Intellectual Property Institute
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, Virginia 23173
Phone: (804) 287-6398
IP Institute Recent News
- All three of the IPI’s research faculty have won Leonardo da Vinci Fellowship grants from the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (“CPIP”) at George Mason University School of Law. Professor Osenga’s fellowship is for her paper tentatively titled The (Ever-Growing) Attack on the Patent System. Professors Cotropia and Gibson won for their work in progress, Copyright’s Topography: An Empirical Study of Copyright Litigation. The grants include honoraria and support for research and promotion.
- Professor Osenga was also awarded a CPIP Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship, part of a year-long non-resident program that brings together scholars to develop research papers on patent. And earlier this summer she attended the University of Richmond Faculty Academy to develop new technology-assisted classroom pedagogy.
- Professors Cotropia and Gibson presented their Copyright’s Topography paper at the Richmond Law Summer Colloquy series and at the 2013 Intellectual Property Scholars Conference at Cardozo School of Law.
- Fourteen students received IP Certificates at this year’s graduation—the second-most ever—with a record eleven earning the Certificate “with distinction.” In addition, several students received IP awards at graduation. Simone Raess, Mike McCollum, and Joe Smith won the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence for their “superior academic performance in the field of intellectual property," and Caroline Fox won the Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Association Award for her “enduring contribution to the study of intellectual property law.”
- Professor Osenga’s article Information May Want To Be Free, But Information Products Do Not has been selected for reprinting in the book Intellectual Property & Digital Content, part of the Critical Concepts in Intellectual Property Law series.
- WRVA radio interviewed Professor Gibson twice—once on May 10 regarding businesses that subpoena ISPs to discover the identity of users posting bad reviews, and again on June 18 regarding the class action suit over the copyright in "Happy Birthday."
- Professor Cotropia's article Is Patent Claim Interpretation Review Deference or Correction Driven? is the subject of a guest post on the popular Patently-O blog.
- Professor Osenga presented Viewing the Patent System as a Complex Adaptive System at Patcon3, the Third Annual Patent Conference at Chicago-Kent College of Law. She also moderated a panel on the Supreme Court decision in AMP v. Myriad Genetics for the Federalist Society.
- Professor Gibson was quoted and his research on consumer contracts was discussed in a New York Times article, Novel-Length Contracts Online and What They Say. The same research was also featured in a “New In Print (Bonus Edition)” post at the Contracts Prof Blog.
- Professor Cotropia has posted two drafts of new empirical papers on SSRN, Is Patent Claim Interpretation Review Deference or Correction Driven? and The Dominance of Teams in the Production of Legal Knowledge.
- Professor Gibson appeared on NBC12 in May to discuss privacy in zip codes and in June to discuss the confidentiality of iPhone Siri searches.
- Professor Cotropia has been named an inaugural Austin Owen Research Fellow at the law school, honoring him for his impressive body of intellectual property scholarship.
- In February, Professor Gibson was interviewed on NBC12 twice—once regarding an FTC report on children’s privacy protection and mobile apps, and a second time regarding fake online profiles on social media sites.
- Professor Osenga created a podcast as part of the Federalist Society’s SCOTUSCast series, discussing the Supreme Court’s decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, which addressed the cross-border implications of copyright’s first sale doctrine. Professor Gibson also posted an essay on the Kirtsaeng ruling as part of the Media Institute’s IP Issues series.
- Professor Cotropia’s article Do Applicant Patent Citations Matter? Implications for the Presumption of Validity (co-authored with Mark Lemley and Bhaven Sampat) was published in the peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal Research Policy. In addition, he and IPI Research Fellow Cecil Quillen have co-authored Patent Applications and the Performance of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which will appear in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal in September.
- Professor Gibson’s article Vertical Boilerplate was published in the Washington & Lee Law Review. A shorter version called Click To Agree—complete with great graphics—was featured in the Winter 2013 issue of Richmond Law magazine. The paper also won the Call for Papers for the 2013 SEALS Conference and will be honored at a special luncheon in August.
- Professor Osenga’s article The Internet is Not a Super Highway: Using Metaphors to Communicate Information and Communications Policy was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Information Policy. She also published a response piece titled What Do America’s First Patents Have to Do with Today’s? in the Florida Law Review Online Forum.
- A Google Scholar Metrics study found that Professor Gibson’s 2007 article, Risk Aversion and Rights Accretion in Intellectual Property Law, is the twentieth most cited of all articles published in top law reviews from 2007 through 2011.
- On October 5, 2012, renowned composer Philip Glass spoke at the law school to a standing-room-only crowd, sharing his thoughts about the role of copyright law in the creative process and the future of the music industry. The IP Institute would like to thank the Student IP Law Association and the Modlin Center for helping arrange the event.
- On September 21-22, the IP Institute co-hosted an international conference on Global Intellectual Property Enforcement in Washington, DC. It featured speakers from five continents, including judges, government officials, and in-house counsel from Microsoft, Viacom, Pfizer, Costco, and other companies. And the closing act was our Sixth Annual Evil Twin Debate.
- On November 15, Professor Gibson was interviewed on NBC12 about the Federal Trade Commission’s inquiry into popular websites that allegedly collect private information from children. On October 11, he moderated a panel on Technology and National Security, featuring former CIA director Michael Hayden, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, and former U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, at the National Military Family Association annual luncheon.
- On November 13, Professor Cotropia presented Predictability as a Basis for Obviousness at the Fiftieth Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, hosted by the Center for American and International Law. Later that month he traveled to Cuba as part of an AIPLA delegation.
- In early November, Professor Osenga posted a podcast discussing Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, a Supreme Court case on the cross-border implications of copyright’s first sale doctrine. She also presented her paper Communicating Communications Policy at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference.
- Professor Cotropia’s article Do Applicant Patent Citations Matter? Implications for the Presumption of Validity (co-authored with Mark Lemley and Bhaven Sampat) will appear in the peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal Research Policy. He also presented the article at the Seventh Annual Empirical Legal Scholars conference at Stanford Law School.
- Professor Gibson’s article Vertical Boilerplate will appear in the Washington & Lee Law Review.
- Professor Osenga published What Do America’s First Patents Have to Do With Today’s? in the Florida Law Review Online Forum, and her article Information May Want to Be Free, but Information Products Do Not will be republished in Critical Concepts in Intellectual Property Law.
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