The Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) is a student organization geared towards the practice of intellectual property law. Like tangible property, "ideas" have economic value, and intellectual property law is the vehicle through which corporations and individuals seek to protect their intellectual assets. Intellectual property (IP) law encompasses matters relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade names, the drafting of licensing contracts, infringement litigation, internet law, and computer law. No particular educational background is required to practice IP law; however, a technical background is desirable for those who would like to practice patent law.
Our primary purpose is to provide a forum for our members to learn about and explore opportunities in the practice of intellectual property law at the University of South Carolina School of Law and in the Southeastern United States. To accomplish this objective, we provide our members with a forum to learn about both the practice of and career opportunities in IP law through luncheons featuring guest speakers consisting of attorneys and other prominent professionals in the IP field. We also sponsor social events that provide our members an opportunity to network with IP professionals in a more social setting.