On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, the Thomas Jefferson Intellectual Property Inn of Court was formally launched on the campus of the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University Richmond. The Thomas Jefferson IP Inn of Court covers Richmond, Hampton Roads, and Central and Southwest Virginia.


The Inns of Court are a fraternal legal organization comprised of Judges, Attorneys and law students. These Inns are located across the country, under the general leadership of the American Inns of Court and its current President, Justice Lemons of the Virginia Supreme Court.


In the past decade, there has been a growth of IP-specific Inns of Court under the guidance of Judge Richard Linn of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Thomas Jefferson IP Inn of Court is the sixteenth Inn under the Linn Inn alliance and focuses on all aspects of Intellectual Property law, including litigation, licensing and prosecution of intellectual property assets.


Any IP practitioner located in Richmond, Hampton Roads, Central or Southwest Virginia is welcome to contact Timothy J. Bechen regarding membership opportunities. Any IP practitioner located in Northern Virginia may contact the Pauline Newman IP Inn of Court. IP practitioners located outside Virginia are invited to visit the Inns of Court website to find your nearest Inn of Court.