Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property


The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) is the internationally recognized intellectual property and information law research and academic program of American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL). PIJIP’s academic programs, including our new  LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property, and a first in the nation IP Clinic, offer an unparalleled course of study in the fields of intellectual property and information law. PIJIP’s faculty is among the most prolific and engaged IP faculties in the world. Full-time faculty teach courses in every major topic of the field, including Copyright, Patent, Trademark, Trade Secret, Cyberlaw, and a full array of international intellectual property law courses.

PIJIP implements AUWCL’s motto – Champion What Matters – through a large array of research and public impact projects that focus on promoting the public interest in intellectual property and information law. PIJIP projects include the hosting of, a leading IP news and analysis blog, and Creative Commons-U.S. — the U.S. affiliate of the global network of Creative Commons membership organizations. PIJIP hosts dozens of events, meetings and conferences every year.

Annual events include the Peter Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property, the IP/Gender Mapping the Connections symposium, and PIJIP’s Supreme Court Series featuring post-argument reflections by counsel to parties in intellectual property cases before the Supreme Court.

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PIJIP’s work is currently supported by grants from the International Development Research Centre, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Academy of Exchange and Judicial Studies Training, as well as by a gift from Google. To support the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, click here.