14th Annual Niro Lecture and CIPLIT Annual Conversation with the Judiciary

The 14th Annual Niro Haller & Niro Distinguished IP Lecturer Peter Lee discussed his recent article, Patent Law and the Two Cultures, 120 Yale L.J. 2 (2010) focusing on the role of generalist judges in adjudicating technically complex patent cases, and the high information costs that such cases generate. Professor Lee commented on recent Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court cases, distinguishing between the Federal Circuit's formalistic approach and the Supreme Court's holistic approach to patent adjudication. He offered prescriptions for crafting Supreme Court patent doctrine to ameliorate resulting cognitive burdens on generalist judges as well as address the impact of the new Leahy-Smith America Invents Act on the ease and/or difficulty of patent adjudication. A distinguished panel of judges who opted to participate in the Patent Pilot Project in the Northern District of Illinois then discussed the article and address related topics of current importance immediately following Professor Lee's remarks as part of CIPLIT's annual Conversation with the Judiciary.

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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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