Dear Friends and Supporters:

I am delighted to announce that our renowned Center for Advanced Studies and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) has expanded to house all of the University of Washington's Intellectual Property (IP), technology and art law initiatives. From its origins under former UW Law Professor Donald Chisum, through its unparalleled growth under Professor Toshiko Takenaka, CASRIP established itself as one of the premier patent and technology law centers in the world. Recently, UW Law School’s IP faculty has grown as well. The addition of rising-stars Zahr Said (copyright, advertising) and Ryan Calo (robotics, privacy), together with the evolving research interests of our senior faculty, means that we now have significant expertise across the full range of IP and related fields including patents, technology protection, copyright, trademark, privacy, robotics, digital media, music, arts and literature. Accordingly, we reconfigured CASRIP along a co-director governance model that oversees all IP, technology and art law programs at UW Law. We hope to see you at our upcoming events!

Sean OConnor

Sean O’Connor
Assistant Dean for Law, Business, and Technology Initiatives
Boeing International Professor of Law
Co-Director, CASRIP

Former CAFC Chief Judge Randall R. Rader joins UW Law Faculty

CASRIP is pleased to welcome long-time supporter Chief Judge Randall R. Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (ret.), to its ranks. Known as “Judge” for most of his career, Rader has often said that he prefers the title “Professor.” UW Law students will be the beneficiaries of Rader’s passion for teaching as well as his extensive IP knowledge in both our Bio-entrepreneurship and the Law and International IP classes this spring. Rader is the ideal instructor for these courses considering he has been part of some of the most influential biotechnology patent law cases as well as a leader in the evolution and harmonization of international IP law and policy. Rader’s formal title while teaching at the UW is “Harry M. Cross Distinguished Visiting Professor”.


Upcoming Events


Fair Use in the Digital Age: Campbell @ 21

April 17-18


Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) Commissioner Shen Visit

April 24


IP Works-in-Progress Colloquium for Chinese Junior IP Scholars

May 7-8

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Chief of Staff Byrnes Visit

May 11

SPCC-CASRIP Judicial Conference in China

May 28-29

Asia Pacific IP Forum Annual Seminar in Thailand

June 8-9


CASRIP Patent and Intellectual Property Law Summer Institute

July 16-31


CASRIP High Technology Protection Summit

July 24-25


Works in Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium (WIPIP)

February 19-20, 2016


CASRIP Sponsors Blockbuster Conferences on Robotics and Copyright Fair Use

We Robot, April 10-11

The “We Robot” conference fosters conversations between the people designing, building, and deploying robots and the people who design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots will operate. This conference builds on existing scholarship that explores how the increasing sophistication and autonomous decision-making capabilities of robots and their widespread deployment everywhere from the home, to hospitals, to public spaces to the battlefield disrupts existing legal regimes or requires rethinking of various policy issues. The 2015 We Robot conference is chaired by Professor Ryan Calo, Co-Director of the Technology Policy Lab.

Fair Use in the Digital Age: Campbell @ 21, April 17-18

This two-day copyright conference will revisit Campbell v. Acuff-Rose (the “Pretty Woman” case) and evaluate its ongoing impact on fair use. In the 20+ years since the decision, Campbell has emerged as among the most important copyright cases to date. The Copyright Act gives a four-part test for determining fair use, but as a consequence of Campbell’s influential reasoning, many courts and commentators focus almost exclusively on the first factor, the nature of the use by the defendant and whether the allegedly infringing work is “transformative.” This significant shift away from the other factors, especially a plaintiff’s market harm has been a cause for alarm for some and a cause for celebration for others. A broad range of artistic works, educational or informational practices, and digital technologies have been found to be “transformative” under Campbell and thus non-infringing. This conference will explore the implications and appropriate applications of the transformative use test in a world that is increasingly digital and thus potentially full of transformative uses. Professor Zahr Said initiated this important conversation about fair use.

Keynote Speakers:
Judge Pierre Leval, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Senior Status
Professor Pamela Samuelson, U.C. Berkeley
Professor Justin Hughes, Loyola University, Los Angeles

UW Law, CASRIP and Seattle University Co-host Pacific Northwest IP Law Scholars Conference (PIPS), February 6-7

The Pacific Northwest IP Law Scholars Conference (PIPS) provides a forum for IP law scholars from the Pacific Northwest to present their works in progress. Papers presented at PIPS included: “Five Reasons Why Patent Disclosure in SSOs Doesn’t Work and What to Do About It” by Brad Biddle, Lewis & Clark; “Beyond Economic Considerations: (Re) Conceptualizing Geographical Indications for Protection of Traditional Knowledge” by Tesh Dagne, Thompson Rivers; “The Modern Material Transfer Agreement” by Karen Sandrik, Willamette; “Certification Marks” by Jane Winn, University of Washington; “Leaky Covenants-Not-to-Compete as the Legal Infrastructure for Innovation” by Robert Gomulkiewicz, University of Washington; “An Economy of Scarcity (of Smart Information)” by Margaret Chon, Seattle University; “Intellectual and Regulatory Property” by Anna Laakman, Lewis & Clark; “Copyright and Free Expression in China's Film Industry” by Eric Priest, Oregon. This year PIPS also featured a colloquium presentation by Professor Lydia Loren from Lewis & Clark Law School on “Fair Use as an Affirmative Defense”.


CASRIP and World Standards Cooperation Forum Co-host Roundtable, January 22-23

UW Law, CASRIP and the World Standards Cooperation Forum co-hosted a high level roundtable discussion on "The Role of Standardization in Innovation and Entrepreneurship" at the UW on January 22-23. The event brought together academics from leading management schools, executives of the foremost standards institutes, and industry, entrepreneurial and government leaders interested in standardization strategy, practice, policy, innovation and education. Keynote speaker: Mary Saunders, NIST Associate Director for Management Resources, Office of the Director and Vice-Chair of ANSI. Full details of the roundtable with the program are available on the roundtable website.


CASRIP Partners for 8th International conference CPDP Computer, Privacy & Data Protection 2015 Data Protection on the Move, January 21-23

This three-day conference offered participants 70 panels, workshops and special sessions with 415 speakers from academia, public and private sectors and civil society.


Students Argue IP Case in Strasbourg, France

Every spring break, UW Law IP students travel to Europe to convene with students from our European partner schools for the Transnational IP Seminar led by Professor Toshiko Takenaka. While in Europe, the students participate in a series of comparative law lectures, an international license negotiation exercise and a mock trial before prominent international IP judges. This year the students traveled to CEIPI in Strasbourg, France. Next spring break, students will visit the home of OHIM in Alicante, Spain.


Focus On: India

India's IP and Innovation Policies Workshop co-hosted by CASRIP and The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), April 10

CASRIP and NBR will co-host a workshop to discuss India’s environment for innovation, as well as recommendations for public policy in the United States, India and other countries. Senator Slade Gorton and Congressman Adam Smith will provide remarks. Since India has emerged as a major economic power, it is actively looking to strengthen its role in and ties to the global economy while stimulating domestic growth. At the same time, international stakeholders are looking to India as a potential partner in development—yet raise concerns about the trajectory of India’s IP and industrial policymaking and its impact on fostering robust global markets. Major economies across the Asia-Pacific have large stakes in India’s development and in the ways in which Indian policy affects innovation and the competitive landscape in global markets. How and to what extent the United States, India and other leading economies can work together to address these issues will have critical implications for sustaining healthy environments for investment, market innovation and closer overall strategic ties. This workshop will also serve as a launching event for a multi-year NBR study examining these important issues and their implications for industry, policy and research.


CASRIP Co-Hosts IP Emerging Issues Dialog in India

CASRIP and Indian Society of International Law co-hosted the Third IP Emerging Issues Dialogue on January 16-17, 2015 at the Indian Society of International Law, Delhi, India. This exciting event brought together judges from the U.S., Australia, India, Japan; academics from Thailand, U.S., Japan, China and India; and representatives from WIPO, USPTO, Bayer (Germany) and Microsoft (India) to discuss the role of patents in medical science innovations, access to health care and standard essential patents.


Fourth Annual IP Teaching Workshop at NLU Delhi; Resolution to Create Society of Indian IP Professors

Now in its fourth year, CASRIP’s Microsoft-supported teaching workshop brought together a select gathering of IP teachers from all over India. The workshop covered: (1) teaching methods for specialized IP courses; (2) empirical research in IP; (3) IP clinics; (4) teaching experiences from technical, humanities and management schools; and (5) engaging IP student societies. One of the major outcomes of this workshop was the decision to establish a Society of Indian IP Professors that would help elevate IP education in India to higher levels of academic consciousness.

Accolades, Scholarship and Presentations



Digital Market Manipulation, 82 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 995-1051 (2014).

Discussant, Who Knows?: Law in an Information Society, California.

Code, Nudge, or Notice?, 99 IOWA L. REV. 773-802 (2014).

Chair, “We Robot” Conference, University of Washington, Washington.

Keynote, 16th Annual Privacy and Security Conference, Victoria, B.C.

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Jennifer Fan

Jennifer Fan

Panelist, “The Role of Your Law School and Other Graduate Schools in Your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Tapping the Free Legal Advice Right Next Door”, AUTM Annual Meeting, California.

Presenter, “Educating the Next Generation of Intellectual Property Lawyers”, Lewis & Clark School of Law Business Law Forum, Oregon.

Presenter, “Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, Tsinghua University, Washington.

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Bob Gomulkiewicz

Bob Gomulkiewicz

LICENSING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: LAW & APPLICATION (3d ed. Aspen 2014) (with Nguyen & Conway).

Presenter, “The Business of Innovation”, Indiana University--McKinney School of Law, Center for Intellectual Property and Innovation, Indiana.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, SOFTWARE, AND INFORMATION LICENSING: LAW & PRACTICE (BNA Books 2006) (with Nguyen & Conway) (2014 Cumulative Annual Supplement).

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Signe Naeve

Signe Naeve

Presenter, “Copyright Year in Review”, WSBA IP Institute, Washington.

Commentator, “Beyond Economic Considerations: (Re) Conceptualizing Geographical Indications for Protection of Traditional Knowledge” by Tesh Dagne, Northwest IP Scholars Conference, Washington.

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Sean O’Connor

Sean O'Connor

Appointed Boeing International Professor at the University of Washington.

Presenter, “The Wild World of Cannabis: A Quick Trip Through the Civil Law Issues of Medical and Legal Marijuana”, ABA Webinar (3,000 attendees).

Elected Chair, AALS Art Law Section.

Presenter, “Crowdfunding’s Impact on Start-Up IP Strategies”, Beijing IP Association, China.

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Zahr Said

Zahr Said

Chair, “Fair Use in the Digital Age; Campbell @ 20” Conference, University of Washington, Washington.

Presenter, “Reforming Copyright Interpretation,” Junior Scholars in IP, Michigan.

Elected Chair, AALS IP Section.

Presenter, “Reforming Copyright Interpretation,” 14th Annual IPSC, California.

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Toshiko Takenaka

Toshiko Takenaka


Keynote Speaker, “Determination of Patent Protection Scope under U.S. and German Patent Acts, 2015 Dusseldorf Patentrechtstage Conference”, Germany.

A Change of Leadership in Patent Policy and Law Developments? The Active Role Played by Japanese Courts in Japan’s Patent Term Extension Reform, in LEGAL INNOVATION IN ASIA: JUDICIAL LAW MAKING AND INFLUENCE OF COMPARATIVE LAW 293 (John Haley & Toshiko Takenaka ed. 2014).

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Jane Winn

Jane Winn

Presenter, “Llewellyn Has Left the Building: The Growing Irrelevance of the UCC to 21st Century Sales Law,” AALS, Washington, D.C.

Presenter, “Payment Modernization Strategies in India and China,” National Law University-Odesha, India.

Presenter, “The Role of Contractarian Ideology in the Construction of Global Markets” 10th International Conference on Contracts, William S. Boyd School of Law University of Nevada, Nevada.

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