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IDEA - About

Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property

IDEA®: The Intellectual Property Law Review (ISSN 0019-1272) is published three times a year by the students of the University of New Hampshire School of Law. To date, IDEA has published fifty-three volumes. For fifty-three years, IDEA has provided practical articles relating to patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition, general intellectual property, and law and technology issues from around the world.

The journal's mission is to be recognized worldwide as the premier intellectual property publication providing practical articles which address new, controversial, and potential developments in intellectual property and related fields.

The History of IDEA

Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property at the University of New Hampshire School of Law is home to IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review—one of the oldest intellectual property publications in the world. During the 2012–2013 academic year, IDEA published its 53rd volume.

IDEA's history began in 1957, the year the Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal of Research & Education was first issued by the Patent, Trademark and Copyright (PTC) Research Foundation. Established in 1949 as a nonprofit foundation at George Washington University, the well-known PTC Research Foundation is now the research and educational arm of the Academy of Applied Science relating to intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and scientific or technical information. Many current intellectual property practitioners, academicians, industrialists, and government officials may have forgotten the genesis of the PTC Research Foundation. The PTC was founded by the patent section of the American Bar Association and was formed to serve the United States and the world at large.

In 1973, Robert Rines founded the Franklin Pierce Law Center with a specialty in training lawyers in the area of intellectual property law. That same year, the Law Center also became the home of the PTC Research Foundation and IDEA. In 1999, the Academy, recognizing the importance of continuously advancing education, knowledge, and understanding of the law as it affects the progress of science and the useful arts in innovative processes, became the official home for the PTC Research Foundation. IDEA remained a Pierce Law publication at the time of the relocation of the PTC in 1999, where it continues to serve as a well-respected intellectual property law review of academic note with interdisciplinary and practical features. In 2010, Franklin Pierce Law Center became the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

In 1977, the publication first incorporated IDEA in its title. In 2002, the journal’s name was changed from IDEA: Journal of Law and Technology to its current name, IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review. Though the name of the journal has changed a few times over the years, the journal continues to provide practical articles that address new, controversial, and potential developments in intellectual property law. Moreover, the publication continues to provide a forum for domestic and international authors to publish cutting-edge articles on intellectual property law topics.

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