The Second Annual Mosaic Conference: Diverse Voices in IP Scholarship

03/18/2016 - 08:00
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The Second Annual Mosaic Conference: Diverse Voices in IP Scholarship
Date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Time: 8:00am
Location: Eckstein Hall
Access: Open to Public
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The IP Mosaic Organizing Committee invites you to participate in the Second Annual IP Mosaic Conference on March 18-19, 2016, presented by Marquette University Law School and co-sponsored by the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice.

The goal of the conference is to bring together IP scholars, policy makers, and activists of diverse and multicultural backgrounds and perspectives to explore socially progressive and non-traditional ideas in IP law, policy, and social activism. The IP Mosaic Conference provides a forum in which to share ideas for progressive and activist-oriented scholarship for assessment as to social relevance, legal significance, and doctrinal integrity.

The Second Annual Mosaic Conference will focus primarily on utilizing scholarship to further articulate the goals and aims of Progressive IP legal policy and social action. The Conference will begin with a Reception and Dinner on Thursday, March 17, 2015 and will conclude at 12 PM on Saturday, March 19, 2015.

The IP Mosaic Organizing Committee consists of the following members: Tonya Evans (Widener University Commonwealth Law School, Llewellyn Gibbons (The University of Toledo), Jasmine Abdel-Khalik (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Deidré Keller (The Ohio Northern Petit College of Law), Joshua Lamel (BRG Group), Janewa Osei-Tutu, Florida International University School of Law), Taylor Moore (IIPSJ Fellow), Lateef Mtima (Howard University School of Law), Kali Murray (MULS), and Kara Swanson (Northeastern University School of Law)


Conference registration is free if completed by March 1, 2015; registration is $100 per person after March 1, 2015 and onsite.

Program registration includes all panel session, reception, and meals.


A limited number of rooms are reserved for $119.00 per night at the:

Intercontinental Hotel, located on:
39 E Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Phone: 414-935-5943

The $119.00 rate expires on February 26, 2015. You can register in two ways. First, you can register online, by following this link to the: 2nd Annual Mosaic Conference. Second, you can call to reserve a room at 414-935-5943. Please refer to Second Annual Mosaic Conference as the group rate name.


This year the conference theme is Impacting and Achieving IP Social Justice through Progressive IP Scholarship.

In the global information age, IP rights affect all aspects of life, from the produce we buy at the farmer's market (Eat More Kale!) to the latest tech gadgets. It is crucial that our laws, first crafted in the eighteenth century, protect consumers and the public as well as producers. IP scholarship can promote social justice, equality, and access, both domestically and internationally. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to, access movements (access to knowledge, access to medicines), bio-hacking, scope of protection (including exceptions), participation in IP systems by traditionally underrepresented groups, and reducing barriers to the creative use of IP. While WIPs related to the conference theme are encouraged, papers on all aspects of intellectual property are welcome, including but not limited to copyrights, patents, trademarks, traditional knowledge, trade secrets, right of publicity, and geographic indicators.

We welcome submissions from scholars at all stages in their careers. If you would like to present a Work In Progress, please submit an abstract (not to exceed 500 words) of the proposed paper by January 10, 2015 to the IP Mosaic Conference Committee at Presenters will be expected to circulate their papers in advance of the Conference to allow for comments by panelists and conference participants. The drafts will be due by Monday, February 29, 2016.

Conference Panels and Other Presentations


Whether or not you intend to present a paper we hope you will plan to attend the conference. In addition to works-in-progress presentations, the conference will include panel presentations and discussions relevant to the conference theme, including:

  • How Legal Scholarship Can Shape IP Policy
  • Progressive Teaching: Infusing Difficult Conversations in IP Classes
  • Staying on Track: Navigating the Road to Tenure
  • The Progressive IP Scholar as Social Activist: Lessons from the Community

Marquette University Law School
Eckstein Hall
1215 West Michigan Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Contact Professor Kali Murray (414-288-5486).


Eckstein Hall
1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
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