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 are also frequently invited to participate in similar events taking place outside of the University of Baltimore.
On Sept. 20, 2019, the UBalt School of Law and Womble Bond Dickinson LLP presented "Slanted Justice: Free Speech and Trademark law at the Supreme Court," an evening of discussion and acoustic music with Simon Tam, front man of The Slants. The Slants are an Asian-American dance-rock band founded to challenge racial stereotypes and named to defang a derogatory epithet.
Ironically, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused to trademark the band's name, declaring it a disparaging term for people of Asian-American descent. The resulting lawsuit went all the way to the Supreme Court, which Tam and the band won in a unanimous free-speech decision. This year Tam recounted the story in his memoir, Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court .
Information regarding other CLIPT events is provided below.
Past Events @ UBalt
October 3, 2017: Inside the Black Box -- How Secret Algorithms Control Health, Finance, & Justice
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 tackled 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.
April 15, 2016: Copyright Realignment: Updating Copyright Law for the 21st Century
A conference focusing on cutting-edge issues of copyright law. The keynote address was delivered by the Associate Register of Copyrights, Robert J. Kasunic , who is also a UBalt alumnus.
March 24, 2016: Third Annual Bright Ideas Baltimore
University of Baltimore School of Law hosted the third annual Bright Ideas Baltimore, a networking event jointly organized by the UBalt 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
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' Intellectual Property Clerk, Marie Worden, and UBalt 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
CLIPT and the UBalt 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
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?
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
University of Baltimore School of Law hosted the second annual Bright Ideas Baltimore, which was jointly organized by the UBalt 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, including (1) Judge Marvin Garbis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland as a guest lecturer, (2) Judge Garbis' Intellectual Property Clerk, Marie Worden, and (3) UBalt 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
The UBalt 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 Jim Astrachan participated in a “table talk” on intellectual property law careers.
November 19, 2014: Careers in Intellectual Property Law
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 UBalt, including the IP curriculum, the IP concentration, and various extracurricular activities. Two UBalt alumni then described their experiences beginning careers in IP law.
Nick Klicos, J.D. '11, described his experiences as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and Christopher T. La Testa, J.D. '04, 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.