The Center for Intellectual Property Law
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 program was created by leaders of the Chicago intellectual property community before any mandatory continuing legal education requirements. The then two-day event featured programs and speeches by top IP professionals from the government, judicial, and private sectors.
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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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Distinguished Professor Presentation Series
Created to highlight the scholarly work of the nation's leading IP academics, our Distinguished Professor Presentation Series has been well received. These short, usually lunchtime events, draw attendees from the Chicago academic community, as well as local practitioners.
Distinguished Alumni Presentations
Our Distinguished Alumni Presentations were developed to highlight the success and accomplishments of our graduates, as well as to 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), and frequent programs co-sponsored with the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.