The Intellectual Property Institute was originally established to build an infrastructure for developing various IP initiatives and projects. Principal among these was the annual Intellectual Property Law and Policy Conference, known as the “Davos of IP.”  The Conference has offered an important forum for leaders in government, the judiciary, academia and the private sector around the world to meet, discuss and resolve current IP issues. In addition, the Institute hosts an annual London Roundtable, an invitation-only discussion forum of IP leaders as well as a number of IP public lectures and seminars in IP.  It drafts amici curiae briefs in cases dealing with IP issues and recently started producing a monthly podcast.

The Institute promotes a legal realist approach to IP law in order to better understand what the law actually is and does, and to predict where it is going. In doing so, it hopes to foster progress toward identifying and resolving issues of concern to the IP community. A critical mission of the Institute is to develop the next generation of IP law practitioners and to encourage them to think critically about the importance of IP rights.

The 28th Annual IP Institute Conference Begins In

Fordham Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference

2021: 28th Annual Conference, April 8-9
2019: 27th Annual Conference, April 25-26

Testimonials From Our Conference

  • “What distinguishes the conference is the sheer intensity of its focus. Prominent speakers’ papers became the subject of vigorous and often dramatic debate as big name IP experts came under sustained fire from their peers and were required to defend their IP beliefs”

    The IPKat
  • “This must be one of the most enjoyable and thought-provoking conferences in the IP field. The high quality of the speakers is matched by the intense, audience-led debates and challenges which follow.”

    Sir Hugh Laddie, Former Justice, Royal Courts of Justice, London
  • “Faculty for the conference . . . speak with a combination of candor and timeliness that is unrivaled by any other forum of its kind.”

    Honorable Marybeth Peters, Former Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office
  • “I always encounter the most stimulating ideas at the Fordham IP Conference in New York. That is the one I like for giving me fresh ideas and new ways to look at IP.”

    Don Weerawit Weeraworawit, Deputy Secretary-General, Human Rights Commission, Thailand.
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