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In 1969, Teruo Doi, a visiting Japanese professor,


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taught the first Intellectual Property (IP) law

course at UW Law. Decades later, his contribution within the Asian and Comparative Law Program would evolve into a full-blown, internationally recognized IP research institute and educational program. The Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP), the brainchild of leading U.S. patent scholar Donald Chisum, has undergone many transformations since its inception in the 1980s. From a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to a UW-integrated Summer Institute and research goliath, CASRIP has evolved as an IP law program that is shaping the worldwide IP system. This year — its 20th anniversary — we salute the founders, faculty, alumni and students of CASRIP for their many years of innovation. The center’s first incarnation was as a nonprofit association with a focus on problems in high technology patents and other intellectual property ownership rights. Professor Chisum wanted CASRIP to qualify for NGO status so he and his associates could attend meetings held at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) — a specialized UN agency — and watch the law take shape. “Substantive patent harmonization was the origin and raison d’etre of CASRIP in its early days,” explained Chisum’s protégé and CASRIP’s first deputy director, Al Tramposch ’86. “Under the umbrella of CASRIP, Don and I began attending the meetings in Geneva that drafted a major treaty on Substantive Patent Harmonization (the “PLT” or Patent Law Treaty).”


UW Law Alumni Magazine, Fall 2012  
UW Law Alumni Magazine, Fall 2012  

UW Law Alumni Magazine, Fall 2012