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Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property Opens With High-Profile Events

Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property Opens With High-Profile Events

The University of New Hampshire School of Law will formally open its new Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property on September 30 and October 1 with an academic conference, panel discussions and a formal event attended by judges and legal scholars from across the country.

The 12,700-square-foot addition houses one of the largest intellectual property faculties – and one of the top-ranked programs – in the country. The center’s mission will be advanced with significant national and international conferences and symposia, as well as the creation of new strategic alliances with leading organizations throughout the world.

The first of these events will take place on September 30: The center’s inaugural conference, IP & The Innovation System, will feature legal scholars from Columbia, Cornell, Boston College and other schools around the country. They will discuss current issues in patents, trademarks, and copyright, as well as property theories and security interests.

The distinguished keynote lecture, titled “From Information to Knowledge to Wisdom,” will be given by Judge Donald J. Horowitz, a widely-respected figure in the discussion of how new inventions and technological developments can be harnessed to ensure equal and fair access to justice for all.

A formal dinner will follow that evening, featuring guest speaker Chief Judge Randall R. Rader of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The following day, guests will have the opportunity to hear two panels. The first, a judges panel, will feature Chief Judge Rader, Judge Pauline Newman, and Judge Arthur Gajarsa, all of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The second, a policy-makers panel, will feature former US Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters, and former Under-Secretary of Commerce for IP Jonathan Dudas, who is currently president of FIRST (an organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields).

According to Professor Mary Wong, director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, “All of these events underscore our commitment to bringing together the leaders of the IP community, including scholars, judges, and our own faculty and alumni, to address current issues facing intellectual property and the innovation system.”

The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property is dedicated to global innovation. Working closely with academics, professionals, and government officials throughout the world, the IP Center aims to facilitate innovation by engaging in applied research and educating the next generation of intellectual property professionals.