Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship

Now in its sixth iteration, CPIP’s Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship is a year-long non-resident fellowship program that brings together a group of scholars to develop research papers on patent law and policy. The Edison Fellowship is one of the centerpieces of CPIP’s mission to promote a better 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 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 are published in law journals or other peer-reviewed academic journals.


Spotlight on Scholarship

Daryl Lim, Judging Equivalents (forthcoming)

In this forthcoming paper from our Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship, Daryl Lim of John Marshall Law School looks at the doctrine of equivalents, which gives patentees protection beyond the literal words of their claims. Professor Lim surveys the law and literature over the past 150 years and provides empirical data that helps to clarify the doctrine’s nature and contextualize its evolution and future.

Runhua Wang, New Private Law? Intellectual Property ‘Common-Law Precedents’ in China (forthcoming)

In this forthcoming paper from our Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship, Runhua Wang of Chicago-Kent College of Law surveys twenty-two guiding cases that act as binding precedent in IP cases in China and compares them with corresponding judicial precedents in the United States. Dr. Wang argues that these guiding cases are not conventional private or public law, and she explains how they take a utilitarian and pragmatic approach to statutory interpretation.

Adam MacLeod, Public Rights After Oil States Energy, 95 Notre Dame L. Rev. ___ (2019).

In this paper from our Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship, Professor Adam MacLeod of Faulkner Law discusses the important role of public rights in the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence, particularly in the recent Oil States v. Greene’s Energy case.

Erika F. Lietzan, The Drug Innovation Paradox, 83 Mo. L. Rev. ___ (2018)

In this paper from our Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship, Professor Erika Lietzan explores a paradox in the way we incentivize innovations in the pharmaceutical industry: The longer it takes to develop a new therapy, the less reward we give to a drugmaker by way of effective patent term. Combining several different data sources for the first time, Prof. Lietzan presents comprehensive empirical findings that bring the extent of the drug innovation paradox into focus. The implications for innovation policy are profound, especially if we wish to see groundbreaking new therapies that are inherently more difficult to develop.


2019-2020 Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship

Final Meeting
January 23-24, 2020
Miami, Florida

On January 23-24, 2020, CPIP hosted the last meeting of the 2019-2020 Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship. The Edison Fellows presented final drafts of their research papers and receive valuable feedback from Senior Commentators and other Fellows.

Third Meeting
September 12-13, 2019
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Arlington, Virginia

On September 12-13, 2019, CPIP hosted the third meeting of the 2019-2020 Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship at Scalia Law in Arlington, Virginia. The meeting was a works-in-progress workshop, where the Edison Fellows presented rough drafts of their papers and received valuable feedback from Senior Commentators and other Fellows.

Second Meeting
April 18-19, 2019
Scottsdale, Arizona

On April 18-19, 2019, CPIP will host the second meeting of the 2019-2020 Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship in Scottsdale, Arizona. At the meeting, the Edison Innovation Fellows will present their research proposals and receive valuable feedback from Senior Commentators and other Fellows.

First Meeting
February 28-March 2, 2019
San Diego, California

On February 28-March 2, 2019, CPIP hosted the first meeting of the 2019-2020 Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship in Carlsbad, California. The meeting, which focused on research methodologies and developing research ideas, featured several days of academic roundtable discussions, as well as presentations by inventors and other representatives from the innovation industries.


Past Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowships