The Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law

Center Events

Annual Conference on Developments in Intellectual Property Law

A mainstay in continuing legal education programs, the Center's Annual Conference has been a highlight of John Marshall's IP programs since 1957. This unique, full-day program features panel discussions, presentation and speeches by top IP professionals from government, judicial, academic, and private sectors and is held the last weekend in February.
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Annual Program on Ethics in the Practice of Intellectual Property Law

This now established annual event began in 2008 as an effort to provide area practitioners with the tools they need to be better professionals. The program, held in late April/early May, fulfills the Illinois MCLE requirements for ethics/professionalism hours in a program geared specifically for intellectual property attorneys.
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Annual Program on IP on the Edge

This new annual event began in 2013 provides area practitioners, students, and scholars with presentations on the latest developments in intellectual property, both domestic and international, that are on the edge of current policies and issues.

Distinguished IP Scholar Presentation Series

Created to highlight the scholarly work of the nation's leading IP academics, our Distinguished IP Scholar Series brings the latest scholarly topics to the Chicago community.

Distinguished Alumni Presentation Series

Our Distinguished Alumni Presentation Series highlight the success and accomplishments of our graduates and educate students and practitioners on all aspects of intellectual property law and practice.

Howard T. Markey Distinguished Lecture in Patent Law

This occasional lecture, created for one of the leaders in patent law jurisprudence, features a nationally known figure in the intellectual property law legal community. The first Markey lecturer, in 2000, was then Secretary of Commerce (and John Marshall alum) William M. Daley. The topic was "Electronic Commerce and Intellectual Property Law".

Beverly W. Pattishall Distinguished Lecture in Trademark Law

Beverly W. Pattishall was a tremendous influence in the development of trademark law both in the U.S. and internationally. He was also an early influence in the development of the intellectual property programs at The John Marshall Law School. In recognition of his many contributions, the law school developed this lecture series in his name. The first Pattishall lecturer, in 2001, was Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, speaking on "Section 43(a) of The Shakespeare Canon of Statutory Construction".

Other IP Events

The John Marshall Law School and the Center for Intellectual Property Law sponsor many additional events throughout the year for degree candidates and the local practicing bar. These include seminars on late-breaking developments affecting IP law and practice, a program on European Patent Practice, patent bar review courses (co-sponsored with the Practising Law Institute), programs for paralegals on Patent Cooperation Treaty filing procedures (in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization), the new October Patent Week, the biannual BRICS Conference, and the new annual IP International Scholars Conference, among others.

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