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.

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, 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, an entertainment attorney and documentary filmmaker, 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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Recent Events

2014-15 Fenwick and West Lecture in Intellectual Property:

Copyright Without the Author: A Counterfactual Inquiry , featuring Peter Jaszi , Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic at American University College of Law

November 7, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium


Global Panel: Is Copyright Working for Songwriters and Composers?

Global Panel: Is Copyright Working for Songwriters and Composers? (video)
October 24, 2014

Vanderbilt Law School and its Intellectual Property Program will host a panel in conjunction with the CIAM World Congress of Songwriters and Composers Annual Conference.  Daniel Gervaiswho directs the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, will moderate a panel discussion by:

Lorenzo FerreroPresident, the International Council Of Music Authors

Eddie SchwartzPresident, Music Creators North America

Jörg Everssongwriter, former Chairman of GEMA, the German performing rights organization

Jean-Marie Moreausongwriter, former vice president of SACEM, the French performing rights organization