Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship

CPIP’s Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship is a year-long non-resident fellowship program that brings together a group of scholars who will develop research papers on patent law and policy.  The Edison Fellowship is one of the centerpieces of CPIP’s mission to promote a more balanced academic discussion about intellectual property rights with substantial scholarship produced from rigorous research that examines the moral and economic value of patented innovation.

The Edison Fellowship consists of a series of invitation-only conferences over the course of a year in which Edison Fellows will study and discuss a structured curriculum, engage in roundtable discussions with expert senior scholars and industry representatives, and share and collaborate on both their research and early drafts.  The Fellowship culminates in the production of substantial academic research papers that will be published in law journals or other peer-reviewed academic journals.


Inaugural Meeting

CPIP launched the Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship Program for 2013-2014 on July 24-26, 2013, in Avon, Colorado, with Keynote Speaker Senator Jon Kyl.

Keynote Address by Senator Jon Kyl:


Second Meeting

On October 3-4, 2013, CPIP hosted the second meeting of the 2013-2014 Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship.  The meeting was a works-in-progress workshop and was held at George Mason University School of Law.  At the meeting, the Edison Fellows presented their research proposals and received valuable feedback from Senior Commentators and other Fellows.


Third Meeting

On February 6-7, 2014, CPIP hosted the third and final meeting of the Inaugural 2013-2014 Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship.  The meeting was held in Captiva Island, Florida.  At the meeting, the Edison Fellows presented their draft academic research papers on patent law and policy.  The Edison papers will be published this year in law journals or other peer-reviewed academic journals.

Throughout the Edison Fellowship, Fellows received valuable feedback from expert Senior Commentators, representatives from industry, and other Fellows.  CPIP would like to thank all of the participants in this year’s Edison Fellowship for creating a stimulating and rewarding intellectual environment and for making the Inaugural Edison Fellowship a success.