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IP Notes from All Over

New and upcoming things:


The excellent IP team at American University’s Washington College of Law prompts me to remind everyone that the annual symposium titled “IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections” is just around the corner.  The symposium will take place on Friday, April 4, at the WCL campus, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, Room 528, 10am-4pm.  Lunch will be served to all registered participants.

This year, the IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections Symposium will be featuring 15 presenters or commenters from two continents, open to the public and webcast live on
The full schedule of panels, links to past articles, and other information can be found at

(I wish that I could be there; instead, I will be presenting at an excellent conference titled “Open-Source and Proprietary Models of Innovation: Beyond Ideology,” at Washington University.  Details here.  If you’re closer to St. Louis than to Washington, D.C., please stop by.)


The Kernochan Center at Columbia Law School emailed me to ask that I take notice of a new fellowship opportunity for would-be law faculty.  I’ve highlighted the distinctive language. 

The Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School is accepting applications for a fellowship program to support future legal academics interested in the field of copyright and authors’ rights. Fellows will have the opportunity to spend one to two years in residence at Columbia Law School. They will spend approximately half of their time working on their own research, and the other half working with members of the Columbia Law School IP community on Kernochan Center projects, e.g., studies undertaken by the Center’s Program for Intellectual Property Studies and Law Reform, organizing conferences and workshops, etc. It is expected that fellows will produce an independent work of scholarship that will position them to enter the job market for full-time academic employment.

Fellows will receive a stipend of approximately $50,000 plus benefits, eligibility for subsidized housing, and space to work at the law school. In the event that subsidized housing is unavailable, fellows will receive a housing allowance.

The fellowship will commence in September 2008. Applicants should be 2-5 years out of law school and planning a career in academia. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, proposal for scholarly research (5-8 pages), two letters of recommendation, law school transcript and a list of additional references by April 30, 2008 to:

June M. Besek
Executive Director
Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts
Columbia Law School
435 West 116 th Street, Box A-17
New York , NY 10027

Columbia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

There is one other Visiting Assistant/fellowship program designed specifically for aspiring IP academics, at George Washington University.

I have some comments on these programs in an earlier post.