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CPIP & IPLS Host a Panel Presentation on the CASE Act

On Thursday, November 14, CPIP and the Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) co-hosted a panel presentation entitled The CASE Act: Why Creators Need a Small Claims Tribunal at Scalia Law. The panel included CPIP Director of Copyright Research and Policy Sandra Aistars, Terrica Carrington of the Copyright Alliance, and Tom Kennedy of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and it was be moderated by CPIP Director of Communications Devlin Hartline.

The Copyright Alternative Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) would create a tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office to hear small copyright claims. This panel featured three leading experts who have each played an important role in advocating for the CASE Act. They discussed the substance and history of the CASE Act, its prospect for being passed by the Senate, and what it means for individuals and small businesses who have welcomed the meaningful copyright protection that the bill would provide.


CPIP Hosts Seventh Annual Fall Conference at Scalia Law School

On October 4, 2019, CPIP hosted its Seventh Annual Fall Conference at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, in Arlington, Virginia.

This unique conference highlighted how IP rights facilitate the creative and innovative processes and preserve the vibrant ecosystems that deliver the latest products and creative works to consumers. From the lab or studio, to extensive development, to branding and distribution, intellectual property empowers the inventors, artists, manufacturers, retailers, and marketing professionals who contribute to flourishing economies.

In addition to exploring how IP helps to improve and enrich the lives of creators, inventors, and the public, this conference also discussed how various efforts to impose price controls in a variety of industries threaten established markets and the development of innovative products and artistic works.

Unlike most academic conferences, this conference did not focus on making IP “weaker” or “stronger.” Rather, we sought to understand how IP institutions could work better and serve their purposes more effectively. As is the hallmark of all CPIP events, scholars, inventors, creators, and industry representatives talked about the real-world impact of and practicality of the ideas we discuss.



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.”