Lunch & Learn - Constitutional Structure in the Patent Office
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law
Lunch & Learn - Constitutional Structure in the Patent Office with Saurabh Vishnubhakat
Thursday, February 25, 2021
12:00 p.m. ET
Professor Vishnubhakat’s remarks will address some constitutional challenges currently pending against the USPTO’s system for revoking patent rights through administrative (rather than judicial) litigation. He will explain his view of why these problems have arisen and a reform proposal that may help resolve them.
Saurabh Vishnubhakat is a Professor of Law and Professor of Engineering at Texas A&M University, and a Research Fellow at the Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy. He writes and teaches on intellectual property, administrative law, and federal litigation, especially from an empirical perspective. Professor Vishnubhakat’s research has been cited in federal appellate and trial court opinions, agency reports and rulemaking, and over two dozen Supreme Court briefs. Until 2015, he served in the United States Patent and Trademark Office as principal legal advisor to that agency’s first two chief economists. He was also a faculty fellow at the Duke Law School, where he co-taught patent law, and was a postdoctoral associate at the Duke Center for Public Genomics, where he researched law and policy issues surrounding innovation in genetics and biomedicine. Professor Vishnubhakat holds a J.D. and LL.M. in intellectual property from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He also holds a B.S. in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is admitted to the bars of Texas, Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
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