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Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal changes mission, name

The editors of the Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal are changing its mission and its name.

The next issue will feature the Journal’s new name, “The Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law.”

“The name change was originally proposed by Faculty Advisor Professor Simone Rose as a way to ramp up submissions and readership,” explains Symposium Editor  Emily Cantrell. 

And this year, the Journal’s student leadership was poised to change the Journal’s tone and direction and fill a gap in the available literature, Cantrell says. 

“The Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law will be the first of its kind, by publishing articles that discuss the many points of intersection between business and intellectual property law,” she explains.  “Currently, there are no student-produced intellectual property and business-focused journals.  The vast majority of the existing IP-based journals focus on technology and the engineering/patent based side of intellectual property.”

After receiving faculty approval for the changes, the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law staff has already begun to seek more practical articles that focus on the business implications of intellectual property creation, protection, and regulation, according to Editor Dirk Lasater. 

“The Journal’s student leadership and Board of Advisors believes that this new focus will not only increase publication levels but will also provide a more meaningful, practical contribution to the practicing legal community,” he said. 

As part of the Journal’s changes, on March 25, 2011, the Journal will host, in partnership with the Wake Forest Schools of Business’ annual Elevator Competition, its first business-oriented symposium, entitled: “Creative Capital:  Intellectual Property Creation and Venture Capital.”

Professor Barbara Lentz has joined the Journal as a permanent faculty advisor, and Alan Palmiter is advising the Journal during the transitional 2010-2011 year.