Law Journal Conference
Loyola University Chicago
School of Law
Loyola University Chicago Law Journal Presents:
Patents, Innovation & Freedom to Use Ideas
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
PHILIP H. CORBOY LAW CENTER
POWER ROGERS & SMITH CEREMONIAL COURTROOM • 10th Floor
Conference Editor: Jimmy Kritsas
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE • The Loyola University Chicago Law Journal proudly announces “Patents, Innovation, and Freedom to Use Ideas,” to be held on April 11, 2013.
Under the Constitution, the justification for a patent system—if there is one—is to advance the public welfare by promoting the progress of science. The Constitution authorizes a possible means to accomplish this goal by providing Congress the power to grant limited exclusive rights to those who sufficiently advance the public welfare through innovation. Our Conference will provide a forum for nationally recognized scholars and judges to discuss the trade-off between two interests of the public: the interest in development of new ideas and the interest in freedom to use ideas. The patent system is intended to serve the former, but imposes a cost on the latter. More specifically, the Conference will explore whether the added innovation achieved by the patent system justifies its cost to society, whether it operates within the Constitution’s requirements, and whether improvements can be made or if instead a different system, or no system at all, might be a better option.
7:45 – 8:30 AM | Registration/Refreshments
8:30 – 8:45 AM | Opening Remarks
8:45 – 10:15 AM | Special Address
Questioning the Assumptions of the Patent System
• Richard Stallman
10:15–10:30 AM | Break
10:30–12:15 PM | Panel #1
What Can We Learn from Creators?
12:15 – 1:45 PM | Luncheon Address
Innovations to Improve Juror Understanding in Patent Trials
1:45 – 3:15 PM | Panel #2
Shortcomings in the Patent System
3:15 – 3:30 PM | Break
3:30 – 5:00 PM | Panel #3
Learning by Example: Case Studies of Patent Use
CONFERENCE LOCATION • The Conference will be held in the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, on the 10th floor of 25 E. Pearson St. on Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus. Validated parking is available in a number of locations adjacent to the School of Law.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION • Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to present this important conference at no charge for Loyola students and faculty as well as professionals and scholars not seeking CLE credit. For those who wish to obtain credit, registration fees are $50, or $40 for alumni. There is no charge for CLE credit for current School of Law faculty, staff, or students, and a 50% fee reduction is offered for attorneys working in the areas of government or public interest.
Seating is limited and registration is appreciated. Open seating will be available on a first-come basis to those who do not register. To register, please email Conference Editor Jimmy Kritsas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 7.25 hours of General MCLE credit.
ABOUT THE Law Journal• The Loyola University Chicago Law Journal is the law school’s primary scholarly publication that is distributed throughout the nation’s law libraries, judges’ chambers, and other various legal organizations. Published continuously since 1970, the Law Journal is committed both to the examination and analysis of current legal issues and problems and to the development of the law. The Law Journal is edited and managed entirely by students and publishes the work of distinguished writers, including academics, practitioners, and judges. The Law Journal also publishes student-written Notes and Comments.
Volume 44 of the Law Journal has published two issues, and will publish three additional issues, during the 2012-2013 year. Issue 1 contains articles that cover general legal topics. Issue 2 contains articles from the April 2012 Law Journal Conference titled “The Future of Class Actions and Its Alternatives.” Issue 3 will contain articles from the September 2012 Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Northwestern School of Law Labor and Employment Law Colloquium, as well as general legal articles. Issue 4 will contain articles addressing timely aspects of Illinois law. Finally, Issue 5 will present articles and speeches from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Institute for Investor Protection’s October 2012 Conference on Behavioral Economics and Investor Protection, which featured keynote speaker, Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman.
PAST LAW JOURNAL CONFERENCES
- The Future of Class Actions and its Alternatives (2012)
- Hate Speech, Incitement, and Genocide (2011)
- The Scandal of Political Corruption and the Law's Response (2010)
- The Judiciary in the Twenty-First Century (2009)
- Taxes in a Liberal Democracy: Exploring the Relationship between Tax Law and Good Governance (2008)
- Checks and Balances Today: The Reality of Separation of Powers (2007)
- The Constitutional and Legal Issues Presented by Same Sex Relationships (2006)
- Death and Dying: An Examination of End of Life Issues 30 Years after Quinlan (2005)
- Race in Education Policy (2004)
- Technology and Governance (2003)