Innovate Magazine

INNOVATE is the online magazine by and for AIPLA members from IP law students all the way through retired practitioners. Designed as an online publication, INNOVATE features magazine-like articles on a wide variety of topics in IP law.

Publishing an article to INNOVATE is a great way for AIPLA members to build their brand by increasing recognition among peers and setting themselves apart as thought leaders in the IP industry.

Any current AIPLA member in good standing may submit an article for consideration in INNOVATE throughout the year. IP law students are especially encouraged to submit articles for publication.

Articles submitted to are reviewed by an ad-hoc sub-committee of volunteers from AIPLA's Special Committee on Publications, the Fellows Committee, and other AIPLA peers. Approved articles are published quarterly. 

Don’t miss your chance to be published with AIPLA’s INNOVATE! Email your article submission to to be considered for the next edition.

For more information please review the Guidelines for Article Submission and the Author Acknowledgement Letter for guidelines and terms of article submission and publication.



  • Darin Gibby The Abstract Swing

    Written by Darin Gibby on November 16, 2018

    Ever since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice, patent applicants have been befuddled with the concept of an abstract idea.
  • Specimens: The Key to Strong Trademark Protection

    Written by Heather Bowen on September 24, 2018

    Essentially, submitting trademark specimen minimizes the chances that another company will assert the same mark for its company.
  • A Review of the Mexican Linkage System

    Written by Mariana Gonzalez-Vargas on September 24, 2018

    The main purpose of the Mexican Linkage System is to improve communication between the Mexican Patent & Trademark Office (IMPI) and the Mexican Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS), in order to prevent issuance of marketing authorizations for generic versions of patented pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Copyright Ownership: A Mere Handshake Isn't Good Enough

    Written by Peter Sawicki, Amanda Prose, and Jim Young on September 24, 2018

    Whenever a company arranges for non-employees to design, build and/or implement creative activities for the company, it is imperative that appropriate contractual safeguards be in place to make certain that the company owns the copyrights in the works it has purchased.
  • Eleven Tips to Securing Software-Related Patent Protection Post-Alice

    Written by Katie Bates and David Cornett on September 24, 2018

    The years since Alice have taught us some important strategies for continuing to obtain utility patent protection for software-related inventions.
  • Making 3D Printing Eco-Friendly: A Potential Opportunity for Patent Protection

    Written by Meggan Duffy and Dan Chavka on September 24, 2018

    As 3D printing becomes more commonplace, some have begun to question whether it is any more environmentally friendly than the conventional manufacturing processes it seeks to replace.
  • IP in an Augmented Reality

    Written by Brian Wassom on September 24, 2018

    Augmented reality is poised to be one of the most important media platforms of this generation.



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