The Innovation, Business and Law Center continues its series "Examining Institutional Structures: Race, Business and the Law" with the Spring 2021 Distinguished Speaker Series.

We begin our series on March 1 with Prof. Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Syracuse Intellectual Property Law Institute (SIPLI), speaking on "Promoting Equal Protection--Congress' Remedial Powers Under the Copyright & Patent Clause."

Several distinguished scholars have addressed the racial and gender inequities within the intellectual property system.  This presentation examines the reform proposals that have recently emerged from this scholarship within Equal Protection analysis.  Professor Ghosh makes the case that the constitutionality of these proposals should be assessed through Congressional power to promote science and useful arts. Congress' remedial powers under the Copyright & Patent Clause, as developed in Golan v Holder, supports equitable reform proposals against an Equal Protection-based challenge. The article's analysis demonstrates how "progress" within Article One, Section 8, Clause 8 includes various theories of social justice. 

Please join us via Zoom on March 1 from 1-2 p.m. via Zoom:

Future speakers will also include the following:

March 9, 2021, 1-2 p.m.

Lisa Fairfax

Alexander Hamilton Professor of Business Law

The George Washington University Law School


March 30, 2021, 1-2 p.m.

Hon. Mark W. Bennett (Ret. U.S. district judge)

Director, Institute for Justice Reform & Innovation

Drake University Law School