Important Dates & Schedule 


Due to COVID-19, IPSC 2021 will be held online, hosted by the IP and Information Law Program at Cardozo Law School.  The conference will be August 4-5 and 11-12, 2021.  Please visit the conference page for more information:


Panel 1 – Patents: Innovation and Examination
Wednesday, July 15
10:00 – 1:00 pacific daylight time

  • Diversity In Innovation and Patents
    Colleen Chien, Santa Clara University
  • True and False Inventors: Race, Gender, and Appropriation by Patent
    Kara Swanson, Northeastern University School of Law
  • Pharmaceutical Patents and Adversarial Examination
    Dmitry Karshtedt, George Washington University Law School
  • Matching and Digging: Evidentiary Analysis at the Patent Office
    Janet Freilich, Fordham Law School
  • Patenting Fast and Slow: Examiner Rejections and Applicant Traversals to Non-Prior Art Rejections
    Sean Tu, West Virginia University
  • Colluding Against a Patent
    Mike Schuster and Greg Day, University of Georgia

Moderator: Robert Merges

Panel 2 – Copyright Law I
Friday, July 17
10:00 – 12:30 pacific daylight time

  • Copyright’s Administrative Law
    Dave Fagundes, University of Houston Law Center and
    Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M University
  • Copyright’s Techno-Pessimist Creep
    Xiyin Tang, UCLA School of Law
  • Utility-Expanding Fair Use
    Jacob Victor, Albany Law School
  • Fair Use, Fair Dealing and Education in the Time of COVID-19: Recent Cases
    Lisa Macklem, University of Western Ontario
  • The Copyright Wasteland
    Shani Shisha, Harvard Law School

Moderator: Jessica Litman

Panel 3 – Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property I
Wednesday, July 22
10:00 – 1:00 pacific daylight time

  • Out of Sight: Patents that Have Never Been Cited
    Michal Shur-Ofry, Hebrew University Law Faculty
    Neil Gandal and Michael Crystal, Tel Aviv University School of Economics and
    Royee Shilony, Hebrew University Law Faculty
  • An Empirical Study of Gender and Race in Trademark Prosecution
    Deborah R. Gerhardt, UNC School of Law,
    Miriam Bitton, Bar-Ilan, University School of Law, and
    Mike Schuster, University of Georgia
  • The Secret World of Design Patent Litigation
    David Schwartz, Northwestern Law School and Xaviere Giroud, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Does Conjoint Analysis Work in Patent Valuations?
    Bernard Chao and Sydney Donovan, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Intellectual Property Ownership of Collectively Developed Innovation
    Aman Gebru, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Patent Office Reform and Drug Pricing
    Melissa Wasserman, University of Texas School of Law and
    Michael Frakes, Duke University School of Law

Moderator: Mark Lemley

Panel 4 – Health and Biosciences I
Friday, July 24
10:00 – 12:30 pacific daylight time

  • Medical AI Innovation Beyond the Lamppost
    Rachel Sachs, Washington University in St. Louis and
    Nicholson Price and Rebecca Eisenberg, University of Michigan Law School
  • Off-Label Innovation
    David Simon, George Washington University Law School
  • Writing Their Own Intellectual Property Laws: Pharma versus the Public Interest
    Liza Vertinsky, Emory Law School
  • Civil Society Organizations, Patent Opposition Safeguard and Global Public Health: A Case Study of Kymriah
    Muhammad Zaheer Abbas, International Islamic University, Islamabad
  • Patents, Pharma, and the Pandemic
    Sapna Kumar, University of Houston Law Center

Moderator: Dan Burk

Panel 5 – Intellectual Property Histories
Wednesday, July 29
10:00 – 12:30 pacific daylight time

  • Examining Copyright
    Zvi Rosen, Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • The Cross and the Crown: Faith Branding in Christian Science
    Andrew Ventimiglia, Illinois State University
  • Learning from 19th Century Litigation
    Michael Risch, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and
    Mike Viney, Colorado State University
  • Oliver Evans and the Framing of American Patent Law
    Chris Beauchamp, Brooklyn Law School
  • American Patent Law: A Business and Economic History 1790-Present
    Rob Merges, Berkeley Law School

Moderator: Christopher Buccafusco

Panel 6 – Copyright and Society *** Concurrent Panel ***
Friday, July 31
10:00 – 12:30 pacific daylight time

  • Copyright Complicates Cuisine
    Ann Bartow, University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
  • Towards a Cultural Heritage Theory of Copyright Law?
    Felicia Caponigri, Notre Dame Law School
  • Intellectual Property Law as Artistic Medium
    Shane Burke, Cardiff University
  • F*cking with Copyright: testing the discourse through action
    Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Tulane Law School
  • An Entrepreneurship Theory of Copyright
    Eric Priest, University of Oregon School of Law

Moderator: Chris Sprigman

Panel 7 – Trademark Law I *** Concurrent Panel ***
Friday, July 31
10:00 – 12:30 pacific daylight time

  • Trademark Depletion in a Global, Multilingual Economy: Evidence from the European Union
    Jeanne Fromer and Barton Beebe, NYU School of Law
  • Endorsing After Death
    Andrew Gilden, Willamette University College of Law
  • Trademarking “Covid,” “Covid-19” and “Coronavirus”: An Empirical Review and Considerations of a Larger Pandemic
    Irene Calboli, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Headaches and Handbags: A Fragility Theory of Trademark Functionality
    Matthew Sipe, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Overlapping and Sequential IP Rights
    Lolita Darden, Suffolk University Law School

Moderator: Mark McKenna

Panel 8 – Trade Secrets *** Concurrent Panel ***
Wednesday, August 5
10:00 – 12:30 pacific daylight time

  • The New Trade Secrecy
    Sonia Katyal and Tait Graves, Wilson Sonsini
  • Trade Secrets and Personal Secrets
    Lital Helman, Ono Academic College, Israel
  • The Trade Secrecy Standard for Prior Art
    Camilla Hrdy, Akron Law and Sharon Sandeen, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Business Secrecy Expansion and FOIA
    Deepa Varadarajan, Georgia State University
  • Information Asymmetry and the Inefficiency of Informal IP Strategies Within Employment Relationships
    Runhua Wang, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Moderator: Ann Bartow

Panel 9 – Patent Law I *** Concurrent Panel ***
Wednesday, August 5
10:00 – 1:00 pacific daylight time

  • Patents As Contracts: The Challenging Case of COVID-19
    Ofer Tur-Sinai, Ono Academic College, Israel
  • Contractual Bundles for Innovation
    Taorui Guan, University of Virginia Law School
  • Can Public Universities Patent Their Research?: The tension between open records laws and patentability
    Jason Rantanen and Madison Murhammer Colon, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Fed Circuit Blog
    David Taylor, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Design Patent Law’s Identity Crisis
    Peter S. Menell and Ella Corren, Berkeley School of Law
  • Balancing Static and Dynamic Considerations to Calibrate Patent Policy in a Pandemic
    Jorge Contreras, University of Utah

Moderator: Rebecca Eisenberg

Panel 10 – Health and Biosciences II
Friday, August 7
10:00 – 12:30 pacific daylight time

  • Devil in the Tiers
    Robin Feldman, UC Hastings Law, Center for Innovation
  • The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act at 10 – A Stocktaking
    Yaniv Heled, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Drugs, Patents, and Well-Being
    Jonathan Masur, University of Chicago Law School and
    Christopher Buccafusco, Cardozo Law School
  • Privacy in Pandemic: Law, Technology, and Public Health in the COVID-19 Crisis
    Tiffany C. Li, Yale Law School and Boston University School of Law
  • Accountability, Secrecy, and Innovation in AI-Enabled Clinical Decision Software
    Arti Rai, Isha Sharma, and Christina Silcos, Duke Law School

Moderator: Joshua Sarnoff

Panel 11 – Copyright Law II *** Concurrent Panel ***
Wednesday, August 12
10:00 – 1:00 pacific daylight time

  • Transplanting Fair Use Across the Globe: A Case Study Testing the Credibility of U.S. Opposition
    Neil Netanel, UCLA School of Law (Netanel) and
    Niva Elkin-Koren, University of Haifa Faculty of Law
  • Two Conceptions of Fair Use
    Abraham Bell, University of San Diego Law School and
    Gideon Parchomovsky, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Does Copyright Apply on Tribal Lands?
    Trevor Reed, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • Rethinking Use Restrictions on Copyrighted Goods
    Guy Rub, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Compensating minor co-authors: evidence from the music industry of a preference for equality
    Sarah Polcz, Stanford Law School
  • Copyright v. The Internet
    Anupam Chander, Georgetown University Law Center

Moderator: Jennifer Rothman

Panel 12 – Patent Law II *** Concurrent Panel ***
Wednesday, August 12
10:00 – 1:00 pacific daylight time

  • Patent Performativity
    Dan L. Burk, University of California, Irvine
  • Why Harmonize? The Counter-Case of Second-Tier Patent Rights
    Daniel R. Cahoy, Penn State, Smeal College of Business and
    Lynda J. Oswald, Michigan Ross School of Business
  • Access to the Patent System
    W. Keith Robinson, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Patenting Pleasure
    Sarah R.W. Rajec, William & Mary Law School and
    Andrew Gilden, Willamette University College of Law
  • Reconstructing Patent Eligibility
    Talha Syed, Berkeley Law School
  • The Death of the Genus Claim
    Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School
    Sean Seymore, Vanderbilt Law School and
    Dmitry Karshtedt, George Washington University Law School

Moderator: Peter Menell

Panel 13 – Patent Law III
Friday, August 14
10:00 – 1:00 pacific daylight time

  • Patent Law’s Deference Paradox
    Paul R. Gugliuzza, Temple University School of Law
  • Precluding Patent Defenses
    Dennis Crouch, University of Missouri School of Law
  • Innovation in Adversity
    Stephanie Bair and Clark Asay, BYU Law School
  • Patents, the Constitution, and Racialized Innovation
    Brenda Reddix-Smalls, North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • Compartmentalizing Patent Litigation
    Jeremy Bock, Tulane Law School
  • Extraterritorial Damages in Patent Law
    Thomas Cotter, University of Minnesota Law School

Moderator: Pam Samuelson

Panel 14 – Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property II
Wednesday, August 19
10:00 – 12:30 pacific daylight time

  • A Survey of Cases of the Pay-for-Delay Agreement in the Post-Actavis Era
    Thomas Y. Lu; Department of Business Administration, National Sun Yat-Sen University
  • Does Alice Target Patent Trolls?
    Samantha Zyontz and Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School
  • Informative Patents?
    James Hicks, UC Berkeley
  • How Do Patent Law Adjudicators Make Decisions?
    Amy Semet; SUNY University of Buffalo School of Law
  • Design Patents Across Institutions
    Sarah Burstein, University of Oklahoma College of Law and
    Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M University School of Law

Moderator: Jeanne Fromer

Panel 15 – Trademark Law II
Friday, August 21
10:00 – 12:30 pacific daylight time

  • Trademark Fame and Corpus Linguistics
    Jake Linford, FSU College of Law and Kyra Nelson, Independent
  • Fandom is Nonexcludable
    Betsy Rosenblatt, University of Tulsa School of Law
  • Certification (and) Marks – Understanding Usage and Practices Among Standards Organizations
    Brad Biddle, Arizona State University
    Jorge Contreras, University of Utah, and Vigdis Bronder, Biddle Law
  • Trademarks as Surveillance Transparency
    Amanda Levendowski, Georgetown Law
  • Portmanteaumarks
    Brian L. Frye, University of Kentucky College of Law

Moderator: Rebecca Tushnet