IP DAY IN MONTANA: Protecting Your Innovations

Presented by the Alexander Blewett III School of Law and the IPL Section of the Montana Bar.

For the second year, the Blewett School of Law is partnering with the IPL Section of the Montana Bar to present IP DAY IN MONTANA: Protecting Your Innovations on April 12, 2018 at the law school. Guest speakers include Mollybeth Kocialski, Peter Becker, and Pippa Browde. We will have additional panels of leaders from IP-centric Montana businesses and Montana IP attorneys, followed by breakout sessions for deeper dives into the three big IP topics for new businesses. Bonus event: join us for a pre-IP Day fireside chat the evening prior to discuss a a hot topic in IP. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

April 11, 2018: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
April 12, 2018: 8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Location: Blewett School of Law, Missoula, MT
Cost: Free admission; $40 for lawyers seeking CLE credit
CLE: 5 CLE Credits (pending)

Preliminary Agenda*

April 11, 2018

5:00-7:00 p.m.

IP Hot Topic Discussion

April 12, 2018

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Registration and Refreshments

8:45 a.m.


9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

IP is a Business Decision
Speaker: Mollybeth Kocialski

Molly Kocialski is Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Office of the United States Patent & Trademark Office and will cover important IP considerations for businesses.

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

The Business Case for IP
Panel of Missoula Businesses Discuss Experiences with IP

11:45 – 12:00 p.m.

Sponsored Lunch Break

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

The Great Leveler – Innovation & the Internet
Speaker: Pete Becker, Senior IP Counsel in Tech

Pete Becker, an in-house intellectual property attorney with a long career with companies including Microsoft and Amazon, will give a talk on the leveling nature of the Internet for innovation.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Top 10 Things Businesses Should Know About IP
Montana Intellectual Property Lawyers Panel

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Workshops presented by Montana IP Lawyers

  • Trademark Searching for Start-Ups
  • Copyright Registration Start to Finish
  • Innovator Chat about the Patent Process

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Recent Changes in Taxation of Patents
Speaker: Professor. Pippa Browde

Professor Browde’s presentation will cover tax issues for patents in the new tax bill.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Interactive Q&A Session

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 


 *Agenda is subject to change



Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors:

Max S Baucus Institute Logo Holland and Hart LLC logo


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Missoula – Edgewater
100 Madison
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 728-3100
A block of rooms for “IP Day in Montana” has been reserved at the rate of $94. The block will expire on March 21, 2018.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are currently accepting sponsors for the 2018 IP Day in Montana. Sponsorship includes publicity and other benefits. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here.