Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2)

C-IP2 produces research, education, and service at the intersection of IP and innovation policy to better understand and shape the means of innovation as a positive force for good. We do so by promoting a diverse set of perspectives and voices to present a fuller picture than that of the dominant legal academic literature on the role of IP and other legal mechanisms to transform great ideas into useful or aesthetic artifacts and activities.


In the Spotlight


Prof. Sandra Aistars to Speak on Warhol v. Goldsmith at Two Upcoming CSUSA-Sponsored Events

On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, C-IP2 Senior Fellow for Copyright and Senior Scholar Professor Sandra Aistars joined the Copyright Society-sponsored virtual panel “Art Law: Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith.” Read more on the CSUSA website.

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, (6:00 – 7:00 PM EST), Professor Aistars will give the 2022 Christopher A. Meyer Memorial Lecture at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Registration for Professor Aistars’s lecture is open until 11/15/22 at 12:00 AM (EST). Visit CSUSA’s website for more information about this prestigious lecture series.


C-IP2 Statement Commemorating Marybeth Peters

C-IP2 is saddened by the death of former Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters — an accomplished and inspiring copyright lawyer who led the U.S. Copyright Office from 1994-2010. Register Peters began her love affair with copyright on Valentines Day of 1966 with her appointment as a music examiner in the former Music Section of the Examining Division. She held numerous positions at all levels in the Copyright Office, ultimately culminating with her role as Register. 

Register Peters’ contributions to the law are enshrined in the Copyright Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the numerous regulations implementing them. Her wise counsel will live on in untold hours of advice rendered to Members of Congress, various administration officials, and the many authors, practitioners and scholars who make their careers in the copyright world.  

Those scholars and practitioners include scholars at C-IP2 who remember Marybeth with thanks for her gifts of mentorship, her passion for knowledge and learning, and the kindness she showed us as we also pursue our love of creativity and innovation.  


Call for Applications for 2023-2024 Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship

Apply by 5:00 P.M. EST on Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School invites applications for a non-resident fellowship program designed to develop rigorous scholarship on intellectual property (IP), creativity, and innovation law and policy. The Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship promotes excellent academic research about IP and related rights in the innovative and creative communities. The program consists of a series of three (3) invitation-only roundtables over the course of a year, which fellows are required to attend. Over the course of these meetings, Edison Fellows work under the guidance of distinguished senior commentators, and with each other, to turn paper ideas into polished manuscripts publishable in law reviews or other academic journals.

Full details about applying and participating can be found on the Fellowship website.


2022 Annual Fall Conference

2022 Fall Conference flyer
Click on image for full-size PDF flyer.

IP on the Wane:
Examining the Impacts
as IP Rights Are Reduced

(Ended)

Thursday, September 22, &
Friday, September 23, 2022

George Mason University, Van Metre Hall, Mason Square
(formerly the Arlington Campus)

— 9.5 Hours VA CLE approved! —

After decades of efforts by some to slow the perceived expansion of intellectual property rights (IPR) around the globe, policymakers and courts in a number of countries have responded by placing greater limitations on IPR. Now that such limits have been in effect for a few years, researchers have been able to start measuring the impact on innovators, creators, and the overall economy. C-IP2’s Annual Fall Conference brought together leading researchers, policymakers, creators, and innovators to share their experiences and results.

Conference Website  |  CLE Materials


Forthcoming Article on Section 1498(a) by Judge Susan G. Braden and Joshua Kresh

Section 1498(a) is no Rx for lowering drug prices. In a forthcoming Food and Drug Law Journal article, C-IP2 Jurist in Residence Judge Susan G. Braden and Managing Director Joshua Kresh respond to the suggested use of Section 1498(a) to lower drug prices—namely, while 1498(A) is a waiver of sovereign immunity that allows a patentee to sue the Government to recover damages when the Government uses the patent without a licensee, 1498(a) has never been applied in the proposed situation and is unlikely to cover the widespread use suggested. Furthermore, even if it was extended, damages would be high, and it is unlikely to have any measurable impact on drug pricing. The Washington Legal Foundation provides further details on the forthcoming article.