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.

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News

CIPLIT hosted the Third International IP Scholars Roundtable and Hosier Scholar Lecture on May 1 - 2, 2014.

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

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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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15th Annual Niro Distinguished IP Lecture.

"How to Retain Patent Enforcement While Reforming It – Judges and Counsel Should Manage Infringement Suits, not Congress"

Featuring
Honorable Paul R Michel(Ret.)
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Commentator, Honorable James F Holderman
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

To view the video of this discussion, please click here.



In August 2013, four members of CIPLIT faculty participated in the 13th annual IP Scholars Conference, which originated at DePaul in 2000.

Professor Roberta Kwall opened the conference with a talk about the history of the conference and the top 10 things law faculty can do to enhance their career potential in this new reality of legal education. Professor Margit Livingston presented her paper on Copyright Infringement of Music: Determining Whether What Sounds Alike Is Alike. Professor Josh Sarnoff commented on Victoria Stodden’s paper, Software Patents as a Barrier to Scientific Transparency: An Unexpected Consequence of Bayh-Dole. Professor Fusco spoke about The Origins of Patent Examination in the Venetian Republic.



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