2019 CASRIP Summer Institute

The lineup of speakers for the 2019 Summer Institute is coming soon. Questions? Email casrip@uw.edu.

Save the Date: July 15–26, 2019

2018 CASRIP Summer Institute

The CASRIP Summer Institute is the benchmark for intellectual property programs in the United States. The Summer Institute teaches the fundamentals of patent prosecution and patent litigation. It also identifies and covers important legal questions on cutting-edge topics impacting business and innovation. Summer Institute faculty has previously included distinguished professors, patent examiners from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and legal practitioners from the Seattle region and beyond.


Week 1 (July 16-20, 2018):
Patent Basics and Current Issues in U.S. Patent Law | Week 1 Agenda
July 23, 2018
Global Innovation Law Summit: IP & Innovation in China Today | GILS Agenda
Week 2 (July 24-27, 2018)
Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property and Innovation | Week 2 Agenda

Week 1 - Patent Basics and Current Issues in U.S. Patent Law

July 16-20, 2018

Week One of the CASRIP Summer Institute offers an intensive course on the fundamentals of United States patent law taught by seasoned teachers and special guest lecturers. Students will receive an introduction to the basic components of U.S. patent law. Topics covered 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. Students will obtain a solid overview of the full spectrum of patent law in the United States.

Planned topics covered during Week 1 include Common law for Foreign IP Lawyers, Overview of U.S. IP law, Patent basics, Patentability at the USPTO, U.S. Patent Prosecution and Litigation, and IP Management.

Global Innovation Law Summit: IP & Innovation in China Today

July 23, 2018

The Global Innovation Law Summit (GILS) brings together thought leaders from around the world to discuss the most up-to-date issues confronting innovation economies (and aspiring knowledge-based economies). Developed from the renowned CASRIP High Tech Summit, GILS builds from that strong network to explore the full range of IP, technology, and creative content legal and policy issues. GILS also provides a networking opportunity for the popular CASRIP Summer Institute.

Global Innovation Law Summit (GILS) focuses on issues drawn from the news of the past year. The day will focus on examining the evolving IP legal system in China and discussing the past, present, and future of IP enforcement.

Week 2 - Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property and Innovation

July 24-27, 2018

Past attendees with Interim Dean Anita Krug.

Week Two of the CASRIP Summer Institute is an opportunity to engage with the entrepreneurial environment offered by the Seattle region and have a focused review and discussion of particular "hot topics" in U.S. law arising out of emerging technologies such as blockchain, autonomous vehicles, and diverse information technologies. One day will be dedicated to current issues under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) as well as assessment of its impact in the 20 years since its passage. Many of these sessions examine the current state of the law and future trends, and are taught by lawyers who are leaders in their field.

Planned topics covered during Week 2 include Blockchain Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, Data Management, Security, Fake News, and Algorithms.

Featured IP legal experts


  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • WA State Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Georgetown Law
  • George Washington University Law School
  • UC Berkeley School of Law


  • Microsoft
  • L'Oreal
  • T-Mobile
  • Amazon
  • Boeing
  • TurboPatent
  • Uber
  • Starbucks
  • Legal Analytics


  • Boehmert & Boehmert
  • Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness
  • Davis Wright Tremaine
  • DLA Piper
  • Dorsey & Whitney
  • Harris Bricken
  • K&L Gates
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
  • Lowe Graham Jones
  • Perkins Coie
  • Seed IP
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Explore Seattle

Welcome to Seattle, a gorgeous city full of arts and culture, music, and outdoor recreation activities. Take advantage of the best season of the year to visit some of these local attractions.

  • Pike Place Market
  • The Space Needle
  • Puget Sound islands
  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • The world’s first Starbucks
  • Microsoft headquarters and visitor center
  • Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center Tour

Houseboats and small craft on the waterways of Seattle.