Programs

Other IIPSJ Education and Outreach Programs

From its inception in 2002, IIPSJ has conducted programs to reach out to the bench and bar and to government officials through workshops and seminars as well as through participation in professional organizations such as the Giles Rich Inn of Court and the American Intellectual Property Association. One of IIPSJ's earliest conferences was a continuing legal education program designed for lawyers and judges. The CLE has been done annually ever since.

Over the years IIPSJ has sponsored or participated in various outreach initiatives and programs to educate undergraduates and community members about IP and its opportunities. This aspect continues to grow through partnering with the NAACP, the USPTO, Sramani, and with other organizations for particular programs.  Below is information on current and some past programs that IIPSJ has sponsored or participated in.

As we all welcome the New Year IIPSJ continues its collaborative work in community IP education and empowerment initiatives as a co-sponsor of

Best Practices in Rights Clearance:

A Symposium By and For Professional Visual Artists and Arts Lawyers, Read more...

IIPSJ is a co-sponsor for the RACE + IP Summit held at Boston College April 20-22.  The conference will feature five plenary sessions which develop and engage the subfield of critical race IP, concurrent sessions with scholars across disciplines conducting multimethodological research, roundtable discussions on special topics related to race and intellectual property (e.g. the intersections of social media, algorithmic culture, and racial justice), and a special presentation by Chinatown Dance Rock band and trademark renegades, The Slants. Accepted participants will be invited to participate in these and other conference events, including a Saturday evening dance party cocktail reception.

IIPSJ's IP and Civil Rights Conference was held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Howard University School of Law.  Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. was the keynote speaker.  The conference brochure in pdf form is available for download.  The conference was cosponsored by IIPSJ and the Black Leadership Forum (BLF). Read more...

The goal of the Mosaic Conference is to bring together IP scholars, policy makers, and activists of diverse and multicultural backgrounds and perspectives to explore socially progressive and non-traditional ideas in IP law, policy, and social activism. Throughout the global community, intellectual property regimes play a critical role in human development, socio-economic empowerment, and the preservation and promotion of social justice. Many IP regimes, however, have been structured or interpreted to reflect only the interests of an entrenched status quo; socially cognizant IP theses are often ignored or rejected as tangential or antithetical to commoditization-centered theories of IP protection, often impeding broader social utility concerns including equitable access to IP protection and output and stimulating innovation. Through the First Annual Mosaic Conference, IP scholars and practitioners will come together with policy makers, social activists, and others to present ideas for progressive and activist-oriented scholarship for assessment as to social relevance, legal significance, and doctrinal integrity. Read more...

IIPSJ USPTO IP Empowerment Summit 2011
IP Empowerment Summit Agenda
On December 1, 2011, the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice (IIPSJ) will co-present with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) the Second National IP Empowerment Summit. The IIPSJ/USPTO IP Empowerment Summit will serve the general public and intellectual property professional and activist community in educating and empowering minority and marginalized artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and other IP stakeholders in underserved communities. The Summit will provide practical information and presentations for creators and inventors regarding the development, protection, and exploitation of their own innovative and creative works as well as works and inventions in the public domain.
(download a pdf version of the agenda)
December 1, 2011 at USPTO
Register by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , including your name and contact information in the body of the email, and including "IIPSJ-USPTO Summit Registration" in the subject line, please.
Directions to USPTO for IP Summit
The IP Summit will be held in the Global Intellectual Property Academy(GIPA) at the USPTO in the Singapore/Venice room. GIPA is located on the 2nd Floor of the Madison Building which is located at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria VA 22314. GIPA is on the 2nd Floor above the Public Search Library. Summit Attendees must enter through the Public Search Library which is located on the main floor of the Madison Building. If you are entering the building from the Dulany Street side, the Public Search Library will be on your left directly across from the Museum.
The lunch will take place in the Internet Café which is located in GIPA.
The reception will take place in the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum which is located on the 1st Floor of the Madison Building across from the Public Search Library.
Morning Program
9:00 - 9:10: Welcome Remarks/Introduction
Richard Maulsby,, Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development and Acting Chief Communications Officer, USPTO
9:10 - 9:40: Opening Keynote Address
Teresa Stanek Rea,  Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
9:40 - 10:30: IP Education Resources: The Way Forward
Joyce Ward, USPTO Education Coordinator
Elizabeth Dougherty, Acting Deputy Director in the Office of Patent Legal Administration, USPTO
Karla Perkins, Senior Staff Attorney Office of Trademark Quality Review and Training
Tom A. Turner, Librarian, Patent & Trademark Resource Centers Program, USPTO
10:30 - 11:15: IP Pro Bono Programs and Myth Busters: Bridging the IP Resource and Legal Assistance Gap
John Calvert, Senior Advisor, Office of Innovation Development, USPTO (Moderator and Lead Panelist)
Jim Patterson, Managing Partner of Patterson Thuente Christensen Pedersen, P.A
William Covey, Deputy General Counsel of Office of Enrollment and Discipline and Director of OED
11:15 - 12:15: Innovation and Commercialization
Paul Corson, Acting Director, the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), U.S. Economic Development Administration
Brett Feeney, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (OIE)
Quentin Palfrey, Senior Advisor to the CTO for Jobs & Competitiveness, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
Jason McCall, President at J. McCall & Associates, LLC, Board Member at Unity Network & Counseling Center, Former Special Assistant to the National Director of Minority Business Development Agency (USDOC)
Karina L. Edmonds, Technology Transfer Coordinator, U.S. Department of Energy
12:15 - 1:15: Luncheon Keynote Address
Lateef Mtima, Professor, Howard University School of Law and Director, Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice
Katherine Oyama, Policy Counsel, Google Inc.
Afternoon Program
1:15 - 2:15: Protecting and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in a Competitive Global Environment
Part I:  What is the Intellectual Property Enforcement (IPEC) Office & What Is its Role
Michael Lewis, Director, Intellectual Property Advisor at the Executive Office of the President
Part II:  A Broader Discussion on the Importance of IP Protection in Foreign Markets
Scott Baldwin, Attorney, Office of Policy and External Affairs, USPTO
James Housel, Director for the Global Intellectual Property Academy, Office of Policy and External Affairs
2:15 - 3:15: Trademarks and Copyrights: Preserving Minority Culture in an Economic Downturn
James Grooms, General Counsel of Jazz at the Lincoln Center
Cheryl Black, Esquire, Goodman, Allen & Filetti, PLLC
3:15 - 4:00: Sound Recordings: Copyright Transfer and Termination Considerations
Lita Rosario, President and CEO WYZ GIRL Entertainment Consulting, LLC
4:00 - 4:05: Closing Remarks/Introduction of Director Kappos
Bryant Young, Partner, Young and Associates, LLP, and Practicing Scholar in Residence, Institute of Intellectual Property and Social Justice
4:05 - 4:30: Closing Keynote Address
David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
4:30 - 6:00: Summit Reception
Information about the IIPSJ programs is on the IIPSJ main website at www.iipsj.org.
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IIPSJ USPTO IP Empowerment Summit 2011

IP Empowerment Summit Agenda

On December 1, 2011, the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice (IIPSJ) co-presented with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) the Second National IP Empowerment Summit. The annual IIPSJ/USPTO IP Empowerment Summit serves the general public and intellectual property professional and activist community in educating and empowering minority and marginalized artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and other IP stakeholders in underserved communities. The Summit provides practical information and presentations for creators and inventors regarding the development, protection, and exploitation of their own innovative and creative works as well as works and inventions in the public domain.
(download a pdf version of the agenda) Read more...

General Information

IIPSJ has an ongoing IP Empowerment Program working to empower marginalized communities economically, socially, and politically through their development, use, and lawful exploitation of IP. One of the steps in this ongoing program was the IP Empowerment Summit held on November 5, 2010. (In addition to the information below, the Summit Circular can be downloaded in pdf form.) Ongoing work is being done by committees and interest groups working on particular projects identified at the Summit and through partnering with the USPTO, NAACP, and other organizations. Read more...

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