IIT Chicago-Kent's second annual U.S. Supreme Court IP Review is September 15

U.S. Patent Office director and federal judges will discuss challenges of IP cases in the 21st century

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Honorable Kathleen O'Malley, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; the Honorable James F. Holderman, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; and the Honorable David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will participate in "Challenges of IP Cases and Administration in the 21st Century," a colloquy on judging and administering intellectual property cases. The discussion is part of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's 2011 U.S. Supreme Court Intellectual Property Review (SCIPR). The one-day conference, which begins at 8:45 a.m. on September 15, will be held at the law school, 565 West Adams Street (between Clinton and Jefferson streets), in Chicago. A reception will immediately follow the conference.

"As the U.S. Supreme Court continues to hear multiple intellectual property cases each year, the importance of IP law is undeniable," said Professor Edward Lee, director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law. "IIT Chicago-Kent is honored to have Judge Kathleen O'Malley, Judge James Holderman, and USPTO Director David Kappos as speakers at our SCIPR 2011 conference. Our program also includes many of the top IP scholars and Supreme Court litigators in the nation. For those interested in IP, SCIPR 2011 should not be missed."

Leading members of the U.S. Supreme Court bar, intellectual property practice, academia, and the judiciary will review Supreme Court IP cases decided in the 2010-11 term--Costco v. Omega, S.A.; Global-Tech Appliances, Inc. v. SEB S.A.; Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.; and Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership. Participants will also discuss cert petitions to watch and preview cases on the docket for the 2011-12 term, including Golan v. Holder.

Other speakers include R. (Ted) Edward Cruz of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (counsel for SEB); Rochelle C. Dreyfuss, Pauline Newman Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and co-director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy at NYU; David C. Frederick of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel PLLC (counsel for the State of Vermont in Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc.); Seth D. Greenstein of Constantine Cannon LLP; Mark A. Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School; Edward Lee, IIT Chicago-Kent professor and director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law (former counsel for Golan et al.); Aaron M. Panner of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel PLLC (counsel for Omega); Carter G. Phillips of Sidley Austin LLP; Lawrence Rosenberg of Jones Day (counsel for Stanford University); IIT Chicago-Kent Professor David L. SchwartzEric J. Schwartz of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP; IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Carolyn Shapiro; and Paul Wolfson of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Wolfson represented Roche in Stanford v. Roche and i4i in Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership, both of which were decided during the past term.

General registration for the conference is $30; $15 for non-IIT Chicago-Kent academics and students; and free to IIT Chicago-Kent faculty and students. For more information or to register, please contact Patricia O'Neal at (312) 906-5128 or ipconference@kentlaw.edu or visit the website: http://ipconference.kentlaw.edu.

This conference is co-sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent's Program in Intellectual Property Law; IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States; Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.; Husch Blackwell LLP; McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd.; McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Niro Haller & Niro; and Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting institution with programs in engineering, psychology, architecture, business, design and law. IIT Chicago-Kent currently offers a J.D. certificate program in intellectual property law and in 2002 became the first American law school to offer a one-year LL.M degree in International Intellectual Property Law.