IP News — Fall 2015

IIT Chicago-Kent IP News

Judge McKeown addresses copyright and the First Amendment at annual Supreme Court IP Review

The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown
The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown

The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit delivered a captivating keynote address on "Censorship in the Guise of Authorship: Harmonizing Copyright and the First Amendment" to an audience of more than 90 IP scholars, Supreme Court litigators, IP practitioners and students at Chicago-Kent's sixth annual Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR) on September 25.

The Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property will publish Judge McKeown's address, as well as responses to her essay from law professors, in a symposium issue next spring.

Participating Supreme Court and IP practitioners included:

  • David Applegate, Williams Montgomery & John
  • David Clough, Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • William Jay, Goodwin Procter
  • Sydney Kokjohn, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff
  • Bart Lazar, Seyfarth Shaw
  • Mark Mutterperl, Bracewell & Giuliani
  • Claudia Ray, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Thomas Saunders, WilmerHale
  • Fiona Schaeffer, Milbank
  • Mark Strachan, Sayles | Werbner
  • Daniel Stringfield, Steptoe & Johnson
  • Robert Surrette, McAndrews, Held & Malloy

Participating legal scholars included:

  • Christine Farley, American University
  • Daniel Katz, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Edward Lee, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Daryl Lim, John Marshall Law School
  • Greg Reilly, California Western School of Law
  • Christopher Schmidt, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Melissa Wasserman, University of Illinois College of Law

SCIPR 2015 sponsors included the law firms of McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd., McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Nelson Bumgardner PC, Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

The conference was made possible in partnership with the Jack Miller Center and through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Legal tech leader Daniel Katz joins Chicago-Kent faculty

Professor Daniel Martin Katz
The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown

Professor Daniel Martin Katz, a leader in using technology to advance the study and practice of law, joined the Chicago-Kent faculty this fall. 

Professor Katz will assume a key leadership role in Chicago-Kent's ongoing initiative to build the preeminent law and technology program in the country and has launched The Law Lab @ Chicago-Kent (thelawlab.com) to support these efforts.

A scholar of legal informatics and legal technology, Professor Katz is an editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (Oxford University Press) and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Law (Springer Scientific).

In 2013, Professor Katz was named a Legal Rebel by the ABA Journal and received a Fastcase 50 award, recognizing him as one of "50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders in the law." In 2014, he was named to the external affiliated faculty at CodeX-Stanford Center for Legal Informatics.

Along with Professor Edward Lee, Professor Katz spoke at this year's Supreme Court IP Review to explain his method of predicting outcomes of Supreme Court cases based on the use of algorithms, experts and crowdsourcing.

Professor Katz teaches Civil Procedure, E-Discovery, and Entrepreneurial Lawyering at Chicago-Kent and spearheads new initiatives to teach law students how to leverage technology and entrepreneurship in their future legal careers.

Learn more about Professor Katz and his work at /faculty/daniel-katz.

Chicago-Kent to host Conference on Empirical Research on Copyright Issues

Chicago-Kent's Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property (CESIP) is organizing a conference on November 20, 2015, for scholars and researchers to propose and to present early-stage empirical research projects on one of four topics recently identified by U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante, in testimony before Congress, as important copyright policy areas in need of further study and analysis:

  • DMCA safe harbors
  • DMCA anti-circumvention provision
  • mass digitization
  • moral rights

Associate Register of Copyrights Karyn T. Claggett is an invited participant. Accepted presenters include copyright scholars from the United States, Israel and India. CESIP plans to award up to three research grants to fund some of the promising projects presented at the conference. Completed research projects will be submitted to the Copyright Office for its policymaking review of the four designated issues.

To attend the conference, please email your name and institutional affiliation to Patricia O'Neal at poneal@kentlaw.iit.edu. There is no registration fee for the conference, and all presenters and other participants are expected to pay for their own travel expenses. 

Find out more about the conference and the presenters at IP Events at IIT Chicago-Kent.

New pro bono initiative matches low-income inventors with volunteer patent attorneys and agents

Mary Anne Smith, director of the Chicago-Kent Patent Hub
Mary Anne Smith, director of 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 help qualified, low-income inventors and small businesses in Illinois obtain volunteer legal assistance from local patent agents or attorneys licensed to practice before the USPTO. 

The Chicago-Kent Patent Hub was created as part of a USPTO pro bono initiative to provide assistance with the patent application and prosecution process for inventors in all 50 states. 

"We are incredibly pleased to be a part of this pro bono program and to help secure nationwide coverage for President Obama's and the Patent Office's initiative," said Mary Anne Smith, director of the Patent Hub. 

Inventors and patent attorneys can learn more about the program and apply online to participate at Chicago-Kent Patent Hub.

Chicago-Kent students Allard and Grimaldi win Giles Rich patent moot court regional

Patrick Grimaldi '16 and Daniel Allard '15
Patrick Grimaldi '16 and Daniel Allard '15

Patrick Grimaldi '16 and Daniel Allard '15

Daniel Allard '15 and Patrick Grimaldi '16 won the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Regional Competition in March. The team swept the Midwest tournament at John Marshall Law School and qualified for the national finals in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the competition focuses on patent law issues. Alumnus Jeff Mikrut '10 coached the team, and Professor Mickie Piatt served as judge during practice sessions.

Let's talk trademarks and microbrews

The Intellectual Property Law Society's annual GastroIP Symposium on November 10, 2015, will focus on trademark issues related to the beer industry. The annual student-run event draws a large audience of IP students, faculty, alumni and IP practitioners. 

Carolyn Purnell, a Jack Miller Center Postdoctoral Fellow as part of the Benjamin Franklin Project at IIT and a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences, will speak on "The Oil of Venus: Alimentary Medicine and the Law in Eighteenth-Century France." Panelists will include Jim Ebel, co-founder of Two Brothers Brewing; Glenn Rice of Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman & Dunn; Alexis Douglas of K&L Gates; Andrew Goldstein of Freeborn & Peters; and Adam Cieslak, founder of Maplewood Brewery and Distillery. A reception will follow the panel discussion.

New IP and tech scholarship featured throughout the year in fall and spring speaker series

The second BookIT IP Series of fall IP author discussions is underway, and the annual spring Chicago IP Colloquium speaker series, co-sponsored and co-hosted by Loyola University Chicago School of Law, is on the horizon.

We're pleased to share the lineup of scholars for each series:

Guide to Intellectual PropertyBookIT IP Series

Economist and lecturer James Bessen, Boston University Law School 
Learning By Doing: The Real Connection Between Innovation, Wages, and Wealth (Yale University Press 2015)

IP strategist and practitioner Stephen Johnson, Class of 1984
Guide To Intellectual Property: What It Is, How To Protect It, How To Exploit It (The Economist 2015)

Professor Sharon K. Sandeen, Hamline University School of Law
Trade Secrecy and International Transactions (Edward Elgar Publishing 2015) (with E. Rowe)

Chicago IP Colloquium (chicagoip.com)

Professor Robert Brauneis, The George Washington University Law School 
"Thirty-Five Years of U.S. Cultural Production: A Quantitative Look Through the Lens of Copyright Registrations, 1978-2012"

Professor Megan Carpenter, Texas A&M University School of Law
"Contextual Healing: Morality and Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act"

Professor Laura Pedraza-Fariña, Northwestern University School of Law
"Scaffolding Innovation: Constructing Collaboration Across Knowledge Domains"

Professor Guy Rub, The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
"Zoom-In Zoom-Out and Copyright"

Professor Lea Shaver, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law
"Social Publishing: How Nonprofit Organizations Are Leveraging Alternative Approaches to Copyright to End Book Hunger"

Professor Marketa Trimble, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
"Patent Working Requirements: Historical and Comparative Perspectives"