2013 SCIPR Speakers

Thursday, September 26, 2013

 

Keynote Speaker

 

The Honorable Diane Wood

The Honorable Diane WoodDiane P. Wood is a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Judge Wood attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning her B.A. in 1971 (highest honors), and her J.D. in 1975 (Order of the Coif). After graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge Irving L. Goldberg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1975-76), and for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court (1976-77). She then spent a brief period at the Office of the Legal Adviser in the U.S. Department of State. In 1980, she began her career as a legal academic at Georgetown University Law Center. She moved to the University of Chicago Law School in 1981, serving as a full-time professor until 1995 and as Associate Dean from 1989 through 1992. In 1990, she was named to the Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professorship in International Legal Studies, becoming the first woman to hold a named chair at the school. From 1993 until she was appointed to the Seventh Circuit in 1995, she served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Judge Wood is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and is on the Council of the American Law Institute. Judge Wood is married to Dr. Robert L. Sufit. She has three children and three step-children. She enjoys playing the oboe and English horn in several Chicago-area amateur orchestras.


Case Petitioners

 

Dr. Harry Ostrer

Dr. Harry OstrerDr. Harry Ostrer is a medical geneticist who investigates the genetic basis of common and rare disorders and, in the diagnostic laboratory, translates the findings of genetic discoveries into tests that can be used to identify people's risks for having a disease prior to its occurrence or for predicting its outcome once it has occurred. Dr. Ostrer was a petitioner in Ass'n of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics. He is a Professor of Pathology, Genetics and Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Director of Genetic and Genomic Testing at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Ostrer has written two books and one textbook on genetics and has received awards for his work from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, the Skin Cancer Foundation, and Weizmann Institute of Science. Dr. Ostrer received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

 

Vernon Hugh Bowman

Vernon Hugh BowmanVernon Hugh Bowman is the Indiana farmer who challenged the scope of Monsanto's patent regarding the replanting of genetically modified soybean seeds. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in agronomy and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He has worked on his farm in Sandborn, Indiana, for many years. Vernon Hugh Bowman is the Indiana farmer who challenged the scope of Monsanto's patent regarding the replanting of genetically modified soybean seeds. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in agronomy and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He has worked on his farm in Sandborn, Indiana, for many years.


Professors

 

Mark Lemley

Mark LemleyProfessor Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology, and the Director of Stanford's LL.M. Program in Law, Science and Technology. He teaches intellectual property, computer and internet law, patent law, and antitrust and is the author of seven books (most in multiple editions), over 130 articles, and numerous amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and the federal appellate courts. Professor Lemley has published 9 of the 100 most-cited law review articles of the last twenty years, and a 2012 empirical study named him the most relevant law professor in the country. He is a founding partner of Durie Tangri LLP and the founder and a board member of Lex Machina, Inc. After graduating from law school, Professor Lemley clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and he was previously a professor at the University of Texas School of Law and the Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Lemley earned a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Berkeley (Boalt Hall).

 

Mark D. Janis

Mark D. JanisProfessor Mark Janis is the Robert A. Lucas Chair of Law and the Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Research at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University – Bloomington. Professor Janis has authored a number of treatises and casebooks, including IP and Antitrust (with Hovenkamp, Lemley and Leslie) and Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Law and Policy (3d ed. with Dinwoodie). He has also published numerous law review articles and book chapters on patent law, intellectual property and antitrust, trademark law, intellectual property protection for plants, plant biotechnology and intellectual property protection for designs. Professor Janis was previously the H. Blair & Joan V. White Chair in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

 

Jason Schultz

Jason SchultzProfessor Jason Schultz is an Associate Professor of Clinical Law and the Director of the Technology Law & Policy Clinic at NYU School of Law. He was previously an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Professor Schultz's scholarship focuses on the ongoing struggle to balance intellectual property regimes with the public interest in free expression, access to knowledge, and innovation in light of new technologies and the challenges they pose. After graduating from Boalt Hall, Professor Schultz clerked for U.S. District Judge D. Lowell Jensen. Professor Schultz later worked as an associate for the California offices of Fish & Richardson PC and as a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), one of the leading digital rights groups in the world. There he handled numerous high-profile intellectual property and technology matters with an emphasis on issues of copyright law, reverse engineering, digital rights management, and patent law reform.

 

Carolyn Shapiro

Carolyn ShapiroProfessor Carolyn Shapiro is an Associate Professor and Director of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. She focuses her scholarship on federal courts and labor and employment law. During her career, Professor Shapiro has worked on several U.S. Supreme Court cases at both the cert. and merits stage. Professor Shapiro earned her B.A. from the University of Chicago, her M.A. from the University of Chicago Harris Graduate School of Public Policy and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Following law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and then for Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty, Professor Shapiro worked as an associate with Miner, Barnhill & Galland and as a Skadden Fellow with the National Center on Poverty Law.


Counsel

 

Robert Breisblatt

Robert BreisblattBob Breisblatt is a partner with Katten, Muchin, Rosenman LLP in Chicago and is the national co-head of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice and co-head of the Patent Litigation Practice. An experienced trial and appellate attorney, Mr. Breisblatt has tried numerous intellectual property matters and argued many appeals before the Federal Circuit. Earlier in his career, Mr. Breisblatt was an Assistant U.S. Attorney and a Lieutenant in the United States Army. He has taught civil and criminal trial advocacy at the United States Attorney General's Advocacy Institute and trial practice at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Mr. Breisblatt earned a B.A. from Florida State University and a J.D. from Duke University.

 

Scott Burow

Scott BurowScott Burow is an attorney in the Chicago office of Banner & Witcoff Ltd. Mr. Burow earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, where he was an editor of The John Marshall Law Review. Prior to joining Banner & Witcoff, he held engineering positions in the aerospace field and power transmission industry. Mr. Burow is primarily involved in litigating complex intellectual property matters. He also spends a significant amount of time handling complex intellectual property related transactions. Mr. Burow serves as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern Law School teaching courses in intellectual property litigation. He is repeatedly named to the Super Lawyers magazine’s list of top Illinois lawyers in the field of intellectual property litigation.

 

Jan M. Conlin

Jan M. ConlinJan Conlin is Chair of the national Business Litigation Group and a Member of the Executive Board of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. in Minneapolis. Ms. Conlin represents the petitioners in Medtronic v. Boston Scientific Corp., which the Supreme Court will hear during its 2013 Term, and she was trial counsel for Medtronic at the district court level. She concentrates her practice on representing both individuals and corporate clients in complex patent infringement matters and has tried a number of high-profile patent cases, including University of California & Eolas v. Microsoft. Among many industry recognitions, Ms. Conlin has been named to BTI's esteemed "Client Service All-Star Team" four times (an honor rarely given more than once) and was Minnesota Lawyer's "Attorney of the Year" in 2008 for defense of an international arbitration claim involving Belvedere vodka. She earned a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas (magna cum laude) and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School (cum laude).

 

James W. Dabney

James W. DabneyJames W. Dabney is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and heads the intellectual property and technology practice of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Mr. Dabney graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College (A.B. 1976) and magna cum laude from Cornell Law School (J.D. 1979) where he was Order of the Coif and a member of the Cornell Law Review. Mr. Dabney was arguing counsel for the prevailing defendant/petitioners in Holmes v. Vornado (2002), KSR v. Teleflex (2007), and Already v. Nike (2013). Mr. Dabney also has an active trial practice. Mr. Dabney was elected to membership in the American Law Institute at age 38. Mr. Dabney served as a law clerk to the Honorable James C. Hill of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

 

John Hendricks

John HendricksJohn Hendricks is a partner at Reed & Scardino LLP in Austin. He specializes in intellectual property litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and has represented the intellectual property interests of clients in a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, energy, petrochemicals, computer hardware and software. Mr. Hendricks also represents both domestic and international clients in international arbitrations and works on complex commercial litigation matters. He recently authored amicus curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the March of Dimes and other amici in Ass’n of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics. Mr. Hendricks received a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.A. and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

Steven Loy

Steven LoySteven Loy is a Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden in Lexington, KY. His practice focuses on business litigation in the fields of intellectual property, antitrust, and banking. Mr. Loy represents the petitioners in Lexmark Int'l v. Static Control Components, which the Supreme Court will hear during its 2013 Term. He earned a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, both with High Distinction. Steven Loy is a Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden in Lexington, KY. His practice focuses on business litigation in the fields of intellectual property, antitrust, and banking. Mr. Loy represents the petitioners in Lexmark Int'l v. Static Control Components, which the Supreme Court will hear during its 2013 Term. He earned a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, both with High Distinction.

 

Ronald Mallen

Ronald MallenRonald Mallen, a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in the San Francisco office, is a nationally recognized expert on issues of lawyer professional liability, risk management, and insurance coverage. During more than 40 years of practice, Mr. Mallen has counseled numerous attorneys on issues of lawyers' professional responsibility and he has litigated many legal malpractice claims. Since 1977, Mr. Mallen has been the co-author of the leading treatise in the field, the five-volume work, Legal Malpractice, and he has authored more than 100 articles on topics concerning lawyers' professional liability. He has chaired the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Mallen earned a B.S. from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

 

Kevin Noonan

Kevin NoonanKevin Noonan is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP in Chicago and a founding author of the Patent Docs weblog, which focuses on biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent law. A molecular biologist, Dr. Noonan’s law practice involves representing pharmaceutical companies and universities in all aspects of patent prosecution, interferences, and litigation. He has filed amicus briefs with district courts, the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court, and in 2010 he was interviewed about gene patents on the program "60 Minutes.” Dr. Noonan earned a B.S. from the City University of New York, a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University.

 

Robert Surrette

Robert SurretteRobert Surrette is a shareholder in the Chicago office of McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd. Mr. Surrette focuses his practice on the resolution of intellectual property and technology-related disputes with an emphasis on patent, trademark, trade secret, and trade dress litigation. He also regularly advises clients on patent portfolio development, the acquisition and development of intellectual property, and the structuring of transactions for the transfer of intellectual property. Mr. Surrette graduated with Highest Honors from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he served as Executive Notes and Comments Editor for the Chicago-Kent Law Review. After graduation, Mr. Surrette clerked for the Honorable John A. Nordberg of the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to attending law school, he earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and both an M.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

 

Jane Webre

Jane WebreA partner at Scott, Douglass & McConnico LLP in Austin, Jane Webre represented the petitioners in Gunn v. Minton. Ms. Webre received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas and was a law clerk for the Hon. Reynaldo G. Garza of the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Webre practices civil appellate law and has argued appeals in the Supreme Court of the United States, the Fifth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Texas, and many of the Texas courts of appeals. She is also a frequent speaker at seminars involving appellate procedure issues and analysis of Texas Supreme Court opinions.

 

Paul Wolfson

Paul WolfsonMr. Wolfson is a partner with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on appellate litigation and on advising clients on complex issues of federal law. Mr. Wolfson has argued 21 cases in the United States Supreme Court, and represented Monsanto in the Federal Circuit in Bowman v. Monsanto. Mr. Wolfson previously worked in the Solicitor General’s Office. He received an A.B. from Harvard University, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Notes Editor for the Yale Law Review. After law school, Mr. Wolfson clerked for Supreme Court Justice Byron White.

 

Mark Walters

Mark WaltersMark Walters is a partner with Frommer, Lawrence & Haug LLP in Seattle. Mr. Walters’s litigation practice includes copyright, patent, and Lanham Act cases of all kinds, and he maintains an active patent prosecution docket. Mr. Walters represented the petitioner Vernon High Bowman in Bowman v. Monsanto Co. He previously worked in a plant genetics lab with the Agricultural Research Service, the primary research arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he assisted with research projects investigating genetic controls of seed dormancy. Mark is a Barrister and Executive Board Member of the Seattle Intellectual Property American Inn of Court and co-chair of the Federal Circuit Bar Association's Amicus Committee. Mr. Walters earned a B.S. from Washington State University and a J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law.


Moderators

 

Dr. David Clough

David W. CloughDavid W. Clough, Ph.D., is a partner in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' Litigation and Intellectual Property Practices. Dr. Clough received a B.S. from the University of Arizona, a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Prior to attending law school, Dr. Clough served on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and the Northwestern University Medical School, and he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. As an intellectual property attorney, Dr. Clough counsels biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies on the acquisition and enforcement of intellectual property rights worldwide and the design and implementation of global intellectual property strategies.

 

Bart Lazar

Bob LazarBart Lazar is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He counsels clients in copyright, trademark, data privacy and security, advertising, promotion, and related matters. Mr. Lazar has been involved in many cases of first impression, including helping to obtain the first asset freeze injunction in a trademark counterfeiting matter, defending the first Internet privacy case brought by the Federal Trade Commission and the first database security breach case brought by the New York Attorney General. Mr. Lazar received a B.A. from the University of Chicago, a J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (with honors), and an LL.M. in trade regulation from NYU School of Law. Mr. Lazar was the first recipient of Chicago-Kent's Distinguished Intellectual Property Law Alumnus Award and will DJ at the Chicago-Kent Block Party on September 28.