We realize that many entrepreneurs, creators, and inventors may not have a lot of time to research and understand Intellectual Property (IP) law. These IIPSJ programs and resources serve as a foundation for advancing the cause of social justice through intellectual property laws.

Equalizing Access to Knowledge

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.

JULY 29, 2009

FROM 9:00 AM TO 11:00 AM


2900 VAN NESS ST. N.W.


Equalizing Access to Knowledge

Presented by The Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice at Howard University School of Law and Google Inc.

This unique policy forum at Howard University School of Law will present an engaging discussion on Google’s book digitization project and its relationship to social justice and access to information.
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IP Empowerment Program

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.

NOVEMBER 5, 2010

FROM 9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM


2900 VAN NESS ST, N.W>


IP Empowerment Summit

In 2010, the Institute of Intellectual Property and Social Justice (IIPSJ) conducted its first National IP Empowerment Summit, at the Howard University School of Law.
The IIPSJ IP Empowerment Summit served the general public and intellectual property (IP) professionals in educating and empowering minority artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and other IP supporters in underserved communities.

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MOSAIC IP Law and Policy Roundtable Conference

The MOSAIC IP Law and Policy Roundtable Conference was established to bring together scholars, law and policy makers, and social activists of diverse and multicultural backgrounds and perspectives to explore progressive and non-traditional ideas in intellectual property law, policy, and social activism. 

Because IP law and policy makers traditionally value scholarly analyses in their development and interpretation of IP protection, this emerging body of progressive, social justice-oriented IP scholarship, especially when infused with the experience and insights of social activists and policy makers, can provide them with the doctrinal basis for shaping a more socially responsible IP legal regime.

MARCH 18, 2016

8:00 AM




The Second Annual Mosaic Conference: Diverse Voices in IP Scholarship

The IP Mosaic Organizing Committee invites you to participate in the Second Annual IP Mosaic Conference on March 18-19, 2016, presented by Marquette University Law School and co-sponsored by the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice.

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Intellectual Property Filings

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 Filings
IIPSJ Letter Supporting Passage of the CASE Act

The Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice (IIPSJ) applauds the introduction of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (HR 2426)

MAY 2019

IIPSJ Filings
IIPSJ Comments on the CLASSICS Act and the Music Modernization Act

For more than a century, arcane and adhesive business practices, arising in part through gaps in and manipulations of music copyright…

MARCH 2018

Social Justice Research and Scholarship

IIPSJ’s directors, Prof. Lateef Mtima and Prof. Steven D. Jamar, have published a number of articles about the social justice aspects of IP, are sought after lecturers at practice-oriented conferences and academic conferences, and participate in workshops and in onlne academic discussions.

IIPSJ also sponsors and hosts conferences, symposia, and scholarship by others.

IIPSJ Scholarship
Mapping the Parameters of the Right Publicity Rights: Identifying and Balancing Competing First Amendment Interests

Right of publicity jurisprudence presently constitutes one of the most volatile areas of intellectual property law.

IIPSJ Scholarship
Publicity Rights and the First Amendment: Balancing Athletes and Other Celebrity Interests

The origins of the right of publicity can be traced to the landmark law review article published by Samuel D. Warren and Louis D. Brandeis…

Law Library

To advance the goals of the Institute, IIPSJ has created an online library about inclusion and empowerment through intellectual property law and through exploitation of intellectual property.

The library is intended to serve several diverse audiences including in particular people in underserved and historically marginalized communities, people and organizations working to empower those groups, policy makers, and academics.

IIPSJ Library
Crafting Copyright Law to Encourage and Protect User-Generated Content in the Internet Social Networking Context

The social networking technologies, combined with the affordability
and ease of use of hardware and software to manipulate digitized works, create new challenges to copyright law.

IIPSJ Library
Orphan Works and the Google Book Search Settlement: An International Perspective

The first principle of copyright law is that permission to exploit a work can only
be granted by its authors or rightsholders.