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2006-2007 IP News Archive

Chicago-Kent's IP Program Ranked 11th in Latest US News Rankings
The Chicago-Kent IP Program was placed in 11th position in the latest US News rankings of Intellectual Property Programs published this past week.  Chicago-Kent is the top-ranked school in the Midwest. (04/2007)

Chicago-Kent Students Judge Entries at Chicago Science Fair
Chicago-Kent students teamed with local Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance (CIPA) attorneys to judge Chicago Science Fair entries for the CIPA "Most Inventive" awards. This year's science fair was held at the Museum of Science and Industry on March 23-25, 2007.

Professor Emily Morris will be a visiting professor during 2007-2008
Professor Emily Morris will join the IP Program faculty during the 2007-2008 academic year as a visiting professor. Professor Morris will teach Patent Law, as well as a course in the Law and Economics of Intellectual Property. Professor Morris currently is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Law.

Professor Graeme Dinwoodie participates in submissions to European Commission by European Max-Planck Group for Conflict of Laws in Intellectual Property
In addition to serving as an Adviser to the American Law Institute Project on Principles on Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Recognition of Judgments in Transborder Intellectual Property Matters, Professor Dinwoodie is a member of the European Max-Planck Group for Conflict of Laws in Intellectual Property ("CLIP").

CLIP is a group of approximately 12 scholars in the fields of intellectual property and private international law. Established in 2004 and funded by the Max Planck Society, CLIP meets regularly to discuss issues of IP, private international law, and jurisdiction. The group's goal is to draft a collection of principles for conflict of laws in IP and to provide independent advice to European and national lawmakers. CLIP recently submitted comments to the European Commission on Exclusive Jurisdiction and Cross Border IP (Patent) Infringement: Suggestions for Amendment of the Brussels I Regulation and on the Commission's Proposal for a Regulation of the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations ("Rome I").

Professor Tim Holbrook Speaking at AIPLA's Mid-Winter Institute
On Thursday, January 25, 2007, Tim Holbrook will be speaking at AIPLA's Mid-Winter Institute. This year's Mid-Winter Institute will be held in New Orleans, LA. Professor Holbrook's talk is tentatively entitled, "2006: A Year of Supreme Court Action and Federal Circuit Inaction."

Professor Tim Holbrook Appeared as a Guest on Chicago Tonight
On Tuesday, December 12, 2006, Professor Tim Holbrook appeared as a guest on Chicago Tonight. Professor Holbrook and an inventor discussed the invention and patent process with Eddie Arruza . Please click here to view the interview.

Chicago-Kent Student, Megan Chorey, Wins Prestigous Donald W. Banner Corporate Intern Scholarship
On December 7, 2006, The Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation awarded Chicago-Kent student Megan Chorey the 2006 Donald W. Banner Corporate Intern Scholarship. The mission of the scholarship program is to assist law students pursuing intellectual property law careers with their educational expenses and to encourage law students to seek internships with
corporate intellectual property law departments. Only two $10,000 scholarships are awarded per year. Megan was an intern at The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, where she created patent mapping templates and procedures that are presently in use at the company. Additional information about the award and the IPO Education Foundation is available at

Congratulations to Megan for winning this prestigious award!

Shanghai IP Bureau to Attend Chicago-Kent in January 2007
A group from the Shanghai IP Bureau will be attending Chicago-Kent in January for a one-week training workshop. The training workshop will be led by Professors Piatt, Field, and Weckstrom.

Former Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Professor Appointed to the Federal Circuit Bench
The connections between Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the nation’s leading patent court, continue to grow. We are delighted that the most recent addition to the Federal Circuit bench started her academic career as an intellectual property professor at Chicago-Kent. The Honorable Kimberly A. Moore joined the Federal Circuit as a Circuit Judge on September 8, 2006. Judge Moore joined the court following a distinguished academic career that began at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Following her clerkship with then-Chief Judge Glenn L. Archer, Jr. of the Federal Circuit, Judge Moore was an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law at Chicago-Kent. She subsequently taught at the University of Maryland School of Law and George Mason University School of Law before her appointment to the bench.

Judge Moore’s appointment highlights the historically strong ties between Chicago-Kent and the Federal Circuit. Professor Tim Holbrook, Associate Director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law at Chicago-Kent, was Judge Moore’s co-clerk to Judge Archer. And Professor Kristen Osenga, currently a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, spent two years on Chicago-Kent’s faculty following her clerkship with Federal Circuit Judge Richard Linn.

Recent connections between Chicago-Kent and the Federal Circuit extend beyond the faculty. A Chicago-Kent alumna, Jessica Kaiser (JD ’05) has just accepted a one-year clerkship with Chief Judge Michel of the Federal Circuit for the 2007-08 term. Jessica is currently clerking on the Northern District of Illinois for the Honorable Joan B. Gottschall.

Members of the court themselves have been regular visitors at Chicago-Kent in recent years. The Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa of the Federal Circuit was the Charles E. Green Lecturer in Law and Technology in October 2004, launching the annual Federal Circuit Clerk Roundtable held each Fall at Chicago-Kent.  Moreover, twice within the last 10 years, the Federal Circuit sat at Chicago-Kent, most recently in November 2005.

We look forward to a continuation of this association in the coming years.

Participation in the IP Moot Court Competitions
Interviews will be held at the end of September for the Lefkowitz team for Spring 2007 and for the Pepperdine team for Fall 2007. Students seeking to participate in this year's intellectual property moot court competitions should email their interest to Professor Piatt. Details regarding the IP Moot Court Competitions are available on the Moot Court page.

Jessica Kaiser, JD '05, Accepts Federal Clerkship
Jessica Kaiser has accepted a one-year clerkship with Chief Judge Paul R. Michel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit beginning in the Fall 2007.

Tim Holbrook Receives Tenure
On July 1, 2006, Professor Tim Holbrook received tenure and has been appointed Associate Director of the IP Program. Professor Graeme Dinwoodie, Director of the IP Program, and Professor Mickie Piatt, Executive Director of the IP Program, are delighted to have Tim's assistance in continuing to build upon and improve the reputation of the IP Program. Congratulations to Tim!

Ted Field Joins the IP Faculty
On July 1, 2006, we welcomed new Visiting Assistant Professor Ted Field to the faculty. Ted joins us from Banner & Witcoff. He will teach Legal Writing in the Fall and a Patent Law Seminar in the Spring.

Katja Weckstrom, IP Program Visiting Fellow
Katja Weckstrom, LL.M. '06, has been appointed a Visiting Fellow of the IP Program. While with us, Katja will continue to research comparative trademark law for her doctoral degree in Finland. She will also be teaching EU Law in the Spring, and co-teaching the Graduate Seminar in International Intellectual Property Law with Professor Dinwoodie.

Spring 2007 Chicago IP Colloquium
The six speakers for the Spring 07 Chicago IP Colloquium have been announced. Please visit the Chicago IP Colloquium page for additional information.

Visiting Assistant Professor Kristen Osenga
Professor Kristen Osenga, who taught Patent Litigation and a Patent Seminar at Chicago-Kent for the past two years, secured a tenure-track position at the University of Richmond School of Law. Good Luck Kristen!

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