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.


14th Annual IP Scholars Conference on Aug. 7 - 8, 2014.

Professors Joshua Sarnoff and Stefania Fusco participated in the 14th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (IPSC) held at Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT) at the UC Berkeley School of Law on August 7 and 8, 2014. The IPSC brings together intellectual property scholars to present their works-in-progress and to listen and discuss others’ works. The conference is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law; the Intellectual Property and Information Law Program, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University; the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology, DePaul University College of Law; and the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Stanford Law School.

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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.

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