The Fourth Annual IP Mosaic Conference IP Unbundled: Theory, Policy, and Practice

The Fourth Annual IP Mosaic Conference IP Unbundled: Theory, Policy, and Practice


Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 8:30am


UNH School of Law, 2 White St. Concord, NH 03301

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The IIPSJ MOSAIC IP Law and Policy Roundtable Conference

Thursday, October 25 to Friday, October 26, 2018


The IIPSJ Mosaic Roundtable Conference was established to bring together scholars, law and policy makers, and social activists of diverse and multicultural backgrounds and perspectives to explore progressive and non-traditional ideas in intellectual property law, policy, and social activism. Beginning in the late twentieth century, digital information technology and other innovations sparked a paradigm shift in scholarly assessment of the social ordering function of IP protection, exposing the need to critically examine the law’s social justice obligations in promoting human rights, self-determination, cultural progress, and nation-building and evolution. Because IP law and policy makers traditionally value scholarly analyses in their development and interpretation of IP protection, this emerging body of progressive, social justice-oriented IP scholarship, especially when infused with the experience and insights of social activists and policy makers, can provide them with the doctrinal basis for shaping a more socially responsible IP legal regime. 


Each Roundtable Conference is organized around a specific IP social justice legal issue, policy, or socio-economic problem, and is comprised of six to ten paper or project presentation sessions; each session is divided into a principal presentation, a commentator’s assessment, and open discussion. Representative Roundtable topics include equitable access to health, medicines, knowledge, and information; socially beneficial application of information technology and related advances to IP development and dissemination; legal protection for traditional and indigenous knowledge and expression; and promoting IP awareness, education, and entrepreneurial and socio-political empowerment in marginalized communities. A 

Roundtable Conference may also include plenary panel sessions, keynote presentations, and “incubator” paper or project work-in-progress sessions. 

IP protection is intended to play an important role in engendering human development, socio-economic empowerment, and social justice. The traditional tools and experience of scholarly analysis, reflection, and discourse, however, are not always readily adaptive toward targeted social action, or what is sometimes referred to as “public intellectualism”. Through the IIPSJ Mosaic Roundtable Conference, IP scholars can work together with political activists, practicing attorneys, community organizers, and policy makers to produce “activist scholarship”, to collaborate on various “IP Empowerment” policy initiatives and projects, and to otherwise help to shape and effectuate a progressive and contemporary IP socio-legal agenda. 


The Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice was established to address the social justice implications of intellectual property protection, both domestically and globally. IIPSJ pursues this mission by assessing the many ways in which ecumenical social justice can be achieved through and impacted by intellectual property law and policy, and endeavors to promote greater awareness and understanding of the intellectual property system, particularly its role in promoting economic and social welfare. IIPSJ’s programs focus on achieving the IP social justice objectives of equitable access, inclusion, and empowerment. IIPSJ’s work ranges broadly, and includes scholarly examination of intellectual property law and policy from a social justice perspective; advocacy for social justice-cognizant interpretation, application, and revision of the intellectual property law; efforts to increase the diversity of the intellectual property legal bar; and programs designed to empower historically and currently disadvantaged and under-included groups to exploit intellectual property effectively. An accredited NGO Observer at the World Intellectual Property Organization, IIPSJ is dedicated to the development of a socially balanced and equitably accessible intellectual property regime, which not only rewards creative and innovative endeavor, but promotes its contribution to the greater societal good. 


Conference registration is free. Program registration includes all panel sessions, reception, and meals. 


A limited number of rooms are reserved at the following hotels: 

Holiday Inn Concord Downtown 

172 North Main Street 

Concord, NH 03301 

Phone: 603-224-9534 

$89.00 per night 

When calling to reserve a room, please reference room code UNH Law to book your room and to receive the discounted price. The above rate will be held until September 23, 2018. 

The Centennial Hotel 

96 Pleasant Street 

Concord, NH 03301 

Phone: 603-227-9000 

$135.00 Wed., Thurs.; $169 Fri., Sat. 

When calling to reserve a room, please reference room code UNH Law to book your room and to receive the discounted price. The above rates will be held until October 3, 2018. 


The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice invite IP scholars, policy makers, and social activists to submit paper and project proposals for presentation at the Fourth Annual IP Mosaic Roundtable Conference, which will be held on October 25-26, 2018. 

The theme of the Fourth Annual Mosaic Roundtable Conference is IP Unbundled: Theory, Policy and Practice. In the global information age, IP rights affect all aspects of life, and it is crucial that our laws, first crafted in the eighteenth century, protect consumers and the public as well as producers and distributers. Intellectual property regimes play a critical role in human development, socio-economic empowerment, and the preservation and promotion of social justice. Many IP regimes, however, have been structured or interpreted to reflect only the interests of an entrenched status quo; socially cognizant IP theses are often ignored or rejected as tangential or antithetical to commoditization-centered theories of IP protection. At the Mosaic Conference, a diverse collective of academics, policy leaders and activists will convene to consider and critique intra and extrajudicial means of disrupting and dissecting traditional notions of IP protection. 

The deadline for submitting paper and project abstracts (no more than 500 words) is July 15, 2018. Submit to Professor Tuneen Chisolm at, with subject line "IP Mosaic Submission -- [Last Name]. A detailed conference program will be distributed in the coming weeks. For more information in the interim, please contact Professor Tonya M. Evans at

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