The IPLC at Golden Gate University sponsors a number of events each year. Bookmark this page to keep up to date on our many activities!
Upcoming Events for the 2013-2014 Academic Year
IP Law Book Review to be published October 2013.
IP Programs for Practitioners and Special Groups
The Eleventh Annual Conference on Recent Developments in IP Law and Policy was on Friday, October 26, 2012
The Fifth Annual Distinguished IP Speaker Series
Cardozo Law School and Obama Administration Senior Adviser Prof. Justin Hughes delivered remarks to the GGU Law School community on September 25th as part of our Fifth Annual Distinguished IP Law Speaker Series. Drawing on his considerable experience as an adviser to both the Clinton and Obama administrations, Prof. Hughes focused on the complexity encountered in navigating diplomatic efforts among a diverse array of stakeholders. He also offered, by way of example illustrating the complexity of IP legal issues, an analysis of the controversial 2011 SOPA legislative battle. He engaged and challenged the students in the audience, leading them to a deeper understanding of the nuanced nature of IP policy debates. (photo by Marc Fong)
IP Law Book Review Volume 2 and Volume 3
Volume 2, Issue 2 and Volumne 3, Issue 1 of The IP Law Book Review published. To see the new reviews of top scholarly books on IP law, written by leading scholars in the field, go here.
The IP Law Center hosted the 4th Annual IP Distinguished Speaker series event on April 5, 2012, featuring Professor Mark Lemley of Stanford Law School.
Professor Lemley, one of the top IP scholars in the nation, presented a fascinating talk based on his current research on "Why do we Have Juries Decide Whether a patent is Valid?". Lemley's very entertaining and informative lecture showed that the topic is not only fascinating, but also timely in an era where patent litigation between some of the world's most innovative and competitive companies is in the newspapers daily. And when patent jury trials can routinely cost the parties $6-8 million in attorneys' fees (per side!), it's no small matter to investigate the question of whether there is even a right to a jury trial re patent validity in light of the 7th Amendment (an issue that has never been fully decided by the Supreme Court, as Lemley explained).
The answer to the question is obscure and uncertain, according to Lemley. Although he predicted how the US Supreme Court might decide the issue if it is presented to the Court. I won't give away the answer, partly because it requires a historical search as to whether the right to a jury trial existed in English law prior to 1791.
This was a very successful event. Our students greatly benefited from it, and it made the IP Law Center once again look very good to all who attended.
Report on The Tenth Annual Conference on Recent Developments in IP Law and Policy
On Friday, September 30, 2011, the IP Law Center presented the 10th Annual Conference on Recent Developments in IP Law and Policy. The day-long conference drew over 70 participants and was a great success!. Highlights from the conference included Fordham Law Professor Susan Scafidi, founder and director of the nonprofit Fashion Law Institute, who spoke on the controversial and high-profile lawsuit by shoe designer Christian Louboutin against Yves Saint Laurent America, Inc. for the latter's alleged infringement of Louboutin's signature trademark red soles on its designer shoes.
Other noteworthy presentations at this years' Conference included Prof. Cynthia Ho (Loyola University Chicago School of Law), who offered fascinating insights into the difficult problems facing diverse stakeholders in the intersection between patent holders and the needs of public health in the global economy.
The similarly difficult set of issues involving rights of privacy in personal identity data were the focus of an engrossing presentation by in-house counsel for McKesson, GGU Law alumna Sharon Anolik, and TrustE in-house counsel, John Tomaszewski. The fast paced world of online gaming was also explored in presentations by Neil Smith (Ropers Majeski), Sharon Zezima (Electronic Arts), Shawn Faust (formerly with Booyah), and GGU Law alumna Jennifer Lam (Zynga). The Conference kicked off with a timely review of the key features of the America Invents Act, presented by veteran patent attorneys Robert Morrill and Justin Beck.
The Third Annual GGUIPLC Distinguished Speaker Series:
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alex Kozinski presented a series of provocative remarks on April 11, 2011 at 6:30pm at Golden Gate University on the effect of the digital revolution on intellectual property rights. His remarks generated significant press coverage, seen here. Judge Kozinski has authored numerous majority and dissenting opinions on a wide array of IP cases over a long and distinguished career. This was a free lecture, open to the general public - and there wasn't an empty seat in the house. This program was generously supported by Kilpatrick Townsend, LLP, one of the nations’ premier IP law firms.