All of IIPSJ's programs are concerned with advancing the cause of social justice. Nonetheless, some of the programs are are designed to more directly affect inclusion and empowerment–these programs we group under the heading of Social Justice Impact Programs. This moniker is just a shorthand description of a related set of programs intended to highlight the inclusion and empowerment aspect. Several are part of the IIPSJ IP Law and Policy Think Tank.
Each program has its own webpage or pages (or will have one when that particular program moves from conception to realization). This page provides brief descriptions of the programs and links to those pages.
Two aspects of social justice are inclusion and empowerment. Through working to make information available, IIPSJ, Inc., seeks to include those on the wrong side of the digital divide and to empower people to develop and exploit intellectual property-based works. IIPSJ's work in this area has included hosting a forum, submitting position statements to governmental authorities, testifying on aspects of the issue, and engaging in research and publishing academic articles on the topic.
In today's information-based economy, economic power is often dependent upon intellectual property. Consequently, IP attorneys can and should take the lead in empowering minority and other marginalized communities to compete for and attain a stake in the 21st century economy. Stimulating an increase in ethnic diversity within the intellectual property bar is a major objective of the Summit, and is a key means to implement the empowerment strategies.
In Fall 2010, the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice (IIPSJ) will conduct its first IP Empowerment Summit at the Howard University School of Law. The IP Empowerment Summit will bring together a diverse group of IP professionals, including IP lawyers from private practice, in-house counsel, and academia, to collaborate with legislators and public interest and community activists to devise strategies for community development built around artistic works and technological innovation.
The IIPSJ IP Law and Policy Think Tank has several programs that also affect social justice, though they are less directly focused on community outreach, empowerment, and involvement. They are more on the policy, advocacy, and scholarship side of IIPSJ's work, though the division of the programs tends to be more conceptual than real in the actual work of IIPSJ.
This is a central focus of the IIPSJ Think Tank. IIPSJ advocates the social justice perspective in various contexts. In 2009 and 2010 IIPSJ submitted written position statements to the Federal District Court in the Google Books Settlement case, to Congress on hearings held on the Google Book project, and to the Obama Administration on its creation of an IP Enforcement Strategic Plan. In 2011 IIPSJ conducted an IP policy briefing at the Canon Office Building of Congress, met with various Congressional of other governmental officials including David Kappos, Undersecretary of Commerce and Director of the USPTO, and submitted position papers on various IP legislative initiatives and administrative proposals for IP enforcement and IP administration.
IIPSJ's directors, Prof. Lateef Mtima and Prof. Steven D. Jamar have published a number of articles about the social justice aspects of IP and have been active in presentations at practice-oriented conferences, academic conferences, and in academic debates. IIPSJ also sponsors scholarship by others. IIPSJ also sponsorsIIPSJ Research Scholars and Fellows.
Two aspects of social justice are inclusion and empowerment. Through working to make information available, IIPSJ, Inc., seeks to include those on the wrong side of the digital divide and to empower people to develop and exploit intellectual property-based works. IIPSJ's work in this area has included hosting a forum, submitting position statements to governmental authorities, and testifying on aspects of the issue, and engaging in research and publishing academic articles on the topic. One effort in this regard is the IIPSJ IP and Social Justice Online Law Library which is just in the earliest stages of development.