The Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law

2016-2017 Center Events

Distinguished Professorial Lecture: Professor David L. Schwartz, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

"Predicting Settlement and Adjudication: Empirical Evidence from Patent Litigation"
August 31, 2016 | 4-5:30 p.m. (wine reception to follow)

Professor David L. Schwartz, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Like all civil litigation, most patent cases settle. But what factors explain how lawsuits progress, which cases settle, and how long they pend before settlement or trial? We empirically examine the evolution of patent disputes starting from the complaint using benchmarks drawn from the rules of civil litigation and accounting for a range of dispositions including settlement, summary judgment, and trial. Our model accounts for a large number of relevant predictors, including the types of litigants, their respective counsel, the judicial districts and judges, and the underlying patents.

CLE credit is available for this event.


18th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition Workshop

Co-sponsored by the GRAMMY Foundation
September 20, 2016 | Noon-2 p.m.

The GRAMMY Foundation

The GRAMMY Foundation established the Entertainment Law Initiative to promote discussion and debate about the most compelling legal issues facing the music industry today. The ELI Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word essay proposing a solution to an issue currently facing the music industry. The winning essays can win prizes, including a ticket to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast and other GRAMMY Week events.

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IP Lecture Series: Professor Tyler Ochoa, Santa Clara University School of Law

"Copyrightable Subject Matter: What Bikram Yoga, Cheerleading Uniforms, the Batmobile, and a Chicken Sandwich Have in Common"
October 7, 2016 | Noon-1:30 p.m.

Professor Tyler Ochoa, Santa Clara University School of Law

Professor Ochoa will discuss numerous recent cases that shed light on the meaning of copyright law's basic provision for protecting any "original work of authorship" and on the meaning of its exclusion of protection for "any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle or discovery."

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CLE credit is available for this event.


Patent Cooperative Treaty (PCT) Seminar

w/ Matthias Reichle, WIPO & Carl Oppedahl, Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC
October 20-21, 2016

Annual PCT Seminar

This two-day seminar, co-sponsored by WIPO and Bloomberg, BNA, offers an examination of current practice with regard to the PCT system for patent professionals. The half-day session will focus on an overview of the PCT system, the most recent and future developments in the PCT system, as well as some of the most important strategic decisions that need to be taken when using the PCT system. This will be followed by a day and a half looking at a detailed analysis of the PCT system, covering best practices and sophisticated tips about the procedural aspects of the PCT. It will cover the process from start to finish, including the filing of the applications, preparing the international search, the preliminary examination, and eventually entering the national phase before designated offices. This course will also offer a platform for the participants to discuss more complex and unusual scenarios and to discuss particularly interesting real-life cases put forth by the instructors or by the attendees’ own experience. Speakers include Matthias Reichle, Duputy Director, PCT Legal Division, WIPO, and Carl Oppedahl, Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC.

CLE credit is available for this event.


European Intellectual Property Seminar

w/ Detlef von Ahsen, Michael Zeitler & Dr. James Forstner, Kuhnen & Wacker
November 1-2, 2016

European Intellectual Property Seminar

This year's two-day seminar on Eurpean patent practices, co-sponsored by Kuhnen & Wacker, will be presented by Kuhnen & Wacker attorneys Michael Zeitler, Detlef von Ahsen, and James Forstner. Presentation topics include European patent claim-drafting specialties, opposition procedures, unitary patent, patent infringement litigation, the Unified Patent Court, patent filing strategies, and more. Speakers include Detlef von Ahsen, Partner, Kuhnen & Wacker; Michael Zeitler, Partner, Kuhnen & Wacker; and Dr. James Forstner, Of Counsel, Kuhnen & Wacker

CLE credit is available for this event.


IP Lecture Series: Associate Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M University School of Law

"Patent Mistakes in the Administrative State"
January 31, 2017 | Noon-1:30 p.m.

Associate Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M University School of Law

Professor Vishnubhakat will discuss how to differentiate among the various types of mistakes that arise in the patent system and will share empirical insights about how the means for correcting those mistakes is changing. He will draw in particular on his own ongoing research into patent examination and both judicial and administrative review of patent validity.

CLE credit is available for this event.


61st Annual Intellectual Property Conference

"Hot Topics & Current Developments in Patent, Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secrets Law"
February 24, 2017 | 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

61st Annual Intellectual Property Conference: Hot Topics & Current Developments in Patent, Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secrets Law

Celebrating its 61st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, John Marshall is proud to host prominent IP practitioners who will share their insights into the most important IP developments and their future impact. The conference includes annual reviews of all four major fields of IP, as well as breakout sessions that focus on the most current and problematic areas of IP protection.

CLE credit is available for this event.


IP PLI Patent Bar Review

w/ Eugene Quinn, IP Watchdog & John White, Practising Law Institute
March 15-19, 2017

IP PLI Patent Bar Review

The PLI Patent Bar Review will cover all material in the current patent examination (i.e., the same current MPEP and Supplementary Materials), but will additionally cover the materials set forth in the 35 USC 101-related "Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance and Training Materials" for PTO Examiners. Since 2010, the law related to patent-eligible subject matter has undergone a significant revision by virtue of various Supreme Court decisions. The PTO Exam will now test that revision as reflected in the guidance and training materials that the PTO has provided its examiners. We already cover those cases in this review, so there's no new law or cases really being added to the exam, but we are updating our materials and lectures, and adding new questions, to incorporate this new testable material. Speakers include Eugene R. Quinn, Jr., President and Founder, IP Watchdog, Inc., and John M. White, Director, Soryn IP Group; Chair, Practising Law Institute; Berenato & White, LLC


IP Lecture Series: Professor Anne Bartow, University of New Hampshire School of Law

"Contemporary Copyright Misuse"
March 24, 2017 | Noon-1:30 p.m.

Professor Anne Bartow, University of New Hampshire School of Law

Professor Bartow’s lecture will describe and map the doctrine of copyright misuse, including the frequency with which copyright misuse (or a corollary doctrine) is alleged, the range of factual situations under which copyright misuse allegations occur, how often the doctrine is linked to other legal constructs, and under which circumstances this defense is most and least likely to be successful.

CLE credit is available for this event.


IP Lecture Series: Dina Kallay, Director of Intellectual Property & Competition, Ericsson

"Current IP-Antitrust Trends in ICT Licensing"
June 15, 2017 | 3:30 p.m.

Dina Kallay, Director of Intellectual Property & Competition at Ericsson

Full details are coming soon.

CLE credit is available for this event.


Additional spring 2017 events currently in the planning stage will include IP Lecture Series presentations, IT Companies in Europe: Issues in Antitrust, Privacy & the Digital Single Market, and a Roundtable on the Intersection Between IP, Competition, Standards & Trade. Stay tuned for details.

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