18th Annual IP Symposium: The Intersection of Administrative & Intellectual Property Law


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Friday, February 22, 2017

UT Law School, 727 E Dean Keeton St. Austin, TX 78705

8:30 AM: Registration Opens – Francis Auditorium; Includes breakfast

9:15 AM: Opening Remarks; Dean Ward Farnsworth, University of Texas School of Law – Austin, TX

9:30 AM: PTO Priorities

Hear the USPTO’s perspective regarding the current state of patent law

Hope Shimabuku, USPTO Director – Dallas, TX

10:15 AM: Break

10:25 AM: Does Administrative Patent Law Promote Innovation?

Explore whether the current state of administrative patent law actually promotes innovation

Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss, NYU School of Law – New York City, NY

Professor Lisa Ouellette, Stanford Law School – Stanford, CA

Professor Michael Burstein, Cardozo School of Law – New York City, NY

11:25 AM: Break

11:35 AM: Ethics in IP – Investing in a Client’s Patent

A lunch talk about the ethical issues present when investing in a client’s patent

Professor John Dzienkowski, University of Texas School of Law – Austin, TX

12:35 PM: Break

12:45 PM: Agency Roles in District Court Litigation

A discussion about how PTAB trial practices compare to district court practices

Judge Alan Albright, Western District of Texas – Waco, TX

Judge Christopher Crumbley, Patent Trial and Appeal Board – Austin TX

1:45 PM: Break

1:55 PM: The (De)Stabilizing Effect of Administrative Adjudication

Survey whether an Article 1 or Article 3 approach to patent law provides greater stability

Professor Greg Reilly, Chicago-Kent College of Law – Chicago, IL

Allyson Ho, Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher, LLP – Dallas, TX

David McCombs, Haynes and Boone, LLP – Dallas, TX

2:55 PM: Break

3:05 PM: Administrative Effects on the Plaintiff-Defendant Balance

Discuss whether adjudicative PTO activities are neutral between plaintiffs and defendants and what implications recent court decisions will have regarding NPEs in the future

Professor Megan La Belle, Catholic University School of Law – Washington, D.C.

Eagle Robinson, Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP – Austin, TX

Dr. Puneet Kohli, Baker Botts, LLP – Austin, TX

James E. Quigley, McKool Smith, PC – Austin, TX

4:05 PM: Break

4:15 PM: Shape of the Patent Administrative State

Hear from one of the leading IP intellectuals about the current shape of the patent administrative state

Professor John Duffy, University of Virginia School of Law – Charlottesville, VA

5:00 PM Closing Remarks & Happy Hour – Susman Godfrey Atrium


McKool Smith, Baker Botts, Haynes Boone, and Norton Rose Fulbright