IP Courses: Copyright Law, Art Law
Elizabeth I. Winston
IP Courses: Patent Law, Trademarks & Unfair Competition
Elizabeth Winston earned her S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her J.D. from the University of Virginia. After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul R. Michel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and to the Honorable James T. Turner on the United States Court of Federal Claims. Her publications include "The Flawed Nature of the False Marking Statute," 77 Tennessee Law Review 111 (2009), selected for republication in the Int'l Prop. L. Rev. (Thomson West Group, 2010) as one of the best intellectual property law review articles published in 2009; "What If Seeds Were Not Patentable?," 2008 Michigan State Law Review 321 (2008); and "Why Sell What You Can License?: Contracting Around Statutory Protection of Intellectual Property," 14 George Mason Law Review 93 (2006). Winston teaches Patent Law, Contracts, and Trademarks and Unfair Competition.
IP Courses: Introduction to Intellectual Property, Advanced Patent Law Seminar
Megan La Belle earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. After law school, La Belle served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen S. Trott on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and to the Honorable Margaret M. Morrow on the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Before joining the faculty, La Belle spent several years as a commercial litigator with the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson where her practice focused on intellectual property and other complex civil litigation matters. Her publications include "Patent Litigation, Personal Jurisdiction, and the Public Good," George Mason Law Review (forthcoming 2010); "'Virtual' Contacts in Patent Cases: How Should Internet-Related Contacts Affect the Personal Jurisdiction Analysis?," 13 No. 12 J. Internet L. 25 (June 2010); and "The 'Rootkit Debacle': The Latest Chapter in the Story of the Recording Industry and the War on Music Piracy," 84 Denv. U.L. Rev. 79 (2006). La Belle teaches and researches in the areas of intellectual property and procedure.
Judge Edward J. Damich, Distinguished Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law
Education: Columbia University, J.S.D., LL.M; Catholic University of America, J.D.; St. Stephen's College, A.B.
Judge Damich was appointed to the United States Court of Federal Claims on October 22, 1998, by President William J. Clinton. He served as Chief Judge from 2002 - 2009. From 1995-1998 Judge Damich served as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee. During his tenure on the Committee, he assisted the Chairman, Senator Orrin Hatch, with the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the most significant change in copyright law since the Copyright Act of 1976. The DMCA updated U.S. law for the digital age and for the Internet. In addition, he worked on the Omnibus Patent Act, the basis for the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act. He was also a member of the U.S. delegation at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) diplomatic conference, which concluded the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty. Judge Damich is the author of numerous articles, mostly on copyright law, but also on jurisprudence, land use planning, and criminal law. His copyright law articles have been cited in three federal district court opinions, most notably in Wojnarowicz v. American Family Assn. (745 F. Supp. 130 (S.D.N.Y. 1990)), in which the court adopted his interpretation of a New York statute. His articles are cited in all the major casebooks in copyright law and in the leading treatise, Nimmer on Copyright. He has testified before congressional committees on five occasions on copyright issues.
Judge Damich teaches Advanced Issues in Copyright and Trademark Law.
Judge Joseph V. Colaianni
Education: George Washington University, J.D., with honors; University of Detroit, B.S.E.E., with honors
Judge Colaianni is a partner at Patton Boggs LLP where he assists clients in a broad range of intellectual property litigation including patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, trade secrets and antitrust. His litigation experience often involves mechanical, electro-mechanical, electronics and chemical technology. Judge Colaianni has appeared as lead trial counsel before federal district courts and federal appellate courts throughout the United States. In addition, Judge Colaianni has applied for, and prosecuted, patent and trademark applications in the United States Patent Office and throughout the world. Judge Colaianni was appointed to the United States Court of Federal Claims in 1970 and remained until 1984. While on the Court, his docket included several hundred patent claims.
Judge Colaianni teaches Intellectual Property Transactions.
Scott A. Chambers
Education: Florida State University, Ph.D; George Washington University, J.D.; Ohio State University, B.S.
Dr. Chambers is a partner at Patton Boggs LLP and Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. Dr. Chambers practices in the area of intellectual property, focusing on biotechnology, life sciences and the Hatch-Waxman Act. In addition to advising clients in patent infringement and validity issues, he provides oversight for companies on mergers and acquisitions, trade secret and antitrust litigation. Previously, Dr. Chambers served as an associate solicitor for the USPTO, where he defended the USPTO’s patentability determinations and statutory interpretation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and district court. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Randall R. Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, from 1993 to 1994.
Dr. Chambers teaches International Intellectual Property.
Robert M. Fuhrer
Education: George Washington University, LL.M; Capital University, J.D., DeVry Institute of Technology, B.S.
Mr. Fuhrer is a Senior Associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP specializing in federal patent litigation and related matters involving issues of copyright, trademark, false advertising, and unfair competition. Mr. Fuhrer also has significant experience in arbitration proceedings and hearings before the International Trade Commission and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding importation exclusion orders. Prior to joining Pillsbury, Mr. Fuhrer was an attorney and officer with the United States Marine Corps. In his capacity as a judge advocate, Mr. Fuhrer served as a federal trial lawyer, a professor at the Naval Justice School, and as an appellate counsel representing the United States before military appellate course and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Fuhrer teaches Patent Enforcement.
Robert W. Keene
Education: University of Baltimore, J.D.; University of Maryland, B.A.
Mr. Keene is a Principal at Miles & Stockbridge P.C. where he has a diverse practice that includes the representation of musicians, artists, and record companies. He has served as lead counsel in numerous jury and bench trials, and has negotiated various entertainment-related agreements, including acquisition/option/talent agreements with Walt Disney, Fox Television, and motion picture production companies.
Mr. Keene teaches Entertainment Law.
Charles H. Kennedy
Education: University of Chicago, J.D.; Florida State University, B.A.
Mr. Kennedy is a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP where he p in a broad range of communications law, privacy law, and related issues, including compliance with FCC and Federal Trade Commission regulations, and privacy and data protection statutes. Mr. Kennedy has advised some of the world’s most prominent media companies, financial institutions and technology companies on compliance with surveillance laws, telemarketing and email advertising requirements, children’s privacy, data security and other privacy-related issues. He also represents clients in regulatory proceedings, including rulemakings and investigations. Mr. Kennedy is the author or co-author of several books on the law of electronic communications and privacy, including: An Introduction to U.S. Telecommunications Law (1994, 2nd ed. 2001); An Introduction to International Telecommunications Law (1996); Modern Communications Law (1999); and The Business Privacy Law Handbook (2008).
Mr. Kennedy teaches Cyberlaw I: Legal Issues Relating to Computer Networks.
John V. Kenny
Education: Catholic University of America, J.D.; Providence College, B.A.
Mr. Kenny, the COO and co-founder of e-Luminate Group, specializes in the integration of information technology into education, business and government. Prior to his current position, Mr. Kenny served as CEO and co-founder of Infotech Strategies, president and chief operating officer of U.S. Strategies Corp; vice president and general counsel of Sprint/Southern Pacific Communications Corporation; assistant general counsel of the National Cable Television Association; associate attorney with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Haley, Bader, and Potts; legislative assistant to a U.S. Congressman; and law clerk for a U.S. District Court Judge.
Mr. Kenny teaches Cyberlaw II.
Matthew J. Laskoski
Education: George Mason University, J.D.; Carnegie Mellon University, B.S.
Mr. Laskoski is an associate at Patton Boggs LLP where his practice focuses on the patent and trademark acquisition process. He regularly prepares and prosecutes patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as abroad, in a wide range of technologies and disciplines, including mechanical devices, software, information technology, business methods, chemical processes, biotechnology, and electrical devices. Mr. Laskoski also has experience preparing and prosecuting trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and internationally.
Mr. Laskoski teaches International Intellectual Property.
Scott J. Pivnick
Education: George Washington University, J.D.; University of Connecticut, B.A.
Mr. Pivnick is a partner at Alston & Bird LLP whose practice concentrates on patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation, domain name disputes, electronic commerce and client counseling. Mr. Pivnick has litigated a broad range of intellectual property disputes, especially in the federal courts for the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the D.C. District as well as the U.S. International Trade Commission. Prior to private practice, Mr. Pivnick was a trial/appellate Mr. Pivnick was a trial/appellate attorney for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Pivnick also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Eric G. Bruggink of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Mr. Pivnick teaches Patent Enforcement.
Donald E. Purcell
Education: Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, J.D.; University of Maryland, B.A.
Mr. Purcell is a recognized international expert in the field of private sector global technology standards. For more than 25 years, he has advised corporations, government departments and agencies, international standards development organizations, and universities on the strategic implications of private sector global technology standards, their potential effects in the global marketplace and their relationship to government standards Since 2001, Mr. Purcell has chaired the Center for Global Standards Analysis in Washington, DC, a think tank dedicated to helping corporate executives, government policy makers, university faculty, and students understand the strategic implications of private sector global technology standards.
Mr. Purcell teaches Cyberlaw II.
Seth A. Watkins
Education: Duke University, J.D., Ph.D, M.S., B.S.E.
Dr. Watkins is of counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP where he practices in the Intellectual Property group. His areas of concentration include intellectual property litigation, prosecution, strategic counseling, due diligence, and agreement negotiation. Dr. Watkins counsels clients in obtaining, protecting, licensing, and enforcing intellectual property, with a particular focus on patents. He also has litigated a variety of intellectual property disputes at the district court and appellate levels and in the International Trade Commission. In addition to teaching at Catholic, Dr. Watkins has served on the mechanical engineering faculty at Duke University.
Dr. Watkins teaches Introduction to Intellectual Property, Patent Law, and Advanced Patent Law.
Michele J. Woods
Education: Duke University, LL.M, J.D.; Princeton University, A.B.
Ms. Woods is Senior Counsel for Policy and International Affairs in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the United States Copyright Office. The Office of Policy and International Affairs assists the Register of Copyrights in advising the U.S. Congress and executive branch agencies on domestic and international copyright policy matters, and represents the Copyright Office in U.S. government delegations to international organizations including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and in meetings and negotiations with foreign governments. Before joining the Copyright Office, Ms. Woods litigated extensively and appeared before numerous federal courts, the Copyright Royalty Board, the former Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panels and Copyright Royalty Tribunal, and various international organizations including the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.
Ms. Woods teaches International Intellectual Property.