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Program in Intellectual Property Law

Prof. Edward Lee, Director
565 W. Adams St., Room 729
Chicago, IL 60661
elee@kentlaw.iit.edu
P: (312) 906-5212

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Intellectual Property Events

Program in Intellectual Property Law

September 7, 2016 — BookIT IP Series featuring Professor William Birdthistle

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Room 370

Chicago-Kent Professor William Birdthistle will give a talk for his book Empire of the Fund: The Way We Save Now (Oxford University Press 2016) at the initial BookIT IP Series event for the fall semester. There is no charge for this event and a free pizza lunch will be provided.

Empire of the Fund is a valuable resource on mutual funds and the role they play in our financial future. With the growing popularity of 401(k) plans to pensions, this book takes a comprehensive and thorough look at the way we currently prepare for retirement. Mutual funds are a key component of 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts; however, they potentially put our savings in danger. Professor Birdthistle, who is a leading expert on mutual funds, gives a historic view of the problems associated with mutual funds and educates us about the benefits and drawbacks to alternative method. This book is designed to improve financial literacy while setting forth solutions to protect and preserve our retirement savings.

Professor Birdthistle’s research interests include investment funds, executive compensation, and corporate governance. He teaches numerous courses including business organizations, securities regulations, and investment funds. Prior to joining the law school, Professor Birdthistle practiced at Ropes & Gray in Boston, where he was a corporate associate in the investment management practice.

The BookIT IP Series is co-sponsored by Chicago-Kent’s Intellectual Property Program and Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property.

September 14, 2016 — BookIT IP Series featuring Joshua Sarnoff

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Room 370

Joshua Sarnoff, editor and contributing author, will discuss his latest work, Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Climate Change (Edward Elgar Publishing 2016) at the next BookIT IP Series event. There is no charge for this event and a free pizza lunch will be provided.

From the book website:

Written by a global group of leading scholars, this wide-ranging Research Handbook provides insightful analysis, useful historical perspective, and a point of reference on the controversial nexus of climate change law and policy, intellectual property law and policy, innovation policy, technology transfer, and trade.

The contributors provide a unique review of the scientific background, international treaties, and political and institutional contexts of climate change and intellectual property law. They further identify critical conflicts and differences of approach between developed and developing countries. Finally they put forward and analyze the relevant intellectual property law doctrines and policy options for funding, developing, disseminating, and regulating the required technologies and their associated activities and business practices. 

The book will serve as a resource and reference tool for scholars, policymakers and practitioners looking to understand the issues at the interface of intellectual property and climate change.

Joshua Sarnoff is a professor of law at DePaul University College of Law and a faculty member and former director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology (CIPLIT). He teaches patent law, advanced patent law, administrative law, law and climate change, and other courses. Professor Sarnoff lectures frequently on intellectual property law issues and has written extensively on patent law and on climate change.

The BookIT IP Series is co-sponsored by Chicago-Kent's Intellecual Property Program and Center for Empiricial Studies of Intellectual Property.

September 22, 2016 — 7th Annual Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR)

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Auditorium

Chicago-Kent's annual Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR) is designed to provide intellectual property practitioners, jurists, legal academics and law students with a review of IP cases from the U.S. Supreme Court's previous Term, a preview of cases on the docket for the upcoming Term, and a discussion of cert. petitions to watch.

For more information or to register, visit the SCIPR website at www.kentlaw.iit.edu/scipr.

October 19, 2016 — BookIT IP Series featuring Aaron Perzanowski

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Room 370

The next book talk for this semester will feature Professor Aaron Perzanowski’s latest book (with Jason Schultz) The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy (MIT Press 2016). There is no charge for this BookIT IP Series event and a free pizza lunch will be provided.

When a consumer purchases a book from a bookstore they clearly own it. However, does this apply when a consumer purchases ebooks or other digital goods? This very question is debated in The End of Ownership. According to retailers and copyright holders, consumers do not own these purchases, but rather license them. As a result, a vendor can delete items from your device without prior notice or justification. Technological advances such as ebooks, cloud storage, and other digital goods have made our lives much easier. Yet, consumers should keep in mind the tradeoffs involving user constraints, permanence, and privacy. The authors’ consensus is that the introduction of private property and ownership into the digital marketplace would be beneficial.

Professor Perzanowski teaches courses in intellectual property, telecommunications, and innovation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His research interests include digital copyright, deceptive advertising, and creative norms within the tattoo industry.

The BookIT IP Series is co-sponsored by Chicago-Kent's Intellecual Property Program and Center for Empiricial Studies of Intellectual Property.

January 24, 2017 — Chicago IP Colloquium: Professor Eva Subotnik, St. John's University School of Law

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Room 305

February 7, 2017 — Chicago IP Colloquium: Professor David Schwartz, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 East Pearson (Corboy Law Center), Room 1102

February 21, 2017 — Chicago IP Colloquium: Professor Jake Linford, Florida State University College of Law

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Room 305

March 21, 2017 — Chicago IP Colloquium: Professor Stephanie Bair, BYU Law

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 East Pearson (Corboy Law Center), Room 1102

April 4, 2017 — Chicago IP Colloquium: Professor Sarah Rajec, William & Mary Law School

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Room 305

April 18, 2017 — Chicago IP Colloquium: Professor Pamela Samuelson, UC Berkeley School of Law

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 East Pearson (Corboy Law Center), Room 1102

Archived IP Events

2015 - 2016