We work to ensure that inventors, artists, and entrepreneurs obtain the tools to fully realize the economic value of their creative works and inventions. As our world becomes ever more dependent upon technological and scientific developments, we are forced to engage in these issues of access.
This is the work of IIPSJ.

Our Legal Filings

IIPSJ routinely submits written comments to federal courts and agencies advocating the social justice perspective on intellectual property.


Beginner's Guide

Take a look at our beginner’s guide and start tackling some of the issues in your community.


IIPSJ Programs

IIPSJ sponsors, organizes, and conducts a variety of programs which explore the social justice obligations of intellectual property law. Through these programs, IIPSJ seeks to:


Increase minority and underrepresented groups in the practicing IP bar


Consider IP legal issues with social justice implications


Use IP to empower creators and inventors in minority and marginalized communities


Serve as a catalyst for action by others in each of these areas

Get Involved

Whether you come from a background of intellectual property law or social justice work, we invite you to make use of our resources.

What if social justice was a pill that was patented and could save the lives of millions of people, but it never reached those people because they are poor?

What if social justice was a song with a copyright, but the people who created the song couldn’t sing it without paying someone else?

What if social justice was a trademark, but it was used on products to pollute urban communities and oppress the poor?

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

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