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.

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Virtual Conference

Culture & IP:
Analogs to Intellectual Property in Different Cultures

Thursday, April 27,
Friday, April 28, 2023

Hosted Online Via Zoom

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Cultures influence the development of Intellectual Property systems, and Intellectual Property systems influence how cultures develop. This conference will focus on that interplay through the lens of analogs to Intellectual Property in various cultures. This conference brings together scholars from around the globe to discuss how Intellectual Property systems and their analogs co-exist, influence, and inform each other.

6 Hours VA CLE Approved

Flyer for the 2023 WIPO-U.S. Summer School on IP
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2023 WIPO-U.S. Summer School on Intellectual Property

June 5-16, 2023 (Weekdays Only)

Hosted Online Via Zoom

The Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School is partnering with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to host the sixth iteration of the WIPO-U.S. Summer School on Intellectual Property. This exclusive, two-week summer course will be held online only from Arlington, Virginia—just minutes from Washington, D.C., one of the world’s key centers of intellectual property (IP) law and policymaking. Scalia Law students and visiting U.S. law students are also eligible to receive 3 hours of academic credit.

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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 recent 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 provided further details on the article when it was forthcoming.

Webinar (Ended):
“Challenges & Opportunities with Intellectual Property &
Technology Innovation in Muslim-Majority Countries”

Thursday, January 12, 2023
11 AM – 1 PM EST (8 – 10 AM PST)
Online via Zoom Webinar

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Experts and leaders involved with intellectual property (IP) and technology innovation in Muslim-majority countries took part in a discussion about challenges and opportunities in countries with varying degrees of religious laws and developing interests in economic development. This gathering included perspectives from an international law firm, a legal department of the government of the Emirate of Dubai, a technology investment fund, and a chemicals manufacturer. The webinar panelists spoke about their IP-related experiences and technology innovation perspectives from different vantage points in various Muslim-majority countries.

Prof. Sandra Aistars Speaking 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, Professor Aistars gave the 2022 Christopher A. Meyer Memorial Lecture at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. A recording of the lecture is available on CSUSA’s website (login in to view; you can sign up for a free account here). Click here to learn more about this prestigious lecture series, and click here to read about Professor Aistars’s 2022 lecture.

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.