Chicago-Kent and Loyola Intellectual Property Colloquium

Chicago-Kent College of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law jointly sponsor and host the Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium. The Colloquium promotes discussion of a range of issues in intellectual property and cyberspace law.

Each year, during the Spring academic semester, Chicago-Kent and Loyola invite six nationally renowned intellectual property scholars to Chicago  to present and discuss their current research projects before intellectual property faculty from Chicago-area law schools, prominent intellectual property practitioners, and selected students from Chicago-Kent and Loyola (“Chicago IP Colloquium Fellows“).

These presentations usually take place on every second Tuesday during the Spring semester from 4:00 p.m. to 5:40 p.m., with the location alternating between Chicago-Kent and Loyola.

If you are a student at Chicago-Kent or Loyola who is interested in participating in the Colloquium, please click here.  Student Fellows meet with Colloquium Faculty from Chicago-Kent and Loyola one week before each presentation to discuss the draft paper that the invited scholar will present.  To read more about the Colloquium Faculty from Chicago-Kent and Loyola, please click here.


We are pleased to announce the six scholars who will discuss their works in progress in Spring 2022:

January 25, online
Kevin J. Greene, Southwestern Law School (Los Angeles)
Paper: Goodbye Copyright?: The Rise of Trademark and Publicity Rights in the Hip-Hop Music Industry




February 8, online
Anna Santos Rutschman, Saint Louis School of Law
Paper: Aligning Vaccine Innovation with Public Health Needs




February 22, online
Xiyin Tang, UCLA School of Law
Paper: Copyright Class Actions and Blanket Licensing by Litigation





March 22, online
Robert Merges, UC Berkeley School of Law
Paper: Patents, Validity Challenges, and Private Ordering: A New Dispensation for the Easy-Challenge Era




April 5, online
Jonas Anderson, American University Washington College of Law
Paper: Specialization without Concentration: the Puzzle of Patent Trial Specialization




April 19, online
Jeanne Fromer, New York University School of Law
Paper: Against Secondary Meaning






A copy of the paper to be presented will be posted on this website approximately two weeks before each presentation.

Papers presented and discussed at past Colloquia are available here.

Contact Information

Questions or comments regarding the Colloquium should be directed to Professor Ed Lee, Chicago-Kent College of Law ( or Professor Cynthia Ho, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (

If you would like to be reminded of the presentation a few days in advance and/or informed of the posting of each paper, please email or