2020 CASRIP Summer Institute and Global Innovation Law Summit (Univ. of Washington)

2020 CASRIP Summer Institute and Global Innovation Law Summit

Monday–Friday, July 13–24, 2020
Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy (CASRIP)
William H. Gates Hall 442
Seattle, WA 98195-3020



The CASRIP Summer Institute is one of the most venerable intellectual property programs in the United States. It offers an intensive course on the fundamentals of United States patent law and addresses important legal questions on cutting-edge topics impacting business and innovation. Summer Institute faculty include distinguished professors, patent examiners from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and legal practitioners from the Seattle region and beyond.


July 13–16, 2020: Patent Basics

Participants will obtain a strong foundation in the full spectrum of United States patent law, include the rules governing patent eligibility, the novelty requirement under the America Invents Act, the latest developments in the law of obviousness and patent claim construction, and evolving infringement theories.

Planned topics covered include:

  • Overview of U.S. intellectual property law
  • Patent basics
  • Patentability at the USPTO
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Licensing

July 20–24, 2020: Advanced and Applied Topics

Participants will receive instruction in advanced patent topics and important cutting-edge intellectual property and technology law issues.

Planned topics covered include:

  • Advanced patent application drafting
  • Advanced patent prosecution at the USPTO and around the world
  • Advanced litigation at the International Trade Commission
  • Intellectual property management and commercialization
  • Strategies for protecting trade secrets
  • Hatch-Waxman Act and generic pharmaceuticals
  • Data protection laws
  • Artificial intelligence and IP
  • Blockchain and IP
  • Antitrust and IP
  • International trade and IP
  • Hallmarks of America’s innovation economy

July 17, 2020: Global Innovation Law Summit: Open Innovation, Industry Standards, Big Data, Trade Wars: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Innovation

The Global Innovation Law Summit (GILS) brings together thought leaders from around the world to discuss the most up-to-date legal and policy issues confronting innovation economies (and aspiring knowledge-based economies). GILS also provides a networking opportunity for participants in the CASRIP Summer Institute.

This year, GILS will focus on three major topics. First, GILS will explore the relationship between open innovation and intellectual property, including the role of industry standards in innovation and the way companies, universities, NGOs, and governments utilize open innovation. Second, GILS will address challenges related to the use of personal data in the business models of companies in the information economy. And third, GILS will highlight the role of intellectual property in world trade and current challenges in key regions of the world. Finally, GILS will devote a special session to the legal ethics of innovation.