WIPIP 2021

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18th Annual Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium (WIPIP)

ONLINE:  February 11-13, 2021 & February 18-20, 2021

We are pleased to announce the 18th Annual Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium (WIPIP 2021), which will be held online for two consecutive weekends on February 11-13, 2021 and February 18-20, 2021.

WIPIP 2021 is jointly organized by American University Washington College of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, and University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The academic organizers of WIPIP 2021 are Irene Calboli, Jorge Contreras, Christine Haight Farley, and Glynn Lunney.

WIPIP is an initiative created to provide a forum for academics—junior and senior—to present and discuss their intellectual property papers and works-in-progress with colleagues at other institutions and receive early feedback. For more information about the WIPIP Series, see http://wipip.info.

Submissions

Legal scholars (including research fellows, visiting assistant professors, and early career scholars) who are interested in presenting at WIPIP 2021 can submit a request to present by completing the Call for Papers form.

Call for Papers Submission Form ►

Note that, while we welcome submissions from scholars from all over the world, we do not anticipate changing the traditional nature of WIPIP, which has primarily been a conference of U.S.-based legal scholars.

Deadlines for Submission and Notification of Acceptance

The deadline to submit a request to present is November 6, 2020. Late requests will be considered based on availability.

We will send notifications to accepted participants by December 5, 2020. Accepted participants will need to confirm their participation in WIPIP 2021 no later than December 15, 2020.

Conference Schedule

WIPIP 2021 will take place during two consecutive week(ends) in February 2021. The tentative schedule is below.

Thursday, February 11, 2021:  3:30 p.m. EST - 6:30 p.m. EST
Friday, February 12, 2021:  11:00 a.m. EST - 6:30 p.m. EST
Saturday, February 13, 2021:  11:00 a.m. EST - 6:30 p.m. EST

Thursday, February18, 2021:  3:30 p.m. EST - 6:30 p.m. EST
Friday, February 19, 2021:  11:00 a.m. EST - 6:30 p.m. EST
Saturday, February 20, 2021:  11:00 a.m. EST - 6:30 p.m. EST

Following the WIPIP tradition, WIPIP 2021 will also feature several social events to allow scholars to “visit” and enjoy the wonderful IP community despite the current limitations on social interactions due to COVID-19.

In particular, participants will be able to join daily Virtual Coffee Breaks and Lunch Breaks. On Saturday, February 13, 2021, we will host a Virtual Mardi Gras Cocktail Party, and on Saturday February 20, 2021, we will host a Virtual Gala Dinner & Game Night. Prizes will be awarded during these two evenings. These will include prizes for various “Bests” achieved during the conference. It will be a memorable WIPIP 2021!

Format and Time for Presentations

WIPIP 2021 will feature a combination of plenary and parallel sessions. The final schedule will be based on the number of submissions.

Each presenter will have 30 minutes for their presentation including comments/questions from the audience. We encourage participants to speak for no more than 12 minutes, reserving a considerable amount of time for comments/questions. A timekeeper for each session will be provided by the organizers.

All presenters are strongly encouraged to attend the whole Conference if possible.

Non-Presenting Attendees

The organizers welcome non-presenting academic attendees at WIPIP 2021 on a space-available basis. Please submit a request to attend as a non-presenting attendee by completing the request form.

Request to Attend as Non-Presenter ►

Costs

There is no registration fee or other costs associated with attending WIPIP 2021.

Technology and Mandatory Registration

Zoom will be used as the online platform for WIPIP 2021. Each session will be conducted in “classroom” (Zoom "meeting") style, where all attendees are visible to each other and the speakers.

All participants – presenters and attendees – will need to register in advance and will be given a password to access the relevant sessions. Registration is also necessary to send communications and information about WIPIP 2021, including announcements and the final schedule. All information will be processed in accordance with relevant data privacy laws including CCPA and GDPR.

Information about how to register will be distributed to conference participants in due course.

Questions

Please feel free to email any of the organizers with questions about participation in WIPIP 2021.