The Intellectual Property Institute (IPI) will be part of the Catholic University of America’s next-generation academic institution, according to its new president.
The move to establish a new academic institution in the nation’s largest Catholic university comes amid increasing concern among some academic community leaders about the role of universities in the proliferation of online piracy.
The new institute is headed by former President Francis Sullivan and will be housed in the same building as the Vatican’s Catholic University, according the statement.
It will be modeled on the University of Pennsylvania’s Catholic Center for Digital Scholarship and Innovation, which recently moved its headquarters from Pennsylvania to a new campus in Los Angeles.
“It’s important to recognize that not every college is going to have the resources, space, and staff to effectively combat online piracy,” said Dr. Michael S. Cavanaugh, president of the IPI.
“IPI’s mission is to be the answer to piracy, which is a significant problem.
It is an academic institution and we have the capacity to provide that service to the public.”
The institute’s founding statement states that it “will offer courses and research programs in the areas of digital media and the arts, digital humanities, and the intellectual property rights system.”
“Its primary focus will be to provide the necessary intellectual property protection, research, and scholarship to students and the wider community,” it adds.
“We will work closely with the faculty to build a stronger intellectual property community.”
In a statement, Sullivan thanked the IPIs students and staff for their support during the initial hiring process.
“This is an opportunity to create a new center of excellence that is dedicated to the research and development of the intellectual properties we care about and to our mission of providing the intellectual infrastructure that will protect the intellectual commons and promote intellectual property protections,” Sullivan said.
The institute will be located on the campus of the University at Buffalo, which also recently moved to a campus in Las Vegas, the statement said.
It also said that the institute will have offices in the United Kingdom and the United States.IPI will be based at a newly built facility at UB in the heart of downtown Buffalo, with the first faculty and staff arriving in April 2018.
It is unclear if the institute is being funded through private donations, or from institutional funds, which can be difficult for a small academic institution.
The Vatican’s Intellectual Property Department was founded in 1988 by Pope John Paul II to foster research into the economic and legal implications of intellectual property.
The university is one of the largest in the world, with more than 4,000 scholars, teachers, students and employees.