In the Spotlight

Please Join Us For CPIP’s
Seventh Annual Fall Conference

The IP Bridge:
Connecting the Lab & Studio to the Market

Friday, October 4, 2019

Antonin Scalia Law School
George Mason University
Arlington, Virginia

Featuring Keynotes By
Prof. Robert Merges, UC Berkeley
Maria Pallante, President & CEO AAP and former Register of Copyrights




5 Hours Virginia CLE, Including 1.5 Hours Ethics, Approved!

George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School Launches Innovation Law Clinic

Scalia Law Will Serve Emerging Tech Sector in the DMV

George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School today announced the launch of its new Innovation Law Clinic to support the emerging, dynamic tech sector in the DMV (DC, MD, No VA). Sean O’Connor, a distinguished innovation scholar and Executive Director of Scalia Law’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP), will lead the clinic. He brings years of experience practicing at multinational firms and serving as general counsel to several startups.

“With the development of the Dulles high tech corridor, Maryland’s biotech sector, and the wealth of DC startups, the DMV is one of the hottest tech markets in the nation,” said O’Connor. “Amazon’s move to Northern Virginia, just minutes from our law school, confirms this region’s attractiveness to the tech sector.”

“It’s fortuitous that our Innovation Clinic will be next door to the proposed new Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA) and computer science programs on the Arlington Campus,” said O’Connor. “IDIA, Computer Science, and The Innovation Law Clinic will serve as a triumvirate of innovation, resources, and support for the region’s tech sector.”

Students in the Innovation Law Clinic will have the opportunity to learn from local practitioners, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and faculty from both Scalia Law and George Mason University. Under the supervision of O’Connor and other local attorneys, students will analyze the client’s technology, business plan and legal documents, and then produce a confidential roadmap for the client.

“The Innovation Clinic, and related initiatives, will make Scalia Law the premier law school in the DMV for students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Scalia Law Dean Henry N. Butler. “We are preparing a generation of lawyers, entrepreneurs, and innovation experts for the country’s next great tech sector.”

CPIP Hosts WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property at Scalia Law School

On June 3-14, 2019, CPIP partnered with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to host the second iteration of the WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, in Arlington, Virginia.

This exclusive, two-week summer course brought together 70 participants from 30 countries, providing a unique opportunity for students, professionals, and government officials to work with leading experts to gain a deeper knowledge of IP to advance their careers. The course consisted of lectures, case studies, simulation exercises, group discussions, and panel discussions on selected IP topics, with an orientation towards the interface between IP and other disciplines.

To visit the course website, please click here.

books_175x175Spotlight on Scholarship from Our Growing Network of Scholars

Here is some excellent, recently-published scholarship from the growing network of scholars participating in our various programs and events:

Ryan Abbott, Everything is Obvious, 66 UCLA L. Rev. 2 (2018)

Jonathan H. Ashtor, Does Patented Information Promote the Progress of Technology?, 113 Nw. U. L. Rev. 943 (2019)

Robert D. Atkinson, IP Protection in the Data Economy: Getting the Balance Right on 13 Critical Issues (forthcoming)

Shyamkrishna Balganesh, Censorial Copyright, 73 Vand. L. Rev. ___ (2020)

Jonathan M. Barnett, Antitrust Overreach: Undoing Cooperative Standardization in the Digital Economy (forthcoming)

Michael Greve, Exceptional, After All and After Oil States: Judicial Review and the Patent System (forthcoming)

Natasha Nayak, Barrier to Entry and Disruptive Innovation Potential in Big Data Markets: A Literature Review (forthcoming)

Sean O’Connor, The Multiple Levels of ‘Property’ in IP and Why That Matters for the Natural Versus Regulatory IP Debates, 27 Geo. Mason L. Rev. ___ (2019)

David Orozco, Assessing the Efficacy of the Bayh-Dole Act Through the Lens of University Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs), 21 N.C. J.L. & Tech. ___ (2019)

To read these papers and others, please click here.