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Program in Intellectual Property Law

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

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Intellectual Property Events

Program in Intellectual Property Law

August 27, 2015 — IPLS Student Social

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Tapworks, 820 West Jackson

All 1L students who are interested in pursuing IP, want to know more about IP, or just want to meet the current members and executive board are welcome to attend.

September 8, 2015 — IPLS General Body Meeting

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

Students can come meet the current IPLS board members, enjoy a free lunch, and learn about all the events taking place this semester.

September 16, 2015 — BookIT IP Series featuring Sharon Sandeen

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

Professor Sharon K. Sandeen of Hamline University School of Law is an internationally recognized expert on trade secret law, having written (with E. Rowe) the first casebook on trade secret law in the United States (Cases and Materials in Trade Secret Law) and Trade Secret Law in a Nutshell, both published by West Academic Publishing. 

Professor Sandeen will give a book talk for her most recent book, Trade Secrecy and International Transactions (Edward Elgar Publishing, with E. Rowe). This book is a valuable source of information on the law and practice of trade secrecy in international business transactions and provides concise but authoritative insight into international trade secret harmonization efforts and the trade secrets laws of many countries. The BookIT IP Series is co-sponsored by the IP Program and the Center for Empirical Studies in Intellectual Property. A pizza lunch will provided.

September 17, 2015 — IPLS Young Alumni Social (Trivia Night)

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, 10th Floor, Morris Hall

Come join us for a fun night of trivia with our alumni. There will be food and drink so come hungry!

September 25, 2015 — 2015 Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR)

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Auditorium

IIT Chicago-Kent's annual Supreme Court IP Review is a conference 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. The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will be this year's keynote speaker. A reception will follow the conference sessions from 4 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

September 29, 2015 — IPLS Lunch Talk: "Bitcoin"

 ~ Speaker: Nelson Rosario, Lempia Summerfield Katz

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Room C20

Come learn about Bitcoin and why as an attorney you should stay up-to-date on current technology. Come hungry because lunch will be served!

October 13, 2015 — IPLS Lunch Talk: "A Day in the Life"

 ~ Speaker: Gavin O'Keefe, MBHB

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

Gavin O'Keefe will be speaking to students about a typical day in the life of a patent attorney. Mr. O'Keefe will discuss the differences between prosecution and litigation and their impact on billing rates. Mr. O'Keefe will also discuss how efficiency plays a role as an associate moves up the ranks at a law firm. Lunch will be provided.

October 14, 2015 — BookIT IP Series featuring Stephen Johnson

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

Stephen Johnson will give a talk for his book The Economist Guide to Intellectual Property: What it is, How to protect it, How to exploit it. Intellectual property is often a company's single most valuable asset. And yet IP is hard to value, widely misunderstood, and frequently under-exploited. This comprehensive guide to intellectual property will help companies, investors, and creative thinkers understand the scope and nature of IP issues, pose the right questions to their advisers, and maximize the value from this crucial intangible asset.

Stephen Johnson currently focuses on intellectual property from a busienss perspective. He also consults for the U.S. charity One Mind on IP and other policy issues affecting neuroscience research. Mr. Johnson studied genetics at Cambridge University before qualifying as a solicitor in 1982. He also qualified as an attorney and worked in the U.S. for Kirkland & Ellis LLP for over 30 years. In 2015 he was named as one of the world's leading IP strategists by Intellectual Asset Management in its IAM Strategy 300 survey. The BookIT IP Series is co-sponsored by the IP Program and the Center for Empirical Studies in Intellectual Property. A pizza lunch will be provided.

October 14, 2015 — Chicago-Kent Patent Hub Launch Event

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Auditorium

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law invites you to attend the launch event for the Chicago-Kent Patent Hub. Chicago-Kent and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have collaborated to establish the Chicago-Kent Patent Hub, a pro bono program that will facilitate the placement of qualified, under-resourced inventors with the volunteer legal assistance of licensed patent attorneys within the state of Illinois.

October 27, 2015 — IPLS Lunch Talk: "Lawyers for the Creative Arts and Pro Bono" ~ Speaker: Marci Rolnik Walker, Lawyers for the Creative Arts

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

Come join IPLS at noon on October 27 to learn how to get involved with pro bono work in the Chicago Intellectual Property community. Marci Rolnik Walker will be joining us from Lawyers for the Creative Arts. If you are interested in helping artists and musicians protect their intellectual property or even just getting invovled with the IP community, you will not want to miss this event. Lunch will be served so come hungry!

November 10, 2015 — IPLS GastroIP Symposium: "Beer Brewing TMs Event"

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Auditiorium

This year's GastroIP Symposium will discuss IP issues related to beer brewing. We will be examining past litigations, company mergers/transactions, as well as hypothetical situations to examine the different legal issues that may arise in the craft beer context. The event will take place on November 10, 2015, in the Auditorium at Chicago-Kent College of Law. The panel discussion will be held from 6-8 PM with a reception to follow. This event is approved for 1.75 general Illinois MCLE credit hours. The event is free for IPLS paid members, $5 for students, and $25 for attorneys. Please register here for the IPLS GastroIP Symposium.

November 12, 2015 — BookIT IP Series featuring James Bessen

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

The final book talk for this semester will feature James Bessen's recent book Learning by Doing: The Real Connection between Innovation, Wages, and Wealth (Yale 2015). James Bessen is an economist who studies technology and innovation policy. He was founder and CEO of a software company that developed the first desktop publishing program. Currently, Mr. Bessen is a Lecturer in Law at Boston University School of Law. His work has been widely cited in the press as well as by the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court, judges at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Federal Trade Commission.

Learning by Doing examines history to understand how new technologies currently affect wages and skills. Today's great paradox is that we feel the impact of technology everywhere except in our paychecks. In the past, technological advancements dramatically increased wages, but during the last three decades, the median wage has remained stagnant. Machines have taken over much of the work for humans, destroying old jobs while increasing profits for business owners. The threat of ever-widening economic inequality loom, but Bessen argues that this is not inevitable. Workers can benefit by acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to implement rapidly evolving technologies. He notes, however, that this can take years...possibly even decades.

The BookIT IP Series is co-sponsored by the IP Program and the Center for Empirical Studies in Intellectual Property. A pizza lunch will be provided.

November 17, 2015 — IPLS Lunch Talk: "Interviewing and Resume Tips"

~ Speaker: Aaron Morrow, K&L Gates

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

Come hear tips about how to improve your resume and how to interview well. Come hungry because lunch will be served!

November 20, 2015 — CESIP Conference on Empirical Research on Copyright Issues

Time TBD, Room 370

Chicago-Kent's Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property is sponsoring a Conference on Empirical Research on Copyright Issues (CERCI). The Conference is meant for scholars and researchers to propose and to present an empirical research project at an early stage of research on one of the following topics: DMCA safe harbors (Sectiion 512), DMCA anti-circumvention provision and exemptions (Section 1201), Mass digitization, or Moral rights. Accepted speakers will present the ideas for their empirical project and receive feedback from a representative of the Copyright Office and other participants. For more information about the CERCI conference please contact Patricia O'Neal at