Sep 11: Indigenous Enterprise and Innovations - The Promise and Peril of Intellectual Property Licensing Discussion with Professor Conway

This talk presents the successes and challenges experienced when using private ordering strategies, such as intellectual property licensing, to protect indigenous intangible assets and resources from misappropriation, specifically, and to exercise control over such resources in furtherance of principles of self-determination, generally.

Sep 12: The 2013 Marrakesh Treaty – Providing Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind and Print Disabled

The Marrekesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled was adopted at a June 2013 Diplomatic Conference convened by the World Intellectual Property Organization. The treaty represents a significant step toward the goal of assuring equal opportunities to access text materials for all persons, without regard to disability. It is also a new departure in the history of international intellectual property law: the first international treaty with the main focus on defining minimum standards for copyright limitations and exceptions, rather than establishing conditions for enhanced proprietary rights.

Sep 20: 2013 Patent Works in Progress

The full day event will be dedicated to discussing works in progress on any topic in patent law. Participants agree to read all of the papers in advance. Each paper is scheduled for one hour discussion, with the presenter taking no more than 10 minutes to situate the project followed by 50 minutes of discussion.

Nov 20: 2013 Trademark Works In Progress

The two day event will be dedicated to discussing works in progress on any topic in trademark law. Participants agree to read all of the papers in advance. Each paper is scheduled for one hour discussion, with the presenter taking no more than 10 minutes to situate the project followed by 50 minutes of discussion.

Sep 26: The Law and Economics of Copyright Users Rights

This event will bring together top scholars in economics and law to discuss needs for empirical research on copyright users rights to inform law reform processes around the world.

Oct 17: Creative Commons U.S. Launch Party

American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) is proud to announce that it is the new home of Creative Commons United States (CC-USA). CC-USA is the U.S. volunteer affiliate in the Creative Commons Affiliate Network.

Nov 8:Patent+Policy Forum - Current Initiatives for Patent Law Revision

The first in a series of expert roundtables that will explore key issues of patent law and policy. Leading experts from government, industry, law practice and academia will assess current legislative proposals and agency initiatives in these three areas: Non-Practicing Entities; Software Patents; and Standards-Essential Patents.

Nov 15: Tenth Annual IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections – Creativity Outside of Intellectual Property’s Domain

For the past seven years, the annual “IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections” symposium has provided a forum to examine the gendered dimensions of intellectual property law. Because issues of gender in intellectual property have been under-appreciated and remain under-theorized, much of this work has been exploratory, treading new ground in the fields of both feminist inquiry and intellectual property law.

Fall 2013: PIJIP Supreme Court Series – Medtronic v. Boston Scientific Corp., Post Argument Discussion

Issue: Whether, in a declaratory judgment action brought by a licensee under MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc., the licensee has the burden to prove that its products do not infringe the patent, or whether (as is the case in all other patent litigation, including other declaratory judgment actions), the patentee must prove infringement.

Fall 2013, Date TBA: PIJIP Supreme Court Series - Lexmark International, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc., Post Argument Discussion

Issue: Whether the appropriate analytic framework for determining a party’s standing to maintain an action for false advertising under the Lanham Act is (1) the factors set forth in Associated General Contractors of California, Inc. v. California State Council of Carpenters as adopted by the Third, Fifth, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits; (2) the categorical test, permitting suits only by an actual competitor, employed by the Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits; or (3) a version of the more expansive “reasonable interest” test, either as applied by the Sixth Circuit in this case or as applied by the Second Circuit in prior cases.

Archives: Events from Past Semesters

Jun 13: Biotechnology Patent Exhaustion - Unearthing the Roots of the Monsanto Seed Cases

Professor Jeremy de Beer, of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, will present a comparative analysis of Monsanto v. Bowman and a very similar 2004 decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, Monsanto v. Schmeiser.

Apr 16: A Look Back at the Landmark Article “A Marketplace Approach to Broadcast Regulation”

On its twentieth anniversary, this symposium will reexamine the landmark article, A Marketplace Approach to Broadcast Regulation, by Mark Fowler and Dan Brenner. It will feature an author retrospective, as well as a consideration of "lessons learned" from broadcast regulation that may inform future regulation of the Internet and beyond. Presented by the Administrative Law Review.

Apr 15: Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics - Post Argument Discussion

In PIJIP’s ongoing Supreme Court series, counsel for parties and amici will discuss intellectual property cases on the afternoon of oral argument, addressing the reaction of the Court at oral argument. The Supreme Court will address (1) Whether human genes are patentable; and (2) whether petitioners, who have been indisputably deterred by Myriad’s “active enforcement” of its patent rights, lack standing to challenge those patents absent evidence that they have been personally and directly threatened with an infringement action.

Apr 12: iWars - Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Challenges to the Validity of Computer-Implemented Business Method Patents in the Wake of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011

Exploring the many ways Internet technology and software have altered the law of patents, this symposium will focus on the means patent litigators, the executive, and the courts have of challenging broad computer-implemented business patents. Two panels will address: 1) iWars: Apple, the $1.05 Billion Verdict, and Challenging Abstract Computer-Method Patents in Court and 2) Are Software Patents Administratively Invalid?: How the PTO’s New Post-Grant Review Represents Ground Zero in the Struggle with Software, Computer Method, and Internet-Implemented Subject Matter Patentability. Presented by the Intellectual Property Brief

Apr 5: Inaugural Cherry Blossoms Conference on Federal Intellectual Property Policy - Accessibility, Copyright and New Technologies

Copyright and technological design each control access and use of information resources, often in ways that are inattentive to the needs and rights of people with disabilities. This conference brings together federal policy makers, consumer and disability advocates, educators, librarians, technology providers and academics to discuss current issues and policy developments at the intersection of copyright, technology policy and disability rights.

Mar 25: FTC v. Watson - Post Argument Discussion

In PIJIP’s ongoing Supreme Court series, counsel for parties and amici will discuss intellectual property cases on the afternoon of oral argument, addressing the reaction of the Court at oral argument. In this case the Supreme Court examines whether reverse-payment agreements are per se lawful unless the underlying patent litigation was a sham or the patent was obtained by fraud (as the court below held), or instead are presumptively anticompetitive and unlawful (as the Third Circuit has held). Reverse payment agreements are a type of settlement agreement where brand-name drug manufacturers pay potential generic competitors to agree not to sell competing generic drugs for a period of years.

Mar 21: Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley and Sons - Implications of the Supreme Court Decision

In PIJIP’s ongoing Supreme Court series, counsel for parties and amici will discuss intellectual property cases before the Supreme Court this term. In Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, the Supreme Court revisits the relationship between the Copyright Act’s limits on importation of a copyrighted work without the copyright owner’s permission and the first sale doctrine, which permits resale of copies of a work without permission. Advocates will discuss the reaction of the Supreme Court at oral argument this past fall, as well as the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision.

Feb 25: 2013 Federal Circuit Panel on GPX International Tire Corp

This event will discuss the international trade implications of the recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit case GPX International Tire Corp. and the resulting conflict between the court and Congress. Presented by the American University Law Review and sponsored by BakerHostetler

Feb 21: IP and Human Rights

This public conference will focus on three distinct sets of issues being explored as part of a forthcoming book project edited by Molly Land and Peter Yu: (1) the right to free expression and enforcement of copyright on the internet; (2) the intersection of intellectual property laws and rights to benefit from culture and scientific progress; and (3) the right to health and access to patented medications.

Feb 19: Bowman v. Monsanto - Post Argument Discussion

In PIJIP’s ongoing Supreme Court series, counsel for parties and amici will discuss intellectual property cases on the afternoon of oral argument, addressing the reaction of the Court at oral argument. In Bowman v. Monsanto Co. the Supreme Court addresses whether the Federal Circuit erred by (1) refusing to find patent exhaustion – a doctrine which eliminates the right to control or prohibit the use of an invention after an authorized sale – in patented seeds that were sold for planting; and (2) creating an exception to the doctrine of patent exhaustion for self-replicating technologies.

Jan 16: Gunn v. Minton - Post Argument Discussion

PIJIP’s Supreme Court series of discussions brings counsel for parties and amici to describe IP cases on the afternoon of oral argument. In Gunn v. Minton the Supreme Court addresses whether federal courts have exclusive “arising under” jurisdiction when the sole substantive issue is the application of a patent law doctrine which is an essential element of Minton's legal malpractice claim.

Nov. 7 Already v. Nike Oral Argument Recap

In Already v. Nike, the Supreme Court has granted certiorari on the question: “Whether a federal district court is divested of Article III jurisdiction over a party’s challenge to the validity of a federally registered trademark if the registrant promises not to assert its mark against the party’s then-existing commercial activities.” The issue is highly pertinent in the fields of both trademark and patent law because the scenario is not uncommon.

Nov 2: The Ninth Annual IP/Gender: Creativity Outside of Intellectual Property's Domain

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How are conflicts around competing uses of an image, a method, or a form of words resolved when copyright, patent and trademark don’t provide good answers? The topic of the 2012 IP/Gender workshop will be “IP without IP – when women rule.”

Nov 1: First Annual Peter Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property

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Conventional wisdom holds that copying kills creativity, and that laws that protect against copies are essential to innovation--and economic success. But are copyrights and patents always necessary? In The Knockoff Economy, Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman provocatively argue that creativity can not only survive in the face of copying, but can thrive.

Oct 30: IP Advising - Spring Course Selection


PIJIP and the IPLS will co-host this event to advise students on the intellectual property courses offered in the Spring Semester. We will also discuss Spring internships and PIJIP's Summer Session on International Intellectual Property Law.

Oct 29: Supreme Court Oral Argument Recap Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons

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Kirtsaeng v. Wiley - case explores the relationship between the Copyright Act’s limits on importation of a copyrighted work without permission and the first sale doctrine - will be argued before the Supreme Court the morning of October 29. WCL is pleased to host an afternoon discussion of the case featuring counsel for Supap Kirtsaeng and attorneys from an earlier case on the first sale doctrine (Costco v. Omega).

Oct 16: Intellectual Property, Trade and Development

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On October 16, PIJIP and Public Citizen will co-host a multidisciplinary event that will bring together academics, civil society, and policy makers to 1) examine how intellectual property affects economic growth in countries at different levels of development, and 2) analyse the way the United States ratifies trade agreements through executive agreements.

Sep 28: Mid Atlantic Works In Progress

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On September 28, Professors Michael Carroll, Jorge Contreras, and Jonas Anderson will host a Works In Progress colloquium for scholars with papers on patent law.

Sep 27: Copy Culture, Media Piracy, and Shadow Libraries


Joe Karaganis, a researcher at Columbia University’s American Assembly, and Bodó Balázs, a professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, will discuss their ongoing research on culture and media piracy in the U.S. and Europe.

Sep 14-15: Limitations and Exceptions Network Workshop


Copyright reform is under active discussion at the national level in numerous countries. The goal of the Global Research Network on Copyright Flexibilities in National Legal Reform is to produce draft language for a flexible limitation and exception that could be included in national legislation. We expect to offer this language, which may include more than one model provision, to legislators and civil society advocates in countries contemplating copyright reform.

Sep 12: Recent Developments in Fair Dealing in Canada

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On Spetember 12, PIJIP will welcome Professor Ariel Katz (University of Toronto), Howard Knopf (Counsel at Macera & Jarzyna LLP), and Professor Martin Senftleben (University of Amsterdam) to WCL. The speakers will discuss the evolution of flexibilities to copyright law in the form of "fair dealing."

Sep 7: Trademark Works in Progress Colloquium

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On September 7, 2012, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at WCL will host a Works In Progress Colloquim for scholars writing on trademarks. For further information, invited authors should contact Christine Farley at

Aug 29: IP at WCL Orientation Fall 2012

Come learn about opportunities to get involved with the intellectual property program at WCL. Topics covered will include course selection, practice areas, PIJIP, and the intellectual property clinic. Representatives from IP-related student organizations will also be present to answer questions, offer advice, and share information about their respective groups.

Aug 27: PIJIP Reacts to Apple v. Samsung Verdict

American University Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property faculty Jorge Contreras, Jonas Anderson and Christine Farley will discuss the Apple-Samsung verdict and litigation at 12:00pm noon this Monday August 27 at WCL, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C.

April 23: Summer Program in International Intellectual Property Summer Information Session

PIJIP will host an informaiton session about the Summer Program in International Intellectual Property next Monday, April 23 at 4:30 in room WCL 526. The information session will cover information on the process of registering for courses in both Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland.

Apr: 16 Empowering Users/Creators to Take Control of Their Intellectual Property

Recently, traditional intellectual property schemes have been shifting due to the rise of new technologies. New media, such as blogs, Wikipedia, and streaming, do not coexist peacefully with traditional methods of protecting intellectual property. Join artists, innovators, practitioners, academics, and policymakers as we discuss how the traditional forms of intellectual property are adapting to new technologies and methods of communication.

Apr 11: Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expression: Whose Property is it Anyway?

An exploration of patenting ancient knowledge in medicine, mathematics, and the arts and the effect it will have on South Asian and other world cultures. The panel will be followed by a short performance of a traditional South Asian art form.

Apr 11: 1L Advising Session

Join WCL Intellectual Property Faculty and members of the PIJIP Staff for our 1L Spring Advising Session. The session will address curriculum recommendations for students entering their second year.

Apr 11: Innovation and Intellectual Property: The Brazilian Business Agenda

PIJIP will co-host a talk with Ms. Diana de Mello Jungman, the Intellectual Property Program Coordinator at the National Confederation of Industry, Brazil (CNI).

Apr 9: PIJIP Fall 2012 Advising

Come by WCL 600 today at 5:30 for a brief information session about the intellectual property course offerings for the Fall 2012 Semester. The info session will cover which courses are being taught next semester, and will give you a chance to discuss course offerings with fellow IP students to help plan out your schedule. The session will also cover ways to get involved in intellectual property-related activities at WCL.

Mar 21-22: Inaugural Conference on Global Health, Gender and Human Rights

The conference will bring together international experts in global health, gender, and human rights. Working groups will produce recommendations on: disabilities/mental health; women/adolescent girls’ health; maternal mortality and morbidity; gender identities, expressions and sexual orientation; older persons; neglected diseases; access to medicines; and tobacco control and smoke free environments.

Feb 28: The Federal Circuit: 30 Years Back, 30 Years Forward

This Event will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Law Review publishes the only annual book in the country dedicated to the court's decisions, and this year plans to celebrate what is a very special anniversary for the Court.

Feb 14 Whose Information is it Anyway? Health Information Privacy in the Digital Age?

The shift to electronic health records is underway. However, as technology improves and the amount of personal information stored and shared digitally increases, so do concerns about the safety and privacy of our personal health information. This event will discuss the issues involved in protecting health information, while simultaneously allowing access to appropriate parties, as well as the impact of the law on such efforts.

Feb 8: Freedom of Speech and Freedom From Harm: Debating the FCC's Indecency Regulations as Framed by FCC v. Fox Television

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in FCC v. Fox Television, a case dealing with the constitutionality of the FCC's "fleeting expletives" rule whose result could have serious implications for the agency's regulation of speech in broadcast. Panelists will discuss the First Amendment considerations in the case, and debate whether broadcast is still a unique medium that deserves unique regulation or whether drastic changes to the media landscape should lead to higher speech protections in this medium like those enjoyed in print, on cable, and on the Internet.

Jan 25: Regulating Innovation: How the Patent and Trademark Office Intends to Create Adjudication from Scratch

The passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act granted authority to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to create a new trial-like process, whereby anyone may challenge an issued patent. This symposium explores the rule-making that will be required at the agency level, the implementation of the new trial-like process, and industry reaction to the proposed changes.

November 30: Seventh Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property

David Kappos will deliver the Seventh Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property at 6:00 at American University Washington College of Law: The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game Changer in a 21st Century Global Economy. Mr. Kappos is the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In this role since August 2009, he advises the President, the Secretary of Commerce, and the Administration on intellectual property matters.

November 17-18: Workshop on Research and Resource Commons in Scientific Research, Washington, D.C.

The Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice & Intellectual Property and Creative Commons are holding the Workshop on the Research and Resource Commons in Scientific Research, with the goal of improving the legal and policy framework governing shared scientific information and material resources, particularly the sharing and use of research data.

Nov 7: Technology and the Threat to Privacy - How Facebook, GPS & Google Are Changing Our Lives

Panelists: Prof. Kathryn Montgomery (American University School of Communications), Professor Jeffrey Rosen (George Washington University Law), Marc Rotenberg ( Executive Director of the Electronic Information Privacy Center), Ross Schulman: Public Policy and Regulatory Counsel for the Computer and Communications Industry Association. Cosponsored by the WCL Program on Law and Government, PIJIP, IPLS, and the IP Brief

Nov 3: Music, Copyright, and the UCLA Law School Music Copyright Infringement Resource

Charles Cronin (WCL '85) will to discuss his music/copyright site, hosted at UCLA law. He also will discuss digitized materials associated with music infringement disputes in the UK, Canada, and Australia, and an article he’s working on about musical borrowings/appropriations “then and now” (18th – 21st Centuries) and copyright implications.

Oct 25: Current Directions in Open and Public Access

As part of International Week at WCL, and Open Access week worldwide, PIJIP will host an event October 25 to discuss current trends in open access. Learn more about Creative Commons and copyright, Open Access publishing initiatives, access to scholarly research, and how publications (including our own Intellectual Property Brief!) are making information available. demand.

Oct 5: Golan v. Holder - Copyright, the Public Domain, and the First Amendment at the Supreme Court

Copyright's relationship with the First Amendment is back before the U.S. Supreme Court, with oral arguments to be held on October 5th, 2011. The Washington D.C. Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the American University Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) are co-sponsoring a post-argument event where you can hear lawyers for the Petitioners and the Respondents summarize their views of the case and the Justices' questions.

Sep 13: Book Launch - "Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright"

Professors Patricia Aufderheide, director of the Center for Social Media, and Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law in the Washington College of Law at American University, urge a robust embrace of a principle long-embedded in copyright law, but too often poorly understood -- fair use. By challenging the widely held notion that current copyright law has become unworkable and obsolete in the era of digital technologies, Reclaiming Fair Use: How To Put Balance Back In Copyright from the University of Chicago Press promises to reshape the debate in both scholarly circles and the creative community.

Aug 25-27: Global Congress on Public Interest Intellectual Property Law

The global intellectual property landscape has witnessed important changes in recent years. Most notably, the public interest dimension of intellectual property has emerged as a paramount concern. Though there seems to be now a fairly broad agreement on the need for a more balanced intellectual property system which effectively promotes innovation, views diverge on how to best achieve it...

Apr 15: Creative License - Exploring the Music Sampling Marketplace

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Professor Peter DiCola from Northwestern University Law School will give a lecture and multimedia presentation regarding his recently published book Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling. Professor DiCola's lecture will be followed by comments from Professor Peter Jaszi of the American University Washington College of Law, Casey Rae Hunter of the Future of Music Coalition, and Jay Rosenthal of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).

April 6: Special 301 and the Enforcement Agenda: Competing Perspectives on U.S. Intellectual Property and Trade Policy

Trade and intellectual property law converged in the World Trade Organization’s path-breaking agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (1994). Since then, a dominant direction of U.S. foreign policy has been to advocate for foreign countries to adopt increasingly higher standards of intellectual property protection and enforcement, including in the recently negotiated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and in the current negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). There is debate within U.S. technology and media industries, however, about how far this trend should continue, and whether it will impair important U.S. commercial interests.

Apr 1: IP/Gender: Gender and Traditional Cultural Expressions

The extension of intellectual property law to traditional cultural expressions (or folklore) is currently under serious consideration in countries around the world, as well as in the World Intellectual Property Organization. Protection for TCEs has implications for nations and corporations, but also for individuals and groups who practice and transmit the old arts of their places. Some forms of traditional cultural practice are strongly gendered. In particular, this workshop will consider the implications of these legal developments for women and their communities. Register at,

March 16 - How Internet Aggregators are Affecting Journalism and What (If Any) Legal Tools are Needed to Support the Industry

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March 16: How Internet Aggregators are Affecting Journalism and What (If Any) Legal Tools are Needed to Support the Industry (12:00-2:00pm, Room 603) The Internet is rapidly changing the business model for traditional print media companies that invest heavily in creating original journalism. This had led to calls for better legal protections for online content, which is often repackaged without permission by aggregators like Google as well as by individual bloggers. But many others believe that “information should be free” and that traditional media companies must adapt accordingly. Sponsored by the Communications and Media Law Society and PIJIP. Register at, (cc) USACE Europe

Mar 15: Who Owns My Data? IP and Privacy Online

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In Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc., the Supreme Court is faced with the question of whether a state regulation requiring consent for the sale of physician identifiable prescription records is a violation of the First Amendment. The impact of a Supreme Court ruling on privacy law could reach far beyond health records to the issue of data ownership and privacy protection in internet commerce. Counsel for amici will debate the issue and discuss the ramifications for privacy protections and data-driven industries, from search engines to social networking. Register at

Feb 15: Washington "Redskins': Pride or Prejudice?

Is the name of Washington D.C.’s beloved football team a source of pride for the D.C. community while being hurtful to members of the Native American Community? This program will discuss where the Supreme Court left off, whether the trademark of the name “Redskins” is disparaging towards the Native American Community Presented by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

Feb 10: A First Look at the 2010 Decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The American University Law Review will host its second annual “First Look” panel of practitioners and Federal Circuit judges who will discuss their impressions of the Federal Circuit’s decisions in 2010. The panelists will offer their insights on significant cases and jurisprudential trends in the areas of patent, trademark, international trade, government contracts, and veterans’ claims law. Presented by the American University Law Review and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

Feb 2: Copyright Clearance and Fair Use: A Master Class with Entertainment Lawyer Michael Donaldson

Feb 2: Copyright Clearance and Fair Use: A Master Class with Entertainment Lawyer Michael Donaldson (Feb. 2, 12:00-1:45pm, Room 607 - JD Student Lounge ) An illustrated talk about copyright clearance and fair use in documentary and independent film with Michael Donaldson. Mr. Donaldson serves as General Counsel to Film Independent (home of the Independent Spirit Awards) and the Writers Guild Foundation. He is the industry’s go-to attorney for fair use and other clearance- and rights-related issues. Co-sponsored by the Center for Social Media at the AU School of Communications. Please register at

Feb 1: Recording Artists Contracts 101

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Have you ever wondered how recording artists get signed – or recording agreements get negotiated? Or what the key terms actually mean and how the various clauses operate? What is a fair royalty rate? How about a good advance? Where are the "catches" and the "gotcha clauses"? This program will feature Record Business tips and is geared for beginning or young lawyers looking to learn some basics, ask questions, hear from some experts, meet and network.

Nov 20: University Innovation Symposium

PIJIP and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines co-hosted this symposium for NGO representatives, university professors and administrators, and policy makers focused on strategies to increase research on neglected diseases and innovative policies for universities to contribute most effectively to the medicines innovation system. Topics included intellectual property protection, licensing, and alternate models of funding.

Sixth Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property

Announcing the Sixth Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property. United States Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters will deliver this year's lecture. Attorneys John Baumgarten and Arthur Levine will offer additional views on the development of the 1976 Act.

Oct 28: Public Consultation on Trade, Access to Medicines and the Right to Health with Anand Grover, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health

At a consultation with UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Anand Grover, advocates gave testimony relating to their complaint filed with the UN about U.S. trade policies continued from the Bush administration that violate the right to health. A separate panel discussed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement's effect on access to medicine. The webcast for the event is now available, and speakers' presentations will be available shortly.

Oct 19: Public Interest in International IP Law

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For international week, PIJIP will host a lunch panel on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). PIJIP faculty members will speak on its potential impact on the internet service providers, libraries, universities, generic drug manufacturers, consumers, and others. The discussion will include a description of PIJIP's conferences and working paper series on ACTA.

Oct 14: A Fracas about Fragrance: Copyright’s Application to Perfume

Over the past thirty years courts in France and the Netherlands have considered whether manufactured fragrances may be considered expressive works of authorship eligible for copyright protection. Decisions in these European cases have been wildly inconsistent, prompting debate among European intellectual property scholars and practitioners on this question.

Oct 12: Congressional Patent Wars: Innovation Policy, Politics, and the Public Interest

Everyone favors "Innovation", while few think well of Congress. Viewed by economists as the savior of our nation's competitive edge in the global economy, "innovation" is heralded daily in the press and countless new books. The unique by-product of our mix of capitalism and democracy, America's innovation eco-system is the envy of the world. Congress, on the other hand, is favored by very few, even in DC.

Sep 28: Lunch & Learn - HOT Careers in Intellectual Property Law

Interested in a career in Intellectual Property Law (IP)? What is IP? How do I get started? Do I have to have a technical background? What are the current market trends for a career in IP? Come meet and hear from industry experts from the private and public sectors with backgrounds in trademark, copyright, licensing, and patent prosecution during your lunch hour. Learn how law students can prepare for a career in IP during and after law school.

Sep 24-25: Second Annual ISHTIP Workshop: Geographies of Intellectual Property

The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP) promotes and supports scholarly investigation of the national histories of patent, copyright, and “related” rights; the diverse “roads not taken” in the evolution of these legal structures; contemporary countertrends; and the laws and norms that have been devised in non European cultures around the world to manage intellectual production and exchange. Our second workshop will consider "Geographies of Intellectual Property.”

Sep 14: Introduction to Intellectual Property @ WCL, 2010

Kickoff event for the Intellectual Property Program. This is your opportunity to learn about the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, IP Law Society, IP Brief, and IP Clinic. Come meet the IP faculty, staff and student leadership.

Jun 17-18: Public Interest Analysis of the International Intellectual Property Enforcement Agenda

Over 80 academics and public interest advocates from 5 continents gathered at WCL on June 17 and 18. They deliberated over concerns with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial intellectual property treaty being negotiated in secret, and produced an Urgent Communique, which was subsequently signed by over 700 European Parliamentarians, civil society organizations, academics, practitioners and individuals.

State Strategies for Controlling Pharmaceutical Costs

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On February 26, 2010, PIJIP, the Program on Law and Government, Health Law and Policy, and the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices will host a discussion of actions state governments have taken to control pharmaceutical costs, as well as the roles of legislation and litigation in pharmaceutical policy.

Cyberlaw Colloquium

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April 30, 2010: This meeting of approximately 15 scholars in the fields of cyberlaw and intellectual property is designed as an intensive workshop to exchange ideas about the field in general in connection with commentary on five papers that are in progress.

A First Look at the 2009 Decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of its Federal Circuit issue, the American University Law Review will host a panel of practitioners who will discuss their impressions of the Federal Circuit’s decisions in 2009. The panelists will offer their insights on significant cases and jurisprudential trends in the areas of patent, trademark, international trade, government contracts, and veterans claims law. The event will be held February 4 2010.

Patentable Subject Matter After the Bilski Oral Argument

In Bilski v. Kappos, the U.S. Supreme Court will address limitations on patentable subject matter in the context of a business method invention, analyzing a body of case law in such a way that some say could call into question the validity of many other patents and types of claims, while others argue it is not restrictive enough. PIJIP and the FCBA will host a panel of experts to discuss the case shortly after the Court hears the oral argument.

Beyond TRIPS: The Evolving Law of International Enforcement of Intellectual Property

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IP owners and many governments advocate tougher enforcement of intellectual property than is currently required by the TRIPS Agreement. Critics warn that it risks upsetting the TRIPS Agreement’s balance between the protection of IP-owners’ and IP-users’ rights. On November 5, PIJIP will bring together leading academics and civil society actors to discuss international enforcement of IP.

Fifth Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property


On October 20, NYU Law Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss will deliver the Fifth Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property. Professor Dreyfuss directs the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy, and her scholarship covers areas of intellectual property, privacy, the relationship between science and law, and civil procedure. Her talk's topic will be “What the Federal Circuit Can Learn from the Supreme Court-and Vice Versa.”

Lawyering for Access: Legal Strategies to Improve Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals

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PIJIP and Prescription Policy Choices will co-host an October 16 event to discuss actions state governments have taken to control pharmaceutical costs. Topics will include: innovative state legislation; federal appellate litigation by the pharmaceutical industry asserting a First Amendment right to access prescription records for marketing purposes; and the implications of health care reform for access to medicines and the use of health information.

A Conversation with Mark Lerner

Monday, September 21 at 2pm, Room 516. WCL alumnus Mark Lerner is Senior Vice President for Law and Government, Secretary, and General Counsel for Bally Technologies, a gaming company that designs, manufactures, operates and distributes slot and video machines. As General Counsel, he supervises all intellectual property and related matters for the company.

Copyright From an International Perspective

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As part of International Week, PIJIP will host a panel on international copyright. Professors Michael Carroll and Peter Jaszi will be joined by Michele Woods, Senior Counsel for Policy and International Affairs at the Office of Policy and International Affairs of the U.S. Copyright Office. They will discuss the role of the Copyright Office in setting international policy, and current issues affecting copyright around the world.

Intro to IP @ WCL

Kickoff event for the Intellectual Property Program. This is your opportunity to learn about the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, IP Law Society, IP Brief, and IP Clinic. Come meet the IP faculty, staff and student leadership.

Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-Related Materials

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PIJIP and the Dance Heritage Coalition celebrate the release of the “Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-Related Materials.” This is the culmination of our work with dance librarians, curators, and archivists on limitations and exceptions to copyright.

PIIPA-PIJIP Conference on Pro Bono Intellectual Property Services: Past, Present and Future

The Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA) and PIJIP hosted a conference on April 25 on the past, current, and future needs for pro bono intellectual property services. It focused on the need for assistance in developing countries, and the opportunities for law firms, law school clinics, and other legal service providers to engage in pro bono work in the intellectual property law and policy space.

Revolution '67

A screening and discussion of the award-winning, acclaimed documentary by Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno that chronicles the 1967 six-day Black urban rebellion in Newark, NJ.

Achieving Innovation + Access in Global Pharmaceutical Markets

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Stanford Professor John Barton and Pfizer CEO Jeff Kindler recently outlined a proposed global framework on medicine pricing to protect research and development incentives while promoting greater access to drugs in low and middle income countries. It calls for measures to restrain developed countries from excessive use of price controls, while promoting price discrimination in middle income countries. PIJIP and Knowledge Ecology International will co-host a discussion of this proposal with Professor Barton on February 19 at WCL.

Attorney and Author Michael Donaldson to Discuss Fair Use at WCL

Entertainment industry lawyer Michael Donaldson, author of Clearance and Copyright: Everything the Independent Filmmaker Needs to Know has worked with PIJIP and the AU Center for Social Media on projects promoting the fair use of copyrighted materials. He will discuss the IP issues involved in making movies.

Patentable Matter After the Bilski Decision

In this meeting with students, professors, and members of the bar, Chief Judge Michel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit discusses the precedents at play within the areas of the law known as “business method” and “software” patents.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property

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Professor Daniel J. Gervais will be the 4th annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecturer in Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law. The lecture will be titled “TRIPS 3.0,” and will be held October 21. Professor Gervais is the author of the leading treatise on the history and interpretation of the TRIPS agreement and Editor in Chief of the Journal of World Intellectual Property. He is currently a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School, previous to which he was professor of law and Acting Dean of the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa.

Theresa Swinehart Discusses Recent Developments in IP Law


WCL grad Theresa Swinehart has served as Vice President, Global and Strategic Partnerships, for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) since 2004. On Thursday, October 2, she will discuss career path after leaving WCL, recent developments in international and domestic law that affect her work in intellectual property law for ICANN, and more.

Private Resolution of International Intellectual Property Disputes

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2008 International Arbitration Summer Session Seminar. Sponsored by the Washington College of Law in cooperation with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. A group of leading practitioners and academics will discuss 1) disputes under the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Rules and 2) current issues regarding the arbitration and mediation of international IP disputes.