Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship

Now in its seventh iteration, C-IP2‘s Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship is a year-long non-resident fellowship program that brings together a group of scholars to develop research papers on innovation law and policy. The Edison Fellowship is one of the centerpieces of C-IP2‘s mission to promote a better academic discussion about intellectual property rights with substantial scholarship produced from rigorous research that examines the moral and economic value of innovation.

The Edison Fellowship consists of a series of invitation-only conferences over the course of a year in which Edison Fellows study and discuss a structured curriculum, engage in roundtable discussions with expert senior scholars and industry representatives, and share and collaborate on both their research and early drafts. The Fellowship culminates in the production of substantial academic research papers that are published in law journals or other peer-reviewed academic journals.


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

Application Deadline: 5:00 PM EST on Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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.

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Spotlight on Scholarship

Daryl Lim, Judging Equivalents, 36 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 223 (2020) [SSRN]

In this paper from our Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship, Daryl Lim of John Marshall Law School looks at the doctrine of equivalents, which gives patentees protection beyond the literal words of their claims. Professor Lim surveys the law and literature over the past 150 years and provides empirical data that helps to clarify the doctrine’s nature and contextualize its evolution and future.

Runhua WangDecoding Judicial Reasoning in China: A Comparative Empirical Analysis of Guiding Cases, 68 Clev. St. L. Rev. 521 (2020) [SSRN]

In this paper from our Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship, Runhua Wang of Chicago-Kent College of Law surveys twenty-two guiding cases that act as binding precedent in IP cases in China and compares them with corresponding judicial precedents in the United States. Dr. Wang argues that these guiding cases are not conventional private or public law, and she explains how they take a utilitarian and pragmatic approach to statutory interpretation.

Adam MacLeod, Public Rights After Oil States Energy, 95 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1281 (2020) [SSRN]

In this paper from our Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship, Professor Adam MacLeod of Faulkner Law discusses the important role of public rights in the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence, particularly in the recent Oil States v. Greene’s Energy case.

Erika F. Lietzan, The Drug Innovation Paradox, 83 Mo. L. Rev. 39 (2018) [SSRN]

In this paper from our Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship, Professor Erika Lietzan explores a paradox in the way we incentivize innovations in the pharmaceutical industry: The longer it takes to develop a new therapy, the less reward we give to a drugmaker by way of effective patent term. Combining several different data sources for the first time, Prof. Lietzan presents comprehensive empirical findings that bring the extent of the drug innovation paradox into focus. The implications for innovation policy are profound, especially if we wish to see groundbreaking new therapies that are inherently more difficult to develop.


2021-2022 Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship

Final Meeting
January 20-21, 2022
Location TBD

On January 20-21, 2022, C-IP2 will host the third and final meeting of the 2021-2022 Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship. The Edison Fellows will present substantially revised drafts of their research papers and receive feedback from Senior Commentators and other Fellows before submission to journals.

Second Meeting
September 23-24, 2021
George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
Arlington, Virginia

On September 23-24, 2021, C-IP2 will host the second meeting of the 2021-2022 Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship at Scalia Law in Arlington, Virginia. The meeting will be a works-in-progress workshop, where the Edison Fellows will present rough drafts of their papers and receive valuable feedback from Senior Commentators and other Fellows.

First Meeting
March 18-19, 2021
Virtual

On March 18-19, 2021, CPIP hosted the first meeting of the 2021-2022 Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship virtually from Arlington, Virginia. Meeting 1 was for the purpose of the Edison Fellows presenting their research proposals. Edison Fellows submitted brief synopses detailing their proposed theses and research. Distinguished Senior Commentators and other Edison Fellows commented on the research proposals.


Past Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowships