Detroit Mercy Law professor awarded Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship

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December 20, 2021

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Visiting Assistant Professor Melissa Eckhause was recently awarded a Thomas Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship for the 2022-2023 year. This fellowship, awarded by The Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, is a year-long non-resident fellowship program that brings together scholars from across the nation to develop rigorous scholarship on intellectual property (IP), creativity, and innovation law and policy.  

“I am honored to have received this award, and I look forward to working with senior intellectual property law scholars to develop my research,” said Professor Eckhause. 

Professor Eckhause joined the Detroit Mercy Law faculty in 2020. Her research lies at the intersection of technology, intellectual property law, and art, and focuses on the rights of visual artists, musicians, and other creators in the digital age.  

As an Edison Fellow, Professor Eckhause will seek to innovate how photographs are licensed, particularly for use on the internet. Her proposed paper will build upon her ongoing empirical research that studies the nature of cases involving the alleged copyright infringement of an image. 

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