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Franklin Pierce Center for IP Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2013

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

Message from Mary Wong, Founding Director

Twenty months ago, UNH Law established the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property to be a premier applied research center for innovation, intellectual property and global development.

Our groundbreaking International Technology Transfer Institute continues to gain international recognition, we have created the IP Valuation Institute to showcase our growing expertise in IP management, and this fall we are launching a new Sports & Entertainment Law Institute.

Our IP Master Class Series continues to grow, and we are proud to have been a founding supporter of the Arthur J. Gajarsa American Inn of Court, which will be celebrating its second year of membership in the national Linn IP Inn Alliance this fall.

Most recently, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the IP Academy of Singapore (IPA), which aims to be a world-class resource for knowledge development and capacity building in IP creation, protection and management. Our formal ties with IPA build on a similar partnership with the national IP office of Mexico, and will serve to enhance the global reach of our IP programs and network.

The initial success of the Franklin Pierce Center for IP has been due largely to the support from our friends in the IP academic community, our alumni in the United States and over 80 countries worldwide, and our friends and supporters from the judiciary, national governments and industry. Your support has allowed us to launch a number of exciting new initiatives.

With the increasing number and scope of our programs we are happy to be welcoming our first Executive Director this month, Alexandra Roberts, whose expertise will be integral to the ongoing success of the Center as it enters the next stage of its growth as a pioneer and leader in IP.

IP Center Welcomes New Executive Director

The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property welcomed Alexandra J. Roberts as its first executive director this May. Roberts was most recently a visiting assistant professor at Boston University School of Law, where she taught Trademarks & Unfair Competition. She also serves as an editor of The Trademark Reporter, the law journal of the International Trademark Association.

“We are very excited to be welcoming Alexandra Roberts to lead the Franklin Pierce Center for IP,” said John Broderick, Dean of UNH Law. “Her background in IP litigation and her scholarship on trademark law will help lead the IP Center into its next phase as a global center for applied research and economic development.”

Roberts earned her JD at Yale Law School and practiced IP litigation with Ropes & Gray in Boston and New York.

Read more about her appointment >>

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

On April 25, the IP Center hosted the inaugural Robert Shaw International IP Symposium. Focused on "International IP Practice and the America Invents Act," the event featured a distinguished faculty of federal judges, senior practitioners and international patent counsel who discussed the risks, implications and potential strategies for assisting clients and companies in an age of significant change for U.S. and international patent practice.

“This symposium brought together a fascinating mix of top IP professionals from around the world to discuss the impact of the America Invents Act on international patent prosecution and litigation,” said Professor Mary Wong, founding director of the IP Center. “This is truly the type of event that highlights the global nature of IP practice today and the leading position that UNH Law occupies in that world.”

A luncheon honoring Professor Emeritus Karl Jorda featured tributes from his former UNH Law colleagues Bill Murphy and Bill Hennessey. Afterwards, the Jorda family participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Karl Jorda Conference Room in the IP Center. Read more about this conference >>

UNH Law Launching Sports & Entertainment Law Institute

Noted sports law expert Michael McCann will join UNH Law this summer to launch a new Sports and Entertainment Law Institute. McCann has been a visiting professor at UNH Law during the 2012-2013 academic year.

The Sports & Entertainment Law Institute will be part of UNH Law’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, and will be paired with the school’s historic strengths in IP law to create a number of programs that will capitalize on these fast-growing fields.

“I’m thrilled to join a school which is deservedly renowned for its IP law program,” said Michael McCann. “To launch the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute as part of this program is a fantastic opportunity.”

McCann is a leading expert in sports law, a seasoned sports attorney, and an award-winning teacher, scholar and journalist. He founded and directed the sports law institute at Vermont Law School, and serves as a legal analyst and writer for Sports Illustrated and and as the on-air legal analyst for NBA TV.

To learn more about UNH Law's new Sports & Entertainment Law Institute, click here>>

UNH Law Introduces New Advanced Patent Law Institute

This summer, UNH Law will launch the Advanced Patent Law Institute (APLI), a two-week advanced certification program created especially for patent attorneys, agents, examiners, managers and other IP and business professionals.

The Advanced Patent Law Institute curriculum will include coverage of:

  • What to expect from the forthcoming changes to the unified European patent system
  • Developments in declaratory judgment jurisdiction, remedies, post-grant review and other “hot topics” after cases such as Myriad and Apple v. Samsung
  • Tips and strategies for effective patent drafting and prosecution
  • Recent case law developments in IP, including recent decisions from the International Trade Commission and the impact of the America Invents Act
  • Effective patent portfolio management and
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution strategies for IP disputes.

The inaugural APLI faculty will feature Chief Judge Randall R. Rader from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as IP practitioners and scholars from around the world. Read more about this program >>

UNH Law Hosting IP Boot Camp This Summer

UNH Law’s IP faculty has selected a class of entry-level and junior faculty to participate in a three-day workshop for new academics focused on researching IP law. The IP Boot Camp will be held from June 6 through 8 on Squam Lake, and will introduce young IP researchers to the scholarship side of academia.

With the largest IP library in the United States as their home base and the only dedicated IP librarian in the country on faculty, senior UNH Law IP faculty will organize sessions led by leading academic colleagues and judges on topics including:

  • Developing and advancing a scholarly research agenda
  • Identifying and accessing relevant public and private databases
  • Creating scholarship likely to be of assistance to courts
  • Effective networking within the discipline of IP

In addition to the various working sessions and social events, a highlight of the IP Boot Camp will be a cocktail reception at the Squam Lake home of the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa, Circuit Judge (ret.), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and current Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence at UNH Law.

IP Faculty Activities:

  • Under the supervision of Professor Ashlyn Lembree, director of our IP Transactions Clinic, our IP students recently won $30,000 in legal fees in a trademark and copyright case in the federal district court of Massachusetts, and another Clinic client recently obtained $100,000 in equity funding. UNH Law’s IP Transactions Clinic is one of a limited number of law school clinics that have been selected for the USPTO’s pilot program for law school clinics.
  • Professors Susan Richey and John Greabe published “Stolen Valor and the First Amendment: Does Trademark Infringement Law Leave Congress an Opening?” in the current issue of the New England Law Review. Read more>>
  • Professors Susan Richey and Gordon Smith completed their book Trademark Valuation: A Tool for Brand Management, forthcoming from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Read more>>
  • IP Center Executive Director Alexandra Roberts has an article, "How To Do Things with Word Marks: A Speech-Act Theory of Distinctiveness," forthcoming in the Alabama Law Review.
  • Professor Mary Wong and University of Houston Law Center Baker Botts Professor of Law Jacqueline Lipton co-authored “Online Gripesites and ICANN's New gTLD Process," forthcoming in Osgoode Hall’s Intellectual Property Journal. They also co-authored “Trademarks, Free Speech and ICANN's New gTLD Program,” a book chapter in Trademark Protection & Territoriality Challenges in a Global Economy, edited by Professors Irene Calboli and Edward Lee, forthcoming from Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Professors Bill Murphy and John Orcutt published "Using Valuation-Based Decision Making to Increase the Efficiency of China's Patent Subsidy Strategies," in the current Cardozo Law Review de novo. Read more>>
  • Professor Stanley Kowalski, director of our International Technology Transfer Institute, was in the Philippines recently as a consultant with the International IP Institute, which is working with the USPTO on the “Innovation Opportunities” Project in the Philippines to promote job and wealth creation.
  • Professor Mary Wong was in Beijing in April for the 46th ICANN meeting, as a member of ICANN’s policy council for country-code domains.