Society Overview and History

The Student Intellectual Property Society at Virginia Tech is an organization of undergraduate students dedicated to learning about intellectual property issues and promoting awareness of the subject amongst the general student body. Members of the society have the opportunity to participate in activities such as weekly current topic discussions, student positions on the Intellectual Property Committee at Virginia Tech, intellectual property internships, professional development services, field trips to AIPLA meetings and an annual trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and several prominent intellectual property law firms.

SIPS was founded on September 10th, 2009 by Virginia Tech engineering students Kevin Sprenger, Jonathan Hall, and Scott Salcetti. All three students were members of the non-greek fraternity, The GERMAN Club of Virginia Tech, and shared a desire to learn more about intellectual property. However, each realized that there were limited intellectual property resources available to students at the university and despite the reputable academic programs that are focused on innovation like science and engineering, intellectual property was not being discussed in meaningful detail. Therefore, each student agreed that the best solution would be to establish an organization tasked with providing this information to the student body.

Since it was founded in 2009, SIPS has and still is growing as an organization both in our involvement on campus and membership. We have future plans to start working with the Entrepreneur Club at Virginia Tech providing legal opinion help and establishing a stronger relationship with them. We also would like to participate in more Virginia Tech related events to further our presence on campus in hopes to collaborate with more organizations for expansion and to provide assistance. Furthermore, we have plans to run mock patent trials to get a more hands on experience with the legal system. Overall we have set high expectations and goals for our society that we hope to achieve within the following year.

Our Mission

The mission of this organization is to serve Virginia Tech and the student body by promoting intellectual property awareness on the campus of Virginia Tech and the surrounding community.

Our Goals

  • Inform students on intellectual property and its relation to them
  • Encourage more Virginia Tech students to enter the intellectual property career field
  • Promote an awareness of how intellectual property affects the innovation process.