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Recent News Items from the Law School


  • Intellectual property in Africa is the focus of first talk in BookIt IP Series at IIT Chicago-Kent

    Two groundbreaking books on innovation and intellectual property will be discussed September 8

    IIT Chicago-Kent's Program in Intellectual Property Law will launch its 2014–15 BookIT intellectual property book talk series on September 8 with a discussion of two groundbreaking books on innovation and intellectual property in Africa. University of Ottawa Professor Jeremy de Beer will discuss "Innovation & Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa" and "Knowledge & Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future," both published in 2013 by the Open African Innovation Research and Training Project. Programs in the BookIT series are free and open to the public.

  • IIT Chicago-Kent's annual U.S. Supreme Court Intellectual Property Review (SCIPR) Is September 12

    David J. Kappos, former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director, is the keynote speaker

    David J. Kappos, former undersecretary of commerce and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will deliver the keynote address at IIT Chicago-Kent's 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Intellectual Property Review (SCIPR) on September 12. SCIPR is the only conference in the country focused exclusively on IP cases before the Supreme Court. This past term, the court heard a record 10 IP–related cases, the most in its history, including important cases concerning software patents and TV broadcasts over the Internet.

  • Mandela's legacy on land revisited

    New book highlights how past land theft can cripple South Africa's economic development

    Nelson Mandela's promise to correct past land theft in South Africa has thus far gone unfulfilled. Professor Bernadette Atuahene's new book "We Want What's Ours: Learning from South Africa's Land Restitution Program" (Oxford University Press 2014) uses interviews with 150 South Africans to understand how the nation can build on its successes and learn from its failures in addressing past land theft.

  • IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Edward Lee chosen for Spark Camp at Harvard

    "Campers" to explore how organizations should operate

    IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Edward Lee, director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law, has been selected to attend Spark Camp at Harvard University from June 19 to 22, 2014. The four-day event, "Visionaries, Leaders and Managers," will bring together more than 75 "campers" to explore ideas on corporate culture and how organizations should operate.

  • IIT Chicago-Kent and the National Labor Relations Board to explore "Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Law" at June 13 program

    "Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Law" is a one-day conference geared toward attorneys, labor relations and human resources managers, and union business representatives. Conference workshops will examine emerging and complex issues under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) as well as the basics of practice before the National Labor Relations Board. The June 13, 2014, program is co-sponsored by the Institute for Law and the Workplace at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).