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CPIP Second Quarter Progress Report (March-May 2021)

Sean O'ConnorGreetings from CPIP Executive Director Sean O’Connor

We are cautiously optimistic as locations around the globe move towards greater control of the COVID pandemic. With luck, diligence, and generosity by public and private sectors around the world, we can all strive for vaccines to be more widely accessible and a future in which we can see other in person again. Read more

A View from Both Sides: COVID-19, the TRIPS Waiver, IP Rights, and How to Increase the Supply of Vaccines

scientist looking through a microscopeIssue

The United States and other wealthy nations have access to plenty of COVID-19 vaccine doses and thus are beginning to get the pandemic under control, while less affluent countries do not have access to adequate doses and are still struggling with rising cases. Read more

Just What Is the Case with the CASE Act? A Brief Overview

The following post comes from Ryan Reynolds, a 3L at Scalia Law and Research Assistant at CPIP.

chrome copyright symbolBy Ryan Reynolds

The phrase “creators have rights, but no remedies” is likely familiar to those aware of the current landscape of copyright protection for individual creators and small businesses (“Creators”). Read more

Professor Justin Hughes on “Restating Copyright Law’s Originality Requirement”

The following post comes from Ryan Reynolds, a 3L at Scalia Law and Research Assistant at CPIP.

the word "copyright" typed on a typewriterBy Ryan Reynolds

In the 89 years following the publishing of the first Restatement of Law in 1932, the American Law Institute’s (ALI) Restatements have become an important tool for those in the legal community to better understand different bodies of law. Read more

Artist Roundtable Presented by the Mason Sports & Entertainment Law Association and the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic

The following post comes from Austin Shaffer, a 2L at Scalia Law and a Research Assistant at CPIP.

the word "copyright" typed on a typewriterBy Austin Shaffer

On April 6th, the Mason Sports & Entertainment Law Association, in conjunction with the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic, hosted its Artist Roundtable event. Read more

WTO IP Waiver Too Simplistic: Global Vaccine Tech-Transfer Needs Other Strategies

a scientist looking through a microscopeBy Yogesh Pai

Since October 2020, India and South Africa, joined by two-thirds of the WTO Members (African Group, LDCs and most of developing world) have been actively pursuing other developed country Members to agree to their request to waive global intellectual property (IP) rules. Read more

Recap of the Supreme Court’s Google v. Oracle Opinion

a gavel lying on a desk in front of booksThe following post comes from Liz Velander, a recent graduate of Scalia Law and a Research Assistant at CPIP.

By Liz Velander

The Supreme Court finally reached a determination in the decade-long dispute between two of the biggest technology companies in the world, Google and Oracle. Read more

Professors Balganesh and Menell on “The Curious Case of the Restatement of Copyright”

The following post comes from Ryan Reynolds, a 3L at Scalia Law and Research Assistant at CPIP.

a gavel lying on a desk in front of booksBy Ryan Reynolds

In 2015, the American Law Institute (ALI) made the announcement that it would restate an area of law that is dominated by a detailed statute—the Restatement of Copyright. Read more