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John F. Witherspoon Pledges $500,000 to Support CPIP

John F. WitherspoonWe are tremendously grateful to John F. Witherspoon, Professor and Director Emeritus of the law school’s Intellectual Property Program, for his recent pledge of $500,000 to support the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP).

Professor Witherspoon was for many years the Director of the law school’s Intellectual Property Law track, the oldest and largest of our specialty track programs. He joined the faculty as an adjunct in 1992. Professor Witherspoon also practiced patent law in his own firm in Washington, D.C. He previously served as an examiner-in-chief and member, Board of Appeals, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and clerked for the Honorable Giles S. Rich, U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit).

Professor Witherspoon’s donation will be instrumental to CPIP’s ability to fulfill its mission. In particular, it will enhance CPIP’s ability to support cutting-edge research on the law, economics, and history of patents, and to improve the academic, legal, and policy debate regarding patents. His donation is a testament to his commitment to the Mason Law community, and it is an inspiration and example to the Mason family.

CPIP is dedicated to the scholarly analysis of intellectual property rights and the technological, commercial, and creative innovation they facilitate. CPIP explores how strong property rights in innovation and creativity can foster successful and flourishing individual lives and national economies.

Through a wide array of academic and public policy programming, CPIP brings together scholars, industry leaders, inventors, creators, and policymakers to examine foundational questions and current controversies concerning intellectual property rights. Ultimately, CPIP seeks to promote a healthy academic discussion, grounded in rigorous scholarship, and a well-informed public policy debate about the importance of intellectual property.

We are sincerely thankful to Professor Witherspoon for his generosity.