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 4:10 p.m. to 5:50 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 2019:

January 29, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 305
Randal Picker, University of Chicago Law School
Paper: Chapter excerpt from The Quest for Next: How Law Shapes Computer Competition and Innovation

February 12, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson (Corboy Law Center), Room 1403
Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Paper: Rethinking the Idea/Expression Dichotomy: Insights from Linguistics and Cognitive Science 

February 26, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 305
Kara Swanson, Northeastern University School of Law
Paper: Forgotten by Whom? Remembering “Invention of a Slave,” Patents, and African American Civil Rights

March 26, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson (Corboy Law Center), Room 1403
Deepa Varadarajan, Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Paper: Similar Secrets (co-authored with Joseph Fishman)

April 9, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 305
Madhavi Sunder, Georgetown University Law Center
Paper: Intellectual Property in Experience

April 23, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson (Corboy Law Center), Room 1403
Andrew Gilden, Willamette University College of Law
Paper: Copyright’s Market Gibberish

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