Another great year for CASRIP!

Our programs span the globe and reflect the breadth and depth of our Center. As we look forward to 2016, we thank you for your ongoing engagement with CASRIP and UW Law. We could not accomplish all that we do without your steady support. We provide below a brief update on our activities and plans. We wish you all Happy Holidays and all the best for the coming year!

Domestic and International IP Law

We added significantly to the development of IP Law with several landmark conferences this year. We hosted Fair Use in the Digital Age and The Future of Innovation in Medicine in Seattle as well as our annual signature Summer Institute. In addition, we led many teaching and research seminars across Asia and Europe. We are already in planning mode for the 2016 Summer Institute with core patent courses being taught by (ret.) Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Randall R. Rader, Microsoft patent attorney Andy Culbert, and USPTO Solicitor Bill LaMarca in addition to our usual outstanding cast of practitioners and academics. We will cap off the Summer Institute with a Distinguished Shidler Lecture and reception.

Law and Technology

Our Tech Policy Lab continues to thrive as we hosted the fourth annual We Robot conference, the leading event for robotics, law and policy. Notable attendees included R2D2 and the man who designed this beloved "robot," Todd Dyson. We are also finishing a major international research project on Internet intermediary liability with regard to defamation, child protection, hate speech, and privacy supported by Google.

Faculty Scholarship

CASRIP faculty continue at the forefront of innovative scholarship in many areas of intellectual property and technology law with placements in leading journals.
View Recent Accolades, Scholarship and Presentations

IP LLM Program

Our leadership in graduate education flourished as we welcomed 34 new students into our IP LLM program. We are proud of our graduates whom have become leaders in IP law and policy as: professors in the U.S., Canada and China; in-house counsel for IP-producing companies like Microsoft, Starbucks, Nintendo, Pokemon, Real Networks, Google and Spotify; and associates at major IP firms.

Looking Forward

Our historic strength in IP law has set a platform for our growth into many related areas that are linked by the spirit of innovation. Recognizing this, we have decided to retain our well-known acronym, CASRIP, as the umbrella for all of UW Law's work in IP, technology and innovation law. To reflect our broader mission, we have also decided to modify the formal name of CASRIP to the "Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy." This will set an academic and outreach platform for UW Law's leadership not only in traditional IP law, but also in the many related interdisciplinary fields.

Another dimension of our planning is to seek additional synergies with global partners and with other academic centers at UW Law. To help with this work, Professor Toshiko Takenaka will lead development of a UW Law joint degree program with Japan's Keio University, and will hold a joint appointment with Keio and UW Law. Our renowned Asian Law Center will also help support this work. We are so grateful to Professor Takenaka for her long and effective leadership of the CASRIP Summer Institute and look forward to continuing her legacy of excellence in that program as she begins this next stage of her impressive career. Signe Naeve, who has helped to run the Summer Institute for the past 10 years, will lead the administration of the Summer Institute in 2016.

Upcoming Events

2016 promises to be a banner year for UW Law and CASRIP as we host or lead several exciting events. In February we will host two stellar conferences under the joint theme "East Meets West." On February 18, we bring the Asia Pacific IP Forum back to UW, and on February 19-20 we will host the Works-in-Progress IP Symposium (WIPIP). The Forum has become a premier event for Asian IP academics, practitioners, and policymakers, while WIPIP is one of the two top works in progress events for U.S. IP academics. In March, Professor Takenaka will lead the annual Transnational IP Institute, this year in Alicante, Spain. Then in April, we are organizing a major conference on innovation in legal services and technology, as well as one on innovations and policy issues in emerging cannabis business markets. As always, the Summer Institute caps off our academic year in July.

We hope you will join and us in these endeavors. Your support and participation create the robust CASRIP community that reaches from Seattle to all corners of the world.


Upcoming Events


Emerging IP Issues Dialogue (at University of Indonesia)

January 18-19, 2016


“East Meets West” combined Fourth Annual Asia-Pacific Forum (February 18) and 2016 Works in Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium (WIPIP) (February 19-20)

February 18-20, 2016


Transnational IP Institute (at University of Alicante, Spain)

March 21-24, 2016