Mission Statement

The Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®) was established to promote research and concentrated study in intellectual property and information technology broadly defined. We seek to develop IP professionals of the highest caliber through an all-inclusive learning experience that combines outstanding classroom education, innovative scholarship, first-class training in lawyering skills and an unparalleled range of extracurricular activities.

Program Description

The DePaul University College of Law Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology stands in the forefront of IP legal education. With its ambitious activities and valuable opportunities, DePaul's Intellectual Property program, located in downtown Chicago, attracts students, academics, and employers from across the country and around the world. DePaul's IP/IT Program is well deserving of the national recognition it has garnered over the ten years since its inception. DePaul's broad and innovative IP/IT curriculum, offering four distinct IP/IT certificate programs as well as two joint degree programs with DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM), is unparalleled in legal education. For law school graduates, DePaul offers an LL.M in Intellectual Property in addition to its certificate programs.

While CIPLIT has become nationally known for its academic programs and faculty scholarship, students who participate in CIPLIT programs appreciate the extraordinary effort made by the faculty and staff to assist students in career development. Every year large numbers of students, including those who have completed the first and second year of law school and those who will graduate, find employment in the IP/IT field. Even though there are yearly job fairs where IP employers interview students from numerous law schools, employers who know of the quality of DePaul's CIPLIT students have asked for interview time to exclusively interview DePaul IP students on campus.

There are hundreds of loyal alumni who have participated in CIPLIT programs since its inception thirteen years ago. Those professionals are employed in IP and IT positions throughout the country and worldwide.

We invite you to review the rest of our website to find out more about CIPLIT's excellent programs.

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Professor Kwall's Articles Listed Among Most Cited, Top Downloads

Professor Roberta Kwall’s article "Inspiration and Innovation: The Intrinsic Dimension of the Artistic Soul" (Notre Dame Law Review) appears in the recently released list of the most cited IP articles published over the last 10 years. This article and "Author-Stories: Narrative's Implications for Moral Rights and Copyright's Joint Authorship Doctrine" (Southern California Law Review) also are included in SSRN's all-time top 10 download list for Philosophy Research Network: Aesthetic Experience, Judgment, Value.

14th Annual IP Scholars Conference

Professors Joshua Sarnoff and Stefania Fusco participated in the 14th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (IPSC) held at Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT) at the UC Berkeley School of Law on August 7 and 8, 2014.

CIPLIT Hosts Third International IP Scholars Roundtable and Hosier Scholar Lecture

On May 1 and 2, 2014, 22 senior scholars from the United States and various other countries held a roundtable at DePaul on international intellectual property law issues.

Professor Sarnoff Named Edison Scholar

Professor Joshua Sarnoff has been appointed a Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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