2019 Fall Conference

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.


OPENING REMARKS, KEYNOTE ADDRESSES, & PANELS

OPENING REMARKS & INTRODUCTIONS

  • Kevin Madigan, Deputy Director, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Prof. Sandra Aistars, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Director of Copyright Research and Policy & Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Prof. Sean O’Connor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Executive Director & Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

MORNING KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Prof. Robert P. Merges, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

SESSION 1: THE COMMERCIAL FUNCTION OF IP

  • Prof. Eric Priest, University of Oregon School of Law, Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Rob Sterne, Founding Director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
  • George York, Senior Vice President, International Policy, Recording Industry Association of America
  • Paul Zielinski, Director, Technology Partnerships Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Moderator: Kevin Madigan, Deputy Director, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

SESSION 2: PRICE CONTROLS IN THE CREATIVE & INNOVATION INDUSTRIES

  • Danielle Aguirre, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, National Music Publishers’ Association
  • Karen Marangi, Director, Federal Government Affairs, RELX
  • Prof. Sean O’Connor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Executive Director & Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Prof. Kristen Osenga, Austin E. Owen Research Scholar, University of Richmond School of Law, Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Moderator: Hon. Ryan T. Holte, United States Court of Federal Claims, Jurist-in-Residence Professor of Law, University of Akron School of Law

LUNCH & KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Maria A. Pallante, President & Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Publishers, former Register of Copyrights, United States Copyright Office

SESSION 3: REALIZING THE VALUE OF IDEAS

  • Sean Fitzgerald, Photographer
  • Benjamin Kwitek, President & Chief Executive Officer, InterForm
  • Josh Malone, Inventor, Bunch O Balloons, Volunteer, US Inventor
  • Kerry Muzzey, Composer
  • Moderator: Prof. Sandra Aistars, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Director of Copyright Research and Policy & Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

SESSION 4: IP & ETHICS

  • Michael E. McCabe, Jr., Principal & Founder, McCabe Law LLC

CONCLUDING REMARKS

  • Prof. Sean O’Connor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Executive Director & Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

CONFERENCE MATERIALS

Conference Program

Speaker Bios

CLE Materials