Center for Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) Seeks Deputy Director

The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University is searching for an accomplished Intellectual Property (IP) professional to serve as Deputy Director for the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP). Reporting to CPIP’s faculty Executive Director, the Deputy Director manages and participates in CPIP’s day-to-day operations including academic and policy work as well as conferences, meetings, and other events. The Deputy Director also works with the Executive Director and other faculty directors to develop CPIP’s long-term academic and policy plans. This is an excellent position for a professional seeking to develop their career at the interface of academia, industry, and public policy.

The position is designed for an individual with a J.D. degree and an interest in promoting innovation and creativity through CPIP’s academic and policy mission. The ideal candidate will have: strong experience in intellectual property law and policy; familiarity with the academic intellectual property community; and an understanding of government policy-making in Washington, D.C. and beyond. At least three years of IP law practice or IP policy experience are required.


Execute Policy Initiatives

  • Working through both internal and external affiliates, the Deputy Director ensures CPIP’s policy agenda is fulfilled. Activities include: policy briefs, amicus briefs, regulatory comments, sign-on letters, op-eds, blog posts, and direct engagement with law and policy makers. The Deputy Director both directs and participates in this work, while working with the Executive Director and advisors to plan the Center’s policy activities.

Oversee CPIP’s Fundraising Efforts

  • Development duties include: identifying potential donors and setting up pitch meetings; maintaining and building upon CPIP’s relationships with current donors; and regularly communicating with potential and current donors regarding CPIP’s activities. The Deputy Director works closely with CPIP’s Executive Director, as well as with Law School and University development staff, to plan the Center’s fundraising strategy.

Event Planning & Execution

  • Working closely with CPIP event staff, the Deputy Director guides planning and execution of events, including: identifying themes for events; identifying and inviting attendees and speakers; curating background readings and session topics; and leading discussion sessions and panels.

General Administration of CPIP

  • Management of day-to-day operations involves: serving as CPIP’s main point of contact for internal and external constituents; monitoring execution of all CPIP activities while coordinating with executive leadership on overall progress; and working with the Law School’s business and finance staff to manage CPIP’s budget and finances.

Required Qualifications:

Juris Doctor degree (or equivalent advanced degree or experience) and a strong interest in promoting innovation and creativity through CPIP’s academic and policy mission. Three (3) years of IP law practice or IP policy experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Five (5) years of IP law practice or IP policy; familiarity with the academic intellectual property community; and an understanding of government policy-making in Washington, D.C. and beyond.

Interested Candidates:

***For full consideration, applicants must Apply Online by February 21, 2020 and submit the online application; upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

About The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) is dedicated to the scholarly analysis of intellectual property rights and the technological, commercial, and creative innovation they facilitate. CPIP explores how stable and effective property rights in innovation and creativity can foster successful and flourishing individual lives and national economies.

Through a wide array of academic and public policy programming, CPIP brings together scholars, industry leaders, inventors, creators, and policymakers to examine foundational questions and current controversies concerning patents, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. Ultimately, CPIP seeks to promote a healthy academic discussion, grounded in rigorous scholarship, and a well-informed public policy debate about the importance of intellectual property.

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