichment under the guidance of the founding Mission of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, which espouses a commitment to continually improve and emphasize intellectual property law.

Other student organizations with a significant IP representation:

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association

The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) welcomes all UNH Law students to join the effort to promote awareness and advocacy regarding issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.

South Asian Law Students Association

The South Asian Law Students Association started as an informal gathering of Indian students at the Franklin Pierce Center for IP who enjoyed bringing their culture to their classmates and friends. They strive to strengthen the connection between the Franklin Pierce Center for IP and India by spreading awareness of South Asian customs, food, and practices, while also expanding the Franklin Pierce Center for IP's presence in India.

Chinese & Taiwanese Student Association

The Franklin Pierce Center for IP has been proud to train IP professionals from China and Taiwan for decades. The Chinese & Taiwanese Student Association (CTSA) was established to provide a vehicle for students to share their customs, culture and traditions with the UNH Law community. The CTSA is also the organization that co-coordinates and sponsors the Lunar New Year celebration in which all Korean, Chinese, and Taiwanese students share their country’s customs and their culinary delicacies and celebrate the start of the new year through music and dance.

J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS)

While JRCLS is not a dedicated IP student organization, a majority of its members are IP students and proud LDS graduates of Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. The J. Reuben Clark Society (JRCLS) affirms the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction and strives through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.

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