The Catholic University of America

The Intellectual Property Law Program at Catholic University sponsors several events throughout the year to provide the law school and the wider community opportunities to explore and discuss current topics and developments in intellectual property law.  If you are interested in receiving notification and further information about these events, please provide your contact information here.   

Former Chief Judge Paul Michel delivers Keynote Address at the Ethical Issues in Patent Law Symposium

Events for 2013-2014

Dean William Robinson IP Law Lecture Series

On April 15, 2014, Shira Perlmutter, the Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the USPTO, will deliver the annual Dean William Robinson IP Law Lecture.  

The lecture will be at the law school in the Slowinski Courtroom at 5:00 p.m. with a reception in the atrium to follow.  There is no charge to attend the program, but we ask that you RSVP to Profesor Megan La Belle at      

Past Events

On September 27, 2010 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the Columbus School of Law sponsored a panel discussion of Therasense v. Beckton, an inequitable conduct case currently pending before an en banc panel of the Federal Circuit.  A video of the event is available here.
On November 9, 2010, the Columbus School of Law and the Federal Circuit Bar Association co-sponsored a post oral argument conversation of Therasense v. Beckton.  The panel was moderated by the Honorable Paul Michel, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and included counsel for the parties and the United States Patent & Trademark Office.  A video of the event is available here
On September 19, 2012, the Columbus School of Law hosted a Patent Litigation Preview.  The panel included Shara L. Aranoff, Raymond Chen, Donald Dunner, Daryl Jossefer, and Gail Levine, and was moderated by Professors Elizabeth Winston and Megan LaBelle. 

The Columbus School of Law hosts the Dean William Callyhan Robinson Intellectual Property Lecture Series each spring.  This lecture series honors William Callyhan Robinson, the founding dean of the law school at the Catholic University of America, who authored The Law of Patents (1890), a leading treatise on patent law.  These lectures will bring together academics, students, alumni, and members of the legal community to share perspectives on current issues in intellectual property law.   

The inaugural lecture was delivered on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, by Professor Jeffrey Lefstin of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, with an introduction by the Honorable Alvin A. Schall, Senior Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  The lecture will be in the Slowinski Courtroom at the law school, and will be followed by a reception.  A video of the lecture is available here

Last year's program titled "Implementation of the America Invents Act," was moderated by the Honorable Edward J. Damich, United States Court of Federal Claims, and the panelists included: the Honorable James D. Smith, Chief Patent Judge, United States Patent & Trademark Office; Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator, United States Patent & Trademark Office; Antigone Peyton, Founder and CEO of Cloudigy Law, PLLC; and Joe Matal, Judiciary Committee Counsel to Senator Jon Kyl.  A video of the event is available here