The Innovation, Business & Law Center at The University of Iowa College of Law is a teaching and research venture that unites faculty who teach and study problems of corporate, intellectual property, and antitrust law from diverse perspectives. The purpose of the Center is threefold. First, it seeks to offer an integrated curriculum and outstanding legal training in the areas pertaining to the laws governing entrepreneurship, creativity, competition, technology and corporations. Second, it seeks to encourage creative interdisciplinary research in these areas.  Third, it seeks to engage the public in cutting-edge discussions about these important areas of the law.


The Center accomplishes this mission by:

  • Hosting speakers who, during their visits, interact extensively with students.  Recent visiting speakers have included Professor Hank Greely, Director of the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences, the Hons. William C. Bryson and Kathleen M. O'Malley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and Commissioner Mark P. Wetjen of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  • Offering innovative, highly successful courses such as the Iowa Medical Innovation Group, the Innovation, Business & Law Colloquium, and the Intellectual Property Moot Court Advocacy Course that push students to develop their legal skills and expand their knowledge of the law.  
  • Providing summer stipends for students doing unpaid legal work in intellectual property, technology, corporate or business law, antitrust, health law, and related fields.  Recent recipients have engaged in intellectual property work at the US Patent and Trademark Office, health law at a non-profit Iowa medical services provider, copyright law at a large museum, and technology law and policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  

Areas of law encompassed by the IBL Center’s mission include:

  • Intellectual Property Law, including copyright law, patent law, and trademark law;
  • Antitrust and Competition Law;
  • Business Associations and Securities Law.

The IBL Center is run on a consensus basis by faculty members.