University of Pittsburgh

Distinguished Intellectual Property Lecture: "Heavy Hands on Hard Clay: The Supreme Court as an Instrument of Patent Law Reform"

Donald S. Chisum, author of the leading treatise on patent law, Chisum on Patents
March 28, 2007 - 3:00pm4:30pm
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

At a time when many voices call for legislative reform of the patent system to correct perceived excesses, the Supreme Court shows unprecedented interest in patent law. Can the Court with its recent record of balancing fairness and certainty interests serve as a more rational alternative or additional instrument for reforming patent law? Experience with Supreme Court decisions such as Pfaff and Warner-Jenkinson suggests that the Court's "heavy hands" can effectively shape the "hard clay" of Federal Circuit patent jurisprudence only if in the future, unlike the past, the Federal Circuit heeds the spirit as well as the letter of the Court's rulings.

Free and open to the public

Reception following lecture

This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive credit. The cost for 1.5 hours of CLE credit is $25, payable in cash or by check made out to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
CLE registration is at the door.

For more information about IP law at Pitt, visit the program website or email Professor Janice Mueller at  
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