IP News - Special Edition: Winter 2018

Upcoming IP Events at Chicago-Kent

USPTO visits

Dominic Keating
Dominic Keating, director of the USPTO's Intellectual Property Attaché Program

DECEMBER 4, 2018
2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dominic Keating, director of the Intellectual Property Attaché Program of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, will visit Chicago-Kent with four IP attachés who are stationed in EU, China, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.  The delegation will speak on their roles in protecting IP abroad for U.S. stakeholders.  

Save the Date
FEBRUARY 19, 2019
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Honorable Andrei Iancu, under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the USPTO, will deliver an address at Chicago-Kent.  The event is sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, Corporate Committee. 


Chicago IP Colloquium 2019 

For the past 17 years, Chicago-Kent College of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law have jointly sponsored and hosted the Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium. Each year, during the spring academic semester, six nationally renowned IP scholars are invited to Chicago to present and discuss their current research projects before selected Chicago-Kent and Loyola students—known as Chicago IP Colloquium Fellows.

The 2019 speakers are:

Randal Picker

Randal Picker
University of Chicago Law School
Book excerpt on how law shapes computer competition and innovation


Christopher Yoo

Christopher Yoo
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Rethinking the Idea/Expression Dichotomy: Insights from Linguistics and Cognitive Science


Kara Swanson

Kara Swanson
Northeastern University School of Law
Forgotten by Whom? Remembering “Invention of a Slave,” Patents, and African American Civil Rights


Deepa Varadarajan

Deepa Varadarajan
Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Similar Secrets (co-authored with Joseph Fishman)


Madhavi Sunder

Madhavi Sunder
Georgetown University Law Center
Trademarks vs. Brands


Andrew Gilden

Andrew Gilden
Willamette University College of Law
Copyright's Market Gibberish


Center for Design, Law & Technology events

Chicago-Kent’s new Center for Design, Law & Technology (c∆) continues its speaker series that focuses on answering the question “What Is Design?” Speakers and creators from different disciplines will offer their answers to this basic question, which is fundamental to design law. In November, Professor Sarah Burstein of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, who is a c∆ research affiliate, presented her paper on “Whole Designs,” which examines the question of statutory subject matter of the design patent act and how we might reimagine the concept of what is a “design.”

Chef Edward Kim of Mott Street
Chef Edward Kim of Mott Street
Felicia Ferrone, designer and founder of fferone
Felicia Ferrone, designer and founder of fferrone

In the spring semester, the series continues with an interview of Felicia Ferrone, an internationally renowned designer based in Chicago, on March 11 at noon. Ferrone will give her perspective on design and the design process, from idea to production. Felicia Ferrone’s work is deeply informed by her early experience as an architect in Milan, where she was first taught to “blur boundaries.” In 2010, she founded fferrone, her international namesake brand. Produced in close collaboration with master artisans, fferrone’s handcrafted furniture and products continue to blur boundaries, challenge archetypes, and blend typologies with whimsy, mastery of proportions, and innovative production techniques.

Later in 2019, the Center will host an interview with Chef Edward Kim of Mott Street restaurant in Chicago, which has received distinctions from Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler and the James Beard Foundation. Chef Kim will discuss how he creates new dishes and the creative process as a chef. Kim intended to become an attorney, but eventually found his passion in the culinary arts, earning a degree from Pasadena’s Le Cordon Bleu. His first restaurant was the widely acclaimed Ruxbin. Chef Kim is known for crafting straightforward yet progressive menus influenced by French technique and the chef’s Asian heritage.

BookIT talks

Chicago-Kent continues its innovative book talk series with accomplished authors from diverse backgrounds who have published new books on important issues of intellectual property, business, or technology.   

Jennifer Rothman
Professor Jennifer Rothman

APRIL 1, 2019
Jennifer Rothman
The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World

Professor Jennifer Rothman, a professor of law and the Joseph Scott Fellow at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, is a leading authority on rights of publicity in the United States.  She is the founder and creator of the website Rothman’s Roadmap to the Right of Publicity. In her widely acclaimed book The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World (Harvard University Press 2018), Professor Rothman argues that the right of publicity has lost its way. She proposes returning the right to its origins and in the process reclaiming privacy for a public world.

APRIL 18, 2019
Amy Webb
The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans & Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity 

Amy Webb
Professor Amy Webb

Amy Webb, a quantitative futurist, is an adjunct assistant professor of marketing at the NYU Stern School of Business and the founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm.  In this book published by Public Affairs, Professor Webb "reveals the pervasive, invisible ways in which the foundations of AI—the people working on the system, their motivations, the technology itself—is broken. Within our lifetimes, AI will, by design, begin to behave unpredictably, thinking and acting in ways which defy human logic. The big nine corporations may be inadvertently building and enabling vast arrays of intelligent systems that don't share our motivations, desires, or hopes for the future of humanity.  Much more than a passionate, human-centered call-to-arms, this book delivers a strategy for changing course, and provides a path for liberating us from algorithmic decision-makers and powerful corporations." [from the publisher]

APRIL 23, 2019
Dr. Eleonora Rosati
Copyright and the Court of Justice of the European Union

Dr. Eleonora Rosati
Dr. Eleonora Rosati

Dr. Eleonora Rosati is an Italian-qualified lawyer with experience in the area of intellectual property and internet laws who holds academic positions at University of Southampton, EDHEC Business School and Queen Mary University of London and who contributes to The IPKat and The 1709 Blog, for which she has written nearly 1,000 contributions on IP-related issues from all over the world.  In her forthcoming book from Oxford University Press, she explains the role, action, and legacy of CJEU action in the area of EU copyright, most notably the standards employed by the court in developing its construction of copyright law and their impact on selected areas (notably economic rights, exceptions and limitations, and enforcement). It will also discuss CJEU copyright rulings from the point of view of their impact on national copyright laws and the EU copyright policy discourse under the umbrella of the EU Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy.