2021-2022 CIPLIT brochure

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CENTER FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (CIPLIT®) DePaul College of Law’s Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology (IP/IT) program— powered by the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®)—has stood at the forefront of IP/IT legal education since its inception over 20 years ago. The program’s unique interdisciplinary learning experience combines one of the most diverse and cuttingedge IP/IT curricula in the country with timely and innovative scholarship and research, outstanding career development opportunities and mentoring, and an unparalleled range of extracurricular opportunities. This comprehensive approach prepares students for the ever-changing needs of law, business and technology. Located in the heart of Chicago, DePaul College of Law is in a prime location to provide students and legal professionals with invaluable resources within these fields. With wide-ranging opportunities and a tradition of excellence, DePaul’s IP/IT program has enjoyed national recognition for many years and continues to be ranked as one of the top IP programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. DePaul’s IP/ IT program also has received “A” and “A+” rankings from preLaw magazine over the past several years, as well as being named a “Leader in Legal Technology” in 2021. Our distinguished IP/IT faculty teach and work in a broad range of specialty areas, such as copyright, patent, innovation policy, art and cultural heritage law, cyberlaw and data protection. They consistently produce a wide array of scholarship, and in just in the past couple of years, they have published articles and book chapters on multiple subjects, including the importance of technology education, patent rights during a pandemic, religious traditions, contract law, the consumer duty of care in trademark law, the preservation of cultural heritage, innovation law and policy choices for climate change-related public-private partnerships, intellectual property and authorship integrity, and artificial intelligence.



Recognized globally as experts in the IP/IT field, DePaul law faculty share their expertise across the world as presenters and panelists, have testified before the U.S. Senate regarding pending legislation to reform patent law subject matter eligibility doctrine, and have advised countries on protecting archaeological sites and combatting the illegal trade in antiquities. DePaul College of Law also has continued to implement a Technology & Data Protection Initiative, reflecting the growing importance of technology and cyberlaw and the increasing demand for tech-savvy lawyers. Most recently, a new partnership with the DePaul College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) allows all upper-level DePaul JD students, even those without a technical background, to enroll in select CDM technology courses. CIPLIT has further enhanced the College of Law’s nationally recognized IP/IT program through the introduction of more technology-focused curricular and extracurricular opportunities. This expansion includes the addition of new courses focused on the intersection of IP/IT and business, including U.S. & EU Data Privacy Law, Cybersecurity Law, Practical Legal Research in IP, Research in Legal Practice Technology, and IP Valuation in Tech Industries. CIPLIT’s Tech-Law Boot Camp Series, which is open to all students and the Chicago legal community, features speakers discussing myriad cutting-edge tech topics including data protection, cybersecurity, data privacy and technology law certifications. As the evolution of this field affects law, business and technology across the globe, DePaul’s IP/ IT program continues to innovate, and CIPLIT’s tradition of excellence and success is assured with the continued collaboration and support of faculty, alumni and friends, as well as its esteemed Advisory Board. Through the growth of its interdisciplinary curriculum and specialized programming, CIPLIT will expand its legacy of providing high-quality, leading-edge legal education to students, educators and practitioners well into the future.


IP/IT FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION DePaul College of Law’s distinguished IP/IT faculty work in a broad range of areas including copyright, patent law, innovation policy, trademark, art and cultural heritage law, cyberlaw, data protection and moral rights. Along with the full-time faculty, DePaul College of Law also is fortunate to have diverse and distinguished adjunct and affiliated faculty bring to the College of Law their expertise from law practice, business, technology and other DePaul colleges. ELLEN GUTIONTOV Executive Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®) JD, DePaul University College of Law MBA, DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

ROBERTA ROSENTHAL KWALL Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law; Founding Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®)

Glen Belvis (Chair) Belvis Law, LLC

Julie L. Langdon Dunlap Codding PC

Daniel R. Bestor Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Edward D. Manzo Intellectual Property Attorney

David K. Callahan Latham & Watkins LLP

John S. Mortimer Wood Phillips

Lawrence J. Crain (Chair Emeritus) Greer Burns & Crain, Ltd.

Dean D. Niro Vitale, Vickrey, Niro, Solo & Gasey

Mark W. Croll Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.

Gregory S. Norrod Stahl Cowen

Monika Dudek Trading Technologies

John S. Paniaguas (Chair Emeritus) Clark Hill PLC

Thomas J. Filarski Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Christopher Reckamp Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Victoria Friedman Dennemeyer & Associates, LLC

William J. Ryan Scandaglia & Ryan

Dennis J. Gallitano Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP

Matthew J. Sampson Lee Sullivan Shea & Smith LLP

Troy Groetken McAndrews Held & Malloy, Ltd.

Brian Sodikoff Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

LL.M, University of Haifa PhD, Tel Aviv University

H. Michael Hartmann (Chair Emeritus) Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.

Kathryn Starshak K&L Gates LLP


Anne S. Jordan Jordan Associates

Melissa K. Ventrone Clark Hill PLC

MARGIT LIVINGSTON Vincent de Paul Professor of Law JD, University of Minnesota Law School LLM, University of Illinois Law School MA, University of Minnesota


JD, University of Virginia School of Law

ANTHONY VOLINI Senior Professional Lecturer JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

BRETT HARRISON DAVINGER Program Coordinator, CIPLIT®; Associate Director, Center for Animal Law

JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School

JOSHUA SARNOFF Professor of Law

JD, DePaul University College of Law

JD, Stanford Law School

PATTY GERSTENBLITH Distinguished Research Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law


JD, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law PhD (Fine Arts and Anthropology), Harvard University


LLM in Law & Economics, Utrecht University LLM in Comparative, European & International Law, European University Institute PhD in Law, European University Institute Executive MSc, European Legal & Economic Studies, Athens University of Economics & Business 4




SELECTED FACULTY ACHIEVEMENTS PROFESSOR PATTY GERSTENBLITH’S areas of expertise are cultural heritage law and art and museum law. She is the founding president of the Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation; senior advisor to the ABA’s Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee; and formerly served as an appointee of President Obama as the chair of the President’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee in the U.S. Department of State.

PROFESSOR ROBERTA KWALL is an internationally renowned scholar and lecturer and has published over 30 articles on a wide variety of topics including authorship rights, intellectual property, and Jewish law and culture. She has authored several law casebooks as well as two monographs.

•P rovenience and Provenance Intersecting with International Law in the Market for Antiquities, N.C. J. Int’l L., Volume 45, No. 1 (2020)

• Lead editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Jewish Law (and the author of the essay on “Lawmaking in the Conservative Movement”)

• Protecting Cultural Heritage: The Ties between People and Places, in Cultural Heritage and Mass Atrocities: Legal, Political, and Humanitarian Perspectives (James Cuno and Thomas Weiss eds., Getty, forthcoming 2021)

• T he Bible, Intellectual Property and Authorship Integrity, in Inscribed: Encounters with the Ten Commandments (CCAR Press 2020)

•H obby Lobby, the Museum of the Bible and the Law: A Case Study of the Looting of Archaeological Artifacts from Iraq, in Antiquities Smuggling: In the Real and Virtual World (Layla Hashemi and Louise Shelley eds., Routledge, forthcoming 2021)

•R emix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World (Rowman & Littlefield 2020) will be released in a paperback edition (with a new preface) in February 2022

•H uman Rights Laws and Authorship Norms, 46 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 478 (2020) (reprinted with a new introduction from her book, The Soul of Creativity) •G uest, “Unorthodox Podcast,” a top Jewish podcast sponsored by Tablet magazine (September 2020)

•R ecognizing State Ownership of Archaeological Artifacts: The Unidroit Convention and Model Provisions, in The Unidroit Convention and Model Provisions, The Unidroit Convention at 25 (Marina Schneider ed., forthcoming)

PROFESSOR MAGGIE LIVINGSTON is a Vincent de Paul Professor of Law, and she teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property and commercial law.

•D evelopment of the Law of Armed Conflict as Applied to Cultural Heritage, in The Routledge Handbook of Heritage Destruction (Antonio Gonzalez Zarandona, Emma Cuniffe and Melathi Saldin eds., forthcoming)

• Recipient, DePaul University Quality Matters Star Award for her online Secured Transactions course (2021)

•A rticle 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention, in 1970 UNESCO Convention and 1995 Unidroit Conventions: A Commentary (Ana Filipa Vrdoljak, et al. eds., Oxford University Press, forthcoming) (with Wang Yunxia)

• Updated and revised several chapters in Commercial Damages Treatise (LexisNexis 2021): - Specific Restitution and Possessory Remedies -A greed Remedies: Contractual Clauses Dealing with Specific Relief - Infringement of Copyright and Literary Property

PROFESSOR MICHAEL GRYNBERG previously served as associate dean for research and faculty professional development. His research concerns intellectual property and technology law with a focus on trademark law.

• Moderator, DePaul College of Law Center for Animal Law annual symposia, “Animal Law in Latin America” (“Nuestro Planeta Compartido”) (September 2020) and “Farmed Animals: Activism, Legislation, and Litigation” (February 2021)

• Trademark Law, a free casebook available on SSRN with approximately 50 videos related to the subject matter (2021) •A I and the “Death of Trademark,” 108 Kentucky L.J. 199 (2019-2020) •T he Consumer Duty of Care in Trademark Law, in Research Handbook on Trademark Law Reform (Graeme B. Dinwoodie and Mark D. Janis eds., Edward Elgar 2021)


•P roperty Law and the Intellectual Property Agenda, in H andbook of Intellectual Property Research (Irene Calboli & Maria Lillà Montagnani eds., Oxford University Press 2021)



SELECTED FACULTY ACHIEVEMENTS continued PROFESSOR JOSHUA SARNOFF is an internationally recognized expert on the intersections of intellectual property law, environmental law, health law, and administrative and international law. His current research focuses on innovation policy and technology development; climate change technology and data; utility and design patent empirical analyses, history and theory; and intellectual property rights in genetic and natural resources, diagnostics and therapeutics. • Research Paper 119, TRIPS Flexibilities on Patent Enforcement: Lessons from Some Developed Countries Relating to Pharmaceutical Patent Protection, The South Centre (2020) • Submitted comments on the “Call for Submission, pecial Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights; Upcoming Thematic Report on the Right to S Benefit from Scientific Progress and its Applications” (October 2020) • Contributed to comments filed by the Stanford Law School Juelsgaard IP & Innovation Clinic on changing requirements of the USPTO for admission to the patent bar to facilitate greater gender and racial diversity among patent practitioners (May 2021) • Presenter, “Intellectual Property and Affordable Access Issues and Negative Emissions Technologies,” 4th Annual North American Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Conference (August 2020) • Presenter, “Design Patents are Theft, Not Just a ‘Fraud on the Public,’ Who Need Legislation to Restore Their Repair Rights,” UC-Berkeley Conference on the Design Patent Muddle (February 2021) • Debate, “The IP Waiver at the WTO: A Discussion of the Implications for IP, Innovation, and Public Health,” Classical Liberal Institute, NYU School of Law (June 2021)

SENIOR PROFESSIONAL LECTURER TONY VOLINI’S areas of expertise are legal writing, patent drafting, IP licensing, and cybersecurity and privacy. • A Deep Dive into Technical Encryption Concepts to Better Understand Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Legal & Policy Issues, 28 J. Intell. Prop. L. 292 (2020) • Op-ed/Expert Analysis, “Justices Should Narrow CFAA Scope In Van Buren,” Law360 (December 21, 2020) • Op-ed/Expert Analysis, “Justices Should Construe Computer Fraud Law Narrowly,” Law360 (May 27, 2020) (with Karen Heart) • U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief filed on behalf of government in U.S. v. Van Buren (with Karen Heart) • Recipient of the DePaul College of Law 2021 Hosier IP Scholar Award • Masters in Cybersecurity (concentration: networking & infrastructure), DePaul University College of Computing & Digital Media (June 2021)


JAHARIS FACULTY FELLOWS IN HEALTH LAW & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Each year, DePaul’s Jaharis Health Law Institute welcomes faculty fellows who focus their teaching and research on the intersection of health law and intellectual property law. Jaharis Faculty Fellow Sharon Bassan’s recent publications include Proportionality-Based Framework for Government Regulation of Digital Tracing Apps in Times of Emergency (Dickinson Law Review, forthcoming 2021) and Data Privacy Considerations for Telehealth Consumers amid COVID-19, J.L. & Biosciences, Volume 7, Issue 1 (2020). She also presented: “Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates and Passports: Benefits, Risks, and Challenges,” Brocher Foundation Meetup (April 2021); “Commodification of Data—Genetic Information Case Study,” Seton Hall Law School Fourth Annual Regional Health Law Works-in-Progress Retreat (February 2020); and “A Proportionality-Based Framework for Government Regulation in Times of Emergency: The Case of Digital Tracing Apps (DTAs)” at conferences around the world. Jaharis Faculty Fellow Theodosia Stavroulaki has dedicated her scholarship to health care reform and the risks of health care mergers reducing access to vulnerable populations. She covers these topics in her book, Healthcare, Quality Concerns and Competition Law (Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2022) and in her article Mergers that Harm Our Health (Berkeley Business Law Journal, forthcoming 2022). She also discusses it in, “Opening the Black Box: The Hidden Costs of Data-Driven Mergers in Health Care,” published in Promarket in May 2021, and at the 2021 Annual Health Law Conference sponsored by Northeastern University and the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Outside health care, Stavroulaki also analyzed how the U.S. News rankings incentivize universities to harm cultural and economic diversity and its possible antitrust implications in Equality of Opportunity and Antitrust: The Curious Case of College Rankings published in the Journal of Competition Law and Economics in 2021.



IP/IT CURRICULUM DePaul College of Law offers one of the most diverse, cutting-edge IP/IT curricula in the country.



Qualified first-year students are invited to join the College of Law’s distinctive IP Legal Writing Section, which places an emphasis on IP/IT topics as part of the first-year Legal Analysis, Research & Communication (LARC) curriculum and is taught by an attorney or professor with professional IP experience.

• Advanced Intellectual Property

• Health Innovation & Intellectual Property

• Art & Museum Law

The upper-level IP/IT program features a wide range of coursework, as well as seminars, skills classes and clinical experiences, including the Technology/Intellectual Property (TIP®) Field Clinic. Students also have the opportunity to pursue one of four IP/IT certificates, three joint degrees and an LLM in IP. CIPLIT’s recent Technology & Data Protection Initiative also expanded data privacy, data security and technology courses and created a partnership with the DePaul College of Computing and Digital Media.

• Intellectual Property & Climate Change

• Information Technology, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Law

• Advanced Patent Law • Cultural Heritage Law

• Legal Drafting: Art Market Transactions

• Advanced Patent Law

• Legal Responsibilities in IT

• Art & the Law

• Music Law

• Biotechnology Patent Strategies for the New Millennium

• Music Transactions: Representing Talent

• Copyright Law

• Patent & Trademark Searching

• Customs Law • Cybersecurity Law • Data Breach Notification Laws

• Patent Law

• General IP Law

• Patent Law

• Legal Drafting: IP Licensing • Legal Drafting: Patents • Legal Drafting: Trademarks & Copyright

JOINT DEGREES • JD/LLM in Intellectual Property Law


COURSES Courses may vary from year-to-year.


• Field Clinic Practice & Seminar: Technology/Intellectual Property (TIP®) • Litigation Strategy: IP • Moot Court Competition: IP • Moot Court: Patent Law

• JD/MS with DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) • JD/MBA with DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business


• Intellectual Property Law

• Practical Legal Research: Cultural Heritage • Practical Legal Research: IP

• Data Privacy Law: U.S. & EU

• Practical Legal Research: Legal Practice Technology

• Disaster Recovery Theory & Strategies

• Privacy Law

• Entertainment Law

• Special Topics in Law

• Food & Drug Law

• Sports Law

• Guided Research

• Trademark & Unfair Competition Law

• Independent Research

• Trade Secret Law

• Information Security Management • Intellectual Property for Corporate Transactional Lawyers • Intellectual Property Law Survey • International Intellectual Property • Internet Law • Introduction to Programming • Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property Law Editorial Board





DePaul College of Law provides students with a variety of hands-on opportunities to enhance their IP/IT studies and to prepare them for practice in this field, including externships, clinics, journals and extracurricular activities.

Each year, DePaul College of Law’s outstanding IP/IT curriculum, faculty and extracurricular opportunities attract many students with excellent and diverse credentials who come to DePaul to engage in its rigorous, invigorating academic environment.


Dedicated to “Protecting the Creative Works of Creative Minds®,” the Technology/Intellectual Property (TIP®) Field Clinic, a successor to one of the first intellectual property clinics in the country, enables students to gain practice experience in intellectual property and technology law. Students work off-site with law firms and partner organizations specifically chosen for their ability to expose students to intellectually challenging and exciting legal issues. Clients include entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, authors and inventors who need assistance in protecting their creations and businesses. The TIP Field Clinic is an integral component of the College of Law’s nationally ranked IP program.


CIPLIT’s extremely successful An Introduction to IP Theory & Practice Lecture Series is designed to acquaint all first-year students with substantive content and elements of practice in the various areas of IP law. The lectures are presented by both full-time faculty members and experienced IP attorneys.


Part of the Technology & Data Protection Initiative, CIPLIT’s Tech-Law Boot Camp Series features lectures by professors, practicing attorneys and other tech specialists on relevant substantive technology topics, including certifications, technology management principles, data privacy, cybersecurity, networking concepts and Internet law. These lectures are open to DePaul law students, alumni and the Chicago legal community. 12


As part of DePaul University’s collaboration with 1871 and 2112—Chicago’s prestigious entrepreneurial technology and creative arts hubs—DePaul law students have access to programming, special events, workshops, lectures and networking opportunities with industry leaders. CIPLIT students can take Special Topics in Law: Entrepreneurship, Innovation & the Law at 1871 & 2112, a practical course that allows students to perform and present legal research that addresses the business, technological and legal issues facing innovators today.


The DePaul Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property Law (JATIP) is a student-edited online law journal established in 1991. Published biannually, JATIP reviews developing legal and policy issues in the fields of art, technology and intellectual property law.


The student-led Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) connects DePaul law students with the IP legal community by providing mentoring opportunities and hosting events with IP professionals and alumni.


Through its extensive mentoring and job placement advising, CIPLIT assists students and alumni with career development and potential placements at myriad firms and organizations, locally and nationally. These job opportunities provide students with valuable legal experience as a significant first step on their career paths. Recent student placements include: Adler Law Group

IpHorgan Ltd.

Antiquities Coalition

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Art-Law Centre at the University of Geneva

K&L Gates LLP

Association on American Indian Affairs

Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage



Beem Patent Law Firm

Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.

Cherskov Flaynik & Gurda, LLC

Marshall Gerstein & Borun, LLP

Chicago History Museum

McDermott Will & Emery

City of Chicago

Motorola Solutions

Dennemeyer and Associates, LLC

Nixon Peabody

Eligo Energy

Northern Trust

Global IP

Rakoczy Molino Mazzochi Siwik LLP

Greer Burns & Crain Ltd.



Scandaglia & Ryan

Hill-Rom Services, Inc.

Sidley Austin LLP

Hon. Cecilia A. Horan, Circuit Court of Cook

Smithsonian Institution, Office of t he Under

County, Chancery Division

Husch Blackwell LLP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection,

International Institute for the Unification

Office of the Associate Chief Counsel

Wilson Elser

of Private Law (UNIDROIT) (Rome)

Institute of Art and Law (London)

Secretary for History, Art and Culture



The Art & Cultural Heritage Law Society (ACHLS) connects DePaul law students with professionals and organizations whose practice areas center around the evolving and diverse landscape of museum, art and cultural heritage law. GO.DEPAUL.EDU/CIPLIT


SUMMER BRIEFS Jordan Hubaishy (JD ’23)

Liya Levin (JD ’23)

“Thanks to CIPLIT, I had the opportunity to work as a law clerk

“This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to clerk in the

in the Chicago office of Wilson Elser LLP, a leading provider in

Chicago office of Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd. There, I assisted

cyber risk management and litigation services. I worked with

the Patent and Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group

their cybersecurity and data privacy team, and I gained vast

on a number of substantive projects, such as patent filings and

insight on how different types of businesses must respond to

patent invalidity proceedings. In this role, I gained exposure to

data breaches. In addition to performing legal research on

the rules governing the global intellectual property community,

various data breach class action lawsuits, I drafted notices to

participated in infringement actions against international IP

individuals and government officials nationwide, and played a

violators, and honed my legal research and writing skills by

vital role in briefing my team on future changes in the law, both

drafting memoranda on issues related to patent, copyright

within the United States, and internationally.

and trademark litigation matters. My most memorable and

I cannot emphasize enough how helpful CIPLIT and Professors Ellen Gutiontov and Tony Volini were in preparing me for my summer internship. The [first-year] IP legal writing section

rewarding experience this summer was receiving the final approval of a patent I assisted with, which is currently displayed on my desk!

gave me a strong legal writing foundation and the opportunity

I attribute my success this summer to the help and support

to apply my new skills to complex intellectual property issues.

I’ve received through CIPLIT and the first-year IP legal writing

Additionally, CIPLIT worked closely with me to refine my resume

section. Both Professors Ellen Gutiontov and Tony Volini

in order to make my job search as successful as possible. I owe

provided me with the opportunity and skills to excel as a patent

the experience I gained, and my growing network of mentors

law clerk and, onward, as a practicing patent attorney.”

and attorneys in my field, to CIPLIT.”

Meghan Jackson (JD ’22)

Leni Morales (JD ’23) “This summer, through the Jaharis Summer Scholars Program

“This summer, I interned with the Office of Chief Counsel for

offered by the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where I worked alongside

and CIPLIT, I was afforded a scholarship that came with the

attorneys answering complicated questions on behalf of the

opportunity to join Hillrom, a medical technology provider.

government. I was given challenging research assignments

I worked with in-house attorneys, HR specialists and global

in a wide array of practice areas, but I especially enjoyed the

compliance managers to not only learn proper business

complex cultural property cases and was able to test the writing

practices for employee and patient data collection and retention,

skills I honed during the first-year IP legal writing section. I am

but also to research and offer insights into the future of data

so grateful to CIPLIT and Professor Patty Gerstenblith for the

practices. I was able to use my previous knowledge of health

financial support and encouragement to take this position. I am

care and marry it with my interest in IP and data protection.

much more prepared to take on my last year of law school and my future career because I had this opportunity.”

My knowledge of legal research and writing, gained through my first-year IP legal writing section, guided my memos and briefs. The practical hands-on experience that I gained this summer will help me in my studies and career. “





DePaul law students frequently participate in national and international intellectual property moot court competitions. Guided by IP/IT faculty and alumni, these teams have achieved continued success and have won a number of regional and national awards in patent and trademark competitions over the years.

PROGRAMS As part of its mission to contribute to discourse in IP/IT law, CIPLIT hosts multiple programs each year, highlighting the latest developments in the field. Notable programs hosted or sponsored by CIPLIT include: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SCHOLARS CONFERENCE (IPSC)

Started at DePaul, the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (IPSC) is an annual event bringing together IP scholars from across the world to present their works-in-progress and discuss current IP/IT issues. The conference is co-sponsored by The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law; Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University; Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®), DePaul College of Law; and the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology, Stanford Law School. The 19th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference was hosted by CIPLIT in August 2019.


The Scandaglia & Ryan Excellence in IP Legal Writing Award is given annually to the student receiving the highest grade in the IP legal writing section. Scandaglia & Ryan established the award in 2002, and the firm continues to support the award and provide numerous opportunities to DePaul law students. Recent recipients include Jason Sanders (’21) and Andrew Burnham (’22).


The annual DePaul Cyber Risk Conference features discussions related to new frontiers in cyber security, with multi-faceted examination of the legal, business and ethical ramifications of technological advancements in the modern world. It is co-sponsored by CIPLIT, DePaul’s Arditti Center for Risk Management in the Driehaus College of Business, and the DePaul College of Computing and Digital Media. The Seventh Annual Cyber Risk Conference, “Cybersecurity in an Officeless World,” looked at how the pandemic required many businesses to move online and examined the resulting threats and privacy issues (December 2020).


The Robert & Clytia Chambers Patent Law Award is awarded each year to the student who achieves the highest grade in Patent Law. Recent recipients include Brian Raddatz (’21), Mary Hannon (’21) and Andrew Burnham (’22).


The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) recognizes future leaders in the fields of privacy and data protection. The recipient of the first DePaul IAPP Westin Scholar Award was Ali Albazzaz (‘21). 16




The annual Jaharis Symposium on Health Law & Intellectual Property, co-hosted by CIPLIT, focuses on current topics at the intersection of health law and IP/IT. The April 2021 symposium, “Addressing Health Disparities: Is Technology the Answer?,” addressed issues of legal regulation, IP, and racial and health justice as they relate to health care access. The symposium offered insights from experts in various sectors, navigating the legal ramifications of innovations in the field of genetics. Panelists addressed issues of distributive and procedural justice in genetics and genomics as they relate to scientific innovation, intellectual property, human subject research and the criminal justice system.


Founded in 1998, the Niro Distinguished Intellectual Property Lecture features an influential figure in IP/ IT law who addresses faculty, students and attorneys on current issues in the field.




As part of the Advanced Concepts in Patent Law Seminar, the Edward D. Manzo Scholars in Patent Law features a series of lectures by notable patent scholars. Students and faculty members read and discuss each scholar’s latest work before the authors formally present their papers during an interactive seminar.

One of CIPLIT’s strongest achievements is its network. DePaul law students benefit from the guidance of numerous loyal alumni and supporters, many of whom are employed in IP and IT positions nationally and internationally.


The Arts Law Colloquium features presentations by attorneys, government officials and academics who are leading experts in the areas of art, museum, cultural heritage, music, theater, film and media law. It is co-sponsored by CIPLIT and College of Law’s Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law.


The Hosier Distinguished Visiting Intellectual Property Scholar series features the nation’s leading intellectual property scholars presenting their research in IP/IT law.



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