Fifth Annual Intellectual Property Scholars’ Roundtable

Fifth Annual Intellectual Property Scholars’ Roundtable

When

When: 
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

Where

Where: 
UNH Law

The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property hosted the Fifth Annual Intellectual Property Scholars’ Roundtable at the University of New Hampshire School of Law on November 6th and 7th, where law professors from around the nation presented their scholarly works in progress. 

On Friday, Rebecca Schoff Curtin of Suffolk University Law School presented her legal history-infused paper, “Transactional Origins of Authors’ Rights.”  Shontavia Johnson of Drake University Law School presented her forthcoming article, “BRANDED: Trademark Tattoos, Slave Owner Brands and the Right to Have ‘Free’ Skin,” which addressed issues including copyright, trademark, and the Thirteenth Amendment.  Victoria Schwartz of Pepperdine University School of Law discussed privacy risk-taking and corporate culture in “Corporate Privacy Failures Start at the Top.”  The University of New Hampshire School of Law’s own Roger A. Ford presented his fascinating work in progress, “Secrets and Information Security in the Age of Sports Analytics,” which will form the basis for a chapter in a forthcoming Sports Law handbook from Oxford University Press. Alfred C. Yen of Boston College Law School provoked lively discussion about parallels between trademark infringement and battery with “The Intentional Tort of Trademark Infringement.”  Greg Reilly of California Western School of Law presented his work, “Decoupling Patent Law,” and Alexandra J. Roberts of the University of New Hampshire School of Law closed out the day with her highly original project on hashtags as trademarks, entitled “Tagmarks.”

William Hubbard of the University of Baltimore School of Law opened the proceedings on Saturday with his provocative paper, “Razing the Patent Bar.”  He was followed by W. Nicholson Price II of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, who presented an overview of his significant project addressing “Patent Failures on Life Science Frontiers.”  Laura Heymann of the College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law considered corporate nicknames and reclaimed disparaging terms in presenting her project on “Naming and Reclaiming.” Andres Sawicki of the University of Miami School of Law presented his project on “Risky IP.”  Finally, Sean O’Connor of the University of Washington School of Law closed the program with his paper, “Copyright as Incentive for Publication, not Creation.” 

In addition to presenting their own works in progress, speakers in attendance offered feedback on one another’s projects. Thoughtful commentary on the presentations was also provided by Llewellyn Joseph Gibbons of the University of Toledo College of Law, Ralph D. Clifford of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, and Christopher Frerking and Ann Bartow of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where Frerking is the Director of the Patent Practice and Procedure Program and Bartow is the Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.

Each fall since the Franklin Pierce Center was founded, we have hosted an IP Roundtable to discuss scholars’ works in progress at all stages and across all areas of intellectual property. Participants from as nearby as Boston and as far away as Israel have joined us in Concord to present and seek feedback on projects that range in topic from patent claim construction and copyright preemption to plagiarism, personalized medicine, cyborgs, and free speech. The rountable's intimate size and casual format make the event a breeding place for the innovative ideas, fresh viewpoints, and friendly collaboration that enables all who participate to better serve our students, our communities, and our scholarship.

Learn more about the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property