University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

Second Annual Intellectual Property Scholars' Roundtable


DAY ONE (Friday, September 28)

12.00 noon: WELCOME LUNCH

•    Franklin Pierce Center for IP Board Room, UNH Law

All presentations/sessions will take place in ROOM 274 (one floor up from the Board Room)

1.30 – 3.50 p.m.: SESSION ONE – SETTING THE STAGE: IP & THE CONSTITUTION IN CONTEXT

  • Sean O’Connor: "The Missing Context of the IP Clause: Madison, Jefferson, and the Influence of the French Philosophes Encyclopédie Project"
  • Llew Gibbons: "Evolving State Laws to Conform with International Treaty Obligations"
  • Dan Cahoy: "The Evolution of Patent Takings Jurisprudence & Its Impact on Incentives"
  • Lars Smith: "The Impact of the Commerce Clause Analysis from National Federation of Independent Business v Sebelius on Federal Protection of Intellectual Property" 


3.50 – 4.10 p.m.: COFFEE BREAK

4.10 – 6.30 p.m.: SESSION TWO: PATENTS & COPYRIGHT (I) – CLAIM CONSTRUCTION, INTERPRETATION & THE LANDSCAPE AFTER GOLAN v HOLDER

  • Eileen Herlihy: "The Standard of Appellate Review for Patent Claim Construction:  What Does the Seventh Amendment Have to Do with It?"
  • David Levine: "Cardozo on Patent Claims Construction & Interpretation"
  • David Olson: "A Legitimate Interest in Promoting the Progress of Science: Constitutional Constraints on Copyright Law"
  • Elizabeth Townsend Gard: "After Golan: Lessons & Questions Unresolved"


DAY TWO (Saturday, September 29)

8.30 – 9.15 a.m.: BREAKFAST

9.15 – 11.00 a.m.: SESSION THREE – COPYRIGHT: PRE-EMPTION & NEW PROTECTIONS

  • Howard Abrams: "Copyright Pre-Emption"
  • Marshall Leaffer: "Reconciling Copyright Pre-Emption & State Publicity Rights"
  • Eva Subotnik (paper co-authored with June Besek): "Constitutional Obstacles? Reconsidering Copyright Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings"


11.00 – 11.20 a.m.: COFFEE BREAK

11.20 – 1.05 p.m.: SESSION FOUR – COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARKS & THE FIRST AMENDMENT

  • Jake Linford: "Copyright & the First Amendment"
  • Alexandra Jane Roberts: "How to Do Things with Word Marks: A Speech-Act Theory of Distinctiveness"
  • Lisa Ramsey: "An Impersonation Theory of Trademark Law"