Who we are
The American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF) is a charitable organization whose mission is to increase the diversity of the IP bar by providing scholarships and mentoring to underrepresented minority law school students pursuing careers in IP law.
The Foundation was established in 2001 and partnered with the ABA-IPL, AIPLA, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and Johnson & Johnson (the founding corporation), thereby accessing resources of these organizations, including extensive study in, and commitment to, diversity within the IP law profession and infrastructure, vast contacts, and a wealth of knowledge in diversity.
A partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund also was established to assist in administering the Foundation’s scholarship program through publication and processing of scholarship applications and initial review of the applications.
Utilizing these networks, the Foundation solicits support from bar associations, law firms, corporations, and legal publications, which typically consists of commitments ranging from $10,000 to as much as $100,000 for successive years. With these donations, the Foundation, since its inception, has awarded scholarships to more than 70 students, totaling more than $1.5 million.
The mission of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation is to promote diversity in the intellectual property bar:
- including providing educational, mentoring, and employment opportunities to minority students actively working to develop a career in intellectual property law
- acknowledging outstanding accomplishments in the study and practice of intellectual property law; and
- undertaking charitable and educational projects related to the field of intellectual property law.