Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR)

The Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR) 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.

SCIPR 2017


Thursday, September 28, 2017


Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661


This conference is approved for 5.75 hours of general MCLE credit in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

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8:00 – 8:40 am

Registration and continental breakfast

8:40 – 8:45 am

Welcoming remarks — Dean Harold J. Krent, Chicago-Kent College of Law

8:45 – 9:45 am — Copyright and Design Patent Panel

Star Athletica LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Apple, Inc.

Moderator: J. Kevin Fee, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Panelists: William Jay (counsel for Varsity Brands), Goodwin Procter LLP; Professor Cathay Smith, University of Montana Blewett School of Law; Professor Sarah Burstein, The University of Oklahoma College of Law; Professor Graeme Dinwoodie, Chicago-Kent College of Law

9:50 – 10:50 am — Patent Panel I

Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. and Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp.

Moderator: Christopher Scharff, Shareholder, McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd.

Panelists: Rob Hochman (counsel for Life Tech. and Lexmark), Sidley Austin LLP; Professor Margo Bagley, Emory University School of Law; Professor Amelia Rinehart, S.J. Quinney College of Law

10:50 – 11:05 am    

Coffee break 

11:05 am – 12:05 pm — Patent Panel II

TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC and Sandoz, Inc. v. Amgen. Inc.

Moderator: Grantland Drutchas, Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Panelists: James Dabney (counsel for TC Heartland), Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; William Jay (counsel for Kraft Foods), Goodwin Procter LLP; Deanne Maynard (counsel for Sandoz), Morrison Foerster LLP; Professor Greg Reilly, Chicago-Kent College of Law; Professor Erika Lietzan, University of Missouri School of Law; Professor Jake Sherkow, New York Law School

12:05 – 1:00 pm 


1:00 – 1:45 pm — The Supreme Court IP Review Address

Introduction: Scott Schutte, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

"May You Live In Interesting Times: Patent Law in the Supreme Court"

Seth Waxman, WilmerHale, 41st Solicitor General of the United States

1:45 – 2:00 pm 

Coffee break

2:00 – 3:00 pm — Trademark and First Amendment Panel

Matal v. Tam

Moderator: Bart Lazar, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw

Panelists: Raymond Ku, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Edward Lee, Chicago-Kent College of Law; Simon Tam, The Slants; John Connell, Archer & Greiner PC and/or Ron Coleman, Archer & Greiner PC

3:00 – 4:00 pm — Supreme Court Analytics and Preview of the Upcoming Term

Analytics: Professor Edward Lee, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Petitions granted (SAS Institute, Inc. v. MatalOil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene's Energy Group LLCand petitions to watch.

Moderator: Professor Christopher Schmidt, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Panelists: William Jay, Goodwin Procter LLP; Rob Hochman, Sidley Austin LLP; James Dabney, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; Deanne Maynard, Morrison Foerster

4:00 – 5:00 pm


5:00 - 6:00 pm

Acoustic performance by The Slants