Fifth Annual Intellectual Property & Innovation Conference
Date & Time:
- October 12, 2023
- 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
- Suffolk University Law School, Keches Room, First Floor, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108
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The Suffolk Law IP Center is pleased to present the Fifth Annual Intellectual Property & Innovation Conference, which will bring together a cross-section of the intellectual property community, including IP scholars, law firm practitioners, in-house counsel, and policy makers.
Join us for this free hybrid event where experts from various fields and backgrounds will explore cutting edge issues in IP and innovation. You are welcome to attend this event in person at Suffolk Law School or virtually via a livestream of the conference. If you would like to attend virtually, details regarding the livestream of the event will be sent out to registrants closer to the event date.
We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker this year will be Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law and Founder and Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, an accredited NGO member of the World Intellectual Property Organization, which advocates for core principles of socially equitable access, inclusion, and empowerment in the development and implementation of the IP ecosystem.
Professor Mtima will be speaking about “Intellectual Property Social Justice: Uniting the Nation Through Creative and Innovative Pursuits.” In anticipation of an engaging discussion on this topic, Professor Mtima is asking all attendees of the IP & Innovation Conference to consider the a few questions and be ready to discuss them with him during his keynote address:
- Why do we have a system of legal rights and protections for (certain kinds of) intellectual achievement? Given the natural inclination of human beings to create and innovate, what social aspirations are embodied in, and social benefits attained through, a system of IP law?
- Do our prevailing justifications for and the resulting legal regimes maximize the social benefits of IP protection? If not, how might we reconsider our goals for/demands of the IP system, to enhance the social utility of IP law?
- If we were to adopt a different rationale for/enhanced demands of IP protection, would it require the complete overhaul of the IP legal regime? Is it possible to preserve the traditional doctrinal mechanisms and vested rights and interests or will we need to “scrap it all and start from scratch?”
- How does a social justice perspective of IP protection work in the real world?
Speakers & Panelists
Confirmed speakers and panelists include:
- Sarah Burstein
Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
- Eric Goldman
Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law
- Casey Hewitt
Founder & Attorney, Hewitt Law PLLC
- Dalindyebo Shabalala
Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
- Arthur Shum
Assistant General Patent Counsel (Medical Devices), Eli Lilly and Company
- Morris Singer
JD’10, Senior Manager, Technology Partnerships, Horizontal ISVs, Amazon Web Services
- Mark Sullivan
JD’79, former Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary at Bose Corporation
- Thomas Sullivan
JD’94, Partner, Lando & Anastasi
- Saurabh Vishnubhakat
Professor Law, Cardozo Law School
- S. James Boumil III
Intellectual Property Counsel, BostonDynamics
- Larissa Bifano
Partner & Chair–U.S. Patent Prosecution Practice, DLA Piper Wyley Proctor Partner, McCarter & English
- Wyley Proctor
Partner, McCarter & English
All presentations will take place in the Keches Room, which is located on the first floor of Sargent Hall (120 Tremont Street, Boston MA).
|8 a.m.||Registration & Continental Breakfast|
|8:45 a.m.||Welcome: Andrew Perlman, Dean & Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School|
|8:50 a.m.||Opening Remarks: Rebecca Curtin & Sarah Burstein, Professors of Law & Academic Co-Directors of Suffolk Law IP Law Center, Suffolk University Law School|
|9 a.m.||Progress Report on the Negotiations for a new WIPO Treaty on the Disclosure of Origin of Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge, presented by Dalindyebo Shabalala, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School|
|10 a.m.||Coffee Break|
|10:15 a.m.||The Schedule A Phenomenon, a panel discussion moderated by Sarah Burstein, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School with:
|11:15 a.m.||Comparing US and International Patent Protection: Policy and Practice Considerations, presented by Kilburn & Strode LLP with:
|12:45 p.m.||Keynote Address: Intellectual Property Social Justice: Uniting the Nation Through Creative and Innovative Pursuits, Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law; Founder and Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice|
|1:45 p.m.||Challenges and Avenues for Protecting Technology in the Age of GenAI, a panel discussion moderated by Larissa Bifano, Partner & Chair—U.S. Patent Prosecution Practice, DLA Piper with:
|2:45 p.m.||Coffee Break|
|3 p.m.||The Business of IP, Lessons from the General Counsel’s Office, a fireside chat featuring Tom Sullivan, JD’94, Partner at Lando & Anastasi, and Mark Sullivan, JD’79, former Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary of Bose Corporation|
|3:45 p.m.||Avoiding Litigation Disasters: Litigation Dos and Don’ts, presented by Wyley Proctor, Partner at McCarter & English|
|4:45 p.m.||Closing Remarks|
All onsite attendees are welcome to join us in the main atrium of Sargent Hall for a networking reception following the closing remarks.
We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Meg and Mark Sullivan, JD’79.
Sponsorship opportunities for the IP & Innovation Conference are available. Please contact Jenn Karnakis, Executive Director of the Suffolk Law IP Center, for more information.