In 2010 IIPSJ created the IIPSJ IP Law and Policy Think Tank. (More information about the Think Tank and its activities can be found on the Think Tank main page.) The IIPSJ Think Tank considers and develops ideas regarding IP and social justice and actively engages target audiences both in development and implementation of impact programs. While the Think Tank is always examining issues from the perspective of the effect of choices on social justice concerns, the IIPSJ Think Tank is structured flexibly to adapt to the evolving IP environment and various issues it presents.
The IIPSJ Law and Policy Think Tank is the only think tank dedicated to evaluating IP law and policy and related issues from the social justice perspectives of inclusion and empowerment. The Think Tank functions as a voice for social justice-oriented IP legislation; as a fulcrum for IP Civil Rights activism and community awareness, education, entrepreneurship, and empowerment; and as a forum for scholarly and professional discussion and action on important national and international IP law and policy controversies.
The IIPSJ Think Tank uses a multi-disciplinary approach designed to generate and casino pokies games facilitate collaboration and discourse among legal, scientific, and economic scholars, as well as legislators, policy makers, jurists, practicing attorneys, and civil rights and social activists. The Think Tank conducts research; does legislative briefings; issues public position statements; and promotes and organizes community, activist, and professional coalition building.
The IIPSJ CLE is a training and education program that targets lawyers, judges, IP-related companies, and governmental policy makers to instill an understanding of the social justice aspects of intellectual property in those communities.
One of IIPSJ's principal objectives is to promote diversity among IP practitioners by working to expand the opportunities for minority attorneys to enter and distinguish themselves in the field. The IIPSJ CLE conferences help HUSL alumni and other practitioners develop and maintain expertise in IP practice and provide opportunities for experienced minority IP lawyers to demonstrate their expertise to an audience they might not otherwise reach. The IIPSJ CLE programs also provide networking opportunities for lawyers from diverse groups including attorneys from private practice, from government, from the judiciary, and from academia.
The IIPSJ CLE programs also seek to advance social justice by highlighting social justice concerns in emerging IP issues. Through the CLE programs IIPSJ stimulates practical and scholarly discourse on questions of disparity in access to and use of information technology and problems of institutionalized racial and economic inequity related to intellectual property.
Two aspects of social justice are inclusion and empowerment. Through working to make information available, IIPSJ, Inc., seeks to include those on the wrong side of the digital divide and to empower people to develop and exploit intellectual property-based works. One effort under the Think Tank umbrella is the IIPSJ IP and Social Justice Online Law Library which is just in the earliest stages of development.
From its inception in 2002 IIPSJ has engaged international IP programs. While IIPSJ's primary focus remains domestic, in today's interconnected world, international and domestic policies and law affect each other in important ways. IP empowerment and economic development are issues around the globe. IIPSJ, Inc., is an officially recognized NGO affiliate of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and is working on IP and development issues through scholarship; public advocacy; and support for grassroots educational programs.
A major IIPSJ program is at Howard University School of Law (IIPSJ at HUSL or IIPSJ at Howard). The IIPSJ at HUSL program includes various components including sponsoring speakers, developing and supporting the IP curriculum, mentoring students interested in IP law, coordinating with other faculty and university departments, supporting the IP Trademark Clinic at the law school, and more.