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

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2022 Annual Fall Conference

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

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

George Mason University
Van Metre Hall, Mason Square

(formerly the Arlington Campus)

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 brings together leading researchers, policymakers, creators, and innovators to share their experiences and results.

Click here to view the conference website and to register.

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.

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2022 WIPO-U.S. Summer School on Intellectual Property

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(Ended) June 6-17, 2022

Hosted online via Zoom by C-IP2
George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A.

C-IP2 partnered with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to host the fifth iteration of the WIPO-U.S. Summer School on Intellectual Property. This exclusive, two-week summer course was be held online via Zoom from Arlington, Virginia—just minutes from Washington, D.C., one of the world’s key centers of intellectual property (IP) law and policymaking.


From Great Ideas to Global Impact:
A Talk with Andrew Byrnes

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(Ended) Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 2:00 – 3:15 PM EDT
In person and livestreamed
George Mason University, Van Metre Hall
Arlington, Virginia

Technology executive, attorney, and investor Andrew Byrnes discussed the path from developing innovative ideas to achieving broad impact, including key legal issues and business imperatives. Leveraging experiences from his decades-long career in the private and public sectors working alongside innovators and entrepreneurs, Byrnes offered insights on leadership, building high-functioning teams, engaging policymakers, and other critical stakeholders, and navigating existing and emerging regulatory regimes and challenges.

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A recording of the event is also available for viewing here on YouTube.

IP Stories: Innovating for a Better Future
(A World IP Day Event)

(Ended) Tuesday, April 26, 2022  |  10:00 – 11:00 AM EDT

In this webinar, co-hosted by ITIF, Geneva Network, Hudson Institute, the Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Protection, Property Rights Alliance, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, learn the stories of a few of the individuals and SMEs who rely on IP rights to innovate for a better future.

Click here to learn more and to view the recording (which is also available here).

Beyond the Notes with Maria Schneider
A Conversation about Respecting Artist Rights

(Ended) Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 4:00 PM EDT
George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School
Arlington, Virginia

Attendees joined GRAMMY Award-winning composer Maria Schneider for an intriguing conversation about her boundary-pushing musical career and arts activism, moderated by George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Professor and Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic Director Sandra Aistars. Part of Schneider’s engagement as a Mason Artist-in-Residence with the Center for the Arts, the event was co-hosted by Mason’s Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP²) and Arts Management Program.

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Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA)
and the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic:
Protest & Political Art: What Does The Law Allow?

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(Ended) Tuesday, April 12, 2022
2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT
Online via Zoom

Photographer and documentarian Michele Mcmanus and the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic discussed managing legal risks associated with making and selling art that documents political movements, protests, and uprisings.

The event was hosted by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic.


Forthcoming Edison Fellowship Paper on Photography, Authorship, and Copyright by Molly Stech

2022-2023 Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellow Molly Stech’s upcoming paper, Co-Authorship Between Photographers and Portrait Subjects, has been accepted by the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law.

You can read Ms. Stech’s post on the paper here on C-IP2’s blog.


Paradise Rejected: What the Decision to Reject Copyright Registration for an AI-Created Work Imagining an Afterlife Means for AI

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(Ended) Thursday, March 17, 2022
Virtual via Zoom
12 – 1 PM PDT | 3 – 4 PM EDT

Dr. Ryan Abbott (University of Surrey) and Prof. Sandra Aistars (George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School) discussed the U.S. Copyright Office’s recent rejection of a copyright request for an AI-generated image and how this may impact the future of copyright and Artificial Intelligence.

Thank you to everyone who joined us! A recording of the event is available here on C-IP2’s YouTube channel, and a writeup can be found here on C-IP2’s blog.


C-IP2’s Sandra Aistars and Mark Schultz Quoted on DMCA

C-IP2’s Senior Fellow for Copyright Research and Policy & Senior Scholar Sandra Aistars and Senior Scholar Mark Schultz are quoted in a February 11, 2022, article by Kim Lyons for The Verge entitled “Artists Are Playing Takedown Whack-a-Mole to Fight Counterfeit Merch.” Aistars speaks about her students’ hands-on experience and difficulties with requesting DMCA takedown notices for clinic clients, while Schultz points out how outdated the DMCA has become and recommends an alternative approach.

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