Boston University School of Law has long been known for its excellence in intellectual property law. We have some of the country’s most respected IP scholars on our faculty, a program that is regularly ranked in the Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report, and two clinics with MIT in our Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw Program.
This year, we will award the first Michael Fricklas and Donna Astion Prize in Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law to one or more deserving students with a research interest in either or both of these fields. We are grateful to Michael Fricklas (LAW ’84) and his wife Donna Astion (SAR ’82) for endowing this prize.
On February 10–11, BU Law will host the Works in Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium. This conference features more than 80 presentations by scholars from around the world on all facets of IP law, ranging from product design protection to the patent/health law intersection to the scope and limits of software copyright. WIPIP was co-founded by Professor Michael Meurer, and Professor Paul Gugliuzza is chair-elect of the Organizing Board.
On February 24, the Journal of Science & Technology Law will hold its symposium, “Bridging the Gap Between the Federal Courts and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.” This day-long event will explore the impact of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) on the relationship between the federal courts and the administrative bodies tasked with implementing the AIA.
In March, BU Law will kick off its 2017 Intellectual Property Speaker Series. We will hear presentations from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Professor Peter DiCola, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology Co-Directors Molly von Houweling and Peter Menell, Burns & Levinson LLP Partner Stephen Chow, and Northwestern University JD-PhD fellow Erik Hovenkamp.
We are honored to welcome many of the world’s top intellectual property scholars to BU Law this semester. And we look forward to hearing their thoughts on legal developments in the IP field.