Keynote Speaker: Professor Richard A. Epstein

October 9-10, 2014
George Mason University School of Law
3301 N. Fairfax Drive, Founders Hall Auditorium
Arlington, VA 22201

**9 Hours Virginia CLE**

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This groundbreaking conference will explore the common ground shared by the innovation industries and the creative industries, where intellectual property secures bold risk-taking and revolutionary ingenuity by artists and inventors alike.

We will take a long overdue, fresh look at the relationship between these two central parts of the U.S. economy.  Stale conventional wisdom says that the creative industries and innovation industries are inevitably and irreconcilably in conflict.  The story goes that creators’ rights are “obstacles” to innovation, and that technological innovation harms creators.  This conventional wisdom is wrong.

The true story of innovation and creativity is a virtuous circle.  Technology gives artists and creators the tools to create entirely new mediums and the ability to reach worldwide audiences. Creativity, in turn, fuels the video, music, and games that make smartphones, iPads, and even the entire Internet so well-loved.

Innovation is creative and creativity is innovative.  Both industries engage in brilliant intellectual work to bring new products and services into the world and both take great risks to commercialize their work. Both also depend on intellectual property, which secures their work and investment, thus promoting the virtuous circle of creativity and innovation.


Thursday, October 9:

8:00 – 9:00 am

9:00 – 9:15 am
Introductory Remarks

9:15 – 10:45 am
Panel 1: The Common Economic Case for Patents & Copyrights

11: 00 am – 12:30 pm
Panel 2: The Common Moral Case for Copyrights and Patents

12:30 – 2:30 pm
Lunch and Keynote Address by Professor Richard A. Epstein

2:30 – 4:00 pm
Panel 3: IP Policy Challenges: Understanding and Addressing Concerns

4:15 – 5:45
Panel 4: The Nature of the Firm in the Innovation and Creative Industries

Friday, October 10:

8:30 – 9:15 am

9:15 – 10:45 am
Panel 5: Creative Upstarts and Start-Up Firms: Sources of New Innovation and Creative Works

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Panel 6: Private Ordering in the Creative and Innovation Industries

12:30 pm
Conference Adjourns

From Lab to Market: How Intellectual Property Secures the Benefits of R&D

Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Randall R. Rader

Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

March 21, 2014
George Mason University School of Law

Hosted by CPIP and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
Supporting Organizations: American Intellectual Property Law Association; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Federal Circuit Bar Association; Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

On March 21, 2014, the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) hosted a conference on patent law, From Lab To Market: How Intellectual Property Secures the Benefits of R&D, at George Mason University School of Law.

The keynote speaker was the Hon. Randall R. Rader, and the conference panels were dedicated to discussing the essential role that intellectual property plays in converting the research conducted at universities and labs throughout the country into valuable technology and products, and the legal and policy decisions that affect that process.  CPIP and WARF would like to thank our supporting organizations and all the conference speakers and attendees for helping create this timely and thoughtful discussion of the intellectual property framework that allows us to harness the value of our country’s unparalleled R&D.

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Inaugural Conference on Patent Law: The Commercial Function of Patents in Today’s Innovation Economy  

Keynote Speaker: FTC Commissioner Joshua D. Wright


September 12-13, 2013
George Mason University School of Law

Supporting Organization: American Intellectual Property Law Association
Co-Sponsored by the Federal Circuit Bar Association and
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

On September 12-13, 2013, CPIP hosted its inaugural conference on patent law, “The Commercial Function of Patents in Today’s Innovation Economy,” at George Mason University School of Law.  The conference panels addressed the function of the commercial system in the creation and distribution of patented innovation.

The conference was dedicated to a largely neglected perspective on patents: how they facilitate commercial transactions, and thus foster innovation and new businesses and products. Public policy discussions about patents focus almost entirely on litigation, but litigation is just a small part of the patent system. While a few notable disputes get all the attention, the reality is that patents facilitate millions of win-win transactions every day. The conference considered this overlooked perspective on the patent system and what it can contribute to public policy debates. CPIP would like to thank all of the speakers and panelists for helping create an engaging and informative conference.

Conference Materials

Program Schedule

Speakers and Panels