2013 Advanced Complex Litigation Series Cosponsored by the Federal Circuit Bar Association

The program focused on litigating complex patent cases in the Northern District of Illinois under the local patent rules. It examined ways in which the court and parties can process cases “to secure the just, speedy and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding” (F.R. Civ. P. 1), a goal discussed by Chief Judge Rader in his keynote speech in the Federal Circuit Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference in June 2006. The program included four panels:

  • Practice Under the Local Patent Rules in the Northern District of Illinois
  • Discovery in Complex Litigation – ESI and other Discovery Issues
  • Focusing Disputes Through Pretrial Management and Complex Litigation
  • Complex Litigation Involving Multiple Parties


Chief Judge Randall Rader, of the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit

Chief Judge James F. Holderman, Northern District of Illinois

Judge Matthew F. Kennelly, Northern District of Illinois

Judge Thomas M. Durkin, Northern District of Illinois

Judge John Z. Lee, Northern District of Illinois

Magistrate Judge Sheila Finnegan, Northern District of Illinois

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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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