Our Mission

the word inspiration written on a typewriterC-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.



    • Rigorous and comprehensive academic research across our subject matter domains that follows the evidence and is neither outcome-driven nor ideological; first and foremost an academic center and not a “policy shop”
    • Non-political: our staff and affiliates run the gamut from progressive liberals to libertarians; the Center does not formally affiliate with or receive support from politically oriented organizations
    • Transparent about financial support: all donors are listed publicly
    • No “pay for play”: donors are not assured of any outcomes in our research; all positions taken are our own
    • Research, programs, and policy recommendations benefit from the input of diverse voices and perspectives; we actively foster a culture of inclusivity
    • Share our expertise and resources with marginalized or disadvantaged communities because great ideas can come from anywhere and everyone deserves a fair shot at benefitting from their creativity and innovation