Past Events


01/16/07 - CIPLIT™ Board Meeting
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Place: Union League Club, Tudor Room, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604

01/18/07 - The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from a Judge's Perspective
Judge Richard Linn of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be available to meet with students to speak and answer questions about the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Refreshments will be provided.
Time: 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Place: Rare Book Room (6th Floor Library), 25 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL

01/24/07 - Data Privacy and the Internet
Presented by the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago Internet Law Committee and CIPLIT. For more information please contact CIPLIT.
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Place: DePaul Club (11th Floor), DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago
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01/25/07 - CIPLIT Visiting Artist
Austin Pendleton, CIPLIT Visiting Artist, along with entertainment law attorney and DePaul alum Todd Musburger and Professor Margit Livingston will give a lunchtime presentation to law faculty, students and invited guests. The presentation will focus on copyright protection for a director's staging of a play. It has long been thought that the director's staging is either not copyrightable (not an original work of authorship) or if it is, the copyright belongs to the playwright or the producer as the director's staging is a work for hire. The directors' union has been urging the recognition of copyright protection for a director's staging so that it could not be copied by another company without a license from the copyright holder. The panel will discuss this topic along with other the legal issues facing actors and directors.
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Place: Room 8005, DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago
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01/29/07 - Edward Manzo Advanced Patent Seminar Lecture
Joshua Sarnoff, Assistant Director, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, Practitioner-in-Residence, Washington College of Law, American University.

01/31/07 - Section 108 Public Roundtable
Presented by the U.S. Library of Congress and hosted by CIPLIT™
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Room 1001 at 25 E. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604
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02/12/07 - Edward Manzo Advanced Patent Seminar Lecture
Jonathan S. Franklin, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski

02/14/07 - BAR/BRI Patent Bar Review
Intellectual Property Law Society is holding an informational meeting on the patent bar. Join us over free pizza and soda - we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Patent Bar and how to pass the first time. Also, learn about the IP job fairs throughout the country.
Time: 12:20 PM - 1:30 PM
Place: Room 805 (Lewis), 25 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL


03/08/07 - WIPO: Past, Present, and Future
Todd Larson, Senior Counsellor, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Coordination Office.
Todd Larson will give a lecture of introduction to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - its mandate, history, and status as a UN entity as well as provide an overview of WIPO current topics and issues by summarizing the conclusions of recent meetings of the WIPO Governing Bodies, looking in particular at an emerging discussion about what is referred to as the WIPO Development Agenda.
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Place: Room 803 (Lewis)
Admission: Free for students (lunch will be provided)
Please RSVP to CIPLIT at or call 312-362-8415 by Monday, March 5th

03/9/06 – Prospective IP Student Breakfast
Time: 9:00 AM-9:45 AM
Place: DePaul Club, located on the 11th Floor of DePaul Center at 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Illinois 60604

03/15/07-03/16/07 - 7th Annual CIPLIT™ Symposium
Patents and Progress: Reflections in the Midst of Change

03/15/05 - 10th Annual Niro Scavone Haller & Niro Distinguished Intellectual Property Lecture & Luncheon
Peter Drahos, Professor & Director of the Centre for Governance of Knowledge and Development; Head of Program of the Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University


04/09/07 - Edward Manzo Advanced Patent Seminar Lecture
Eileen Kane, Associate Professor of Law, Penn State Dickinson School of Law

04/18/07 - Zoltek Corp. v. U.S. - Are Patents Property Protected by the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment?
Hosted by Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT) and the Intellectual Property Law Society.

Dean Monco, a Chicago based intellectual property lawyer, will be speaking with students next Wednesday about his current patent infringement case concerning technology used to create the B-2 bomber and the F-22 fighter planes. Mr. Monco has been the lead counsel for Zoltek throughout the company's lawsuit against the U.S. government. Zoltek is currently seeking certiorari in the Supreme Court on the issue of whether patents are property under the 5th Amendment or whether they are subject to a lesser standard of protection.

Lunch will be served. Admission to the event is free for DePaul Faculty, Staff, and Students.
To RSVP please email by April 16, 2007

Time: 12:20 PM - 1:30 PM
Place: Rare Book Room (6th Floor Library)
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04/23/07 - Edward Manzo Advanced Patent Seminar Lecture
David E. Adelman, Associate Professor and Director of Law & Science Initiatives, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

CANCELLED - 04/25/07 - The Hosier Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Niva Elkin-Koren, Professor of Law & Vice Dean, University of Haifa Faculty of Law

New Challenges for Open Content
What is the best way to promote free culture? Does a legal strategy which emphasizes owners' sovereignty serve the goals of the open content movement? The presentation will take a closer look at Creative Commons as a social movement and explore the limits of its legal strategy for enhancing the sharing, distribution and reuse of creative works.
For more information and registration contact Vadim Shifrin at 312-362-8415 or

Time: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Place: Rare Book Room (6th Floor Library) DePaul University College of Law
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CANCELLED - 05/12/07 - The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) for Museum Lawyers
Presented by the National Park Service, Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation and CIPLIT®.
Topics will include:

  • Legal back drop to NAGPRA
  • Mechanics of museum compliance with NAGPRA
  • Museum failure to comply with the requirements of NAGPRA
  • Investigating allegations of museum failure to comply NAGPRA civil penalty process
  • Minimizing the risk of an allegation Museum action to support a reduced NAGPRA civil penalty
  • Litigation and disputes
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: Room 8010 at 1 E. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604
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08/09/07-08/10/07 - Seventh Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference
Berkeley, Cardozo, Stanford and DePaul law schools sponsor an annual roundtable conference bringing together IP/IT scholars to present and discuss their works-in-progress. This year's conference is hosted by DePaul University College of Law Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology.

*Note: For information regarding the above events please contact Vadim Shifrin, CIPLIT Assistant Director, at 312.362.8415.

08/28/07 - CIPLIT Faculty Kick-off luncheon
Time: 11:45 AM
Place: Rare Book Room (6th Floor Library), 25 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL


09/04/07 - IP Student Wine and Cheese Reception
Co-sponsored by the IP Society and Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology (CIPLIT™)
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Place: DePaul Center, 11th floor Terrace (outdoor deck area), 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago



CIPLIT hosted the Third International IP Scholars Roundtable and Hosier Scholar Lecture on May 1 - 2, 2014.

On May 1 and 2, 2014, twenty-two senior scholars from the United States and various other countries held a roundtable at DePaul on international intellectual property law issues.

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Professor Sarnoff named Edison Scholar.

Professor Joshua Sarnoff has been appointed a Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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15th Annual Niro Distinguished IP Lecture.

"How to Retain Patent Enforcement While Reforming It – Judges and Counsel Should Manage Infringement Suits, not Congress"

Honorable Paul R Michel(Ret.)
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Commentator, Honorable James F Holderman
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

To view the video of this discussion, please click here.

In August 2013, four members of CIPLIT faculty participated in the 13th annual IP Scholars Conference, which originated at DePaul in 2000.

Professor Roberta Kwall opened the conference with a talk about the history of the conference and the top 10 things law faculty can do to enhance their career potential in this new reality of legal education. Professor Margit Livingston presented her paper on Copyright Infringement of Music: Determining Whether What Sounds Alike Is Alike. Professor Josh Sarnoff commented on Victoria Stodden’s paper, Software Patents as a Barrier to Scientific Transparency: An Unexpected Consequence of Bayh-Dole. Professor Fusco spoke about The Origins of Patent Examination in the Venetian Republic.

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