Nancy F. Atlas


Based in Houston, Texas, The Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court (Atlas IP Inn) provides the Sponsored Scholarship Grants program for Texas IP Scholars (SSG-TIPS) to facilitate newly-authored scholarship in specific areas of Intellectual Property & Information Law (IPIL) within the legal academy.

For 2018-19, the focus is any topic within intellectual property law or information law. Information law, for SSG-TIPS purposes, includes topics such as: licensing, privacy, rights of publicity, data security and protection, information crimes, cyber and internet law, the law of robotics, and similar subjects.

The SSG-TIPS program is administered for the Atlas IP Inn by the IPIL Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. As one of the nation's leading programs for the study of intellectual property and information law, IPIL is pleased to provide this administrative support for the creation and dissemination of quality scholarship in its field.

The SSG-TIPS program provides grants for IPIL-related scholarship from tenured or tenure-track professors at AALS member and fee-paid law schools in Texas. The program is made possible by the remarkably generous support of the Atlas IP Inn.

Grant amounts may change from year to year but are typically in the four-figure range, paid upon publication, with one grant selection anticipated approximately each year. Grants will not be awarded to prior SSG-TIPS recipients from the prior five years (recipients of awards under one of the other SSG programs administered by IPIL may apply for SSG-TIPS, and otherwise qualifying candidates may apply for multiple SSG program awards in the same year, but two awards in separate SSG categories will not be made in the same year). All articles must be of publishable quality, relate to the IPIL subject matter specified above, and total ideally within the range of 10,000 to 20,000 words, inclusive of footnotes.

To apply for a grant, please submit the following:

  • statement of interest and qualification status
  • detailed résumé or curriculum vitae
  • article proposal, including a proposed table of contents and an article preview between 500 and 750 words (with minimal footnoting), focusing on the article's claim or perspective and the supporting rationale
  • copies of selected prior articles

All items should be provided electronically, as attachments in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, in a single
submittal emailed to:

One proposal per submitter. Application materials will be treated in confidence. Article proposals may be made for works-in-progress, but such works should not be substantially complete nor submitted for or accepted for publication. Article proposals are limited to single-author works. Co-author or multi-author works will be not considered.

Current Law Professor SSG-TIPS Program Parameters

Application Deadlines for the 2019 SSG-TIPS Program for Tenured or Tenure-track Law Professors:
Applications will be collected throughout the fall until December 15, 2018. By mid-March of the following year, selections will be made from the applications by considering all applications received up through the December 15 deadline.

Grant amounts for the 2019 SSG-TIPS Program for Tenured or Tenure-track Law Professors:
$5,000 upon publication.

Recipients of prior awards.

These Sponsored Scholarship Grants programs are administered for The Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court by the University of Houston Law Center's Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law.

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