Intellectual Property Institute
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, Virginia 23173
Phone: (804) 287-6398
IP Institute Recent News
- 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.
- In June 2012, Professor Cotropia filed a brief pro bono on behalf of Demand Progress as an interested non-party in United States v. Dotcom, the federal government’s criminal prosecution of Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom for alleged copyright infringement and related offenses.
- In May 2012, Professor Osenga presented The Rhetoric of Claim Construction at PatCon2 at Boston College Law School, and in June she served as a fellow at the Houston IPIL Annual Conference, Pondering Patents: First Principles and Fresh Possibilities. She also spoke on the post-grant provisions of the America Invents Act at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting in July and presented Communicating Communications Policy at the annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference in August.
- IPI Research Fellow Cecil Quillen published a response essay, Rethinking Federal Circuit Jurisdiction, in Ipsa Loquitur, the online companion to the Georgetown Law Journal. He and Professor Cotropia also provided statistics for the 2012 edition of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s IP Record.
- In May 2012, Professor Gibson presented Vertical Boilerplate at the Richmond Law Faculty Colloquy.
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