Fordham Law

CLIP Awarded Research Grant by UN Agency

December 09, 2010

Fordham Law's Center on Law and Information Policy was awarded a $25,000 research grant by the World Intellectual Property Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, to provide support for WIPO’s new work program on intellectual property and competition policy in the developing world.

"CLIP is honored to assist with the important intergovernmental work at WIPO and to participate in efforts that will help developing economies and the international intellectual property system," said Professor Joel R. Reidenberg, Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Academic Director of CLIP.

Under the grant, CLIP will evaluate existing academic research relating to intellectual property as a barrier to entry in the context of developed countries and in developing countries. CLIP’s study will assess two primary areas: 1) the extent to which existing research shows whether intellectual property acts as a barrier to market entry and 2) whether the research shows if any such intellectual property barriers function more or less effectively than other factors, including early development, high costs, and brand loyalty.

The CLIP research team will be led by Professor Reidenberg and CLIP Executive Director Jamela Debelak, who will be assisted by two current Fordham Law students, Isaac Chao '12 and Mary Pennisi '11, as well as two recent LL.M. graduates, Maarten Goudsmit '10 and Marc Melzer '10.

The project was initiated in November and is expected be completed in the late spring. CLIP's report will be distributed to WIPO member countries and will be published by the WIPO.