Friends & Supporters

IP Program Initiatives

The IP Scholarship Initiative* enables CIPLIT™ to successfully recruit law school candidates who hold the most outstanding national LSAT and GPA statistics. Past contributors include:

  • Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Edward D. Manzo
    Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Susan Somers Neal
    Neal & McDevitt
  • William Niro
    Niro Haller & Niro
  • DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP Scholarship in Intellectual Property/Information Technology Law
  • Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
  • Gregory Vogler
    McAndrews Held & Malloy

IP Program Initiatives

The following donors have provided support to CIPLIT™ over the years for specific initiatives:

  • Robert Chambers
    Dr. Robert Chambers Patent Law Award
  • Dennis Gallitano
    Gallitano and O'Connor LLP, Scholarship Support
  • Gerald D. Hosier
    The Hosier Distinguished Visiting Intellectual Property Professorships and Scholars
  • James Jacobson and Griffith & Jacobson
    Scholarship Support
  • Edward D. Manzo
    Advanced Concepts in Patent Law Seminar Scholars
  • Thomas R. Mulroy and McGuire Woods
    CIPLIT Symposium Fund
  • Raymond P. Niro Sr.
    Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law
  • Niro Haller & Niro
    Annual Niro Distinguished IP Lecture Series
  • Practising Law Institute of New York
    TIP Clinic® Intellectual Property Reference Library
  • Scandaglia & Ryan
    IP Legal Writing Award
  • Leslie Silbermann
    Hattie F. Silbermann Award for Academic Excellence
  • Gregory Vogler and McAndrews Held & Malloy
    Funding of CIPLIT Associate Directorship


CIPLIT hosted the Third International IP Scholars Roundtable and Hosier Scholar Lecture on May 1 - 2, 2014.

On May 1 and 2, 2014, twenty-two senior scholars from the United States and various other countries held a roundtable at DePaul on international intellectual property law issues.

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Professor Sarnoff named Edison Scholar.

Professor Joshua Sarnoff has been appointed a Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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15th Annual Niro Distinguished IP Lecture.

"How to Retain Patent Enforcement While Reforming It – Judges and Counsel Should Manage Infringement Suits, not Congress"

Honorable Paul R Michel(Ret.)
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Commentator, Honorable James F Holderman
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

To view the video of this discussion, please click here.

In August 2013, four members of CIPLIT faculty participated in the 13th annual IP Scholars Conference, which originated at DePaul in 2000.

Professor Roberta Kwall opened the conference with a talk about the history of the conference and the top 10 things law faculty can do to enhance their career potential in this new reality of legal education. Professor Margit Livingston presented her paper on Copyright Infringement of Music: Determining Whether What Sounds Alike Is Alike. Professor Josh Sarnoff commented on Victoria Stodden’s paper, Software Patents as a Barrier to Scientific Transparency: An Unexpected Consequence of Bayh-Dole. Professor Fusco spoke about The Origins of Patent Examination in the Venetian Republic.

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