The St. John's Intellectual Property Law Center is a forum for research, education, professional development and service addressing the legal and policy issues of the knowledge economy. We focus on all the ways law and lawyers participate in shaping the information age, from intellectual property law to trade policy; from pharmaceuticals to publishing; from privacy rights to free expression principles; from Silicon Alley to Madison Avenue. We invite you to learn more about us by following the links above, or by reading more about our programs and initiatives below.
The St. John’s Intellectual Property Colloquium is a visiting speaker series in that provides students with an opportunity to hone their critical and analytical skills through deep engagement with cutting-edge legal scholarship, presented by the authors themselves. This year’s lineup of visiting speakers will cover topics including the use of indigenous traditional knowledge in patent applications, the patentability of improvements to healthcare technologies, the origins of European copyright in the medieval Catholic Church, trademark norms in the craft beer industry, the scope of design patent rights, and the rollout of the new Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act.
This year’s event, held on April 16th, was a great success—bringing alumni and students together for productive and meaningful conversations on Intellectual Property. Both the Intellectual Property Law Society and the IP Law Center would like to thank Robert Gunther for hosting the event at WilmerHale in an absolutely beautiful venue. We look forward to conducting this event for many years to come and to its becoming an annual fixture where students in Intellectual Property can gain meaningful insights and connections with distinguished alumni in the field.