Creativity, Law and Entrepreneurship Workshop April 24, 2009


This one-day innovative workshop will explore dimensions of creativity, its relationship to entrepreneurship, and the law’s role in inhibiting and promoting it. Participants include distinguished colleagues from the U.S. and Europe. Sessions will take place in Lubar Commons (Law School Room 7200). Due to space limitations, the workshop is open to faculty, students and attorneys. CLE credit pending. Register on site. No fee.

This event is sponsored by the UW Law School, the Institute for Legal Studies, the Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship (INSITE), and the Global Legal Studies Center. The program chair is Shubha Ghosh, Professor of Law and Associate Director of INSITE.

Selected draft workshop papers (not for citation or distribution) are linked to the program below.


8:00 Coffee and Conversation

8:30-10:00 Panel 1: Social Entrepreneurship

Welcome and Introductions by Chair and Discussant:

Shubha Ghosh (Professor of Law, UW Law School;
Honorary Fellow and Associate Director of INSITE, UW Business School)


Lisa Alexander (Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School)
“Restoring Trust in Microenterprise Financing: Communities, Markets, Social Capital &  Law”

Megan M. Carpenter (Associate Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law)
"From Coal to Content: The Role of Intellectual Property in Transitional Economies"

Robin Paul Malloy
(E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law, Vice Dean, and Director of the Center on Property, Citizenship, and Social Entrepreneurism, Syracuse University College of Law) 
“Real Estate Transactions, Market Exchange Theory, & Entrepreneurship”

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Panel 2: Creativity in Business & Social Contexts

Chair and Discussant:

Shubha Ghosh (Professor of Law, UW Law School;
Honorary Fellow and Associate Director of INSITE, UW Business School)


Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Arewa (Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law)
“All Work and No Play: Intellectual Property as Serious Business”

Christoph-Beat Graber
(Professor of Law, University of Lucerne)
“How Is Creativity Manifested in Traditional Cultural Systems and within International Trade Law?”

Debora J. Halbert
(Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa)
“Creativity without Copyright: Anarchist Publishers and their Approaches to Copyright Protection"

12:00-1:15 Lunch

Lunch is provided for panelists and invited guests. 

1:15-2:45 Panel 3: Lawyering & the Creative Process

Chair and Discussant:

Darian Ibrahim (Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School)


William T. Gallagher (Associate Professor of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law)
“'Are They Real Lawyers?': The Role of Patent Prosecutors in the Patenting (and Inventive?) Process”

Stuart J.H. Graham
(Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Fellow in Social Science and the Law, University of California, Berkeley - School of Law (Boalt Hall); Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, College of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology) and
Ted M. Sichelman (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legal Research Fellow, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology)
“The 2008 Kauffman-Berkeley Patent Survey:  Why Do Entrepreneurs Patent (And Not)?” 

Richard S. Gruner
(Professor of Law & Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law, John Marshall Law School) 
“The Evolution of Collaborative Innovation: Evidence from the Patent Record”

2:45-3:15 Break

3:15-4:45 Panel 4: Creativity & Construction of Legal Rights

Chair and Discussant:

Jeffrey M. Lipshaw (Associate Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School)


Deven Desai (Associate Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law)
“Individual Branding: How the Rise of Individual Creation and Distribution of Cultural Products Confuses the Intellectual Property System”

Steven Hetcher (Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School)
"The Challenge of Monetizing User-Generated Content"

Sean O'Connor (Co-Director, Graduate program in Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Faculty Director, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, and Associate Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law)
“The Central Role of Law as a Meta Method in Creativity and Entrepreneurship"

4:45  Closing Comments

Shubha Ghosh (Professor of Law, UW Law School; Honorary Fellow and Associate Director of INSITE, UW Business School)


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