Wednesday September 2, 2009

What's Next for Intellectual Property?

Intellectual Property has gone from the margins of law school curricula to an active debate about how IP interacts with business law and entrepreneurship.

Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and the ways intellectual property and patent law are taught are causing the study and practice of intellectual property to go through a third phase, according to Kelly Henrici, director of the University of Dayton School of Law's Program in Law and Technology.

"First, IP was at the margins of law school curricula. Then, there was a battle about where IP should fall — property law or a different category," Henrici said. "Now, everyone is taking a look at how IP interacts with business law and entrepreneurship."

Shubha Ghosh, associate director of the Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship and University of Wisconsin Law School professor, will discuss the latest phase of intellectual property law from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the University of Dayton School of Law's Keller Hall.

"IP 3.0: The Competitive Use of Intellectual Property" starts with appetizers from 6 to 7 p.m. Ghosh will speak from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Registration is $50. Participants will receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education credit. Contact Nan Holler-Potter at 937-229-4676 to register.

Another event at the School of Law earlier in September also will deal with changes in the law.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Langer will discuss President Abraham Lincoln's law practice and explore how Lincoln handled important constitutional issues, such as the suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus, the admission of West Virginia as a state and the Emancipation Proclamation.

"Lincoln and the Law" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored in part by the University of Dayton and The Lincoln Society of Dayton.

Langer has been a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge since 1995. He received his bachelor's degree from John Carroll University in 1973 and his law degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1976. After graduation, Langer was an assistant Montgomery County prosecuting attorney until he became a judge. In 1994, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association named him Ohio’s outstanding assistant prosecuting attorney.

Contact Maribeth Graham at 937-434-7414 for more information about "Lincoln and the Law."

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or