Call for Participation: WIPIP 2020, Santa Clara University, Feb. 7-8, 2020 #WIPIP2020

The High Tech Law Institute invites you to participate in the 17th annual Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium (WIPIP), February 7-8, 2020, Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California. The colloquium provides intellectual property scholars with a forum to present their academic works-in-progress and receive early feedback from their peers.

Participation Requests

You can request to present your work by emailing your contact information and affiliation, the title of your work, and a short abstract (500 words or less, preferably as a PDF attachment) to Prof. Eric Goldman, Please put “WIPIP” in the email subject line. The priority deadline for presentation requests is November 21, 2019 at noon Pacific. Late speaking requests will be honored on a space-available basis. For submissions/requests made by the priority deadline, we will send notifications of acceptance by December 15. There is no paper publication requirement, but we will post the abstracts publicly. We will also post all submitted paper drafts to a password-protected site accessible to all attendees.

We also welcome participant-discussants who aren’t presenting. If you’re interested, please email your request and contact information to Prof. Goldman.

There are no costs to attend WIPIP, but conference attendees are responsible for their travel costs. Travel details will be available at

Game Night

After dinner on Friday, we’ll have a team-based game called “Faculty Feud.” It will be a fun alternative to the IP Trivia night tradition that SCU pioneered at WIPIP 2014, and we’ll shake things up with some new rules about team composition. We’ve got some terrific IP-themed prizes for the winners! After Faculty Feud, we will offer many other games, including Dungeons & Dragons quests led by semi-pro dungeonmasters.

We hope you can join us in Santa Clara. If you have any questions, email Prof. Goldman at

For more information about the WIPIP series, see Track the Twitter conversation at #WIPIP2020.

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Some links from the last time SCU hosted WIPIP (in 2014):

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As you may recall, I was the faculty director of the High Tech Law Institute from 2006-2014. After my wife’s diagnosis, Brian Love became a co-director for a while. Then, starting in 2018, the HTLI rejiggered its faculty governance model and now is run by 6 faculty co-directors. Because of these changes, I haven’t been in charge of HTLI marketing for a while; and at this point I often don’t see drafts of the HTLI marketing before it goes out. That includes the HTLI’s WIPIP save-the-date postcard:


The “churro” reference relates to this photo, when I did serve churros to attendees at WIPIP 2014. I hadn’t considered churro service as part of WIPIP 2020, but I was “volunteered” in abstentia. So there will be churros at WIPIP2020, and I will happily serve them to you if you come!