Nov 292017

Position: Grants and Finance Coordinator – Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

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The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property is hiring a Grants and Finance coordinator to support the administration of our grant funded projects and events.  The position is responsible for drafting grant budgets, keeping track of grant financial transactions, and supporting grant funded events, including a large international conference.  Finance administration and event planning experience is preferred.  The successful candidate in this position will need to work efficiently and cooperatively with the administrative and finance offices at the law school to keep the program running smoothly.


This position supports PIJIP’s grant funded projects, including an international legal expert network on copyright users rights and also Creative Commons USA.    More information about PIJIP can be found at and .  More information about CC USA can be found at


Why work with PIJIP?

  • Learn about non-profit administration and grant management
  • Gain exposure to the to the progressive advocacy community in DC on issues including copyright, internet and technology policy, health, and other public interest fields.
  • As an employee of American University, you are eligible for tuition remission, and other benefits outlined at


To apply go to  applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible.

Nov 132017

On Tuesday, November 14th, the Brazilian Delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property will sponsor “Copyright & Education in the Digital Environment: Challenges and Opportunities.”

The event will discuss increasing recognition in both domestic and international copyright reform debates that all creators and users in all countries benefit from copyright systems that are balanced with both author and user rights.

Participants include Daniel Pinto (Ministry of Foreign Relations, Brazil), Sean Flynn (AUWCL), Nikola Wachter (Education International), Allan Rocha (Federal University Rio De Janeiro), Henrique Mota (President of Federation of European Publishers), and Jonathan Band (Library Copyright Alliance).

See the program details here.


Sep 292017

Professor Sean Flynn shared PIJIP research on the social and economic benefits of  copyright user rights at CopyCamp 2017, held in Warsaw, Poland September 28-29, 2017. Professor Flynn spoke at a workshop co-hosted by PIJIP, Communia and Kennisland — three leading copyright reform research institutes. The workshop was aimed at broadening partnerships with copyright experts, researchers and policy advocates who can contribute to or use new research on the impact of expanding copyright user rights. CopyCamp is one of the largest gatherings of public interest copyright reform advocates in Europe.

Aug 012017

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – Professor Christine Farley will present a webinar through AIPLA, “Debriefing the Supreme Court’s Tam Decision.”

The Supreme Court held unanimously that the Lanham Act’s prohibition against registering disparaging trademarks with the USPTO violates the First Amendment. Tune in to get the answer to the question everyone is asking: where do we go from here?

Presented by: Christine Farley of American University Washington College of Law​; Christina Hieber of US Patent and Trademark Office; Ron Coleman of Archer, P.C.; moderated by Sheldon Klein of Gray Plant Mooty.

Register and learn more, here.

Jun 202017

On June 20th, Professor Vicki Phillips (Professor of the Practice of Law and Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, Washington College of Law, American University) will speak on the recent Matal v. Tam decision.

The Supreme Court has ruled that part of a 1946 law prohibiting trademarks that disparage others violates the First Amendment. The case against the Lanham Trademark Act was brought by Asian American rock band The Slants, but the decision is likely to affect Washington’s football team, which lost its trademark in 2014 under the law. While some in the legal community applaud the court for upholding constitutional free speech rights, others argue the decision could open the floodgates for offensive names and that trademarks should not be protected as free speech. Kojo explores the case and its local implications.

Listen to the podcast, here.

Jun 142017

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) has been approved to receive a generous gift from Google Inc. The generous gift will support the work of PIJIP to undertake research and dissemination activities on the promotion of copyright balance in international trade agreements, including particularly in relation to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Specific outcomes of the project during this period will include:

  • Public and private meetings and workshops on IP in NAFTA. Coinciding with the announcement of a renegotiation of NAFTA to begin in Fall 2017, PIJIP will seek to organize a series of meetings and public events around the IP chapter of NAFTA. The meetings will include public webcast events designed to reach a broad audience, policy briefings planned with industry associations and think tanks designed to target government officials and hill staffers, and academic conferences designed to promote scholarship.
  • Model trade agreement text promoting open copyright exceptions. PIJIP will undertake research on models for promoting balance in copyright in previous trade agreements and work with the User Rights Network to develop model text.
  • Research on the value of open copyright exceptions. PIJIP will utilize its User Rights Database (mapping the evolution of copyright user rights over time in 20-40 countries around the world) to perform econometric studies on the positive impact that open copyright exceptions have on information industries in key countries.

PIJIP is the internationally recognized and nationally ranked intellectual property and information law research and academic program of 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.

Apr 172017

On April 27th, Professor Christine Farley will speak at Duquesne Law School, along with the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association and the Federal Bar Association on the CLE, “A Name Worth Fighting For? The Slants, Trademark Law, and Free Expression.”

Simon Tam, the band’s founder and bassist, will join with Professor Farley and other legal scholars in a panel discussion about trademark law, including whether the band’s choice to claim the name should be protected by the First Amendment. Associate Dean Jacob H Rooksby, who teaches intellectual property law at Duquesne, will serve as the discussion moderator.

See the full program, here.

Apr 172017

On May 11th, Professor Jonas Anderson will speak at the Stanford Patent Litigation Symposium. Leading experts from the public sector, private practice, and academia will gather at Stanford on May 10th and 11th, 2017, to address the phenomenon of the patent assertion entity (PAE) and the state of patent law reform. The first Stanford Patent Litigation Symposium inaugurates the public release of the Stanford NPE (Non-Practicing Entity) Litigation Dataset, the first comprehensive dataset to categorize patent plaintiffs. Over the past three-and-a-half years, the Stanford Patent Litigation Symposium has classified nearly 50,000 patent plaintiffs as practicing (e.g., Google or Pfizer) or as NPEs (e.g., universities, pre-production startups, PAEs, etc.). Fifteen experts have now developed empirical findings based on the Dataset, which will inform the debate about the role of NPEs in our patent system. Most of the discussion focuses on PAEs, whose business model has been highly scrutinized as existing solely to monetize their patents. In addition to aiding Congress and the Patent Office in developing effective laws and policy, the Symposium will help private sector stakeholders, policy makers, judges, litigators, scholars, and researchers better understand the nature of the entities filing patent suits.

See the whole program and register, here.