In the Spotlight

CPIP Releases New Report on Global Patent Pendency Problem

CPIP has just released a new report entitled The Long Wait for Innovation: The Global Patent Pendency Problem. The report was penned by CPIP Director of Academic Programs Mark Schultz and CPIP Legal Fellow Kevin Madigan.

The report documents one of the biggest challenges facing the global patent system: patent pendency. In many countries, the delay between application and grant is so long that the patent approaches irrelevance in many industries. For example, the average time to obtain a patent for mobile technology in Brazil is 14 years, and in Thailand, it takes 16 years on average to get a life sciences patent.

For the first time, Schultz and Madigan present data collected from eleven different countries demonstrating that patent pendency is a global problem. They show that lengthy backlogs are not related to national wealth, and they break out important technology fields for comparison. The authors make several recommendations for fixing the problem, including hiring more and better-qualified examiners, implementing work-sharing between patent offices, and eliminating obstacles to final grants.


To read the report, please click here.

Scalia Law Publishes CPIP and Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic Brochure

Scalia Law has just published a new brochure looking at how its Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) and Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic make it a leader in intellectual property research and policy.

The brochure highlights many impressive accomplishments, demonstrating how CPIP promotes the scholarly analysis of intellectual property rights and how the Clinic teaches students practical legal skills through advocacy on behalf of creators.


To read the brochure, please click here.

WALA and Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic Hosting Copyright Clinic and Panel

Scalia Law’s Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) are hosting a Copyright Clinic and Panel on the evening of Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, at the law school.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will give local artists, authors, and photographers the opportunity to join Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic students and attorneys for a discussion on important copyright issues. The Clinic students and attorneys will answer questions on a range of issues, including the unauthorized use of photographs and the notice-and-takedown system under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

If you would like to attend the event, please register here: Copyright Panel Registration. The event will be held from 7 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. in Hazel Hall, Room 215, of the Arlington campus at George Mason University. For directions, see

We hope you will join us!

cpip-2016-fall-conference-invitation-350CPIP’s Fourth Annual Fall Conference Held at Scalia Law School

On October 6-7, 2016, CPIP’s Fourth Annual Fall Conference highlighted how property rights in innovation and creativity benefit communities and economies around the world. We focused on how secure IP rights foster investment, development, and access to products for consumers. We brought together speakers with diverse experiences—from businesses creating music licensing models supporting songwriters to small startups using patent portfolios to secure venture capital investment. You heard from and met influential industry leaders, policymakers, and scholars working on intellectual property issues.

CPIP would like to thank the George Mason Law Review for its invaluable support in hosting the conference and publishing the conference papers.



George Mason Journal of International Commercial Law Publishes Proceedings from USCO-CPIP Moral Rights Symposium

The proceedings from our symposium on moral rights, co-hosted with the U.S. Copyright Office, have just been published in the George Mason Journal of International Commercial Law. The symposium, entitled Authors, Attribution, and Integrity: Examining Moral Rights in the United States, was held on April 18, 2016, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

This symposium examined the role of moral rights protection in the United States. The day-long event brought together authors, scholars, and other stakeholders for a broad discussion of copyright issues related to moral rights. Topics included the historical development of moral rights and various means for providing them, the value that authors place on moral rights generally and individual moral rights specifically, the various ways these rights are provided for under current law, and new considerations for the digital age.

To read the full proceedings, please click here.

George Mason Law Review Publishes Papers from Third Annual CPIP Fall Conference

The George Mason Law Review has just published the papers from the 2015 CPIP Fall Conference, The IP Platform: Supporting Invention & Inspiration.

We would like to thank Rod Harrell and the rest of the George Mason Law Review staff, as well as the authors whose rigorous research and writing yielded these excellent papers, for helping to make our annual conference a success.

The papers can be downloaded at the following links:

Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property