10th annual Supreme Court IP Review Call for Papers

Deadline: July 1, 2019

On Friday, September 20, 2019, Chicago-Kent's Intellectual Property Program will host its 10th annual Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR). The Honorable Donald B. Verrilli Jr., 46th solicitor general of the United States, a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, will deliver the keynote address.

As a part of SCIPR’s 10th anniversary, the conference will include an exciting new feature: a panel of experts Taking Stock of the Past 10 Years at SCOTUS. Participants for the panel will be selected from abstracts submitted in response to the call for papers below. The chosen speakers are expected to contribute an essay (approximately 5 to 20 book pages) to be published as part of a conference symposium in the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property. A draft of the essay will be due to the journal in January 2020.

Call for papers: To submit a proposal to participate in SCIPR, please send (1) an abstract of your paper idea under 500 words and (2) a CV. A list of decisions from the past decade can be found at this link. We welcome traditional and empirical approaches to critiquing the Supreme Court decisions, as well as unconventional approaches to thinking about the Supreme Court’s IP decisions in the past decade or so (going back before 2010 is permissible). For example, some possible themes or essay ideas:

  • Revisiting [CASE]: What the Supreme Court Got Wrong (or How the Supreme Court Should Have Ruled)
  • The Most Important IP Case in the Past Decade
  • The IP Cases That the Supreme Court Should Not Have Decided
  • Textualism in the Supreme Court’s IP Cases
  • IP and the First Amendment in the Roberts Court
  • The Federal Circuit v. the Supreme Court
  • Who Wrote What?: The Justices Who Had the Greatest Influence in IP Cases
  • Agency Interpretation and Supreme Court Review in IP Cases
  • Oral Arguments in IP Cases Before the Supreme Court
  • SCOTUS v. SCC or CJEU: A Comparative Law Approach

Proposals should be sent by email to Professor Ed Lee (elee@kentlaw.iit.edu) and Professor Greg Reilly (greilly1@kentlaw.iit.edu) by July 1, 2019. Please feel free to contact either with questions.

Selection of participants will be by Chicago-Kent IP faculty based on novelty, nonobviousness, originality, distinctiveness, and diversity along all measures. Participants for the Taking Stock panel will include speakers selected from this Call for Papers. Chicago-Kent will cover a coach flight and one-night hotel expenses for the selected speakers.

Visit the SCIPR homepage for more information.