2014 SCIPR Speakers

Friday, September 12, 2014


Keynote Speaker


David Kappos

David KapposDavid J. Kappos is a partner at Cravath.  He is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost leaders in the field of intellectual property, including intellectual property management and strategy, the development of global intellectual property norms, laws and practices as well as commercialization and enforcement of innovation-based assets.  Mr. Kappos supports the Firm's clients with a wide range of their most complex intellectual property issues. From August 2009 to January 2013, Mr. Kappos served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  In that role, he advised the President, Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on intellectual property policy matters.  As Director of the USPTO, he led the Agency in dramatically reengineering its entire management and operational systems as well as its engagement with the global innovation community.  He was instrumental in achieving the greatest legislative reform of the U.S. patent system in generations through passage and implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, signed into law by the President in September 2011.  

Case Petitioners


Paula Petrella

Paula Petrella grew up assisting her father, Peter Savage, on his independent film productions and has worked for over 25 years in the film and television businesses, both behind the camera and behind a desk. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and as a teenager, she filmed her father and Jake La Motta training Robert De Niro to box at the Gramercy Gym in NYC. She later sent those films to Martin Scorsese who restored them and placed them in the permanent Scorsese Collection at the George Eastman House museum in Rochester, New York. Paula is a published author and photographer, and has just received a Pre-Med/Science Certificate from UCLA Extension in preparation for further study.



Stephanos Bibas

Stephanos BibasStephanos Bibas is a professor of law and criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of Columbia, Oxford, and Yale Law School, he clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, he successfully investigated, prosecuted, and convicted the world's leading expert in Tiffany stained glass for hiring a grave robber to loot priceless Tiffany windows. As director of Penn's Supreme Court Clinic, he has briefed and argued four cases before the Supreme Court in the last four years, and served as cocounsel in the landmark case of Padilla v. Kentucky. His last book, The Machinery of Criminal Justice, explored what American criminal justice has lost in its quest for bureaucratic efficiency. His current book project, Rebooting Justice (with Benjamin Barton), is about promoting access to justice in a world of scarce resources.


Rebecca Eisenberg

Rebecca EisenbergRebecca S. Eisenberg joined the Michigan Law faculty in 1984 where she regularly teaches courses in patent law, trademark law, FDA law, and runs workshops on intellectual property and student scholarship. She has previously taught courses on torts, legal regulation of science, and legal issues in biopharmaceutical research. She has written and lectured extensively about the role of intellectual property in biopharmaceutical research, publishing in scientific journals as well as law reviews. She spent the 1999-2000 academic year as a visiting professor of law, science, and technology at Stanford Law School. She has received grants from the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications program of the Human Genome Project from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research for her work on private appropriation and public dissemination of DNA sequence information. Professor Eisenberg has played an active role in public policy debates concerning the role of intellectual property in biopharmaceutical research.


Cynthia Ho

Cynthia HoProfessor Cynthia Ho is the Clifford E. Vickrey Research Professor and Director of the Intellectual Property program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has been teaching intellectual property law classes as well as civil procedure at Loyola since 1997. She has written articles on various aspects of intellectual property law that have appeared in major law reviews, and been cited in several intellectual property and patent law case books as well as in international reports. She is the author of Access to Medicine in the Global Economy: International Agreements on Patents and Related Rights (Oxford University Press  2011), as well as Questions & Answers:  Patent Law (Lexis 2007; 2d ed. Forthcoming 2015). Prior to joining the Loyola faculty, she was an associate at Fish & Neave in New York City where she focused primarily on patent litigation.


Timothy Holbrook

Timothy HolbrookTimothy R. Holbrook is associate dean of faculty and professor of law at Emory University School of Law.  He is one of the nation's leading patent law scholars. He has written about the Supreme Court's involvement in patent cases and has also authored or co-authored numerous briefs before the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit. His work appears in a variety of journals, including the Minnesota Law ReviewIndiana Law Journal, and Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. He is the co-author of Patent Litigation and Strategy (4th ed.) with Judge Kimberly A. Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and John Murphy of Woodcock Washburn LLP. Professor Holbrook graduated summa cum laude and as valedictorian from North Carolina State University, earning a BS in chemical engineering with a life sciences concentration. He received his JD from Yale Law School. He clerked for the Honorable Glenn L. Archer Jr. of  the Federal Circuit and was an associate at the law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding (now Wiley Rein), where his practice focused on patent and appellate litigation.  Professor Holbrook started his academic career at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and he has served as a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  While in Chicago, Professor Holbrook was a founder and the program chair for the Richard Linn Inn of Court. In Atlanta, he helped found the Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court and served as its first President.


Edward Lee

Edward LeeProfessor Lee teaches international intellectual property law, copyright law, and trademark law. He joined IIT Chicago-Kent's faculty in 2010 as a professor of law and director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law. He was a visiting faculty member at Chicago-Kent during the fall 2009 term from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was a professor of law. Professor Lee's research focuses on the ways in which the Internet, technological development, and globalization challenge existing legal paradigms. He also writes extensively about the Framers' understanding of the Free Press Clause as a limit on using the Copyright Clause to restrict technologies. In addition to numerous articles, he co-authored a leading casebook with Daniel Chow titled International Intellectual Property: Problems, Cases, and Materials (West Group 2006).


Ronald Mann

Ronald MannRonald Mann was law clerk to Judge Joseph T. Sneed, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1985-1986) and Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court (1986-1987).  He practiced real estate and commercial law in Houston, Texas (1987-1991). Worked for the Justice Department as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, (1991-1994); he also worked in the Office of the Independent Counsel (1998-2000) (appellate litigation of various matters, including United States v. Hubbell, 530 U.S. 27 (2000)). Professor Mann joined the Columbia Law School faculty on July 1, 2007 after holding tenured positions at the University of Michigan, University of Texas, and the Washington University School of Law. A nationally renowned scholar in the areas of secured credit, payment systems, and intellectual property, he has authored dozens of law review articles in leading law reviews, as well as path breaking casebooks on Payment Systems and Electronic Commerce. Mann is a member of the American Law Institute; a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference; he also serves as a fellow at the American Bar Foundation; he is a commentator at SCOTUSBlog on IP and Banking Law; Reporter: Amendments to UCC Articles 3, 4, and 4A (2000-2003); in addition, he is a frequent visiting scholar at Federal Reserve Banks.


Peter Menell

Peter MenellPeter S. Menell is Koret Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Professor Menell earned his S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his Ph.D. (economics) from Stanford University, and J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as a member of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Menell joined the law faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in 1990, where his research and teaching have focused on the fields of intellectual property and the digital technology and entertainment industries, as well as environmental law and policy, property law, and law and economics. Soon after joining the Berkeley faculty, Professor Menell began laying the groundwork the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) which he co-founded in 1995. He served as BCLT's Executive Director from 1999 to 2005.  Professor Menell has organized more than 50 intellectual property education programs for the Federal Judicial Center, including an annual multi-day program on "Intellectual Property in the Digital Age" since 1998.  He has advised the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, state Attorneys General, and major technology and entertainment companies on a wide range of intellectual property and antitrust matters. He recently served as one of the inaugural Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Professionals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and as Vice-Chair of the National Academies of Sciences project on copyright and innovation. Professor Menell has authored more than 50 articles and eight books, including leading casebooks and intellectual property treatises.  He founded and supervises the Annual Review of Law and Technology, now in its 18th year, published by the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.


Tyler Ochoa

Tyler OchoaTyler T. Ochoa is a Professor with the High Technology Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, California. Professor Ochoa is a co-author of Copyright Law (LexisNexis 9th ed. 2013), the best-selling copyright casebook in the United States, and of two other books. His article, Patent and Copyright Term Extension and the Constitu­tion: A Historical Perspective, 49 J. Copyr. Soc'y U.S.A. 19 (2001), was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Eldred v. Ash­croft, 537 U.S. 186 (2003). He has written numerous articles on intellectual property law and has submitted three amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining the faculty at Santa Clara, he was a Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California.


David Schwartz

David SchwartzProfessor Schwartz teaches patent law, patent litigation and intellectual property strategies classes at IIT Chicago-Kent. In 2012, Professor Schwartz received the Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT. Prior to entering academics in 2006, Professor Schwartz practiced intellectual property law, focusing on patents and patent litigation, for over a decade. From 2000 to 2006, he was a partner at two intellectual property boutique firms in Chicago, where his practice included patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets litigation; patent and trademark prosecution; and intellectual property-related transactions. He began his career in 1995 as associate at Jenner & Block. Professor Schwartz's research focuses on empirical studies of patent law and judicial behavior, including the use of contingent fee representation in patent litigation; reversal rates in patent claim construction cases; litigation involving non-practicing entities; the effect of the presumption of validity on jurors; and the doctrine of equivalents. He has also studied the use of legal scholarship by the judiciary. His scholarship has appeared in leading law journals such as the Cornell Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Michigan Law Review, and the Northwestern Law Review.


Rebecca Tushnet

Rebecca TushnetRebecca Tushnet is a professor of law at Georgetown.  After clerking for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit and Associate Justice David H. Souter on the Supreme Court, she practiced intellectual property law at Debevoise & Plimpton before beginning teaching. Her publications include "Worth a Thousand Words: The Images of Copyright Law" (Harvard L. Rev. 2012); "Gone in 60 Milliseconds: Trademark Law and Cognitive Science" (Texas L. Rev. 2008); and "Copy This Essay: How Fair Use Doctrine Harms Free Speech and How Copying Serves It" (Yale L.J. 2004).  Her work currently focuses on copyright, trademark and false advertising law.  She helped found the Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and promoting fanworks, and currently volunteers on its legal committee. She is also an expert on the law of engagement rings.



David Frederick

David FrederickDavid Frederick represents clients across a broad spectrum, principally in appellate courts. He has argued more than 80 appeals, including 42 in the Supreme Court, in every U.S. Court of Appeals, and in four state supreme courts. He has won cases in the Supreme Court nine years in a row, most recently including:  Amgen v. Connecticut Retirement System,  Pacific Operators v. Valladolid, CSX v. McBrideMatrixx v. SiracusanoJones v. Harris AssociatesMerck v. ReynoldsWyeth v. Levine, and Altria v. Good. In the Supreme Court, he has represented individuals, investors, immigrants, classes of consumers, farmers, Native Americans, small corporations, trade associations, large companies, foreign governments, States (Alaska, Delaware, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont), and the United States. A former law clerk to Justice Byron White and Judge Joseph Sneed, he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors); University of Oxford (D.Phil.), where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and University of Pittsburgh (B.A., summa cum laude), where he was a Truman Scholar.  He served in the Department of Justice as Assistant to the Solicitor General (1996-2001) and as Counselor to the Inspector General (1995-1996). He is the author of three books:  Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy (West 2d ed. 2010, with a foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg); The Art of Oral Advocacy (West 2d ed. 2011); and Rugged Justice:  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the American West, 1891-1941 (UC Berkeley 1994, with a foreword by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor).  He is a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C.


Jameson Jones

Jameson JonesJameson Jones is a litigation partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar and Scott.  Mr. Jones recently briefed, argued, and obtained a unanimous victory before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of his client in Lexmark International v. Static Control Components (No. 12-873). Static Control alleged that Lexmark falsely advertised that the use of Static Control's products violated Lexmark's intellectual property rights. The trial court held that Static Control lacked standing, as a prudential matter, to sue Lexmark for false advertising under the Lanham Act. The Sixth Circuit reversed, and the Supreme Court granted certiorari. Mr. Jones crafted the winning strategy to frame Static Control's position on prudential standing in relation to first principles, rather than any of the regional circuits' tests. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Static Control adequately pleaded a viable false advertising claim against Lexmark, adopted Static Control's suggested zone-of-interests approach on the question of who may sue, and clarified the law with regard to standing and proximate cause for all federal statutes. The opinion, argument, and advocacy were featured in Bloomberg BNA (Court Struggles With Question of Who Should Have Standing Under Lanham Act), the American Lawyer (Supreme Court Rookie Scores with Lexmark Ruling), and the National Law Journal (Court Opens Lanham Claims to Non-Direct Competitors).  In addition to Static Control Components, Mr. Jones represents a wide range of clients in commercial trial and appellate litigation, including E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, NL Industries, Inc., and Bayer CropScience LLP.  Following graduation from Stanford Law School, Mr. Jones clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court, and the Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Dominic Perella

Dominic PerellaDominic Perella is a partner at Hogan Lovells and a member of the Supreme Court and appellate litigation team. Dom has briefed scores of cases in the Supreme Court and the federal courts of appeals and has argued a dozen cases before, among other courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Fourth Circuit, and Sixth Circuit.   He has been lead author and editor of successful petitions for certiorari, and subsequent winning merits briefs, in each of the last two Supreme Court Terms (in US Airways v. McCutchen and Highmark v. Allcare Health Management Systems, Inc.), and he helped lead the briefing and litigation strategy in five merits Supreme Court cases in October Term 2013 alone. In 2011-12, Dom served as lead author of the briefs filed by a consortium of the nation's leading hospital associations in the landmark Supreme Court healthcare case NFIB v. Sebelius. He subsequently has written and lectured widely on that case and the implications of the Sebelius decision. Dom also writes a regular column on Supreme Court developments for msnbc.com. Before joining Hogan Lovells, Dom served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Sandra L. Lynch, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Dom graduated summa cum laude from the New York University School of Law, where he was named a Butler Scholar and received the Law Review Association Award for second-highest GPA in the graduating class of 2005.


Mark Perry

Mark PerryMark A. Perry is an accomplished appellate lawyer in Gibson Dunn's Washington, D.C. office who briefed and argued Lawson v. FMR LLC and many other cases in the Supreme Court of the United States and the federal courts of appeals. Mr. Perry has served as chief appellate counsel to Fortune 100 companies in significant employment, securities, and patent appeals. Named an Appellate MVP by Law 360, an Appellate Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, and one of the Best Lawyers in America® in 2014 for appellate litigation. Recommended by Benchmark Litigation 2012 for appellate and commercial litigation, and ranked in the National Appellate category byChambers USA.


J.C. Rozendaal

J.C. RozendaalJ.C. Rozendaal is a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC, in Washington, D.C.  He represents clients in complex business and intellectual property litigation, principally in federal court.  An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, he has litigated patents involving a wide variety of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, aseptic packaging systems, optical disc drives, medical ultrasound, streaming video, and social media for such clients as Facebook, Verizon, Dell, Limelight Networks, and Teva Pharmaceuticals. A former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, he holds degrees from the University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with highest honors); University of Oxford (M.A., B.A., with first-class honors), where he was a British Marshall Scholar; and University of Texas at Austin (B.A., Plan II, with highest honors and special honors in Zoology).  He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Circuit Bar Association.


Thomas Saunders

Thomas SaundersTom Saunders is a partner at WilmerHale. His practice focuses on appellate litigation before the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court. He has represented major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, medical device, electronics, and software companies in high-stakes appeals and matters involving cutting-edge legal questions. In the most recent Supreme Court Term, he served as co-counsel for Akamai Technologies in Limelight v. Akamai, authored a brief on behalf of a group of prominent amici in Nautilus v. Biosig, and helped prepare attorneys for argument in Medtronic, Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. and POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola. His prior experience includes helping to secure a complete reversal of a $1.67 billion patent-infringement verdict against a leading biotechnology company on its flagship therapeutic; serving as co-counsel for TiVo in TiVo v. Echostar; successfully defending the patent on a drug with $600 million in annual U.S. sales; and representing major biotechnology companies on matters related to Section 101. Saunders clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard College.


Paul Smith

Paul SmithPaul M. Smith is a partner in Jenner & Block's Washington, DC office, where he chairs the firm's Appellate & Supreme Court Practice.  He has argued fifteen Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark gay rights case, Brown v. EMA, involving the First Amendment as applied to video games, and several voting rights cases.  Mr. Smith graduated from Amherst College and Yale Law School and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr.  He is in the ABA House of Delegates, a member of, and former Chair of, the Board of the American Constitution Society, and a former Co-Chair of Lambda Legal.   In 2010, the National Law Journal named him one of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Past Decade. That same year, he received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities for work promoting civil rights and civil liberties .  In 2012 he received the D.C. Bar's own Marshall Award.  In 2013 he received the Servant of Justice Award from the Legal Aid Society of D.C.


Rudolph Telscher

Rudolph TelscherMr. Telscher has litigated for 25 years a wide array of intellectual property disputes in district and appellate courts throughout the United States. His cases have included disputes over patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, Internet rights, rights of publicity, First Amendment issues and matters involving antitrust. Mr. Telscher and his litigation teams have not lost a trial, arbitration, or other case-dispositive motion in more than a decade. During this same period and for each case not settled following decision, Mr. Telscher and his team have been affirmed on appeal. He is also a certified mediator and has substantial experience mediating and arbitrating IP disputes. Prior to law school, he worked as an engineer for a leading defense contractor, applying his skills in the areas of avionics systems engineering and software development.


Constantine Trela, Jr.

Constantine TrelaConstantine L. Trela, Jr., chairs the Appellate practice group in the Chicago office and is one of the national coordinators of the firm's global Appellate practice team. He served as a law clerk to Judge Robert Sprecher on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Justice John Paul Stevens on the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Trela joined Sidley in 1981 and became a partner in 1986. Since joining Sidley, Mr. Trela has argued more than 65 cases in the U. S. Courts of Appeals and state supreme and intermediate appellate courts. Mr. Trela's appellate practice covers a broad range of substantive areas, including patent and other intellectual property, product liability, insurance, commercial, and class action matters. Mr. Trela serves as an instructor in the Supreme Court Practicum at Northwestern University School of Law and speaks frequently on appellate practice, intellectual property law, and other topics. Mr. Trela is also an experienced distance runner, having completed 11 Chicago Marathons and having qualified for and completed the 2006 Boston Marathon.


John Vandenberg

John VandenbergFor 30 years, Mr. Vandenberg has been litigating patents around the country.  He currently is representing Amazon.com, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, Nautilus, and Yahoo!, among others, in patent litigations in California, Delaware, Massachusetts, Texas, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Vandenberg successfully argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., No. 13-369, for rejection of the Federal Circuit's "insolubly ambiguous" and "amenable to construction" test for enforcing the Patent Act's mandate that patent claims "particularly point[] out and distinctly claim[]" the patent's invention.



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.


Dr. David Clough

Dr. David 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.


Grantland Drutchas

Grantland DrutchasGrantland G. Drutchas, a founder and former managing partner of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, has more than 20 years of experience in the practice of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on litigation, licensing, and client counseling. His trial experience includes both jury and bench trials. His litigation experience encompasses disciplines ranging from recombinant DNA technology and cell signaling, pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostic instruments, and medical devices to conference phones, lampposts, and injection molds. He has also litigated trademark and trade dress infringement actions. Mr. Drutchas has been involved in many notable and precedent-setting cases. In one, he obtained the largest jury verdict ever awarded in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He also has had extensive experience in drafting licenses and litigating license disputes.


Bart Lazar

Bart 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.


Scott McBride

Scott McBrideScott McBride is a shareholder in the Chicago office of McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd. Mr. McBride's practice focuses primarily on the litigation and trial of patent, trademark, copyright, and complex technology cases in federal courts, the International Trade Commission and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. McBride has first-chaired patent, copyright and trademark actions in federal courts and before government agencies. He also has extensive experience on appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His practice also includes counseling regarding patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Mr. McBride received a Bachelor of Science degree in astrophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from the University of Dayton. Mr. McBride's professional experience includes service as a Patent Examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and work with a wide array of technologies, including in the fields of medical devices and complex electronic devices. In a survey of his peers published in Chicago magazine and Super Lawyers magazine, Scott was named as one of Illinois' "Rising Stars" in intellectual property law and intellectual property litigation in 2008 and 2009.


Joseph Oldaker

Joseph OldakerMr. Oldaker is an attorney at the firm of Innovalaw, P.C. located in Orland Park, Illinois, where his practice focuses primarily on patent litigation matters. Prior to joining InnovaLaw, Mr. Oldaker gained experience in both the in-house and law firm setting as an attorney, where he focused on advising clients in the areas of intellectual property, mergers & acquisitions, research grant compliance, and corporate compliance. Mr. Oldaker's intellectual property experience includes patent litigation, IPR, patent prosecution, patent analytics, and due diligence in a variety of technical fields, including chemical & mechanical arts, biotechnology, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. Mr. Oldaker holds a Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a Certificate in Intellectual Property and was a fellow of the Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium. While at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Mr. Oldaker worked for several years as a Research Associate on federal grants focusing on the ethical, legal, and social issues associated with intellectual property, healthcare economics, and emerging technologies. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Oldaker is admitted to practice in Illinois and several Federal District Courts. He is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


Thomas Pasternak

Thomas PasternakThomas G. Pasternak is a partner in Steptoe's Chicago office where his primary focus is in the area of patent litigation. Mr. Pasternak has more than 20 years of experience litigating patent matters, appearing in more than 50 patent cases in federal courts across the country, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Delaware, the Western District of Wisconsin, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Pasternak earned a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. Prior to attending law school, he earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Mr. Pasternak is particularly well-versed in areas related to electrical engineering, having gained insight from his undergraduate and graduate coursework, and his service aboard a U.S. Naval nuclear submarine. As a result, he has ably litigated patents in the electrical engineering field, as well as in cases involving chemical products and medical devices. In addition, he has extensive patent prosecution and licensing experience, and has written and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications in many technologies, including medical devices and various mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies.


Christopher Schmidt

Christopher SchmidtA member of the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty since 2008, Professor Schmidt teaches in the areas of constitutional law, legal history, comparative constitutional law, and sports law. He has written on a variety of topics, including the political and intellectual context surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the Tea party as a constitutional movement, how Supreme Court Justices communicate with the American people, the Supreme Court's decision in the health care case, and the rise of free agency in major league Baseball. He is currently writing a book on the legal history of the student lunch counter sit-in movement of 1960. Professor Schmidt is also a faculty fellow at the American Bar Foundation, where he serves as the editor of Law & Social Inquiry. Professor Schmidt has received fellowships from the American Society for Legal History, the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard. His article Divided by Law: The Sit-Ins and the Role of the Courts in the Civil Rights Movement won the 2014 Association of American Law Schools' Scholarly Papers Competition