Program in Intellectual Property Law:
News & announcements for the week of
September 27, 1999

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Practice Before the CAFC Seminar  

The Intellectual Property Law Program is offering a unique seminar course that will focus on the practice of law before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).  The CAFC has appellate jurisdiction to hear patent cases, appeals from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and numerous non-patent related issues. 


Although Patent Law is not a prerequisite for the Practice Before the CAFC seminar course, it is highly recommended as the course curriculum will be geared to students intending to practice intellectual property (IP) law, and specializing in patent law. 

Course Requirements 

1)  Although the course will be offered as a Spring Semester course, students will be required to attend class on Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:50 p.m., tentatively beginning October 14 through December 2, 1999, and tentatively resuming January 20 through February 3, 2000. 

2)  Students will be required to compete in the Giles Sutherland Rich Intramural IP Moot Court Competition, submitting an appellate brief and arguing both on and off- brief.  This intramural competition is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 22, and Sunday, January 23, 2000.  The four finalists will compete Sunday afternoon to determine the ultimate winner.  The moot court problem often involves patent law and occasionally trademark law. 

3)  Refer to the Chicago-Kent Student Handbook for applicable seminar requirements. 

Why take this course? 

This course provides insight into the appellate process both with respect to brief writing and oral advocacy.  Students taking this course last year placed 1st and 3rd in the Midwest Regional Giles Rich Moot Court Competition, with the 1st place team advancing to the National Competition in Washington, D.C. 

Information Session 

Professor Brad Hulbert, co-director of the IP Program, will be holding an information session to discuss this course.  The meeting will be held in room C40 from 4:00 - 5:50 p.m., Thursday, September 30, 1999. Please note that the room and date of this meeting have changed since last week's Record announcement. 

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