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Law Science and Innovation/Intellectual Property Program Prize Contest

2022 Law Science and Innovation/Intellectual Property Program Prize Contest

The Center for Law Science and Innovation (LSI) and the Intellectual Property (IP) Law program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law are proud to offer a $10,000 prize for the most impactful published legal academic article on intellectual property law published in the U.S. In addition to the $10,000 prize, the winner will receive a two-night trip to Washington, D.C. (date to be determined) to present a keynote address on their article at the Ambassador Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center.

The LSI/IP Program Prize is designed to inspire academic research from faculty in the field of IP law. ASU Law's LSI/IP program is offering this first inaugural annual prize in celebration of the famed McCarthy Institute, one of the nation’s most preeminent groups on IP law, which joined ASU Law in 2021.

About the Intellectual Property Law Program and Center for Law, Science and Innovation at ASU Law

In 2021, the Intellectual Property Law program at ASU Law became the new home for the renowned McCarthy Institute and its distinguished director, Professor David Franklyn. The McCarthy Institute was co-founded by J. Thomas McCarthy, the world-renowned author of the multi-volume treatise, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, which has been cited in over 6,000 judicial opinions. ASU Law's IP program hosts a diverse group of 18 faculty members providing over 60 credit hours of IP law courses for students pursuing a Juris Doctor, a Master of Laws (LLM), or a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree. The IP law program is also home to the Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic, which is the first and oldest patent law clinic in the U.S., along with the Jurimetrics Law Journal, the official journal of the American Bar Association’s Section of Official Journal of Science & Technology Law.

ASU Law is also home to the nationally acclaimed Center for Law, Science and Innovation (LSI), which focuses on the extraordinary legal and regulatory questions rising from rapid developments in science and technology. In one of ASU Law’s most ambitious IP law projects, the Center for Law, Science and Innovation recently published a book titled, “Patent Remedies and Complex Products: Toward a Global Consensus.” This edited volume was made possible by support from Intel Corporation and is the product of several years’ work of approximately 30 contributing intellectual property scholars from 10 different countries.


The LSI/IP Program Prize contest is open to full-time law professors who have published intellectual property law-related papers in printed U.S. legal academic journals during the contest period. The contest is not open to students. All papers appearing in a qualifying journal's 2020 or 2021 issue fall within the 2021 contest period. Works-in-progress and papers that are not published in print form before the deadline are not eligible. Papers focused on topics in intellectual property law, patent law, trademark law, copyright law, and trade secret law meet the subject matter requirements for eligibility.

The submission deadline is December 31, 2021.

Judging Process and Criteria

The LSI/IP Program Prize seeks to recognize the paper published within the eligibility period that is likely to have the most significant positive long-term impact on the advancement of intellectual property law. All eligible papers entered into the prize contest will undergo independent review and scoring by a diverse group of full-time law professors who teach in IP law-related areas at law schools in the U.S. The contest scoring system focuses primarily on a paper's quality and originality of analysis (20%) and potential for real-world impact on developments directly related to IP law (80%).

ASU Law will announce the 2022 LSI/IP Program Prize winner on February 28, 2022. The winner will present a keynote address based upon their award-winning paper at the Ambassador Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center in Washington, D.C. The winner’s D.C. trip expenses including airfare, hotel, and a two-night stay will be covered for the presentation. When the winner presents their keynote address in-person at the center, they will then receive the $10,000 cash prize.

How to Enter

To enter the 2022 Law Science and Innovation/Intellectual Property Law Program Prize contest, upload a PDF of your cover letter and article via the button below.

Submit here.

The deadline for submitting papers is December 31, 2021. ASU Law will announce the 2022 LSI/IP Program Prize winner on February 28, 2022.

For any questions regarding the contest, please contact Tyson Winarski, director of the Intellectual Property Law Program at 480.965.1300 or