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Please find below the program of events, panel topics, and panelists.  We hope you join us for our annual meeting of the nation's most brilliant IP lawyers!

Twelfth Annual Intellectual Property Law Seminar
Friday, March 13, 2015

Intellectual Property Law Seminar

Howard University School of Law - The Law Library
2900 Van Ness Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20008

The Twelfth Annual Intellectual Property and Social Justice Continuing Legal Education Seminar will be held on the campus of the Howard University School of Law at 2900 Van Ness Street, N.W., Washington, DC, and is presented by IIPSJ and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.

The continuing convergence of the major forms of IP protection has made it essential that IP lawyers keep pace with important developments in multiple areas of IP practice. Today’s IP attorneys keep abreast of relevant changes in the law and often find knowledge of major developments in IP jurisprudence.

Moreover, the need for fresh, innovative approaches to new IP challenges spurs the demand for diversity in the IP bar. To meet the evolving needs of today’s IP practitioners, creators, developers, and distributors, IIPSJ presents a comprehensive one-day program, through which seasoned attorneys can enhance their skills, experienced minority and women attorneys can reach wider audiences, and aspiring IP practitioners can enjoy a unique and affordable opportunity to become familiar with key IP principles and important controversies of the day.

Distinguished Guests
Hon. Susan G. Braden - United States Court of Federal Claims

Hon. Sharon Prost - United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Hon. Sue L. Robinson - United States District Court for the District of Delaware

Hon. Dana Sabraw - United States District Court for the Southern District of California




Program Chairs
Chair: Esther H. Lim, Partner -Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Co-Chair: Tashia Bunch, Chair of Professional and Public Programs -IIPSJ

Administrative Chair: Lateef Mtima, Professor of Howard University School of Law; Director of IIPSJ

CLE Credit
The seminar has been approved for CLE credit since 2003; 2015 credit applications have been filed for California, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. 

Special Needs
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Presented by: Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Program Sponsors: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP; Google, Inc.; Manatt, Phelps & Phelps, LLP; and Sughrue Mion PLLC

Finnegan Institute for Intellectual Property & Social Justice

It's that time of year again!


The 2015 IIPSJ's IP and Social Justice Continuing Legal Education Seminar will be hosted by Howard University School of Law on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 8:45am to 5:30pm.


The program will once again be co-sponsored by one of the U.S's top IP law firms: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner, LLP.


As usual the program will explore leading developments in the intellectual property law, including pertinent issues of social justice. The full program brochure will be forthcoming shortly.


Click the links below to learn more about the event!


IIPSJ 2015 CLE "Save the Date" Flyer

CLICK HERE to view the schedule of events and our confirmed panelists.

CLICK HERE to go to the CLE 2015 Registration Page



As we settle into 2015, we thought you might be interested in a commentary regarding the continuing debate surrounding the name of the Washington NFL football team, Missing the Point: The Real Impact of Native Mascots and Team Names on American Indian and Alaska Native Youth, written by Eirk Stegman, Associate Director of the Half in Ten Education Fund at the Center for American Progress, and Victoria Phillips, who teaches intellectual property and communications law at American University Washington College of Law and is the Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Stegman and Phillips discuss the psychological impact of the team’s controversial appellation, noting that “…too much of the debate misses the point. It is not just about a name, a logo, a business, or a matter of intent. Racist and derogatory team names have real and harmful effects on [American Indian and Alaska Native] people every day, particularly young people.” Among other things, the authors note that “AI/AN students across the country attend K-12 and postsecondary schools that still maintain racist and derogatory mascots. Research shows that these team names and mascots can establish an unwelcome and hostile learning environment for AI/AN students. It also reveals that the presence of AI/AN mascots directly results in lower self-esteem and mental health for AI/AN adolescents and young adults. And just as importantly, studies show that these mascots undermine the educational experience of all students, particularly those with little or no contact with indigenous and AI/AN people. In other words, these stereotypical representations are too often understood as factual representations and thus “contribute to the development of cultural biases and prejudices.”


To read the full commentary, follow the link at

The mission of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice (IIPSJ) is to empower politically, socially, and economically traditionally disadvantaged and excluded groups through facilitating their creation, use, and exploitation of intellectual property.

The Institute engages in three main types of activities:

  • education and training;
  • scholarly investigation of IP and empowerment; and
  • public advocacy.

Foremost among these is the IIPSJ Intellectual Property Law and Policy Think Tank, which is the only IP Think Tank dedicated to evaluating IP law and policy and IP-related issues from the social justice perspectives of inclusion and empowerment.

The IIPSJ Think Tank functions as:

  1. an incubator for developing new social justice oriented IP legislation and amending existing IP law;
  2. an institution around which Civil Rights activism and community awareness, education, entrepreneurship, and empowerment in the field of IP are centered; and
  3. a locus for scholarly and professional involvement on important national and international IP law and policy controversies.

IIPSJ also provides direct services on a very limited basis such as advising clients on trademark issues.  The Institute hopes to expand that aspect of its work in the future.

These three activities are realized through various Institute programs including IIPSJ's Think Tank, its international program, and its student-oriented program.

IIPSJ is an officially recognized NGO affiliate of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and is ramping up IIPSJ's involvement in advocacy and support for international IP and development issues of various sorts.



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