Intellectual Property and Information Technology law has become the "hot area" for the legal profession and students are particularly interested in that field. Law schools are doing everything they can to bolster their IP programs. CIPLIT is ahead of the curve and the program while always evolving is well-developed and is well-respected.

For the past thirteen years, DePaul's Intellectual Property Law/Information Technology (IP/IT) Program, which is part of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT), has been ranked as one of the top IP programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.



  • Professor Roberta Kwall founded the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT™)


  • Hundreds of students are placed in paid IP/IT summer and permanent positions with a variety of firms and organizations.


  • 17 students accepted into the IP Legal Writing Section


  • 55 students accepted (3 sections) into the IP Legal Writing Section; CIPLIT Students received 44 CALI Awards (115 total)
  • 34 CIPLIT Students graduated in the top 20 % of their class (77 total, 44%)
  • 5 of the 14 current Law Review Board of Directors are CIPLIT Students


  • Approximately 1/3 of matriculating students at the College of Law indicated an interest in intellectual property law. Overall, approximately 40% of our entire student body has indicated an interest in IP/IT law.

CIPLIT Featured in DePaul Dialogue


  • Professor Barbara Bressler becomes the director of CIPLIT.


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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