Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with CTIC!  Join us for one of our frequent events, work with our faculty, or join our team.  Everyone is welcome at CTIC.

Attend Our Events

  • Conferences.  In all of our conferences, we strive to present balanced panels that foster accessible, constructive dialogue, often between scholars, industry professionals, regulators, and legal practitioners.  Information about our upcoming and past conferences is available on our events page, and video is available on our YouTube channel.
  • Workshops.  Our workshop series highlights the work of half a dozen or more scholars throughout the year.  We invite a broad range of scholars, from the up-and-coming to the very established, and try to feature a range of methodologies and subject matters.  Scholars present their papers and receive constructive feedback from Penn faculty and other invited guests.
  • Penn Intellectual Property Group (PIPG).  CTIC frequently collaborates with the student-run Penn Intellectual Property Group on panels and other events, including PIPG’s annual symposium.  PIPG has grown exponentially in recent years as student interest in IP has skyrocketed. Go, PIPG!
  • Newsletter.  Stay in the know by subscribing to our monthly missive!

Join Our Team

  • Executive Director.  We are currently seeking our first Executive Director!  The Executive Director will ensure a rigorous agenda of activities, research, and recommendations, will communicate CTIC’s important research to a host of audiences, and will promote and steward the organization.  See the full job listing here.
  • Faculty Fellowships.  Designed for scholars who have not yet held a tenure-track appointment and who are pursuing academic careers in areas related to CTIC’s work, fellows receive a full year of funding and faculty access to Penn Law services.  Fellows are expected to produce at least one original academic work and to teach one class during each year of funding.  Please see the Penn Law fellowships page for more information.
  • Student Fellowships.  Every semester, CTIC selects a handful of talented Penn Law students to assist CTIC faculty with their research and to help the Center in various ways.  Students can do their fellowship for credit or for pay.  The call for student fellows typically goes out early in the academic year and before the summer.
  • Summer Public Interest Fellowships.  This program is meant to help Penn Law students pursue summer internships with public interest or government organizations doing work relevant to CTIC’s research focus.  All current Penn Law students are welcome to apply for funding, whether or not they have already secured a summer position.  Some assistance may be available to help place students in appropriate organizations.  For more information, please see the application.  Due: Friday, March 7, 2014.

Work with Our Faculty

  • Courses.  CTIC faculty teach a wide range of courses related to CTIC’s research focus.  Students should consult the Penn Law Curricular Compass Intellectual Property & Technology Law page (lawkey required), which was developed in consultation with CTIC faculty.
  • Joint Degree Program in Law & Engineering.  In August 2013, Penn Law and the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) launched a joint degree program to produce professionals with advanced training in both law and engineering.  The program, which welcomes its first Class in 2014, offers a four-year joint J.D./master’s degree and features a capstone course co-taught by Law and Engineering faculty.  More information is available here.
  • Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic.  Designed as an upper-level IP course, the Detkin Clinic is part seminar and part IP law firm, where students take primary responsibility for helping their clients commercialize innovation.  The Clinic launched in January 2013 and is directed by CTIC’s Cynthia Dahl.
  • Moot Courts.  Professor Polk Wagner has brought several winning teams to the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Giles S. Rich National Patent Law Moot Court competition, and Professor Cynthia Dahl has developed winning teams for the IP LawMeet, a national transactional IP moot court.