Students

Each year, DePaul's outstanding IP/IT curriculum, faculty, and extracurricular programming attracts an increasing number of qualified students interested in the intellectual property program. The high caliber of these students creates a rigorous, invigorating academic environment.

IP Legal Writing Program
At DePaul, qualified first year students can be admitted to the IP legal writing section (IPLW), taught by an attorney with professional IP work experience. Students learn their required first year research and writing skills (e.g., memo and trial brief writing) in the context of intellectual property issues (e.g., patent, trademark, copyright, etc.). A major advantage of the IPLW program is that it introduces students to a variety of IP theory and skills in the first year of law school. This early IP training can be attractive to prospective IP employers, which is a contrast to traditional law school curricula that do not offer any IP training in the first year.

Placement Success
Each year, qualified students may be placed in paid IP/IT positions with a variety of firms and organizations. These job opportunities provide students with valuable legal experience as a significant first step on their career path.

Study Abroad
The Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology offers students many opportunities to study abroad. These opportunities allow students to appreciate and conceptualize the universal nature of intellectual property law.

IP Society
The Intellectual Property Law Society's mission is to put DePaul students in touch with the IP legal community, through mentoring, publishing a legal digest, and hosting practicing IP professionals as speakers. The IP Society also works closely with CIPLIT to offer DePaul students the chance to learn about the evolving and diverse legal landscape of IP, and strives to provide practical opportunities for students within their chosen career field.

IP Digest
The Intellectual Property Digest addresses a variety of issues in contemporary IP Law. The Digest is meant to act as a tangible resource that represents the members of the greater IP community at the College of Law. The focus is to provide the student body with an opportunity to express their interests in a particular area of IP law. Our mission is to allow our members to showcase their writing and research abilities so as to educate and engage the reader on a wide range of topical areas.

Contests & Competitions
This page contains information about intellectual property contests and competitions which are of special interest to law students. This page will give you information about IP writing competitions, Moot Court competitions, and Journal Write-Ons.

Scholarships
This page contains information about intellectual property scholarships which are of special interest to law students.

Journal of Art, Technology and Intellectual Property Law
Published twice a year under the direction of a student board of editors and in cooperation with the non-profit organization Lawyers for the Creative Arts. The Journal includes articles by students and professionals that address current legal issues in the visual and performing arts. Students who have completed their first year of law school in good academic standing are invited to join the Journal's editorial staff through a write-on competition.

Journal of Sports Law and Contemporary Problems
The problems that affect sports are the same ones that affect people in their everyday lives, form labor agreements to discrimination. This student-produced Journal explores these critical issues with articles written by professionals and students. The Journal also organizes and presents an annual symposium that addresses the most pertinent issues facing sports.

Art and Cultural Heritage Legal Society
The purpose of the Art and Cultural Heritage Legal Society (ACHLS) is to put DePaul University College of Law students in touch with the legal community, especially in those areas affecting museums, the art market, contemporary artists, and cultural heritage. The Society accomplished this goal through mentoring, publishing a newsletter and blog, hosting networking events at DePaul and in the greater Chicago community, and hosting practicing professionals as speakers. The Society also works closely with professional organizations to offer DePaul students the chance to learn about the evolving and diverse legal landscape of art and cultural heritage law, and strives to provide practical opportunities for students within their chosen career field.

CIPLIT

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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