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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.

Recent Scholarship

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).

Prof. Osenga, The Problem with PTAB's Power Over Section 101, 17 Chi.-Kent J. Intell. Prop. 405 (2018).

Prof. Cotropia, Gender Disparity in Law Review Citation Rates, 59 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 771 (2018) (with Lee Petherbridge).

In the News

Prof. Osenga, The Federalist Society, Dec. 2018: Podcast: Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc - Post-Argument SCOTUScast

Prof. Osenga, The Washington Times, Oct. 2018: Op-ed: Making important patents worthless

Prof. Osenga, IPWatchdog, Apr. 2018: Industry reaction to Supremem Court decision in Oil States v. Green Energy

Prof. Cotropia, The Richmond Magazine, Feb. 2018: The future is now

Prof. Gibson, Communications Daily - Premium, Oct. 2017: VidAngel new streaming business model seen raising new copyright questions


Prof. Osenga, "The Realpolitik of IP," AALS Annual Meeting, New Orleans (Jan. 2019).

Prof. Dobbs, "Captialize on Your Intellectual Property," University of Richmond OSHER Institute (Sept. 2018).

Prof. Dobbs, "Does Art Want to Be Free? Copywrite Laws and Burning Man Principles," Plaisance, Balck Rock City, Nevada (Sept. 2018).

Prof. Cotropia, "Gender Discrimination in Online Markets," 13th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, University of Michigan (Nov. 2018).

Prof. Gibson, "Copyright Convergence and the DMCA," Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, University of California Berkeley Law (Aug. 2018).

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