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.


Professor Kwall's Articles on SSRN All-Time Top 10 List.

Professor Roberta Kwall’s articles "Inspiration and Innovation: The Intrinsic Dimension of the Artistic Soul" (Notre Dame Law Review) and "Author-Stories: Narrative's Implications for Moral Rights and Copyright's Joint Authorship Doctrine" (Southern California Law Review) are included in SSRN's all-time top 10 download list for Philosophy Research Network: Aesthetic Experience, Judgment, Value.

14th Annual IP Scholars Conference.

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 & Information Technology, DePaul University College of Law; and the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Stanford Law School.

CIPLIT Hosts Third International IP Scholars Roundtable and Hosier Scholar Lecture.

On May 1 and 2, 2014, 22 senior scholars from the United States and various other countries held a roundtable at DePaul on international intellectual property law issues.

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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