Franklin Pierce Center Events: UNH Law hosts sixth annual Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable

The University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property hosted its Sixth Annual Intellectual Property Scholars’ Roundtable on Oct. 7 and 8, 2016, welcoming law professors from institutions throughout the country to discuss research and scholarship in intellectual property. The event is an annual highlight for the Franklin Pierce Center, as the intimate size and casual format encourage collaboration through the sharing of creative ideas and viewpoints.

The first day began with opening remarks from Ann Bartow, Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, as well as Margaret McCabe, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at UNH Law. Opening day presentations included: Jake Linford of Florida State University College of Law, who presented “Scarcity of Attention in a World Without Copyright;” Rachel E. Sachs of Washington University School of Law, who presented “The Unpatentable Microbiome;” Llewellyn Joseph Gibbons, who presented “Boldly Not Going Where We Have Gone Before: The Principles of the Law of  Software Contracts;” W. Nicholson Price II of University of Michigan Law School, who presented “Competing Incentives in Early Biomedical Innovation;” Ari Ezra Waldman of New York Law School, who presented “Trickle Up/Down Privacy;” Sarah Wasserman Rajec of William and Mary Law School, who presented “In Rem in IP;” and Alexandra Roberts of UNH Law, who presented “Failure to Function, Or What We Talk About When We Talk About “Use as a Mark.”

The second day was led off by Joseph Scott Miller of University of Georgia Law School, who presented “Reasonably Certain Claim Scope After Teva, Nautilus, and Festo.” Miller was followed by: Ryan Gabriel Vacca of University of Akron School of Law, who presented “Percolating Intellectual Property Law through Circuit Stewardship: Empirical and Jurisprudential Analysis of En Banc Review;” Tonya M. Evans of Widener University School of Law, who presented “User ‘Safer Harbor’ from Statutory Damages: Remixing the DOC’s IP Task Force White Paper;” Jeremy Bock of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, who presented “Behavioral Claim Construction;” and Roger Allan Ford of UNH Law, who presented “The Uneasy Case for Patent Federalism.” Yvette Joy Liebesman of St. Louis University School of Law was a featured commentator at the event.

After the Roundtable ended, a number of participants were able to enjoy the setting of New Hampshire in autumn, as both the weather and foliage display were excellent.

Additional events hosted by the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property:

O’Bannon Takes a Stand: Amateurism & the Case Against the NCAA: UNH Law and the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property played host to Ed O’Bannon as he spoke publicly for the first time on his historic case against the NCAA as part of a symposium on Thursday, Nov. 17. The event featured a one-on-one interview with the former UCLA basketball star by UNH Law professor and Sports Illustrated Legal Analyst Michael McCann, followed by a panel discussion and networking reception. Panelists included College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) Board of Directors member Luke Bonner, Western New England Law Professor Erin Buzuvis, Attorney Alan Milstein of Sherman Silverstein, Lawyer and UNH Associate Director of Compliance De-Neita Peoples, and Attorney Exavier Pope of Pope Law Firm. The symposium was moderated by UNH Law Professor Michael Dube. The event was co-sponsored by the UNH Law Sports and Entertainment Law Institute and Sports and Entertainment Law Society.

Opposing Angles: Trademark Law and the First Amendment; The Slants: Concert and Conversation: These events held April 20 and April 24, respectively, highlighted the dance rock band The Slants and their challenge of the Lanham Act in a significant trademark case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Opposing Angles was a panel discussion featuring panelists Kevin Blackistone, ESPN Commentator and Professor of Journalism; Marc Randazza, First Amendment Attorney and Commentator on CNN and Fox News (Amici in Lee v. Tam); UNH Law’s Alexandra Roberts, Trademark and Entertainment Law Professor; and Peter Foley, IP Issues in Sports & Entertainment Law Adjunct Professor; as well as moderator Roger Ford of UNH Law. The Concert was held at True Brew Barista in downtown Concord (in conjunction with the Rock On Foundation) and featured a performance by The Slants, as well as a conversation surrounding the landmark case.

Annual Lunch & Learn Series: This annual series of intellectual property law presentations and discussions again featured academic IP leaders from around the country, including incoming UNH Law faculty member Tonya Evans, who presented “203 Termination Rights: All Hype or Finally Ripe?” on March 23. Other Lunch and Learn discussions included “The Wolves of the World Wide Web: An Empirical Study of Social Media Contracting Practices,” featuring Michael Rustad, the Thomas F. Lambert Jr. Professor and Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Concentration at Suffolk University Law School in Boston (April 18); “The Branding of the American Mind: How Universities Capture, Manage, and Monetize Intellectual Property and Why It Matters,” featuring Jacob Rooksby, Associate Dean of Administration and Assistant Professor of Law at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (February 15); and “Copyright Law & New Technologies: The DMCA Story,” featuring Brad Greenberg, counsel for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office (November 10).