Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program

Intellectual property has become one of the most vibrant and challenging areas of today's legal profession.

Emerging technologies transform and expand the role that communications networks and content play in our lives. Innovation is increasingly seen as a key lever to grow the U.S. economy. As information has become increasingly global, attorneys must be familiar with an increasingly broad array of legal regimes. Clients need lawyers who are well prepared to help them navigate this rapidly changing environment.

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The Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program (VIPP) is designed to prepare Vanderbilt law graduates to meet this challenge. The program affords students the opportunity to study with world-class scholars and practitioners, international intellectual property expert Daniel Gervais; patent law expert Sean Seymore, who address legal issues relating to technology, entertainment, and innovation law in their teaching, research and practice; Joseph Fishman, who focuses on the relationship of intellectual property to creativity and the creative process; and Michael Bressman, who teaches the Intellectual Property and the Arts clinic. The program's adjunct faculty includes Judge Kent A. Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Suzanne Kessler, of counsel with Bone McAllester Norton where she provides entertainment and intellectual property law counseling to individuals and entities in the entertainment industries; R. Gregory Parker, a member at Bass Berry & Sims counsels global innovators whose businesses focus on a diverse range of technologies in the procurement and enforcement of intellectual property rights; and Richard Sanders, founding and managing partner of Aaron & Sanders, a Nashville-based firm that focuses on intellectual property, internet law, privacy and litigation.

Nashville is also home to numerous record labels, television networks, instrument manufacturers, and three leading performance rights licensing organizations, BMI, ASCAP and SESAC. The VIPP coordinates with noted practitioners to provide fellowships and externship opportunities to students interested in studying technology, intellectual property, entertainment, and innovation law.

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