International IP Scholars Roundtable

The International Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable invites domestic and international scholars to present and discuss their works in progress. The first roundtable was held at Marquette University in 2012, and the second at the University of San Diego in 2013. The third roundtable at DePaul University in 2014 focused on comparative intellectual property law issues.

The Annual Niro Distinguished Intellectual Property Lecturer

Adding yet another dimension to the IP/IT program, the Annual Niro Distinguished Intellectual Property Lecturer is an influential figure in IP/IT who addresses faculty, students and attorneys on current IP/IT issues.

Annual CIPLIT® Conference

Each year, CIPLIT sponsors an intellectual property symposium on emerging issues in patent law, cyberlaw and copyright law that brings together leading researchers and thinkers in advanced technology, law and policy.

Hosier Distinguished Visiting Intellectual Property Scholar

Established by College of Law alumnus and nationally renowned patent attorney Gerald D. Hosier ('67), the Hosier Distinguished Visiting Intellectual Property Scholar program attracts the nation's leading intellectual property scholars who share their expertise through specialized courses and lectures.

Edward D. Manzo Scholars in Patent Law

The Edward D. Manzo Scholars in Patent Law program supports the Advanced Concepts in Patent Law Seminar. Established by Edward D. Manzo, this program focuses on a series of lectures by invited patent scholars.

Students and faculty members read and discuss each scholar's work before the authors formally present their papers during an interactive seminar at DePaul. Students use the presentations as models for their own original works of patent law scholarship.

IP Scholars Conference

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (Boalt Hall School of Law); Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University; Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology (Stanford Law School); and DePaul University College of Law Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®) co-sponsor an annual roundtable conference that brings together IP/IT scholars to present their works-in-progress and to discuss current issues.

Arts Law Colloquium

The Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®) began sponsoring the Arts Law Colloquium in Fall 2007. The colloquium is facilitated by Professors Patty Gerstenblith and Margit Livingston and features lunchtime presentations by attorneys who practice in the areas of art, museum, music, theater, film, and media law.

Visiting Artist Series

The Visiting Artist Program seeks to bring to the College of Law actors, directors, writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, and other artists so that they may discuss with our students, faculty, and the legal community the issues facing them as working artists.

The Visiting Artists, in dialogue with attorneys and law faculty and students, share their perspective on the legal problems they encounter in their profession, including copyright, contract issues, agency, and moral rights. Through this dialogue we hope to further understanding of these issues by both artists and those in the legal community.



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"

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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