The team is joined by Guest Kats Rosie Burbidge, Stephen Jones, Mathilde Pavis, and Eibhlin Vardy, and by InternKats Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo, Hayleigh Bosher, Tian Lu and Cecilia Sbrolli.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Time to celebrate, debate and have fun! Register for Fordham IP conference's 25th anniversary

Time to get on-board to celebrate Fordham IP Conference's
25th Anniversary
The IPKat has been a long supporter and contributor to the phenomenal Fordham IP Conference, with many of our team speaking at or reporting from midtown Manhattan on the year's IP events.  This year is no exception with two Kats - the AmeriKat and Kat Eleonora - participating in this year's 25th anniversary celebration on 20-21 April 2017.

Led by the energetic, discerning and probing Professor Hugh Hansen, this year's program menu is a feast of IP intrigue with large helpings of fiery debate.  Topics include:

  • 25 Years of IP:  Where has it been?  Where is it going?
  • Views from the Judiciary 
  • Brexit and IP (you know it...)
  • Trade secrets
  • Doctrine of equivalents
  • Communication to the public and hyperlinking 
  • International trade, populism and IP
  • 25 Years of Competition:  Where has it been?  Where is it going?
  • Text and Data mining
  • FRAND/SEPs
  • NPEs
  • 25 Years of Copyright:  Where has it been?  Where is it going?
  • Protection of designs

What is so good about the conference?  Like any good advocate, the conference focuses on the important points - 20 minute lullabyes about what section 101 of Whatever Act means are not allowed (thank you!).  The conference is all about what is important in IP law and policy.  What are we getting right?  What are we getting wrong?  And, so what?  Within this framework, prominent speakers are put to task of justifying their views from Professor Hansen and the audience.

This year's conference faculty are a veritable who's who of IP law and practice including a gaggle of judges, government officials and industry including:
Hon. Mr. Justice Birss, Chancery Division, High Court, London
Hon. Denny Chin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York
Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Floyd, Court of Appeal, London
Dr. Klaus Grabinski, Federal Supreme Court, Karlsruhe
Hon. Rian Kalden, Court of Appeal of The Hague, The Hague
Hon. Maria Eugénia Martins de Nazaré Ribeiro, Formerly General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg
Hon. Pauline Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.
Hon. Kathleen M. O’Malley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.
Hon. Misao Shimuzu, Intellectual Property High Court, Tokyo
James Pooley, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Silicon Valley
Robert L. Raskopf, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, New York
David Rosenberg, Vice President, IP Policy, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), London
Laura Sheridan, Senior Patent Counsel, Google, New York
Jule Sigall, Assistant General Counsel – IP Policy & Strategy, Intellectual Property Group, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond
Bradley Silver, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Time Warner Inc., New York
Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond
George York, Senior Vice President, International, Recording Industry Association of America, Washington, D.C
Justin Watts, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London
Myles Jelf, Bristows LLP, London
He Jing, AnJie Law Firm, Beijing
Dina Kallay, Director, Intellectual Property & Competition, Ericsson, Washington, D.C.
Christine Kanz, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER, Düsseldorf
David J. Kappos, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, New York
Prof. Daryl Lim, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago
Prof. Jane C. Ginsburg, Columbia Law School, New York
Prof. Martin J. Adelman, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. Nicholas Bartelt, Assistant Director, Fordham IP Institute, Fordham University School of Law, New York
Penny Gilbert, Powell Gilbert, London
Last year the AmeriKat was alone in live reporting Fordham (see reports here).  Typing away through breaks, lunches and clasping her throbbing paws, the AmeriKat was only fuelled by the riveting IP debate and sandwiches hand-delivered to her by wonderful Kat friend Richard Vary (Bird & Bird).  However, she missed reporting on exciting panel sessions on competition, trade marks and copyright.  Thankfully, this year she has backup in the form of  guest contributor Laura Whiting, so this year the IPKat will be live (or near live) reporting on even more of the sessions for those readers who are unable to attend.   But, come on....you don't want to miss out this year, do you?

You can read through the detailed program here.  To register, click here.

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