Events

The Future of the USPTO: Progress, Policy, and Patent Reform

The discussion introduced students to USPTO basics and the increasing importance of IP in the global marketplace. The talk also focused on the challenges facing the USPTO and the IP system as well as the myriad programs and projects that the USPTO is implementing to address those challenges. Finally, an update was given on the critical portions of the America Invents Act.

Speaker Azam Khan is Deputy Chief of Staff of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Khan advises the Director of the USPTO on matters related to strategic planning, policy and political issues, and operations. Mr. Khan was a primary drafter of the Agency's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan. He has also served as head speechwriter for the Director and as project lead for the Nationwide Workforce Satellite Office project among others.


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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"

Featuring
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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