2014 Summer Session on Intellectual Property

Each summer, American University Washington College of Law’s renowned intellectual property program offers a unique selection of courses in two policymaking centers, Washington D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland. The ABA-accredited programs are designed for current law students as well as practitioners. Courses are offered on an a la carte basis, or may be combined into concentrations to recieve special Certificates of Completion.

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Nov 7: Second Annual Peter Jaszi Distinguished Lecture: Prof. Bernt Hugenholtz - Flexing Authors' Rights

Prof. Bernt Hugenholtz

I am writing to let you know about an exciting event on users rights in copyright law happening at American University on Thursday. Bernt Hugenholtz, Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam, will make the case that (1) author’s rights systems can be made as flexible as common law copyright systems, and (2) that the existing EU legal framework does not preclude the development of flexible norms at the national level.

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PIJIP's Marrakesh Treaty Event - Teaching Resource and Thanks

I write to thank the many members of our community who worked to support our highly successful event yesterday afternoon organized and convened by Peter Jaszi and entitled The 2013 Marrakesh Treaty: Providing Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind and Print Disabled. I also write to alert teaching colleagues about the potential usefulness of the video record for use in the classroom or as a supplementary material.

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Sep 12 - PIJIP Event on The 2013 WIPO Marrakesh Treaty: Providing Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind and Print Disabled

Today at 3pm PIJIP will host an event on the 2013 Marrekesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. The treaty was adopted at a June 2013 Diplomatic Conference convened by the World Intellectual Property Organization.

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IP Clinic Initiates Inaugural WALA Live Creative Economy Legal Clinic


In the Fall of 2013, the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) will team up with the WCL Clinic and George Washington University College of Law to present a LIVE LAW CLINIC for the CREATIVE ECONOMY. This unique collaboration will not only provide law students with an opportunity to gain practical exposure to a variety of legal issues but will also provide arts communities in DC with access to pro bono legal services to help DC’s creative communities grow creative businesses.

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The Trademark Law Dictionary

Trademark Dictionary Cover

WCL alum Rachel Gader's Trademark Law Dictionary is available for purchase. Professor Christine Farley has endorsed the publication: "The Trademark Law Dictionary will be helpful for anyone who researches trademark law. With it, one can easily locate terms and quickly understand concepts-all in one volume."

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Washington College of Law to Host Intellectual Property Opportunity Fair - October 8

American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) will hold an Intellectual Property Opportunity Fair October 8th, 2013 from 5 – 7 pm, 6th floor, 4801 Mass Ave NW, Washington D.C. The fair is to match students with NON-PROFIT OR FOR-PROFIT organizations looking to hire upper level (2nd to third year) students for pair or unpaid internships, externships or law clerk positions

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Michael Carroll to to Speak on Open Access to Research at Oklahoma State University

PIJIP Director Michael Carroll will present "Constitutional Law and Constitutional Values: The Case of Open Access to Research" at Oklahoma State University, in observance of Constitution Day.

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PIJIP Director Michael Carroll Discusses the Future of Open Access at the Fourth Annual PKP Conference in Mexico City

Professor Michael Carroll spoke today at the Fourth International Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Scholarly Publishing Conference held at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He discussed the future of open access publishing, which he identified as a "precondition for enabling next-generation knowledge discovery systems."

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New Infographic Tells the Good News Story About Fair Use and Libraries

Brandon Butler

Hello! I'm Brandon Butler, the newest kid on the PIJIP block. Starting this fall I'm the Practitioner-in-Residence at the Glushko Samuelson IP Clinic. For four years I was the Director of Public Policy Initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries, and my first post is about the latest development in a project I worked on there that introduced me to PIJIP: the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.

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