Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy


The University of Washington's renowned Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy (CASRIP) is home to UW School of Law’s IP, technology, art and entrepreneurship law initiatives.

From its foundation under former UW Law Professor Donald Chisum, through its unparalleled growth with Professor Toshiko Takenaka at the helm, to its expanded breadth under the guidance of today's Faculty Directors, CASRIP has established itself internationally as a premier IP, creativity and innovation law center.

We provide research, teaching and notable events, such as the annual Summer Institute, the Global Innovation Law Summit and the Transnational IP Institute.

  1. Lavin Entrepreneurship Program at Foster School of Business
    When: Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6 – 7pm PST
    The discussion topic will be “what a future entrepreneur needs to set up their business.”

  2. Winter 2019 Distinguished Shidler Lecture: Patent Quality - What is It and Why is It Essential for Patent Holders?
    When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Patent Quality - What Is It And Why Is It Essential For Patent Holders?
    a Lecture by Prof. Christoph Ann, Technical University of Munich (TUM)

    Patents are only as good as they are enforceable; that is what patent quality means. Prof. Ann’s presentation will show that patent quality is not only about the patent system at large, but first and foremost about the interests of patent holders, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Startups need quality patents to exclude competitors, to raise venture capital, to license out their patents, and to successfully enforce them in court or obtain preliminary injunctions to cease and desist.
    However, as this lecture will demonstrate, not all stakeholders are incentivized to prioritize patent quality.

    Professor Christoph Ann holds the chair of Corporate and IP Law at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), School of Management.  In 2018, he was nominated for elevation to the bench of the German Federal Court of Justice. He declined the honor in order to stay in academia, where he teaches IP Law at both TUM and the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC).  Prof. Ann’s academic focus is Patents & Trade Secrets; his publications include 7 books and more than 150 contributions to books and journals.  His Patentrecht (Patent Law) is the most comprehensive German treatise on patent law.  

    1 CLE credit pending

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  3. Spring 2019 Distinguished Shidler Lecture, "Against Progress: Fundamental Values and Intellectual Property in the Internet Age"
    When: Thursday, May 2, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30pm PDT
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Jessica Silbey, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Innovation, and Creativity (CLIC) at Northeastern University School of Law, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship last year.  Her research and teaching focus on law’s entanglement with other disciplines such as the humanities and social sciences.  Her most recent book, The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property (Stanford University Press, 2015), altered the national conversation about creativity and invention, challenging the traditional economic explanation for intellectual property law and investigating the diverse mechanisms and motives for producing creative and innovative work.

    This lecture will be based on Prof. Silbey’s new book-in-progress, which considers intellectual property debates in law and culture as a bellwether of changing social justice needs in the twenty-first century. As the digital age democratizes technological opportunities, it brings intellectual property law into mainstream everyday culture. As intellectual property enters popular culture, it generates scholarly and public debates about the relationship between Constitutional “progress of science and useful arts” and other fundamental values – such as equality, privacy, and distributive justice – that are increasingly challenged in today’s internet world. Prof. Silbey argues that intellectual property law is becoming a central framework through which to discuss essential socio-political issues, extending ancient debates over our most cherished values and refiguring the substance of “progress” in terms that demonstrate the urgency of art and science to social justice today.

    1 CLE credit pending.

    Questions?  Please email Allison McCarty at
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