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The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA): What happens next?

Phillip Barengolts of Pattishall, McAuliffe, Louis Alex of Cook Alex, and William McGrath of Davis McGrath discussed the SOPA bill introduced by Representative Lamar Smith (and its Senate counterpart, the "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011" (PRO IP Act or PIPA)) that has generated substantial controversy, a service blackout by Wikipedia, Reddit and others to raise awareness of the bills, and a massive on-line petition effort to prevent their adoption. The Panel also looked into what happens next with the bill in light of the recent protests and public outcry. Professor Joshua Sarnoff moderated the discussion of the concerns motivating proponents of SOPA/PIPA, concerns motivating opponents of SOPA/PIPA, and where common ground may be able to be reached.


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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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