PIJIP Hosts Intellectual Property Networking Reception at Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center

Sept. 11, 2019

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On Sept. 5, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) at American University Washington College of Law, along with the Intellectual Property Law Society, the Office of Career and Professional Development, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations hosted a networking reception at the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The event welcomed AUWCL students interested in intellectual property, alumni working in the field, and the law school's IP faculty.

The evening’s speakers included Senior Director of Intellectual Property Policy at Microsoft and AUWCL alumna Susan Mann ’86, AUWCL Vice Dean Susan Carle, PIJIP Director Michael Carroll, and Professor Jennifer Daskal.

Mann welcomed attendees to the Center, stating that this is the  fifth year in a row that they have been pleased to host the event, and spoke of the deepening relationship between the organization and the law school.

Microsoft attendees

Both Carle and Carroll mentioned the interconnectedness of law and emerging technologies and innovations in an ever-changing world. Carle expressed how Dean Camille Nelson has been a champion of this evolving legal landscape, and is working with faculty to bring about two new programs for students to learn how to be a cutting-edge practitioner in the 21st Century and beyond. The new programs, which will be launched later in the Fall/Spring semesters, will bring together technology and security, led by Daskal, and practical lawyering skills involving law and technology, led by Professor Jayesh Rathod.

Professor Daskal concluded the evening speaking about the April launch of technology and security program, and how she is excited to work with PIJIP faculty and students, building on our nationally ranked IP program, and delving into new issues in the security space.