IP and Information Law Speaker Series Spring 2016

Loyola Law School's Intellectual Property and Information Law Speaker Series meets on Mondays at noon in Founders Hall 236. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome to bring their own "brown bag" lunch. Each talk will include opportunities for questions and answers; talks will end just before 1:00pm. The series is open to all students, faculty, and alumni interested in IP, entertainment law, and technology issues. RSVP to Bridget Klink at 213.736.1407 or Bridget.Klink@lls.edu.

Spring 2016

January 25

Zahr Said, University of Washington
Copyright in Characters and the Scope of the Fixation Requirement

Zahr Said teaches at the University of Washington School of Law, where she is an assistant professor. Professor Said's research applies humanistic methods, theories, and texts to problems in legal doctrine and policy. Her research topics have included fair use in the digital age, the flourishing of intellectual property scholarship, and, more recently, practices of microbrewers in the Pacific Northwest. Professor Said was previously a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. She graduated from UC Berkeley and Columbia Law School as well as earning a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard.

February 8

Christine Farley, American University
Disparaging Trademarks: @ the Intersection of the First Amendment & Trademark Law

Christine Haight Farley is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law where she teaches Intellectual Property Law, Trademark Law, International and Comparative Trademark Law, International IP Law, Design Protection Law, and Art Law. Her scholarship focuses on issues in trademark law, international IP law and art law. Professor Farley served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs from 2007 to 2011 and as Co-Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property from 2005 to 2009. She has been a visiting professor at law schools in France, India, Italy and Puerto Rico.

February 15

Joe Liu, Boston College Law School
Regulatory Copyright and the Next Great Copyright Act

Joseph Liu is a Professor at Boston College Law School. Professor Liu writes and teaches in the areas of copyright, trademark, and internet law, with a particular focus on how digital technology is changing the way consumers interact with copyrighted works. Prior to Boston College, Professor Liu served as V.P. and General Counsel to a venture-backed internet startup. He clerked for the Honorable Levin H. Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He is a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review.

March 7

Margo Bagley, University of Virginia
The Nagoya Protocol and Synthetic Biology Research -- the difficulties of fair and equitable use of genetic resources from developing countries

Margo Bagley's work focuses on U.S., international and comparative patent law issues, particularly relating to biotechnology and pharmaceutical protection. After studying chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Professor Bagley worked in products research and development at several large companies and was the co-inventor on a U.S. patent for improved peanut butter. Professor Bagley received her JD from Emory; she joined the University of Virginia faculty in 2006 and currently serves on the board of the Public Patent Foundation as well as providing expert advice to the government of Mozambique at the World Intellectual Property Organization.

March 21

Ted Sichelman, University of San Diego
Revisiting Labor Mobility in Innovation Markets

Ted Sichelman is a professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. He writes and teaches the areas of intellectual property, law and entrepreneurship, empirical legal studies, law and economics, and computational legal studies. Professor Sichelman's publications have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and three of his articles are among the top 25 most-cited IP law articles published in the last five years. Before practicing law, he founded and ran a venture-backed software company, Unified Dispatch. Professor Sichelman designed the company's software and is a named inventor on several issued patents and filed patent applications.


April 4

Greg Vetter, University of Houston Law Center
Are Prior User Rights Good for Software?

Greg Vetter is the Law Foundation Professor at the University of Houston Law Center.   His scholarship is at the intersection of software and the business of software with patent law, copyright law, and licensing law.  Professor Vetter did his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology; then, while working full-time in the software industry, he obtained a master’s degree in computer science and an MBA.  After completing his JD at Northwestern University, Professor Vetter worked at Kilpatrick Stockton and clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Since finishing his clerkship in 2002, Professor Vetter has been on the law faculty at the University of Houston and currently serves as Co-Director of the Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law.