Two Upcoming Patent Law Symposia in D.C.

By Jason Rantanen

There are two terrific looking patent law symposia in D.C this month .

On Tuesday, November 11, the American University Washington College of Law and the University of Utah – S.J. Quinney College of Law will co-host a half-day symposium on The Future of Patent Remedies.  From the symposium website:

Over the past few years, the once-placid world of patent remedies has been thrown into upheaval.  Judicial decisions and pronouncements by enforcement agencies have both put pressure on traditional doctrines relating to damages, fee recovery and injunctive relief.  This symposium will explore recent developments and the future trajectory of patent remedies law from a judicial, regulatory and legislative standpoint.

Speakers include Tom Cotter (Minnesota), Suzanne Munck (FTC), Jim Sherwood (Google), and more.  More details here:

On Friday, November 21, the George Washington University Law School and the Center for Intellectual Property Research at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law are co-hosting a symposium on design patents.  Speakers include Mark Janis (Indiana), Sarah Burstein (Oklahoma), Michael Risch (Villanova), John Cheek (Caterpillar), and many more.  Topics include remedies, functionality, prior art, and a town hall discussion on whether changes are needed in design patent law.  The program is at the GW School of Law.  More details here:


2 thoughts on “Two Upcoming Patent Law Symposia in D.C.

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    Re the “Patent Remedies” Seminar, it seems to me that an important and unresolved issue is what level of infringement damages recovery should be possible for infringements that continue after a patent has been held valid and infringed by that party but [under eBay] no injunction was granted to stop that further infringement?

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    Re the Design Patents Symposium, I would love to see some feedback on the legal issues raised in “Design Patents §103 – Obvious to Whom and As Compared to What?” and the comments posted thereon in Patently-O, Sept. 17, 2014.

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