Every year, the School of Law hosts distinguished speakers on cutting-edge issues of intellectual property and technology law, including judges, academics, lawyers, and other policy makers. CLIPT faculty also frequently invited to participate in similar events taking place outside of the University of Baltimore.
For more information on the recent conferences presented by CLIPT, follow these links:
- April 15, 2016: Copyright Realignment: Updating Copyright Law for the 21st Century
- April 17, 2015: Post-Grant Procedures at the Patent Office: Timely Cure or New Disease
Information regarding other CLIPT events is provided below.
Upcoming Events @ UB
October 13, 2017: The Copyright Office comes to UB
On October 13, 2017, Whitney Levandusky, an Attorney Advisor in the Information and Education Office of the U.S. Copyright Office, will visit UB to speak on copyright law, policy, and practice. After a short presentation, Ms. Levandusky will be available to answer questions. The talk will take place at noon in room 402. Pizza will be served. Special thanks to the law firm of Womble Bond Dickinson for sponsoring the event. For more information, click here.
Upcoming Events Outside of UB
November 9, 2017: Inside Intellectual Property Practice -- Career Panel & Networking Reception
The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Intellectual Property Section will be presenting a Career Panel and Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore Street, Ceremonial Court Room & Atrium. Both UMd and UB Law students are invited! Come hear from featured panelists who work in a range of private and public sector settings, including law firms, corporations, and government.
Recent Events @ UB
October 3, 2017: Inside the Black Box -- How Secret Algorithms Control Health, Finance, & Justice
On October 3, 2017 at 6 p.m., the University of Baltimore School of Law will host a panel discussion with legal experts about how unaccountable algorithms, AI, and Big Data affect public health, personal and public finances, and the criminal justice system. The panel will tackle pressing legal and technological issues, including:
-- What are the promises and perils of these tools?
-- How are these tools already affecting society and individuals?
-- What, if anything, can be done to make these tools accountable?
For more information on the event and panelists, click here.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here. The panel will take place in room 408.
April 15, 2016: Copyright Realignment: Updating Copyright Law for the 21st Century
March 24, 2016: Third Annual Bright Ideas Baltimore
On March 24, 2016, the University of Baltimore School of Law hosted the third annual Bright Ideas Baltimore, a networking event jointly organized by the UB IP Law Society, the UMD IP Student Association, and the Intellectual Property Section of the Maryland State Bar Association.
March 23, 2016: Judge Garbis Speaks on Copyright Law and the Ravens Logo
On March 23, 2016, the University of Baltimore was delighted to host once again as distinguished guest lecturers in Professor Hubbard’s copyright class Judge Marvin Garbis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Judge Garbis's Intellectual Property Clerk, Marie Worden, and UB alumnus Howard Schulman. The lecturers discussed the long-running lawsuit over which Judge Garbis presided involving a claim that the Baltimore Ravens copied their original logo from a drawing by a local resident of Maryland.
February 4, 2016: CLIPT Hosts Professor Irina Manta
At noon on February 4, 2016, CLIPT and the UB Chapter of the Federalist Society hosted Professor Irina Manta of the Hofstra School of Law, who delivered a talk entitled "Why IP Is Like Property and Property Is Not What You Think."
February 8, 2016: Markman Hearing at the District of Maryland
On February 8, 2016, Professor Hubbard and a group of students observed a Markman hearing in a patent infringement case pending in the District of Maryland.
April 17, 2015: Post-Grant Procedures at the Patent Office - Timely Cure or New Disease?
On April 17, 2015, CLIPT hosted a conference on the administrative procedures created by Leahy-Smith America Invents Act for evaluating the validity of issued patents. In this conference experts from academia, government, industry, and private practice examined through lively discussions of the uses, procedures, and outcomes of these administrative procedures. Former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Paul Michel delivered a keynote address over lunch regarding patent reform, sharply criticizing certain elements of the patent reform debate. For a more detailed description of the event and links to photographs, click here.
April 8, 2015: Second Annual Bright Ideas Baltimore
On April 8, 2015, the University of Baltimore School of Law hosted the second annual Bright Ideas Baltimore, which was jointly organized by the UB IP Law Society, the UMD IP Student Association, and the Intellectual Property Section of the Maryland State Bar Association.
The networking event featured cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a wonderful keynote address on trademark law by Tess Casey (above), Associate Trademark Counsel for Under Armour.
March 26, 2015: Judge Garbis Lectures on Copyright Law and the Ravens Logo
The University of Baltimore was delighted to host three distinguished guest lecturers in in Professor Hubbard’s copyright class on March 26, 2015, including (1) Judge Marvin Garbis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland as a guest lecturer, (2) Judge Garbis's Intellectual Property Clerk, Marie Worden, and (3) UB alumnus Howard Schulman. The lecturers discussed a long-running lawsuit involving a claim that the Baltimore Ravens copied their original logo from a drawing by a local resident of Maryland. In that suit, Judge Garbis was the presiding judge, and Mr. Schulman represented the artist.
March 24, 2015: Careers in Intellectual Property
On March 24, 2015, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Law Career Development Office hosted its Annual Practice Area Fair to help students explore the range of opportunities available to them both academically and professionally. This year, CLIPT Director William Hubbard and Adjunct Professor Extraordinaire Jim Astrachan participated in a “table talk” on intellectual property law careers.
November 19, 2014: Careers in Intellectual Property Law
On November 19, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. the School of Law hosted an informal discussion on careers in intellectual property law. Professor William Hubbard started the conversation by describing the IP opportunities at UB, including the IP curriculum, the IP concentration, and various extracurricular activities. Two UB alumni then described their experiences beginning careers in IP law. Nick Klicos (UB Law 2011) described his experiences as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and Christopher T. La Testa (UB Law 2004) discussed his experiences practicing as an Intellectual Property Litigation Associate at Venable LLP. In the final portion of the discussion, the speakers identified activities in law school that will help students begin their IP careers and answered student questions regarding additional strategies for launching IP careers.
November 13, 2014: UB Law Forum Symposium - Refining Maryland Law in a Technological World
On November 13, 2014, the UB Law Forum hosted a symposium addressing the effects of technological progress on law in Maryland. To start the event, a panel of experts that included Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler addressed the implications of recent decisions related to DNA from the Maryland Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. In a second panel, legal and technological experts discussed the need for cybersecurity reforms. In a third panel discussion, local legislators, prosecutors and other experts in the field discussed the development of cybercrimes, the Maryland laws that address them, and how technology is being used both to fight and to commit these crimes. Finally, experts on a fourth panel discussed the use of technology in the Maryland courts. A reception and happy hour followed the panel discussions. Click to see a detailed schedule and flyer for the Symposium.
November 7, 2014: Friday Fights @ the Federal CircuitWilliam Hubbard and a group of twelve students traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend oral arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. One of the cases argued that day involved patent infringement claims against the mobile phone manufacturer Nokia, Inc. After the arguments, lead counsel for Nokia Patrick J. Flinn – one of the top patent litigators in the country – met with the UB students at the DC office of Alston & Bird LLP to discuss in greater detail the Nokia case in particular and appellate advocacy more generally. For more information, click here.
November 6, 2014: Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium
On Thursday, November 6, 2014, the School of Law’s Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Society (EASL) hosted two panel discussions addressing (1) Entertainer and Artist Legal Representation and (2) Copyright and the Arts. Panelists included Abioye Oyewole, Attorney Advisor for the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Copyright Office, Malan Breton, Fashion Designer & contestant on Project Runway, and Cynthia Blake Sanders, attorney at Ober Kaler. Following each panel, audience members engaged the panelists in lively question and answer sessions. For more information, click here.
October 18, 2104: Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Copyright Clinic
On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the School of Law hosted a Copyright Clinic presented by the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MdVLA). The clinic was an opportunity for artists, lawyers and law students to learn how to register copyrights for various forms of art, including literature, visual art, photography, and music. After an information session led by Cynthia Blake Sanders, attorney at Ober Kaler, the attendees broke into small sessions with the artists to assist in registering the copyrights for their works through the U.S. Copyright Office’s online registration system.
April 2, 2014: Google Books - A Discussion of Legal and Social Implications
On April 2, 2014, the School of Law hosted a panel discussion on the social and legal implications of the Google Books Project, under which Google ambitiously seeks to digitize every book currently in existence. The panel discussion began with Professor Colin Starger discussing the technological development of the Google Books Project and some of the “big data” analysis tools that the Project enables. Professor William Hubbard thereafter described some of the copyright litigation that has arisen regarding Google Books, including recent decisions from courts in the Second Circuit. Professor Eric Easton discussed the implications of the Google Books Project and related litigation for the publishing industry. Finally, Professor Sean Carton discussed some of the societal implications of Google Books. Click here to see the poster for this event.
March 12, 2014: Careers in Intellectual Property Law
On March 12, 2014, the School of Law hosted a panel featuring three alumni who have recently begun careers in intellectual property law. Joe Combs (UB Law 2011) described his experiences as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Christopher T. La Testa (UB Law 2004) discussed his experiences practicing as an Intellectual Property Litigation Associate at Venable LLP, and Abioye Oyewole (UB Law 2009) described her experiences working as an Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Copyright Office. After the initial remarks by the panel, we had a lively question-and-answer session with students regarding strategies for launching IP careers.
February 4, 2014: Oral Arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
On February 4, 2014, the University of Baltimore School of Law hosted oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Dean Ronald Weich noted in his introductory remarks that it was fitting that the court with nationwide jurisdiction over the most cutting-edge scientific issues convened in the newest and most cutting-edge law school building in the country.
The three-judge panel―Chief Judge Randall R. Rader and Circuit Judges Jimmie V. Reynaand Evan J. Wallach― heard four cases dealing with matters of trademark law, trade law, and procedural issues in a patent dispute. The School of Law’s moot courtroom was filled to capacity with students, faculty, and prospective students. After the arguments, the audience was treated to a conversation with the judges’ clerks about federal judicial clerkships. The judges themselves then answered questions about the art of appellate advocacy. Click here for more information.
April 15, 2013: Who Owns the Rights to Your DNA - A Discussion of AMP v. Myriad Genetics
On April 15, 2013, the University of Baltimore School of Law and the Center for Medicine and Law hosted a panel of distinguished speakers addressing the Supreme Court’s consideration of the patent eligibility of DNA in AMP v. Myriad Genetics. The panelists included one of the petitioners in the case, Dan Ravicher, who is the executive director of the Public Patent Foundation. Mr. Ravicher argued that the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit should be reversed and that both naturally occurring DNA and synthetic cDNA should be ineligible for patent protection. Hans Sauer, the Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) spoke in favor of the respondents, as BIO submitted an amicus curiae brief in favor of the respondents. Having supported opposing sides in the case through amicus curiae briefs, University of Baltimore School of Law Professors William Hubbard (amicus brief) and Greg Dolin (amicus brief) joined the spirited debate. Click here for more information.
April 9, 2013: The Fracas over the Patents of Actavis
On April 9, 2013, the University of Baltimore School of Law and the UB Federalist Society hosted a spirited debate between Professors William Hubbard and Gregory Dolin regarding the complex case of FTC v. Actavis, which involves issues of FDA regulation, antitrust law, and patent law. Professors Hubbard and Dolin both had “skin in the game,” in that they supported opposing sides through amicus curiae briefs (here and here) to the U.S. Supreme Court. Following the initial rhetorical skirmish, Professors Hubbard and Dolin responded to student questions. Click here for more information.
September 4, 2012: Smartphone Wars - Understanding the $1 Billion Verdict from Apple v. Samsung
On September 4, 2012, Professors William Hubbard and Greg Dolin discussed the on-going litigation between Apple and Samsung, including the billion-dollar jury verdict from one of the cases in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California. Professor Hubbard discussed Apple’s claims based on utility patents and the calculation of damages by the jury, and Professor Dolin discussed Apple’s design patent and trade dress claims.
Click here for more information.
Recent Events Outside of UB
September 15, 2017: The U.S. Department of Justice, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law presented the 2017 Cybercrime Symposium, "When Cybercrime Turns Violent and Abusive." The Symposium brought together multiple stakeholders to address the challenges in combating different kinds of online abuse and cyber exploitation, including cyber stalking, doxxing, non-consensual pornography, swatting, and sextortion. The Keynote Address was delivered by Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Additional keynote remarks were provided by Kenneth A. Blanco, Assistant Attorney General (Acting), U.S. Department of Justice, and Annmarie Chiarini, Cyber Civil Rights Initiative.
March 17, 2016: On March 17, 2016, Professor Hubbard delivered a talk entitled "Patent Law, Innovation, and American Competitiveness" at Marquette Law School as part of its IP Speaker Series.
March 10, 2016: On March 10, 2016, the Intellectual Property Section of the Maryland State Bar Association sponsored a Career Panel at the University of Maryland School of Law for both students from the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore.
February 18, 2016: Alumnus Bill Atkins delivers talk to IP Section of the Maryland State Bar Association on "The PTAB Appellate Landscape." The talk was held at the Washington, DC, office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
November 13, 2015: Mid-Atlantic Patent Works in Progress Conference, Razing the Patent Bar, William Hubbard as Invited Presenter, Washington, DC
November 7, 2015 : University of New Hampshire Intellectual Property Roundtable, Razing the Patent Bar, William Hubbard as Invited Presenter, Concord, NH
October 10, 2015: Texas A&M School of Law Intellectual Property Roundtable, Razing the Patent Bar, William Hubbard as Invited Presenter, Fort Worth, TX
April 16, 2015: CLIPT Associate Director Gregory Dolin testified regarding patent reform before the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. Professor Dolin's testimony begins around the 14-minute mark.
March 10, 2015, 5:45 p.m.: UB alumnus Roy Craig led a discussion for the Intellectual Property Section of the Maryland State Bar Association regarding the patentability and protection of software after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International .
February 19, 2015, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: University of Maryland School of Law, Inside Intellectual Property Practice: A Career Panel, Featuring UB Law Alumni Bill Atkins, Felicia Metz, and Mike Oliver, RSVP to Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information.
February 3, 2015: Works in Progress in Intellectual Property Conference, Dubious Patent Reform, Professor Greg Dolin as Panelist, Washington, DC
February 3, 2015: Works in Progress in Intellectual Property Conference, Raising (or Razing?) the Patent Bar, Professor William Hubbard as Panelist, Washington, DC
November 20, 2014: Bar Association of Baltimore City, Establishing Irreparable Harm in a Trade Secret Case To the Court's Satisfaction, Professor James B. Astrachan as Invited Lecturer, Circuit Court Baltimore City, 100 N. Calvert St, Baltimore, MD
November 9, 2014: Enterprise Legal Risk Study Association, US Trade Secret Law, Professor Eric Easton as Overseas Senior Advisor, Shandong Province, China
October 22, 2014: George Washington University School of Law, A. Sidney Katz Lecture with Hon. Pauline Newman, Professor Greg Dolin as Invited Speaker, Washington, DC
September 19, 2104: Twit.Tv, This Week in Law 276, Professor Colin Starger as Panelist at the 2:33 mark
April 30, 2014: American University Washington College of Law, Supreme Court Series: Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies , Professor William Hubbard as Panelist, Washington, DC
April 28, 2014: American University Washington College of Law, Supreme Court Series: Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. , Professor Gregory Dolin as Panelist, Washington, DC
March 21, 2014: American University Washington College of Law, Genetic Resources, Indigenous Peoples and Federal Policy, Professor Gregory Dolin as Panelist, Washington, DC
February 10, 2014: Midwinter Patent Law Experts Conference, The Debilitating Effect of Strong Patents, Professor William Hubbard as Invited Speaker, Naples, FL
January 3, 2014: Federalist Society Faculty Conference, Is IP Property or Government-Conferred Monopoly?, Professor Gregory Dolin as Panelist, Washington, DC
November 20, 2013: George Washington University School of Law, The Debilitating Effect of Strong Patents, Professor William Hubbard as Invited Speaker, Washington, DC
November 9, 2013: University of New Hampshire Intellectual Property Roundtable, The Debilitating Effects of Strong Patents, William Hubbard as Invited Presenter, Concord, NH
September 30, 2013: Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law for the Maryland Business and Litigation Lawyer, Professor Eric Easton as Invited Speaker on Copyright Law, Washington, DC