Call For Submissions - IDEA Symposium on Race and IP

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IDEA: The Law Review of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property invites authors to participate in a virtual symposium focusing on the intersection of Race and Intellectual Property Law.  Interested authors should submit their abstracts via email (listed below) to IDEA by September 25, 2020.  The Editors of IDEA will select submissions to present at a virtual symposium on November 6, 2020, to be hosted via Zoom.  The authors of selected submissions will present on their topics at the virtual symposium and complete a final draft of their article for publication in IDEA Vol. 61, Issue 3, to be published in spring 2021.

Sample topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Underrepresentation of Black and other Minority Groups in Intellectual Property Law/Underrepresentation in Patent Filings
  • Offensive Trademarks and Issues in Racism (See, e.g.Matal v. TamIancu v. Brunetti)
  • Race “Branding” and Racial Stereotypes in Trademarks
  • Inequality of Intellectual Property Protection afforded to Minority Groups in Arts and Music (For example, copyright appropriation in Black music as can be seen in Jazz, Blues and more recently in Rap and Hip-Hop)
  • Indigenous Peoples and IP Appropriation (Art, Photos, TV, and Movies featuring the appropriation of Indigenous Peoples’ culture)
  • Racial Bias of Facial Recognition Software (Gender Shades, a study by MIT, showed that Facial Recognition is less accurate on non-white skin tones)


Dates for Submission:

Submit abstract by 9/25/2020 to

Notification of acceptance by 10/09/2020   

Virtual Symposium on 11/06/2020

Final Draft Submitted to IDEA by 1/30/2021