The Indiana University Maurer School of Law is a leader in international and comparative legal education, and Indiana University is one of the country's foremost institutions in international and global studies. Building on this long tradition of excellence, the Center for Intellectual Property Research engages extensively in research and teaching in international and comparative intellectual property law. Some of our recent activities are summarized below.
Brad Sherman Joins the Center for Intellectual Property Research

Professor Brad Sherman is the latest prominent academic to join the ranks of the Center's international affiliated faculty.  Sherman is a professor of law at The University of Queensland in Australia; his previous academic positions include posts at Griffith University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Cambridge. His expertise encompasses many aspects of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on its historical, doctrinal and conceptual development. Sherman is currently working on a historical project looking at the protection of computer based inventions and a project looking at the role of intellectual property in relation to food security.

Professor Mark D. Janis observed that Sherman has long been one of the world's leading academics on the implications of intellectual property rights for agriculture, an interest that Janis shares. "Brad is a prodigious researcher, and I expect that we will find many opportunities for collaboration, especially in the area of plant IP rights."

Professor Sherman will be in residence in Bloomington periodically to participate in the Center's teaching and research work.
Arpan Banerjee Earns Appointment in Germany

Professor Arpan Banerjee, an international affiliated faculty member of the CIPR who teaches at O.P. Jindal Global Law School, New Delhi, has been awarded a German Chancellor's Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The prestigious German Chancellor's Fellowship, sponsored by Chancellor Angela Merkel, offers prospective leaders the chance to drive their careers forward by focusing on a specific scholarly project. "The Chancellor's Fellowship is one of the Humboldt Foundation's flagship programs," said Hannah Buxbaum, John E. Schiller Chair in Legal Ethics and Academic Director, IU Gateway, Berlin. "This is a tremendous honor and a great opportunity to develop long-term collaborative partnerships with top-tier German research institutions."
Professor Banerjee will spend the coming semester at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, one of Germany's leading law schools. 
IP Theory's New International Imprint

Jindal Global University

IP Theory , the law school's peer-edited, online IP law publication, has entered into its first international partnership.  IP students from the Maurer School of Law will collaborate with students from New Delhi's Jindal Global Law School to staff the journal.   Professor Mike Mattioli will serve as the journal's primary faculty supervisor at Maurer, and IP faculty from Jindal's Centre for Intellectual Property Rights will supervise in New Delhi. The student staff has already begun work on the proceedings of a recent conference held at Jindal on the interface between intellectual property and competition law in India, to be published in
IP Theory during the 2016-17 school year.

Professor Mattioli says of the new partnership, "IP Theory is set to become a unique forum for transnational scholarly conversation. We'll actively experiment with new ways to convey legal scholarship. And the opportunities for our students to learn from and work with their peers in India should be outstanding."   
C. Raj Kumar, vice chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and dean of the Jindal Global Law School, joined a group of CIPR faculty and students in Bloomington last April to announce the partnership. 

Kumar, Rounsifer, Bostrom, Goodman, Janis, and Mattioli 

Don Knebel Appointed Distinguished Visitor at National Chengchi University

Professor Don Knebel, adjunct professor and Senior Advisor to the Center, was appointed a distinguished academic visitor at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. He will teach classes on American antitrust and intellectual property law and patent litigation at National Chengchi in October. CIPR affiliated faculty Chung-lun Shen and Richard Li-dar Wang are on faculty at National Chengchi.

Knebel also will be presenting a paper titled, "SSOs and Competition Laws:  Lessons and Suggestions from the United States" and moderating a session on the "Role of Competition Agencies" at Jindal Global University's Jindal Initiative for Research in IP and Competition (JIRICO) conference in August. 
Leaffer and Janis Continue Overseas Teaching and Speaking     

In the past year, Professors Marshall Leaffer and   Mark Janis have given a number of talks at a variety of locales.

Leaffer has taught courses and delivered invited lectures at University of Lorraine (Nancy, France), the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (Munich, Germany), the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris (Paris, France), and the Institut d'├ętudes politiques de Paris (Paris, France).

Janis spoke at Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin's Intellectual Property on Plants conference. He also spoke at the University of Basel's IP and the Life Sciences conference.

Center's Undergraduate Research Program Welcomes IIT-Patna Student Researcher 
The Center's undergraduate research program now has a global reach. Mayank Garg, an electrical engineering undergraduate from the Indian Institute of Technology-Patna, recently became the first engineering undergraduate from an overseas institution to complete a summer research internship with Center faculty in Bloomington. Garg worked with Professor Janis on technical aspects of a historically-important Supreme Court patent case, and worked with Professors Janis and Knebel studying the archived case files of a famous set of patent infringement lawsuits asserted against the automobile industry in the 1970s and 1980s.

Garg says of his time in Bloomington, "Just one interaction with my mentor, Professor Janis, put me at ease. I was privileged to have been able to work on one of the best campuses I have ever seen. When I was returning to India, I felt overwhelmed thinking about how much I will miss this place, the amazing people I met, and the friends I made for life." 

Mayank Garg with Center faculty & staff (Knebel, Nemecek, Hedges, Janis, Hess and Du Mont)
Upcoming Events

Fall 2016 IP Colloquium

Professor Marshall Leaffer's IP Colloquium will convene on Thursdays throughout the fall semester. The course focus will be "Issues on International and Comparative Intellectual Property" and will feature prominent scholars in IP. "We are thrilled once again to bring in experts to discuss vibrant and critical issues with our students," Leaffer said. "This is one of my favorite classes to lead."
Friday, March 31, 2017: Oxford/IU IP Dialogue

This forum will feature recent intellectual property scholarship authored by scholars from Indiana University and the University of Oxford, among others. Discussion will include a variety of international comparative IP topics.