Each Fall, the Iowa Law Review (“ILR”) hosts its annual symposium, bringing together an array of experts to share their unique insights on a common legal theme. This October, the ILR will be partnering with the Innovation, Business & Law Center (“IBL Center”) to present the 2018 symposium: Administering Patent Law.


“This is a very relevant topic right now,” said Kelli Golinghorst, ILR symposium editor for the 2017–18 academic year. “We have never purposely intersected patent law and administrative law before, so we’re excited to provide an opportunity for scholars in these two fields to consider how they overlap in a symposium. It’s really a unique opportunity.”


Ms. Golinghorst anticipates that the experience will be informative for students; the visiting authors; and the public, who are welcome to attend the symposium.


“When you present at the symposium, you receive feedback from practitioners, the audience, and your fellow panelists alike,” she said. “The authors get free reign to choose which subjects they want to present on, so it’s a good chance for them to share their perspective and speak personally with other academics working in those areas.”


The ILR has invited 16 authors to its October 5 symposium, which will be sponsored by Professor Jason Rantanen, the Ferguson-Carlson Fellow in Law, and Director of the IBL Center.


“We tried to get a mix of individuals who are well established in their fields, as well as some exciting up-and-comers,” said Ms. Golinghorst. “We also aimed for a 50-50 split between experts who focus on patent law and those who focus on admin law—and we’ve come pretty close to achieving that even split.”


The 16 authors scheduled to participate in the 2018 symposium are:


Colleen Chien is an Associate Professor of Law at the Santa Clara University School of Law. Professor Chien’s research focuses on domestic and international patent law and policy issues.


John Duffy is the Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law and Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. His academic interests include intellectual property, patents, administrative law, and separation of powers law.


Rebecca Eisenberg is the Robert and Barbara Luciano Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. Professor Eisenberg specializes in patent law, the regulation of biopharmaceutical innovation, trademark law, international intellectual property law, and FDA law.


John Golden is the Loomer Family Professor in Law and faculty director of the Andrew Ben White Center in Law, Science, and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. His research interests include innovation policy, institutional design, patents, and remedies.


Paul Gugliuzza is an Associate Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law. His expertise includes civil procedure, federal courts, and intellectual property law, with a particular focus on patent litigation.


Dmitry Karshtedt is an Associate Professor of Law at the George Washington Law School. In addition to his patent law scholarship, Professor Karshtedt is also a co-author on five scientific publications and a co-inventor on ten U.S. patents.


Sapna Kumar is the George Butler Research Professor of Law and Co-Director for the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Houston Law Center. Professor Kumar is an expert in the international implications of U.S. patent law and administrative law issues in intellectual property.


Jonathan Masur is the John P. Wilson Professor of Law, David and Celia Hilliard Research Scholar, Director of the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Program in Behavioral Law, Finance and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School. His research focuses on patent law, administrative law, behavioral law and economics, and criminal law.


Robert Merges is the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at Berkeley Law at the University of California. Professor Merges has authored or co-authored five books on the subject of intellectual property.


Adam Mossoff founded the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property and is a Director of Academic Programs and a Senior Scholar at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. His areas of academic expertise include property, patent law, trade secrets, trademark law, remedies, and internet law.


Tejas Narechania is an Assistant Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at Berkeley Law at the University of California. Professor Narechania teaches courses on telecommunications regulation, intellectual property, and property. 


Arti Rai is the Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law, and Co-Director of the Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy. Professor Rai’s research has included innovation law and policy in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and software. She visited the Iowa College of Law last Spring to speak on Proprietary Rights in Genetic Platform Technologies.


Saurabh Vishnubhakat is an Associate Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law. Professor Vishnubhakat has focused his research on issues of innovation and intellectual property, including patents and how they affect administrative agencies, federal courts, and the marketplace.


Chris Walker is an Associate Professor of Law at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. His research centers on administrative law, regulation, and law and policy at the agency level.


Melissa Wasserman is the Charles Tilford McCormick Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Professor Wasserman’s research centers on the institutional design of innovation policy, with an emphasis on patent law and administrative law. 


Stephen Yelderman is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame School of Law. He teaches intellectual property, patent law, copyrights, and remedies, while his research examines ways that intellectual property rights protect, impair, and stimulate competition.


The Administering Patent Law Symposium will be featured in Issue 5 of Volume 104 of the Iowa Law Review, which is slated for publication in July 2019.


Law students are encouraged to attend the symposium. For more information on the Administering Patent Law Symposium, please consult the ILR website.


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