Intellectual Property Institute

The mission of the Intellectual Property Institute at the University of Richmond School of Law is to maintain a dynamic and respected center for the study of contemporary intellectual property issues, to increase curricular and other learning opportunities available to law students interested in intellectual property law, and to encourage widespread awareness and understanding of the role that intellectual property plays in fostering a creative and innovative culture.

Founded in 2004, the IP Institute has grown to include four full-time IP professors, a curriculum of more than a dozen courses, and a clinic focusing on the transactional side of IP law. The Institute also offers a certificate in IP, making Richmond Law one the few law schools that provide such an opportunity to its students.

IP Institute News

  • The latest data collected by Cecil Quillen, Ogden "Slim" Webster, and Chris Cotropia on pending and issued patents are available here.
  • Professor Kristen Osenga has the following publications forthcoming: Debugging Software's Schemas, George Washington Law Review (forthcoming 2014); Formerly Manufacturing Entities – Not Your Typical Patent Trolls, University of Connecticut Law Review (forthcoming 2014).
  • Professor Osenga gave a briefing for Senate members and staffers on pending patent troll legislation April 2014.
  • Professor Osenga also had an op-ed in Daily Caller re: Akamai case
  • Professor Osenga gave presentations at CPIP-WARF conference From Lab to Market: How Intellectual Property Secures the Benefits of R&D and a faculty colloquy at Elon Law School.
  • Professor Osenga was also a guest blogger at PrawfsBlawg in May.
  • Professor Chris Cotropia has the following forthcoming publications: Unpacking Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) 99 Minn. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014) (co-authored with Jay Kesan and David Schwartz); Is Patent Claim Interpretation Deference or Correction Driven? 2014 BYU L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014); The Dominance of Teams in the Production of Legal Knowledge 124 Yale L.J. F. __ (forthcoming 2014) (co-authored with Lee Petherbridge).
  • Professor Cotropia also gave the following talks: Unpacking Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) at the Annual Meeting, American Law and Economics Association, Chicago, Ill., May 8, 2014; IP Surprise! Defensive Patent Aggregators (Anti-Trolls) April 2014 at New York Law School; Are Patent Assertion Entities Responsible for the Rise in Patent Suits? February 2014 Federal Circuit Bar Association Webcast; Copyright's Topography: An Empirical Study of Copyright Litigation January 2014 at the Steps Toward Evidence-Based IP Symposium, University of Texas School of Law; Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) Under the Microscope January 2014 for the Licensing Executives Society, Austin, Texas; Patentable Subject Matter: Software and Business Methods January 2014 at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Research Fellow Cecil Quillen updated the data and charts of his FY 2012 PTO study with Professor Cotropia through FY 2013. This update was the subject of reporting by Tim Lee.
  • Professor Jim Gibson and Professor Cotropia's article Copyright's Topography: An Empirical Study of Copyright Litigation 93 Tex. L. Rev. __ is forthcoming.
  • Professor Jim Gibson, with Professor Corinna Lain, wrote two op-eds, found here and here, regarding the pharmaceutical industry and death penalty.
  • Professor Gibson was also a discussant at The Moral and Philosophical Foundations of Property, Marshall Center Faculty Seminar, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, May 15-17, 2014.
  • On May 21, 2014, Professor Gibson's interview regarding federal study of arbitration clauses in consumer contracts aired on a Local NBC TV station, available here. The interview was reprinted as CFFB Explores Arbitration Clauses, LEGAL MONITOR WORLDWIDE, May 22, 2014.
  • Professor Gibson was also quoted in Christina Sterbenz, How Sketchy Streaming Sites Really Work—and Why Some Are Legal, BUSINESS INSIDER, April 24, 2014.

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