JIPSA Summer Workshop

The Junior Intellectual Property Scholars Association Summer Workshop will be held at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law on Wednesday and Thursday, July 25-26, 2018.


Wednesday, July 25
12:00pm-1:00pm -- Lunch
1:00pm-1:10pm -- Welcome/ Introduction
1:10pm-1:55pm -- Aman Gebru, Disclosure of Origin Requirement as Information-Forcing (full length paper)
1:55 pm-2:25pm -- Sarah Burstein, Reviving Ornamentality (early stage idea)
2:25pm-3:10pm -- Peter Karol, Permissive Certificates (full length paper)
3:10pm-3:25pm -- Break
3:25pm-3:55pm -- Cathay Smith, Imagining a Fair Use Defense to VARA (early stage idea)
3:55pm-4:40pm -- Paul Gugliuzza, The Supreme Court Bar at the Bar of Patents (full length paper)
4:40pm-5:10pm -- Dmitry Karshtedt, Once is Enough: Rediscovering Collateral Estoppel at the PTAB (early stage idea)
6:30pm -- Dinner - Quartino Ristorante, 626 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Thursday, July 26
8:30am-9:00am -- Breakfast
9:00am-9:45am -- Guy Rub, Incentivizing Creative Ideas (full length paper)
9:45am-10:15am -- Laura Pedraza-Farina, The Diffusion Principle in Patent Law (early stage idea)
10:15am-10:30am -- Break
10:30am-11:15am -- Joy Xiang, IPR Arrangements for International CleanTech Cooperation (full length paper) 
11:15am-11:45am -- Ana Santos-Rutschman, The Vaccine Race in the 21st Century (early stage idea)
11:45am -- Wrap-up and Lunch

Non-presenting attendees: Greg Reilly.


Individuals who have held a full time academic position for 7 years or less (not counting time as a VAP or fellow) and whose scholarship deals with IP law.


Each participant can present a full draft and/or an early-stage idea.

1. Full Drafts
Participants who choose to present full drafts will be asked to distribute them by no later than Wednesday, July 11, 2018. All workshop participants are expected to read and be ready to provide comments on each of the drafts. Authors will not present their drafts. Instead, the group will go around the table and allow each participant to provide comments on the paper, followed by a group discussion. Each paper will be allotted approximately 45 minutes for comments and discussion from the group.

The drafts will not be posted publicly but will be circulated to the group.

2. Early-stage ideas
Participants who choose to present an early stage idea will be advised to provide an abstract or short summary by Wednesday, July 18, 2018. For these projects, the author will have the option of giving a brief summary/presentation and the rest of the time (approximately 30 minutes) will be left for discussion.



Meals will be provided throughout the conference. Participants will be responsible for their own travel, lodging and other expenses.


Hotel accommodations are available at the Cambria Chicago at a rate of $189 per night. Reservations must be made by July 6, 2018 to receive this special rate. Reserve your hotel room or call the hotel directly at 312-523-0902 and reference "NWU Young Scholars 2018" to book your room. 


Contact Information

For substantive questions, contact Laura Pedraza-Farina. For logistical questions, contact Laura Dimitrijevic