Center for Advanced Study & Research on Innovation Policy


What is CASRIP?

The University of Washington's renowned Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) has expanded to house all of UW Law’s IP, technology, and art law initiatives. From its origins under former UW Law Professor Donald Chisum, through its unparalleled growth under Professor Toshiko Takenaka, CASRIP has established itself as one of the premier patent and technology law centers in the world.

Recently, the UW Law’s Intellectual Property (IP) faculty has grown as well. The addition of rising-stars Zahr Said (copyright, advertising) and Ryan Calo (robotics, privacy), together with the evolving research interests of our senior faculty, Jane Winn (payment systems, e-commerce), Bob Gomulkiewicz (software protection, licensing) and Sean O’Connor (IP and business entrepreneurship, digital arts) means that CASRIP now has significant expertise across the full range of IP and related fields.

CASRIP was originally developed outside of the University of Washington in the 1980s. CASRIP was recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as an observing non-governmental organization. In 1992, CASRIP became a part of the University of Washington, greatly expanding its research potential and capabilities.

Some hallmarks of the CASRIP legacy that continue today include:

  • CASRIP’s annual Patent and IP Law and Practice Seminar
  • The High Technology Protection Summit
  • CASRIP’s ability to foster discussions among both developed and developing IP regimes
  • CASRIP’s support for education and training of legal professionals in less developed countries
  • Dissemination of IP research results
  • Collaborations with WIPO
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