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Franklin Pierce Center for IP Newsletter - Summer 2012

News From UNH Law's
Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property

Message from Mary Wong, Director

In the past several months, the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property has welcomed a number of distinguished visitors and hosted several successful events for our alumni, students, and the broader IP community. In a year when the America Invents Act is on everyone's lips, the visits of USPTO Director David Kappos and CAFC Chief Judge Randall Rader were particular highlights of the spring semester.

Our faculty and students also continue to gain accolades for their accomplishments. I am particularly delighted to announce that UNH Law achieved an unprecedented victory in the 2012 Saul Leftkowitz trademark moot court competition, emerging as National Champions and sweeping the awards for Best Brief and Best Oral Argument. Congratulations are due also to Professors Bill Murphy and John Orcutt, whose book on Patent Valuation: Better Decision Making through Analysis has just been released to much industry acclaim.

Among other exciting new developments, this fall will see the launch of a new conference series in honor of the late founder of our groundbreaking Patent Practice Program, Professor Robert Shaw, with the inaugural event focusing on the international implications of the America Invents Act.

We are also expanding our global strategic partnerships. In addition to the recent renewal of our Memorandum of Understanding with the national IP office of Mexico, we have concluded similar MOUs with the IP Academy of Singapore and the University of Costa Rica. As a further affirmation of our commitment to international IP, our Dean, John Broderick, and I will be visiting our alumni and partner institutions in Beijing, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo later this summer.

This year we are welcoming two new faculty members to the IP Center: Christopher Frerking will be joining us as the new director of our Patent Practice and Procedure program. A registered patent attorney, and specialist in international patent law, with over 14 years of patent prosecution experience, Chris has most recently been based in Munich, working as a partner in a German international IP firm. He holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge and a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Jiarui Liu specializes in international IP, in particular the interaction among IP protection, technological innovation, and the development of cultural industries. He is currently completing his JSD degree at Stanford, after earning a PhD in Jurisprudence at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, as well as an LLM from the University of Washington School of Law.

We are also proud to welcome Judge Arthur Gajarsa, recently retired from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as our first Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence.

Thomas G. Field, Jr.
Visiting Professor Emeritus

William O. Hennessey,
Professor Emeritus

I end this message by wishing two of our senior faculty members, Professors Tom Field and Bill Hennessey, all the very best for the future. Tom and Bill have announced that they are retiring after years of exemplary service to the law school and the IP community. Our global IP reputation and innovative curriculum owe much to their inspiring leadership and dedication to the furtherance of IP education, and we thank them for their vision and immeasurable contributions to the field of IP.

UNH Law Moot Court Team First in Nation in Unprecedented Award Sweep

Moot Court Team

The University of New Hampshire School of Law took top honors at the national Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., this spring. The students who competed, Anjie Vichayanonda and Jeffrey Larson, made history by winning every award: Best Brief in the Nation, Best Oralists in the Nation, and Best Overall Team in the Nation. Vichayanonda and Larson, both second-year students, were coached by third-year student Nicholas Scala, who with his teammate Brian Doigan JD ’11, won the regional competition in 2011.

This year’s team took first place in the regional competition in February before heading to the nationals, where they defeated the seven other finalist teams vying for the top prize: The University of Virginia School of Law, Emory Law, UC Davis School of Law, the University of Iowa School of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, Santa Clara Law, and North Carolina Central University School of Law.

For Vichayanonda, the moot court experience brought the skills she’d learned as a first-year student – legal research and legal writing – to life. “It’s a great experience, and it allows you to hone all the skills needed for great advocacy: writing, research, and oral advocacy – the trifecta,” she says. Read more

Patent Valuation: Improving Decision Making through Analysis

Professors Bill Murphy and John Orcutt, who are part of our IP Valuation Institute, have published, with IP attorney Paul Remus, Patent Valuation: Improving Decision Making through Analysis (Wiley 2012). It provides IP managers, IP creators, attorneys, and government officials with a hands-on resource that allows them to use actual or implied valuations when making patent-related decisions.

Valuation, particularly with regard to patents, continues to be an increasingly important element in management, litigation, administrative proceedings, and basic decision making, as well as in informing complex legislative and policy choices. Thus it is a key focus of the Franklin Pierce Center for IP and its IP Valuation Institute.

Recent Events at the IP Center

Judge Arthur Gajarsa began his tenure as Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence by offering his perspective on the America Invents Act.

This spring, the IP Center's visiting speaker series focused on the controversy surrounding the proposed anti-piracy legislation commonly known as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT-IP Act). Andrew Sullivan (chief of labs, Dyn Inc.) and Professor Eric Goldman (Director, High-Tech Law Institute, Santa Clara University School of Law) each presented lively, informative and occasionally provocative talks to an appreciative and knowledgeable UNH Law audience.

On May 18th, the Center held a standing-room only conference on Patent Litigation and the America Invents Act. USPTO Director David Kappos delivered the keynote speech, and CAFC Chief Judge Randall R. Rader was the closing speaker. Other distinguished speakers included alumnus Michael Ray JD ’90, managing director of Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox, Paul Dacier, general counsel of EMC Corp., and the Honorable Paul Barbadoro, New Hampshire federal district judge.

Also, our new distinguished Jurist-in-Residence, Judge Arthur Gajarsa, gave a series of three public lectures on patent reform and the implications of the America Invents Act.

To view any of these presentations, visit our YouTube channel:

International IP Practice and the America Invents Act: The Inaugural Robert Shaw International Intellectual Property Symposium

On September 14th, the Franklin Pierce Center for IP will launch a new IP conference series. Made possible with the generous support of the Sughrue Mion law firm, the Robert Shaw International IP Symposium will honor the memory of the late Professor Robert Shaw, who created our globally-renowned flagship Patent Practice Program.

Distinguished speakers at the inaugural event will include Judge Arthur Gajarsa and Judge Richard Linn of the CAFC, the USPTO's Patent Reform Coordinator Janet Gongola, former AIPLA President and Sughrue Mion partner Alan J. Kasper, our IP Advisory Council members Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar, Rich Beem and Harry Gwinnell, and UNH Law alumni William Mandir JD ‘87, Jin Zhang LLM ‘01, Young Wook Ha MIP ‘90/JD ‘92 and Tadashige Itoh MIP ’98. The symposium will also feature a tribute to Professor Emeritus Karl Jorda, whom we are honored to welcome back for the event. To register, click here.

Recent Graduate Gains National Attention for Lifesaving Smartphone App

Eman Pahlevani, who just graduated from UNH Law this spring, has developed – with his brother and a friend – a smartphone app called CrimePush that allows people to report a crime discretely with the push of a button. The new app has gained instant popularity with police departments and universities across the country, and Eman’s been busy fielding phone calls from media and entities interested in partnering with his fledgling company.

CrimePush came about after Eman’s brother, Shyan, was accosted by three people at gunpoint while getting out of his car. The incident got the brothers thinking about whether technology could have helped the police find Shyan’s attackers. They teamed up with several friends whose skills were a good fit, and over the course of several months, CrimePush was born.

A member of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors program, Eman praises UNH Law for giving him both the skills and the encouragement to develop CrimePush: “the school’s expertise in intellectual property provided a valuable resource.” Read more

Shell Offers Post-Graduate Fellowship Through UNH Law

UNH Law recently reached agreement with Shell Inc. for a Post-Graduate IP Fellowship. The program will see select graduates from UNH Law spend a minimum of six months in the in-house IP department at Shell's head office in Houston, where they will work with Shell's IP attorneys on prosecution, transactional and litigation matters affecting Shell's IP portfolio.

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