In April, Professor Kwall, founding director of DePaul's Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT), gave the keynote address at the University of St. Thomas Law Journal Symposium, Intellectual Property and Religious Thought. The title of her talk was "Remember the Sabbath Day and Enhance Your Creativity." Her paper on this subject be published later this year in the St. Thomas Law Journal.
She also recently lectured on "Authorship Norms and Human Rights: Comparative Traditions" at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
CIPLIT Director and Professor Joshua Sarnoff hosted the first of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Advanced Complex Litigation Series discussions on practice under the new patent pilot program rules in April.
Professor Sarnoff participated in national teleconferences hosted by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (ipo.org/IPChatChannel) and by American University on the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics gene patent challenge currently pending in the Supreme Court. He has been asked to participate in an international videoconference hosted by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) on the Myriad case once the Supreme Court renders its decision. He also recently participated on a panel at the AIPLA Spring Meeting that addressed the current state of patent eligibility, focusing on business method patents and the Bilski v. Kappos case, but also addressing the Myriad case.
He presented a work in progress, “Rethinking [Patent] Application Drafting and Examination,” at the Drake University IP Scholars’ Roundtable and at PATCON3, this year held at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. The developing paper addresses current calls for reform within the government, from industry and in academia to improve these aspects of the patent system.
In addition, Professor Sarnoff presented on the current state of patent issues in genetic diagnostics at Judaism, Health and Healing, a conference for physicians, attorneys, health care and community professionals that was sponsored by the DePaul Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies, Spertus Institute and University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.