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IIPSJ invites you to attend the following MPAC Music Symposium in Houston, TX, on February 27, 2016. Professor Lateef Mtima will serve as a panelist with gospel music recording artist Kim Burrell and others.  Click here for more information!





Professor Lateef Mtima, along with several other authors, recently released a book that is now available for purchase. Click here for more information!

In the Information Age, historically marginalized groups and developing nations continue to strive for socio-economic empowerment within the global community. Their ultimate success largely depends upon their ability to develop, protect and exploit their greatest natural resource: intellectual property. Through an exploration of the techniques used in social entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship and Social Justice provides a framework by which historically marginalized communities and developing nations can cooperate with the developed world to establish a socially cohesive global intellectual property order. Divided into four parts, knowledgeable contributors discuss topics surrounding entrepreneurship and empowerment, education and advocacy, engagement and activism and, finally, commencement toward “IP Empowerment”. Experts in the field, scholars, law professors and students of intellectual property, human rights and international trade and development will find this book to be both resourceful and thought-provoking.

IIPSJ invites you to attend The Thirteenth Annual IP and Social Justice CLE Program, March 4, 2016.  Information and registration for the CLE can be found below. IIPSJ thanks the Finnegan law firm and the yearly sponsors of the CLE.

13th Annual Intellectual Property Law Seminar
Friday, March 4, 2016

Intellectual Property Law Seminar

Howard University School of Law - The Law Library
2900 Van Ness Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20008

The Thirteenth Annual Intellectual Property and Social Justice Continuing Legal Education Seminar will be held on the campus of the Howard University School of Law at 2900 Van Ness Street, N.W., Washington, DC, and is presented by the Howard Intellectual Property Program and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.

The continuing convergence of the major forms of IP protection has made it essential that IP lawyers keep pace with important developments in multiple areas of IP practice. Today’s IP attorneys keep abreast of relevant changes in the law and often find knowledge of major developments in IP jurisprudence.

Moreover, the need for fresh, innovative approaches to new IP challenges spurs the demand for diversity in the IP bar. To meet the evolving needs of today’s IP practitioners, creators, developers, and distributors, Howard Law School presents a comprehensive one-day program, through which seasoned attorneys can enhance their skills, experienced minority and women attorneys can reach wider audiences, and aspiring IP practitioners can enjoy a unique and affordable opportunity to become familiar with key IP principles and important controversies of the day.

Distinguished Guests
Hon. Susan G. Braden, Judge - United States Court of Federal Claims

Hon. Charles E. Bullock, Chief Judge - United States International Trade Commission

Lucinda Longcroft, Head - WIPO New York Office

Hon. Sharon Prost - United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit



Program Chairs
Chair: Esther H. Lim, Partner -Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Co-Chair: Tashia Bunch, Chair of Professional and Public Programs -IIPSJ

Administrative Chair: Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law

CLE Credit
The seminar has been approved for CLE credit since 2003; 2016 credit applications have been filed for California, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. 

Special Needs
If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please notify Professor Lateef Mtima at Howard University School of Law, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at least two weeks prior to the seminar. 

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Program Sponsors: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP; Sughrue Mion PLLC; Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch, LLP; Google, Inc.; and the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice.



IIPSJ invites you to attend the Second Annual IP Mosaic Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 18, 2016.  The event will be hosted by our co-sponsor, the Institute for Intellectual Property, at the Marquette University Law School and is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

The theme of this year's conference is "Diverse Voices in IP Scholarship" and Professor Lateef Mtima will serve as a panelist along with other distinguished IP professionals.

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The IIPSJ Mission
"Advancing Ideas, Encouraging Enterprise, Protecting People "

The Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice was established to promote social justice in the field of intellectual property law and practice, both domestically and globally. Through core principals of access, inclusion, and empowerment, intellectual property social justice advances the social policy objectives that underlie intellectual property protection: the broadest stimulation of creative and innovative endeavor and the widest dissemination of creative works and innovative accomplishments for the greater societal good. IIPSJ proposes and supports new paradigms for the creation, management, and exploitation of knowledge resources, and works within a wide spectrum of IP stakeholders, including artists, inventors, and rights holders, legal scholars, practitioners, and policy makers, and IP entrepreneurs, purveyors, and end-users, to achieve these goals.

IIPSJ is concerned with equitable access to knowledge, health, and social development, and the effect of IP regimes upon such aspirations and interests. IIPSJ’s scope of endeavor ranges broadly and includes scholarly examination of the intellectual property law from a social justice perspective; advocacy for social-justice aware interpretation, application, and revision of the intellectual property law; initiatives to increase the diversity of the intellectual property legal bar; and programs which promote greater awareness and understanding of intellectual property protection, particularly among  historically and currently disadvantaged and underserved groups, to empower them to exploit intellectual property effectively. IIPSJ’s principal methodologies include training lawyers, social activists, and entrepreneurs to apply the tenets of social engineering to problems of intellectual property inequity and unfair exploitation and otherwise promoting IP education for marginalized and “indigenous culture” communities; disseminating public positions on important IP controversies and advocating on behalf of pertinent social justice interests; and impacting intellectual property law and policy development by interjecting issues of IP social justice into national and international IP access, trade, and enforcement dialogues and polemics.

An accredited NGO member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), IIPSJ collaborates with academic, governmental, and non-governmental entities and organizations in the pursuit of intellectual property social justice and the amelioration of the international IP status quo. IIPSJ is dedicated to the idea that both creation of and access to intellectual property are fundamental to human development and is the bedrock of the intellectual property law and policy schema for the global digital information society.


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