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


New Policy Brief for October 2021
Recent Threats to Global Trade Secret Protection: Why Compulsory Licensing Is Not (and Should Not Be) a Viable Legal Option

In this C-IP2 Policy BriefEric M. Solovy and Deepak Raju look at the international and domestic law of trade secret protection and the potential for compulsory licensing of this type of IP right. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been increased discussion about waiving IP rights, including trade secrets, in an attempt to speed access to vaccines and other medicines. Mr. Solovy and Mr. Raju discuss the purpose and importance of trade secret protection, and why compulsory licensing of undisclosed information protected as trade secrets is not possible under current international and domestic laws.


C-IP2‘s Virtual 2021 Annual Fall Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property

Wednesday, October 13 & Thursday, October 14

Featuring a Fireside Chat
with Keynote Speakers

GRIMES and JARON LANIER

Photo credit for Grimes: Brian Ziff | Photo credit for Jaron Lanier: Doug Menuez, Stockland Martel

Thank you to all who joined us for this exciting and informative event featuring panels covering the current state of the art in AI and how the various types of IP rights interact with AI in diverse and sometimes controversial contexts––such as authorship of AI-generated works, changing inventive step analysis, data and text mining exceptions, deep fakes, and more.

The conference was streamed online via Zoom from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia.

To read more about the event, please click here.


Copyright Law, Choreography, and Social Media – Online Chat & Legal Clinic

The Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic, led by Professor Sandra Aistars, will co-host a webinar with the Copyright Alliance and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts on Tuesday, October 26, via Zoom. To read more about the event and to register, please visit the event website.


Call for Applications for 2022-2023 Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship

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.

Please click here to read the full details.


Joshua Kresh Promoted to Managing Director of C-IP2

The Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2) is pleased to announce the promotion of Deputy Director Joshua Kresh to Managing Director effective today. Even as Joshua was C-IP2’s first “virtual hire” due to COVID-19, he successfully integrated with the team and has proved invaluable in C-IP2’s ability to not only maintain existing operations, but also advance new initiatives.

“Joshua has exceeded my expectations for his position in C-IP2 and as we begin a new academic year it is only fitting to recognize formally the role he has been playing in leading our team,” said C-IP2 Faculty Director Sean O’Connor.

In this new position, Joshua will be the primary point of contact for C-IP2, lead day-to-day operations, and manage staff. To reach Joshua, please see his profile page on C-IP2’s website.


Chief Judge Susan G. Braden (Ret.) Joins C-IP2 as Jurist in Residence

C-IP2 welcomes Chief Judge Susan G. Braden (Ret.) as our first Jurist in Residence. Judge Braden retired from the United States Court of Federal Claims in 2019 after serving for 16 years, including her time as the Chief Judge. Following her retirement, in addition to joining C-IP2, Judge Braden is serving on the USPTO’s Private Patent Advisory Committee, the Administrative Conference of the U.S., the Advisory Board of the Washington Legal Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the United Inventors Association, as well as on the boards of several other organizations. We look forward to continuing to work with Judge Braden on future projects, including an upcoming law review article that she is co-authoring with C-IP2 Faculty Director Professor Sean O’Connor.


Innovation Law Clinic Accepted into USPTO Clinic Certification Program

We are pleased to announce that, as of August 1, 2021, the Innovation Law Clinic has been accepted into the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Program. Many thanks to the USPTO and to Dale Lazar of Scalia Law, Randy Noranbrock and Thomas Auchterlonie of Hauptman Ham, and Raj Davé of Davé Law Group for their help in the process. We are fortunate to have such excellent support from our alumni and community.