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Patterson Thuente IP and William Mitchell College of Law will host Teresa Stanek Rea, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), at the 4th Annual Patterson Thuente IP Lecture from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at William Mitchell College of Law.
A group of William Mitchell Intellectual Property Institute students recently traveled to Washington D.C. to receive a firsthand look at the inner workings of the USPTO.
Six students made the trip, which was funded by the Intellectual Property Institute and designed to introduce them to many of the country’s leaders in protecting business, commerce, and innovation.
While in the nation’s capital, students met with Randall R. Rader, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, discussed the America Invents Act with USPTO attorneys, and sat in on a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board hearing.
The trip is just one of the ways Mitchell’s Intellectual Property Institute allows students to make connections at the highest level of the profession, gain firsthand experience in practicing the law, and see how the theories they’re learning in class apply to the real world.
For the sixth straight year, a team of William Mitchell students reached the final round of the annual Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) Cup Competition. Third-year Mitchell students Rebekah Vite and Stephanie Hilstrom were awarded second place in the final round. Third-year Mitchell students Kristen Clark and Michael Tsoi also competed, finishing in third place, narrowly missing out on achieving an all William Mitchell final.
William Mitchell, which has won the MIPLA Cup three times, is the only Minnesota law school to have placed a team in the final round of the MIPLA competition each of the six years in which it has taken place. Teams present oral arguments before competition judges, who are among the state’s most distinguished intellectual property law practitioners.
MIPLA sponsors the MIPLA Cup Competition to help Minnesota law schools prepare their teams for the Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition, which held its Midwest Regional Competition March 15-17. In the Midwest Regional Competition, the Vite/Hilstrom team was one of the top eight teams out of 28 teams competing, advancing to the semi-final round. Mitchell’s teams were coached by Jim Baker ’03, senior intellectual property counsel at 3M.
MIPLA is a non-profit organization formed to promote intellectual property law and enhance members’ professionalism. MIPLA members include attorneys practicing in patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law, patent agents, paralegals, and students interested in the practice of intellectual property.
MIPLA is more involved with local law schools than any other state intellectual property association in the country. MIPLA members generously give their time and scholarship dollars to help Minnesota law schools excel in educating future IP attorneys.
What’s it like to be the top legal boss of a major U.S. agency? General Counsel Bernie Knight of the United States Patent and Trade Office will discuss many aspects of the UPSTO’s work, as well as employment opportunities for law school graduates, at an event for Mitchell graduates, prospective students, and alumni Tuesday, Sept. 4.
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After spending a year discussing this with all stake holders, I will be proposing the following changes:
1. Trademark Litigation and Trademark Prosecution will be eliminated. In their place, we will offer one 3 credit course each spring called Advanced Trademark Law. This course will combine practice before the TTAB, litigation and cutting edge issues largely brought on by the Internet and computerized use of trademarks.
2. Intellectual Property Transactions will be eliminated. In its place will be a 6 credit IP Keystone course called Intellectual Asset Management. This course will have the optional component of a Long Paper. If students elect to take the course and write their Long Paper (or any 25 page paper) for this course, two additional credits (totaling eight) will be allotted. The idea of this course will be to allow students to experience the full lifecycle of IP from conception, commodification, monetization, management (including buying, selling, or licensing) and, perhaps, extermination. It is contemplated that students in their last semester with the College would be most appropriate for this class. Prerequisites will be one of the following and IP Licensing: Foundations, Trademarks, Copyrights or Patents. Any student who may want to take this course in the spring of 2013 will have to take Licensing in the fall of 2012 (or have had taken it previously). The course will be project based. Each student will be assigned a fictitious corporation, its goals, its IP portfolio, etc. and expected to appropriately manage it in a wealth maximizing, ethical manner.
These changes have to be approved by the Curriculum Committee and the full Faculty. I anticipate that happening this spring for implementation next year.
Kenneth L. Port
Professor of Law and Director, Intellectual Property Institute