The Supreme Court Year in Review with Christopher Cotropia, Richard Gruner, Ted Hagelin, Cynthia Ho, Chris Holman and Adam Mossoff speaking at a conference on Patent Policy in the Supreme Court and Congress. The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and Santa Clara's High Technology Law Institute co-sponsored the event.
Christopher Cotropia is an associate professor of law at University of Richmond School of Law and a member of the school's Intellectual Property Institute. He teaches intellectual property, patent law, copyright law, cyberlaw and property. He has authored numerous articles in the areas of patent law and federal courts.
Cotropia received a B.S. degree in both electrical engineering and computer engineering from Northwestern University. He received a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and served as editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal. He then clerked for the Hon. Alvin A. Schall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and practiced at the Washington, D.C. office of Fish & Richardson PC. Before joining the faculty at Richmond, he was an associate professor of law at Tulane University School of Law where he was the C.J. Morrow Research Professor for 2005-06 in recognition of his productivity as a scholar.
Prior to coming to John Marshall, Richard Gruner was on the faculty at the Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California, where, beginning in 1983, he taught courses in patent law, computers and law, corporate law, and white collar crime. Before joining academia, Professor Gruner was an inside counsel to the IBM Corporation. He has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Sentencing Commission concerning corporate sentencing standards. He is currently completing a Ph.D. program at the University of California, Irvine.
Professor Gruner is the co-author of Intellectual Property in Business Organizations: Cases and Materials, a 2006 text that addresses the growing role of intellectual property in the founding, growth, and disposition of business enterprises, and Intellectual Property: Private Rights, the Public Interest, and the Regulation of Creative Activity, being published in 2007. His article on â€œCorporate Patents: Optimizing Organizational Responses to Innovation Opportunities and Invention Discoveriesâ€ was rated by the editors of Intellectual Property Law Review as â€œOne of the Best Articles on Intellectual Propertyâ€ published in 2005â€“2006.
Professor Hagelin teaches intellectual property and technology commercialization law, and his research focuses on intellectual property strategy and patent valuation. He has developed a new method to value patents, called Competitive Advantage Valuation or CAV, and currently has a patent application pending on the CAV method. Professor Hagelin is the founder and director of the Syracuse University New Technology Law Center (SUNTEC) and of the Technology Commercialization Research Center (TCRC). In his capacity as director of the TCRC, Professor Hagelin has supervised over 100 research projects on the commercial development of early-stage technologies on behalf of universities, federal research laboratories, technology development organizations, and large, medium, small and start-up companies. Professor Hagelin has also directed foreign law programs in London and Hong Kong.
In March 2004, Syracuse University College of Law was selected by the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR), in a peer review state-wide competition, to be the New York State Science & Technology Law Center (NYS STLC) for the next three years. With funding in excess of $1 million, the mission of the NYS STLC is to provide legal education, research, information and support services to the more than 30 research centers supported by New York State. Professor Hagelin will serve as director of the NYS-STLC.
Professor Hagelin was the editor-in-chief of the law review while in law school. He practiced in the area of corporate/commercial law with Dechert, Price and Rhoades in Philadelphia, and taught at the University of Cincinnati Law School prior to joining the Syracuse law faculty. Professor Hagelin is a member of the New York State Bar, the Pennsylvania State Bar, the Licensing Executive Society, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Association of University Technology Managers.
Professor Cynthia Ho is the Director of the Intellectual Property Program, at Loyola University of Chicago. She teaches courses in Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Comparative Patent Law, Policy and Health Care, as well as Civil Procedure. Professor Ho has been teaching at Loyola since 1997 and recently taught at Emory School of Law during Spring 2005.
Professor Ho has written articles on various aspects of intellectual property law that have appeared in major law reviews, and been cited in several intellectual property and patent law case books. She has made particular contributions in the area of international intellectual property, as well as patent issues involving biotechnology or health policy. For example, she has served as a consultant to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on an issue at the interface of international patent law and biotechnology and has provided consultation to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, she has authored articles on international intellectual property issues in biotechnology for an Encyclopedia on Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology.
In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Professor Ho is involved in mentoring students as they seek educational and employment opportunities in intellectual property law. For example, she works with the Career Resources office to prepare students for the Loyola Patent Interview Program, the largest national interview program for patent jobs. She is also a member of the executive board of the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance (CIPA), an organization of law firms, corporations and law schools that provides educational opportunities. In addition, Professor Ho co-founded the Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium, which exposes a select group of students from Loyola and Chicago-Kent to leading academic experts and prominent practitioners in the field. More information on this program is available at www.ipchicago.com.
Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola, Professor Ho was an associate at Fish & Neave (now the Fish & Neave IP group of Ropes & Gray). She handled a variety of matters including litigating high-technology cases involving patents, trade secrets and unfair competition. In addition, as a member of the Patent Bar, she drafted and prosecuted patent applications both domestically and internationally involving medical, immunological and mechanical inventions.
Chris Holman comes to UMKC after serving as vice-president of intellectual property and patent counsel at several Silicon Valley biotechnology companies. He was also an associate at a major intellectual property law firm. His research interests lie at the intersection of law and technology, with an emphasis on patent law as it is applied in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Professor Holman will teach courses in patent law, biotechnology torts, law and technology, and an intellectual property survey course. He will also be involved in interdisciplinary efforts with life science departments and the business school, and will assist with the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.
A native of California, Professor Holman received a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California at Davis, and engaged in post-doctoral drug discovery research at Roche Biosciences in Palo Alto, California. He then attended law school at UC Berkeleyâ€™s Boalt Hall, during which time he was an associate editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and served as a full-time judicial extern in federal court in the Northern District of California.
Professor Holman has published a number of scientific articles in the area of protein engineering and the relationship between enzyme structure and function. He recently published an article in the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal entitled â€œProtein Similarity Score: A Simplified Version of the BLAST Score as a Superior Alternative to Percent Identity for Claiming Genuses of Related Protein Sequences.â€ He recently presented some of his most recent scholarship at the 2005 Intellectual Property Scholars Conference at Cardozo School of Law and the Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium at Washington University School of Law, and was an invited speaker at the 2005 Markey Symposium at John Marshall Law School .
Adam Mossoff researches and writes in patent law and property theory. His work addresses the theoretical and doctrinal intersections between property and intellectual property, with a special focus on the intellectual history of patents. In the 2001-2002 academic year, he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law at Northwestern University School of Law, and immediately before joining the faculty at MSU College of Law, he clerked for the Hon. Jacques L. Wiener, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Professor Mossoff graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with honors in 2001. He has a M.A. in philosophy from Columbia University, where he specialized in legal and political philosophy, and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Michigan, where he graduated magna cum laude and with high honors in philosophy. At MSU Law, he teaches patent law, property, cyberlaw, jurisprudence, estates and trusts, and a property theory seminar.