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IP Center Hosts Symposium on Intellectual Property and Public Rights of Access
The Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation hosted its annual symposium on November 30, 2012, in the Wynne Courtroom. Titled “Intellectual Property and Public Rights of Access: The Evolving 21st Century Balance,” the event featured a variety of experts from the public and private sectors, as well as academia.
The keynote speaker was Jeffrey B. Kindler, senior advisor at Paragon Pharmaceuticals, a global investment firm that builds and manages innovative pharmaceuticals. He also had served as chairman and chief executive officer of Pfizer. He delivered a lecture titled “Strengthening the Depository of Ingenuity and Inventiveness: The Case for Enhanced International Enforcement of U.S. Intellectual Property Rights.”
Panels throughout the day addressed a variety of topics. The first dealt with the topic “Quid Pro No? Perspectives on Apple v. Motorola, and Judge Posner’s Contention that Most Industries Would Prosper Without Patent Protection.” Professor Gerard Magliocca provided an overview of the topic. Panelists were E. Anthony Figg, ’73, of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck; Paul H. Berghoff of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff; Scott W. Hackwelder, corporate counsel with Cummins Law Department; Professor Bernard Chao of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Professor Mark Janis of the IU Maurer School of Law; and Professor Lea Shaver of the law school.
William R. Covey, director and deputy general counsel of enrollment and discipline with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, delivered a lecture titled “Proposed New Professional Responsibility Rules – Changes to Representation of Others Before the USPTO.”
Professor Emily Morris gave an overview of the topic “Stealing the Fire of Biotechnology? Patents that Chill Fundamental Research? Strategies for Living in the World of Prometheus, and Prognostications on Myriad Subject Matter Patentability Issues.” Panelists included Douglas K. Norman, ’88, vice present and general patent counsel at Eli Lilly and Company; Mike Young, vice president and chief intellectual property counsel with Roche Diagnostics; Figg; Berghoff, dr. Peter H. Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D., and acting director and faculty investigator at the IU Center for Bioethics, and associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine; Professor Joshua D. Sarnoff of the DePaul College of Law; and Professor Kevin E. Collins of Washington University School of Law.
Professor Shaver gave an overview of the topic “International Enforcement of U.S. IP Rights and the Right to Science and Culture.” She was joined on the panel by Kevin Erdman of Reichel IP, and Gene O’Donnell, director of IP at ChaCha Search.
Robert E. Lee, assistant general patent counsel at Eli Lilly and Company, delivered a lecture titled “Use or Lose: The Evolving Interplay between Domestic Law and International Systems of Trademark Rights.”
Biocrossroads President and Chief Executive Officer David Johnson gave an overview of the topic “Universities, Tech Transfer Offices, and Start Up Companies: Combining Science, Law, and Finance to Create Innovative Ventures. Panelists included Dr. John Emanuele of Faegre Baker Daniels; Brian Cholewa, patent counsel at IU Research and Technology Corporation; Cedric D’Hue, ’05, of Bingham Greenebaum Doll, and Hamid Piroozi, legal IP manager at the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization.
IP Center Director and Adjunct Professor John Schaibley, III, gave an overview of the topic “The Supreme Court’s Recent Focus on IP – Diagnosing the Causes, Assessing the Results, and Predicting the Next Certworthy IP Questions. Panelists were Judge Larry J. McKinney of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division; Berghoff; Figg; Nancy Tinsley, ’90, associate general counsel of Roche Diagnostics; and Professor Magliocca.
Professor Ralph Hall of the University of Minnesota School of Law gave an overview of the final panel of the day, which discussed the topic “What Outside Counsel Need to Change in Providing IP Counseling and Litigation Services.” This topic was discussed by Norman, Young, Hackwelder, Lee, and Kindler.