Intellectual Property Institute

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.


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IP Faculty

Recent Scholarship

Prof. Gibson & Prof. Cotropia, Convergence and Conflation in Online Copyright, 105 Iowa L. Rev. 1 (2019).

Prof. Crootof, “Cyborg Justice” And the Risk of Technological-Legal Lock-In113 Colum. L. Rev. F. 233 (2019).

Prof. Osenga, Institutional Design for Innovation: A Radical Proposal for Addressing Section 101 Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, 17 68 Am. U. L. Rev. 1191 (2019).

Prof. Crootof, International Cybertorts: Expanding State Accountability in Cyberspace103 Cornell L. Rev. 565 (2018).

Prof. Gibson & Prof. Cotropia, Higher Education and the DMCA, 25 Rich J.L. & Tech. No. (2018). 

Prof. Gibson, Boilerplate's False Dichotomy, 106 Geo. L.J. 249 (2018).

Prof. Cotropia, Who Benefits from Repealing Tampon Taxes? Empirical Evidence from New Jersey, 15 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 620 (2018) (with Rozema).

In the News

Prof. Crootof, The Guardian, Nov. 2019: AI is making literary leaps - now we need the rules to catch up

Prof. Crootof, NBC News, June 2019: How Concerned Should We Be That Deepfakes Will Mess With 2020?

Prof. Osenga, The Washington Times, April 2019: Op-ed: When the patent system works

Prof. Osenga, Free Lunch Podcast, April 2019: The Songwriting Industry and Antitrust Consent Decrees

Prof. Cotropia, NPR, March 2019: Tampons: That Bloody Sales Tax

Prof. Cotropia, Virginia Mercury, March 2019: In 2020 Virginians could pay less for tampons and diapers


Prof. Cotropia, "The Hidden Value of Abandoned Patent Applications to the Patent System," Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Society of Empirical Legal Studies, Claremont McKenna College (Nov. 2019).

Prof. Crootof, "New Technologies and the Law of Armed Conflict," International Law, International Arbitration, University of Richmond School of Law (Nov. 2019).

Prof. Osenga, "Price Controls in the Creative & Innovation Industries," The IP Bridge: Connecting the Lab & Studio to the Market, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason Antonin Scalia Law (Oct. 2019).

Prof. Gibson, "Against Reputation," SEALS Annual Conference, SEALS, Boca Raton, Florida (Aug. 2019).

Prof. Dobbs, "Law and Ethics in Business," WIBO: Assuring Lasting Success - Ethics and the Law, RVA Works, Sacred Heart Catholic Church Community Center (Aug. 2019).

Prof. Skalbeck, "From Conversation to Conversion: Getting Lawyers to Use New Tools," American Association of Law Libraries, Online Webinar (April 2019).