Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Open Video at NYLS and Smart Phones at Whittier

Two more conference announcements: on Sept. 10-12, New York Law School is hosting the Open Video Conference, and on Nov. 4, Whittier Law School is hosting a symposium on the Law of the Smart Phone. Whittier's symposium is related to a student writing competition with a $1000 prize; the deadline is Sept. 9.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sean Seymore on "Null Patents"

In The Null Patent, Sean Seymore (Vanderbilt Law and Chemistry) makes the creative proposal that the patent system could help solve the problem of unpublished negative scientific results. Negative results are very important: they can save other scientists from wasting time on dead-ends, and they can help identify false positives in studies based on statistical significance. (There is generally a 5% chance that a "significant" result is just based on random error, which is a problem if only significant results are published, as xkcd aptly illustrates.) So it would certainly be good for science if more negative results were published. But what do patents have to do with this?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

More Upcoming IP Conferences

Some IP conferences and seminars in the 2011-12 academic year, as reported by Madisonian:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Jacob Rooksby on University Patent Litigation

Although one might expect universities to seldom initiate patent litigation, Jacob Rooksby reports that they filed over 50 patent cases in 2009 and 2010. In University Initiation of Patent Infringement Litigation, after reviewing the history and criticisms of the Bayh-Dole Act (which allows recipients of federal research funds to patent and license their inventions), Rooksby notes that "[o]ne largely overlooked cost of university involvement in technology transfer is university involvement in patent-related litigation." His article, which was recently published in the John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, seeks to fill that empirical void. Rooksby was an IP litigator for 3 years, and is now pursing a Ph.D. in higher education at UVA.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Top 10 New IP Paper Downloads

What are the most downloaded IP papers that were posted on SSRN in the past 60 days? Aside from Bessen's article, the list is entirely new since I posted it in July:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Anna Laakmann: Pragmatic Patent Adjudication

Could the Federal Circuit fix the empirical stalemate in patent law by moving toward a more candid, pragmatic, and information-eliciting approach, focused on patentable subject matter doctrine? This is the thesis of a working paper by Professor Anna Laakmann (VAP at Penn State), Pragmatic Patent Adjudication, which she presented in the same session as me at IPSC.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Antitrust IP Conference at Stanford - Oct. 6

"Should Google be considered a dangerous monopoly, or is competition just 'a click away'? . . . How will antitrust and IP rules apply to Open Source? What lies ahead for Antitrust and IP in China? What is the future direction of the global market for patents? And what are the latest antitrust challenges facing mergers in the technology and communications industry?"

These questions will be addressed at the ABA Conference at Stanford on Oct. 6: Antitrust and IP in Silicon Valley and Beyond. Hear speakers from the FTC, DOJ, IV, Square, Microsoft, and more. Conference participants will also receive iPads and voting clickers for interactive participation! (Presumably you have to give the iPads back.) The conference is free for law students and has a reduced rate for academics. For more, see announcements from the ABA and from Stanford.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

IPSC Today and Tomorrow

I'm in Chicago for the annual IP Scholars Conference (IPSC) today and tomorrow. This year the conference is at DePaul, and the schedule is available here. DePaul law student Daniel Rogna is live-blogging the conference; updates are available on the IPSC Blog and the CIPLIT twitter account. I'm sure I'll be writing more about many of the posted conference papers in the coming month!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What Experience Is Necessary To Write Good Patent Scholarship?

Between taking the patent-law-less bar exam and moving, I haven't had much time for reading scholarship in the past few weeks, so I am looking forward to two full days of IP scholarship at IPSC this week. But Friday's guest post at Patently-O reminded me of a trend I've noticed at the intersection of the academic and practicing patent law communities: practitioners criticizing academics simply for being "academic." Are these merely ad hominem attacks, or is practice experience and/or a technical background really necessary to write good patent scholarship?