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2009-2010 IP News Archive

IP Program ranked 4th in latest U.S. News rankings
The Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Program was placed in 4th position in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of IP Programs published this week. Chicago-Kent is the top-ranked school in the Midwest. (04/2009)

Giles Rich Moot Court Team: Timothy Wei & Patrick Bickley
Patrick Bickley & Timothy WeiCongratulations to Timothy Wei and Patrick Bickley for their performance in the 37th annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition. Tim and Patrick were chosen to represent Chicago-Kent after earning top honors in the school’s intramural competition in January. The team performed similarly well in the Midwest Regional in late March where they finished as octa-finalists. While they earned high praise from all of their judges during oral arguments and on their briefs, the fell just short of the finals in what was a highly competitive regional competition. Congratulations Tim & Patrick!

Timothy Wei (‘10) is a student in the IP certificate program with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to Chicago-Kent he spent several years as an equity derivatives trader at Jump Trading. Timothy is graduating this spring and will be pursuing a career in patent law.

Patrick Bickley (‘11) received his bachelor's in chemical engineering from the University of Toledo, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Findlay. Prior to coming to law school, he worked as a materials and laboratory test development engineer in the tire industry. Patrick plans to complete the IP certificate and hopes to pursue a career in patent law. (4/2010)

IPLS Honors Professor Mickie Piatt & Dr. Emily Miao '97
Professor Mickie Piatt, executive director of the Program in Intellectual Property Law, and Dr. Emily Miao, a 1997 graduate of Chicago-Kent, were honored by the Intellectual Property Law Society at its annual alumni reception on March 24.

Piatt & MiaoProfessor Piatt was awarded the Society's Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dr. Miao, Partner at McDonnell, Boehnen, Hulbert & Berghoff, L.L.P., was awarded its Distinguished Alumna Award.

Additional photos from the IPLS Reception are available at (4/2010)



German scholar, Manuel Kleinemenke, visits Chicago-Kent
Manuel Kleinemenke, a postgraduate visiting scholar from Germany, recently concluded his visit to Chicago-Kent College of Law where he was carrying out research on U.S. copyright law’s Fair Use doctrine. His research focuses on the question of how to introduce more flexibility into Germany’s closed list of exceptions to copyright holders’ exclusive rights. 

Mr. Kleinemenke studied law in Germany at the Universities of Freiburg and Bonn, and received his law degree in 2008. After briefly working for the law firm of Clifford Chance, LLP, he is currently writing a doctoral thesis on a copyright-related question at the University of Bonn under the supervision of Professor Dr. Matthias Leistner, LL.M. (Cambridge). (11/2009)

37th Annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition
The 37th Annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition problem is now available on the AIPLA’s website. Chicago-Kent will be holding an intramural competition using the problem on January 16th to decide who will represent the school in the Midwest Regional. Students that are interested in competing for a spot on the team should speak with Professors Mickie Piatt & Jason Du Mont immediately for more details. (11/2009)

Jason Du Mont present at "Works in Progress in IP" Conference
On Friday, October 2, LivSafe IP Fellow Jason Du Mont presented a draft of his article “A Non-Obvious Design: Rethinking the Origins of the Design Patent Standard” at the Works in Progress in IP (WIPIP) conference at Seton Hall.  The conference is held annually to provide IP scholars with a forum to share their work and receive feedback from colleagues. (11/2009)

Professor Staudt recognized by the ABA as a "Legal Rebel"
Congratulations to Professor Ron Staudt for recently being recognized by the ABA Journal as a "legal rebel." The article highlights Professor Staudt's history of going against the grain in the legal community. Throughout his career he has strongly advocated using technology based initiatives to help improve the practice of law. His efforts have not only redefined how certain legal services are provided, but have also increased access to the justice system for many low income families. Congratulations Professor Staudt! (11/2009)

2010 Chicago IP Colloquium Fellows selected
Each spring the Chicago IP Colloquium, which is jointly sponsored by Chicago-Kent and Loyola University Chicago School of Law, invite six nationally renowned intellectual property scholars to Chicago to present and discuss their current research projects. Students who are selected as Colloquium Fellows will enjoy a unique opportunity to participate in discussions with these scholars concerning cutting-edge topics in the areas of intellectual property law and cyberspace law.

Patrick Bickley, Michael Brandt, Susan Estes, Margaret Frederick, Daniel Pierron, Patrick Schweihs, Grant Shackelford, Carolyn Sorock, Sandra Thompson, Alexander Tsinman

Brenda Flores, Themistocles Frangos, Janna Harris, Sonje Hawkins, Samantha Herman, Heather Liberman, Jeffrey Shelley

Please visit the Chicago IP Colloquium's web site for additional information. (11/2009)

Professor Schwartz participating in Federal Circuit symposium at Loyola Law School Los Angeles
On Friday, October 30, Professor David Schwartz will participate in "The Federal Circuit as an Institution" symposium. The symposium will explore the question of how well the Federal Circuit is meeting its mandate to provide a more useful and efficient patent law, and by extension, patent system. Additional information... (09/2009)

Professor Schwartz presenting at Midwestern Law and Economics Conference
Professor Dave Schwartz will present his paper, "The Efficacy of Doctrinal Reallocation at the Federal Circuit," at The Ninth Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Law and Economics Association. The dates of the conference are October 9-10, 2009. (09/2009)

Professor Schwartz speaking at 25th Annual Institute on IP Law
On Friday, October 2, Professor David Schwartz will be speaking at the 25th Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law. Professor Schwartz's discussion will focus on patent law developments. The program is jointly sponsored by Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and University of Houston Law Center. (09/2009)

Professor Schwartz to participate in Santa Clara Law Patent Scholarship Colloquium
One of our newest faculty members, Professor David Schwartz, will participate in the Santa Clara Law Patent Scholarship Colloquium on September 26, 2009. This one-day colloquium will discuss works-in-progress by relatively recent additions to the patent academic community. The workshop format is designed to give each paper enough time to provide in-depth and thorough feedback to the authors. The title of Professor Schwartz's paper is "Doctrinal Reallocation at the Federal Circuit." (09/2009)

Participation in IP Moot Court Competitions
There are two opportunities to participate in IP moot court competitions -- Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial and Lefkowitz Trademark.

The team to represent Chicago-Kent in the Giles Rich Patent competition is chosen through an intramural competition here at the school during the fall semester. Participate by enrolling in the Practice Before the Federal Circuit class that meets on Mondays at 7:35p (you must have taken or be currently enrolled in Patent Law). This class provides advanced instruction on appellate arguments before the Federal Circuit, both brief-writing and oral advocacy. The assignments for the class include writing the Giles Rich brief and arguing it orally (in mid-January before classes begin). The top scorers on the brief and oral advocacy will be asked to represent the school in the regional competition in March 2010. If you think you might be interested in participating, you need to attend the first class on Monday, August 24 at 7:35p in Room 165.  You are also allowed to write the brief and perform the oral argument for the purposes of the intramural competition without taking the class (but the class is recommended). 

Participants in the Lefkowitz Trademark competition are chosen on the basis of interviews with Professors Piatt and Renner. The brief is written in the Fall and the oral arguments are presented in February, 2010. Interviews will begin the first two weeks of class. Completion of the Trademark Law class is encouraged, but not mandatory, in order to interview.  If you are interested in interviewing, please contact Professor Piatt via email to request an interview time. Please attach your current resume to the email. (08/2009)

IP Program welcomes new faculty
The Intellectual Property Law Program at Chicago-Kent is growing. Four new members have been added to the faculty.

Christopher J. Buccafusco, Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Buccafusco most recently was a visiting faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Law. He teaches torts and copyright law. His research focuses on evidence, intellectual property law, behavioral law and economics, law and psychology, and legal history. Professor Buccafusco's office is on the 7th floor, Room 709.

Edward Lee, Visiting Professor of Law
Professor Lee is visiting Chicago-Kent during the fall semester from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. His research focuses on the ways in which the Internet, technological development, and globalization challenge existing legal paradigms. Professor Lee teaches international property law and copyright law. Professor Lee's office is on the 7th floor, Room 729.

David L. Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Schwartz joins us from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He teaches patent law and patent litigation. Professor Schwartz focuses his research on empirical studies of patent law, including patent claim construction. Professor Schwartz's office is on the 7th floor, Room 727.

Christopher B. Seaman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Seaman joins us from the law firm of Sidley Austin, LLP. Professor Seaman's academic interests inlcude election law and constitutional law. Additionally, he teaches legal writing and intellectual property litigation. Professor Seaman's office is on the 8th floor, Room 815.

Please stop by and welcome each of them to the Chicago-Kent community! (08/2009)

Christopher Kaiser, JD '05, begins Federal Circuit Clerkship
This fall, Christopher Kaiser will begin a one-year clerkship with Chief Judge Paul R. Michel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Christopher is a 2005 graduate of Chicago-Kent. (08/2009)

John New, JD '07, begins Federal Circuit Clerkship
This fall, John New will begin a one-year clerkship with Chief Judge Paul R. Michel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. John is a 2007 graduate of Chicago-Kent. (08/2009)

Speakers for 2010 Chicago IP Colloquium announced
The six speakers for the Spring 2010 Chicago IP Colloquium have been announced. Please visit the Chicago IP Colloquium page for additional information. (08/2009)

2009 Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition local winner, Karlyn Meyer
Karlyn Meyer was selected as the First Prize local winner in the 2009 Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition that was held at Chicago-Kent. Karlyn's paper is titled Doctrine of the Dead. The first prize also inlcudes a monetary award and local winners are eligible to participate in the national competition. Congratulations Karlyn!

The Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition is a legal-writing competition for third-year law students. At the school's discretion, second-year students may compete. However, second-year students who receive awards cannot compete in their third year. The objective of the Competition is to increase interest in the law of Copyright and to improve the style of legal writing. (08/2009)

IP Adjuncts named "Super Lawyers" in 2009
Chicago-Kent is proud to announce that three of our adjunct professors were recently named Super Lawyers in 2009 by Chicago Magazine.

"Super Lawyers" is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Indeed, the Super Lawyers designation is only awarded to "seriously outstanding" attorneys representing the top 5% of their profession. This year's winners include:

Robert Barrett, K&L Gates LLP (IP Clinic)
Patrick Burns, Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd. (IP Strategies)
Thomas Donovan, Barnes & Thornburg LLP (IP Strategies)

IP Alumni named "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" in 2009
Chicago-Kent is very proud to announce that two of our IP alumni were recently named Super Lawyers and one was named a Rising Star by Chicago Magazine in 2009.

"Super Lawyers" is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Indeed, the Super Lawyers designation is only awarded to "seriously outstanding" attorneys representing the top 5% of their profession. This year's alumni Super Lawyers include:

Patrick Burns, Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd. ('78 grad)
Thomas Donovan, Barnes & Thornburg LLP ('87 grad)

The "Rising Stars" award has similiar criterion as the Super Lawyers award, however, candidates must also be under 40 years old or have practiced for less than ten years. This year's alumni Rising Star is:

Eric R. Moran, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP ('01 grad)

Jason Du Mont, 09-10 LivSafe IP Law Fellow
Jason Du Mont will return to Chicago-Kent this year as the LivSafe Intellectual Property Law Fellow. As you may recall, he served in the same capacity during the 2008-2009 academic year. Jason's office is on the 8th floor, Room 809. (08/2009) LL.M. Day 2009, Frankfurt, Germany
Chicago-Kent will showcase its prestigious LL.M. Program in International Intellectual Property Law at the " LL.M. Day 2009" in Frankfurt, Germany on November 7, 2009.

Participants in the career fair are pre-selected law scholars who wish to pursue the Master of Laws degree (LL.M.). These highly qualified students are ranked among the top 5% of all law school graduates in Germany.

For the third continuous year, Chicago-Kent will be among a small number of highly ranked U.S. law schools to present its program and discuss the benefits of enrolling in a graduate law program abroad. The LL.M. Day 2009 also features representatives from prominent law firms to discuss the importance of an LL.M. degree for legal practice. (08/2009)

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