The Hofstra Center for Intellectual Property Law (CIPL) was founded in 2014 by Prof. Irina Manta who serves as its inaugural director. The CIPL houses all the academic intellectual property law programs of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. In addition to serving as a connection hub for our students and alumni in the IP field, the CIPL is dedicated to research and the promotion of knowledge on all issues related to intellectual property and innovation law and policy. We hope you will enjoy our offerings and invite you to contact us at with any questions.


Monday, April 25, 2016, 6-7 pm, Room 230

This lecture will be delivered by Michael B. Abramowicz, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School. Prof. Abramowicz  specializes in law and economics, spanning areas including intellectual property, civil procedure, corporate law, administrative law, and insurance law. His research has been published in the California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, New York University Law Review, Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and many others. He has also published a book, Predictocracy: Market Mechanisms for Public and Private Decision Making, with the Yale University Press.

This session qualifies for 1 (one) transitional/nontransitional CLE credits in Professional Practice.  To RSVP, please visit:

Monday, April 11, 2016, 6-8:30pm

Keynote speaker Kraig Fox ’93, Senior Managing Director, Eldridge Industries, will be presenting My Career in Entertainment Law. 

The event will also include A Conversation With Entertainment Law Experts. Panelists will include David Baram ’81, Partner, Baram & Kaiser, Attorneys at Law, RalphCathcart ’90, Partner, Ladas & Parry, and Melissa Schoffer Farber ’05, Senior Director of Legal Affairs, SoulCycle.

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 6:30-8:30 pm
Bryan Cave LLP, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104

On Thursday, October 1, the Hofstra Center for Intellectual Property Law, HIPLA, and Bryan Cave LLP will be hosting the annual Intellectual Property Practice Area Reception. This reception brings together New York metro area alumni and students specializing in intellectual property. Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be included.

To RSVP, please call 516-463-2586 or email

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 12-1pm

Well-known intellectual property and constitutional scholars Profs. Gregory Dolin, Clarisa Long, Irina Manta, and Ilya Somin examined the relationship between eminent domain doctrine and intangible goods. They discussed questions such as what types of situations would give rise to constitutionally cognizable takings, how different definitions of public use affect the government’s ability to take intellectual property, and how we should draw the boundaries between government-driven infringements and takings.

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PCT Filing and International Patent Prosecution

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Samson Helfgott, Director of Patents, Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP. AIPLA’s Law School Online Programming Subcommittee is proud to present online programming geared at providing “practice ready” training and education for law students. The presentation, which is regularly given at AIPLA’s Patent Prosecution Bootcamp, focused on the why, when, how, what and where to foreign file a patent application, including providing strategies for foreign filing cost reduction and tips for preparation of a “global” patent application.

Joint IP and Tax Law Event With Steven Davis ’90 (KPMG)

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 12-2pm

Steven Davis ’90 spoke on “Why IP Lawyers and International Tax Professionals Need to Work Together.” Key topics included IP value creation, the exploitation of IP offshore, the migration of IP offshore, and how to create an offshore tax-optimized state that is strategically supported by IP. The Tax Law Society and HIPLA co-sponsored the event. Mr. Davis is a Tax Principal at KPMG US.  He has a unique perspective of law practice, having worked as a legal and tax professional in three practice settings — law firm (Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld), in-house (Loral Space & Communications Ltd.) and in three of the “Big Four” accounting firms.  He has also taught International Taxation as an adjunct professor at Hofstra Law School.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | 6-7 p.m.

ROBERT P. MERGES is the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law and Technology at UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law and a codirector of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, one of the top-rated intellectual property programs among U.S. law schools. He is the coauthor of leading casebooks on patent law, intellectual property, software and Internet law; has edited a definitive two-volume series on the economics of IP law; and has written numerous articles on the economics of intellectual property, in particular patent law. His book Justifying Intellectual Property was published in 2011 by Harvard University Press. Professor Merges has worked with government agencies such as the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission on IP-related policy issues. He has also consulted with leading law firms and companies, and was a co-founder and managing director of the IP business and investment firm Ovidian, Inc., in Berkeley, California. He received his B.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Columbia Law School.

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Prof. Irina Manta Serves as Guest on TWiL (This Week in Law)

On June 5, 2015, Prof. Irina Manta was a guest on the webcast TWiL (This Week in Law), which aired live on She spoke about topics including Google’s privacy policies, government surveillance, skills-based gambling, criminal copyright infringement, and Chinese Internet censorship. The recording is available here.

Prof. Irina Manta Appears on Hearsay Culture on KZSU Stanford

Prof. Irina Manta appeared with her coauthor Prof. David Olson on Hearsay Culture on KZSU Stanford, and the recording is available here. They discussed the role of price discrimination in software licensing in the new world of the Internet of Things, a topic about which they wrote at greater length in an article that is forthcoming in the Alabama Law Review.

Prof. Irina Manta Publishes Op-Ed on Music Licensing in Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune published an op-ed co-written by Prof. Irina Manta, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc (“Wake Me Up”), and Prof. David Olson. The op-ed argues for the abolition of compulsory licenses for copyrighted music works.
Wayne Cox ’15 was chosen as one of this year’s Law Student Reporters by the ABA’s Section of Intellectual Property Law. Congrats, Wayne!

Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition

Hofstra Law sent two teams to this year’s INTA Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, where they were able to practice their trademarks expertise. The competition introduces law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law. Students develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience. The competition is open to teams of students from U.S. accredited law schools. Approximately 80 teams of law students participate in the competition each year.