Through these conferences, IP scholars can work together with political activists, practicing attorneys, community organizers, and policy makers to produce activist scholarship, to collaborate on various IP Empowerment policy initiatives and projects, and to otherwise help to shape and effectuate a progressive and contemporary IP socio-legal agenda.

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October 30-31, 2020 

12 – 4:30 pm CST

Online Conference

Sixth Annual IP Mosaic Conference: The Arc is Hot!  Using IP to Further Social Justice

Hosted by Marquette University Law School

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Since 2014, IIPSJ has sponsored the IP Mosaic Conference, a peripatetic scholarly forum in which legal scholars and policy and social activists present and develop progressive theses in the field of IP Social Justice. Through the Mosaic Conference, IIPSJ collaborates with a law school host to provide a venue in which to explore the social ordering function of IP protection in the total political economy, particularly the law’s social justice obligations in promoting human rights and actualization, cultural and technological progress, and self-determination and nation-building.

About the Mosaic Roundtable

Roundtable topics include equitable access to health, medicines, knowledge, and information; socially beneficial application of information technology and related advances to IP development and dissemination; legal protection for traditional and indigenous knowledge and expression; and promoting IP awareness, education, and entrepreneurial and socio-political empowerment in marginalized communities.

The Roundtable Conference is also amenable to expansion into a two day format, to accommodate plenary panels, keynote presentations, and “incubator project” and work in progress sessions.

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Program Agenda

Friday, October 30, 2020

12 – 12:15 pm CST Welcome Remarks
• Kali Murray (Host)
Professor of Law, Marquette University School of Law
• Joseph Kearney (Host)
Dean, Marquette University School of Law
• Lateef Mtima (MOSAIC Core)
Professor of Law, Howard Law School
Founder and Director, IIPSJ
• Recognition of Benjamin Liu Memorial Scholars (denoted by **)
Jasmine Abdel-KhalikUniversity of Missouri-Kansas School of Law

12:15 – 12:50 pm  Plenary Session 1

Encountering Race in IP
A Social Construction of Race Encounter – Phillip Lee, Professor, University of the District Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
A Critical Race Encounter – Kali Murray
A Social Justice Encounter – Lateef Mtima

12:50 – 1:00 pm BREAK

1:00 – 2:20 pm Works-in-Progress Session #1
Moderator: Janewa Osei-Tutu, Associate Professor, Florida International University College of Law
Posthumous Endorsements & BLM – Andrew Gilden, Associate Professor, Willamette University College of Law
Genetic Resources & TK in TransBoundary Situations – Margo Bagley, Professor, Emory University School of Law and Frederic Perron-Welch, Ph.D Candidate
Should Copyright Apply on Tribal Lands? – Trevor Reed, Associate Professor, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law

–5 min BREAK–
Law, Race, and Alchemy – Bita Amani, Associate Professor, Queen’s University
Copyright’s Memory-Based Rights – David Simon, Visiting Associate Professor & Frank H. Marks Intellectual Property Fellow, George Washington University Law School

2:20 – 2:30 pm BREAK

2:30 – 3:55 pm Roundtable Session – Full Papers
Moderator: Keith Robinson, Associate Professor, Southern Methodist University and Willajeanne McLean, Professor, University of Connecticut Law School
The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Patent System – Muhammad Zaheer Abbas, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Queensland University of Technology
Exposing Gender Bias in IP: The Music Industry – Dr. Metka Potocnik, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Wolverhampton Law School

–5 min BREAK–
True and False Inventors: Race, Gender, and Appropriation by Patent – Kara Swanson, Professor, Northeastern University
Patent & Innovation Inequalities – Colleen Chien, Professor, Santa Clara Law School

4:00 – 4:30 pm HAPPY HOUR

Saturday, October 31, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 pm Incubator Session
Moderator: Tuneen Chisolm, Associate Professor, Campbell University School of Law
Empirical Study of Gender & Race in TM Prosecution – Miriam Marcowitz-Bitton, Professor, Bar-Ilan University, Deborah Gerhardt, Professor, University of North Carolina, and Mike Schuster, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia Terry College of Business
Using IP to Further Social Justice (TM Prosecution) – Ed Timberlake, Attorney, Timberlake Law
Black Lives Matters and BLM as TMs – Irene Calboli, Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law
Legendary Houses: Voguing, Trademarks and Transformation – Betsy Rosenblatt, Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law

1:00 – 1:10 pm BREAK

1:10 – 3:30 pm Works-in-Progress Session #2

Moderator: Christine Haight Farley, Professor, American University School of Law
Weaponizing Copyright – Cathay Smith, Associate Professor, Alexander Blewett III School of Law, The University of Montana
Reimagining Moral Rights Thru a Feminist Lens – Carys Craig, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School York University and Anupriya Dhonchak, Student
IP as Security for Finance – Eleanor (Ellie) Wilson, Trainee Solicitor, Virtuoso Legal**

–5 min BREAK —
Digital Exhaustion: Furthering SJ in Streaming-Dominated CR Ecosystem – Peter Mezei, Associate Professor, University of Szeged**
Liberation Registration: Antebellum African American Copyright – Brian Frye, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky College of Law

3:40 – 3:50 pm BREAK

3:55 – 4:20 pm Plenary Session

Moderator: Jasmine Abdel-Khalik, Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

The Color of Creatorship Intellectual Property, Race, and the Making of Americans Interview with with Anjali Vats, Assistant Professor, Boston College Law School and Deidré A Keller, Dean, Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law

4:20 – 4:30 pm Closing Remarks

Lateef Mtima