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. 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.  

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