Center for Advanced Study & Research on Intellectual Property
What is CASRIP?
The Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) of the University of Washington School of Law is a research and policy development institute focusing on problems in patents and other property ownership rights in high technology. CASRIP is recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an institution highly regarded by the intellectual property community, as an observing non-governmental organization. CASRIP was developed outside the University of Washington during the 1980s. In 1992, CASRIP became part of the University of Washington School of Law and expanded its research activities by combining the resources and expertise of a nationally known research university. CASRIP aims to improve discussion and exchange of views between professionals of various countries, particularly those countries that have major and mature intellectual property systems, such as Japan, Europe and the United States. CASRIP fosters discussion of differences in the intellectual property regimes of various countries, and studies the impact of those differences on technological innovation and international trade. Another important aim for CASRIP is to offer opportunities for education and training to legal professionals from less developed countries (LDCs), particularly those in Asia.
CASRIP, supported by grants, holds conferences and sponsors lectureships and visiting scholars. CASRIP coordinates intellectual property-related research activities among University of Washington faculty and graduate and professional students in the law school and other schools, including many from Japan, Korea, China and other countries. CASRIP organizes seminars on recent developments in intellectual property law both for U.S. and non-U.S. legal professionals, and sponsors visits of intellectual property law scholars to foreign countries. For example, CASRIP recently organized a group of patent scholars and judges, including a judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, that visited South Korea’s newly created Patent Court to give a seminar on patent court systems to patent judges.
CASRIP also sponsors the annual Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute, an internationally renowned intensive patent seminar attended by patent professionals from Asia and Europe, including patent court judges, patent office examiners, in-house counsels of major high tech companies, and attorneys. The Summer Institute culminates every year with a two-day conference called the High Technology Protection Summit. Past speakers at these conferences include the Commissioner and other high officials of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, officials of the Japanese Patent Office, judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other U.S. courts, judges from patent courts in Europe and Japan, CEOs from major high tech companies, leading scholars, and scientists from major universities. CASRIP publishes the proceedings of these conferences, disseminates research results on a variety of intellectual property-related topics through books and manuscripts, and provides updates on current developments in patent law through a quarterly newsletter.