CPIP 2015 Fall ConferencePlease join us for CPIP’s 2015 Fall Conference 


September 30-October 1, 2015
George Mason University School of Law

***9 Hours Virginia CLE*** 

Register Now (registration fee $25)
Students, public employees, and members of the press may register for free.
To do so, please email Kristina Pietro at

Program & Schedule

This conference will consider how the broad intellectual property platform promotes the creation of new inventions and creative works and makes possible the distribution of new products and services throughout the world.

Far from operating independently of one another, patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets provide an integrated set of protections for the wide range of steps that take something from idea to reality. At every step of the creation and distribution chain—from the lab or studio, to extensive development, to branding and advertisement and retail distribution—intellectual property empowers the inventors, artists, manufacturers, retailers, and marketing professionals who contribute to a flourishing innovative and creative economy.

We hope you will join us for an exciting and intellectually rewarding event!

Supporting Organizations
CPIP would like to thank all of our 2015 Fall Conference sponsors for their generous support!

Featured Sponsor of Breakfast, Snacks, & Coffee Breaks:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Gold Level Sponsors:
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Copyright Alliance
Dominion Harbor Group, LLC
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Fenwick & West LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP
Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada)
Motion Picture Association of America
Recording Industry Association of America
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
Trading Technologies International, Inc.

Silver Level Sponsors:
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP
Rembrandt IP Management

Valued Support Provided By:
The Federal Circuit Bar Association

If you or your organization would like to become a sponsor for this event, please email Matthew Barblan at

Keynote Speaker: Professor Richard A. Epstein

October 9-10, 2014
George Mason University School of Law


Program & Speakers
Conference Materials

This groundbreaking conference explored 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 took 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.

Introduction by Professors Adam Mossoff and Mark Schultz: “Intellectual Property Unites Creators and Innovators”

Panel 1: “The Common Economic Case for Patents and Copyrights”
Panel 1 Summary

Panel 2: “The Common Moral Case for Copyrights and Patents”
Panel 2 Summary

Keynote Address by Professor Richard A. Epstein

Panel 3: “IP Policy Challenges: Understanding and Addressing Concerns”

Panel 4: “The Nature of the Firm in the Innovation and Creative Industries”

Panel 5: “Creative Upstarts and Start-Up Firms: Sources of New Innovation and Creative Works”

Panel 6: “Private Ordering in the Creative and Innovation Industries”

From Lab to Market: How Intellectual Property Secures the Benefits of R&D
March 21, 2014
George Mason University School of Law
Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Randall R. Rader

Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
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.

Conference Materials (.pdf)
Program (.pdf)

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

Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property