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10th Anniversary of IP Law AND POLICY LL.M.

After six years at the helm of the Center for

Microsoft, Gomulkiewicz represented software

Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual

developers and users at the Preston, Gates &

Property (CASRIP), Professor Toshiko Takenaka

Ellis (now K&L Gates) law firm, working on the

wanted to expand the reach of the IP Law

famous Apple v. Microsoft case. He was also no

curriculum. So she began playing with the idea

stranger to UW Law, having regularly taught a

of a yearlong IP LL.M. program. “I wanted the

class on legal protection for software at the school

program to be the first program on the West

and sometimes guest lectured for Takenaka’s IP

Coast,” Takenaka recalled. “I believed in [its]


nation’s premier Intellectual Property Law and Policy LL.M. programs.

Guided by his experience, Gomulkiewicz led the development of a high-quality IP curriculum rooted in a balanced approach to practical and theoretical learning. Students began their studies

She enlisted the help of Associate Dean Patricia

with an intensive “boot camp” class called IP Law

Kuszler to design an interdisciplinary program,

Core. The curriculum culminate in courses that

relevant to IP lawyers in hot industries in the

take students into advanced topics and practical

Pacific Northwest, such as software and biotech.

application, such as drafting license agreements

After years of planning, their vision was accepted

and patent applications. A unique program

by the graduate school in the spring of 2002. The program wouldn’t be the success it is today without its first director, former Microsoft Associate General Counsel Bob Gomulkiewicz ’87 (pictured above). He joined the faculty in autumn 2002, bringing ample IP experience with him. At Microsoft, Gomulkiewicz led the

requirement is a major research paper. In the 10 years of the IP LL.M. program, more than 30 student research papers have been published in law journals and two have been cited by courts. Externships and Oxford-style tutorials also provide opportunities for students to learn IP law from different perspectives.

legal team supporting the development of major

A number of other faculty and staff have been

software products, such as Windows and Office.

instrumental in building the program as well. Sean

He also served as chair of the Uniform Computer

O’Connor, who established the Entrepreneurial

Information Transactions Act (UCITA) working

Law Clinic, served as Associate Director and

group of the Business Software Alliance. Before

for a year as Co-Director. Dan Laster, a former

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anniversary of that idea’s fruition — one of the

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potential.” This year, we celebrate the 10th


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