Intellectual Property Law Certificate

Program News


Venture Law Summit

On February 8, 2018, the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law will be hosting the Venture Law Summit. The half day conference will focus on the different legal challenges that startup companies face. Topics include: A Day in the Life of Startup General Counsel, What entity choice is best for social enterprises and impact investing?, Deal Killers: IP for the Venture Deal, Deal Flow: Representing the PE/VC Fund, In-house & Outside Counsel. More details and registration information can be found here.

Careers in Privacy

On Thursday, February 1, 2018 at noon, the DU Privacy Foundation will be hosting a lunch to discuss careers in Room 499. The panelists will be:

Sarah Branam, Attorney, Deloitte

Casie Collignon, Partner, Baker Hostetler (2003 SCOL graduate)

John Soma, Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Executive Director, Privacy Foundation

Contact Privacy Foundation Event Coordinator Sarah Brunswick at (Kindly RSVP so that we may get an estimated head count for food order).


Student Moot Court

On January 19, 2018, second year law students, Leigh Horton and Harris Khan, participated in a mock oral argument for Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Green’s Energy Group, LLC before almost a hundred attorneys of the Colorado IP Inn of Court. Ms. Horton and Mr. Khan represented the petitioner arguing that the patent office’s current inter partes review procedure violated the Constitution by extinguishing a private property rights through a non-Article III forum without a jury. The panel of judges was made up of Magistrate Judge Kristen Mix, Magistrate Judge Nina Wang and Nathan Kelley, Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor for the U.S. Patent Office.

Breakfast with the Patent Office

On January 19, 2018, the University of Denver was honored to host Nathan Kelley, Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor for the U.S. Patent Office and Molly Kocialski, Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Patent Office, for a small group breakfast with interested Denver Law students.

Untangling the Web of Net Neutrality

Come learn what the big deal is about FCC’s recent decision to revoke rules on Net Neutrality. The Federalist Society will be hosting a discussion on the Net Neutrality featuring Professor Derigan Silver, associate professor in DU's Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and Professor Justin (Gus) Hurwitz, Assistant Professor of Law at the Nebraska College of Law and Co-Director of its Space, Cyber and Telecom Law Program.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
12 p.m to 1 p.m.
Room 125
Lunch Provided

“Starting a Career in Intellectual Property”

Join us to hear our panelists’ stories and learn what the Denver landscape in IP looks like today. See what a typical day looks like and discover the common obstacles that occur within the first few years.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Room 259

Lunch will be provided from The Corner Bakery.

Betsy Bengtson – Trademark Associate, Holland & Hart LLP
Nicole Tachibana – Corporate Counsel, Privacy and Security Legal at Oracle
Erica Gordon – Associate, Setter Roche LLP
Amy Deveraux – Patent Agent, Holzer Patel Drennan
David Ratner – Principal, Creative Law Network (Emphasis in Entertainment, Intellectual Property and Business)

We hope to see you all there!

Privacy and Cyber Security – Equifax

The Privacy Foundation at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Save the Date: Fall Privacy seminar – Friday, October 27th: Privacy and Cyber Security


On January 3, 2018, Professor Bernard Chao authored and filed an amicus on behalf of 18 intellectual property professors in support of Eve-USA's petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. The amicus brief argues that the underlying Federal Circuit decision's failure to apportion lost profits does not account for the realties of modern electronic devices. These devices contain thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of different features, and awarding all the lost profits for infringing one patented feature overcompensates patentees and deters complementary innovation in hi-tech industry.

On November 24, 2017, Professors Ian Farrell and Bernard Chao (with Professor Christopher Robertson from the University of Arizona Law School) wrote an op-ed for the Arizona Republic entitled, Police Shouldn't Access Your Phone's Data Without a Court Order. The Op-Ed discusses Carpenter v. United which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on November 29, 2017. Relying on data that they previously gathered about the public’s “reasonable expectations of privacy", Professors Farrell, Chao and Robertson argue that law enforcement should not be able to track a cell phone movement’s without first getting a search warrant.

In August 2017, Associate Professors Bernard Chao and Ian Farrell contributed to an amicus brief in Carpenter v. United States, a case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court that examines whether the warrantless search of historical cellphone records revealing a user’s location and movements is permitted under the Fourth Amendment. The amicus was signed by 13 colleagues from other law schools, including Northwestern University, University of California, Berkeley, the University of Michigan and the University of Arizona. Relying on a number empirical studies including one co-authored by Chao and Farrell (with Robertson and Durso), the brief urges the Supreme Court to reverse the Sixth Circuit’s decision to allow the cell phone records.

Professor Chao was interviewed on the WashingTech Policy Podcast on June 13, 2017. The episode was entitled “How Much Privacy Should You Expect in the Digital Age?” and it focused on different emerging technologies that law enforcement is using and legal implications under the 4th Amendment. The podcast can be found here.

On April 28, 2017, Professor John Soma hosted a seminar entitled “The Privacy/AI Interface.” The panel included experts in both law and computer science.

On April 10, 2017, Professor Bernard Chao filed an amicus brief on behalf a number of intellectual property professors in support of Samsung’s petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. The amicus brief argued that the underlying Federal Circuit decision had incorrectly weakened the standard for issuing permanent injunctions and that the lower standard could lead to patent holdup. Coverage can be found here.

On February 1, 2017, Professor John Soma hosted a lunch panel entitled “Privacy Law Careers.”

On December 2, 2016, Professor Bernard Chao served on a panel at Frontiers in Precision Medicine II: Cancer, Big Data and the Public … Conference at the University of Utah. The panel discussed the latest issues in patenting precision medicine.

The Washington Journal of Law Technology & Arts will be publishing student Christopher Ainscough’s (JD ’18) paper, Deepsouth Will Rise Again — The Argument In Favor of the Federal Circuit’s Holding in Promega v. Life Technologies, later this year. The Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Promega, a case that will likely clarify when manufacturers will be liable for supplying components abroad under 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(1). Ainscough argues that supplying a single component should be considered an infringing act provided that the component is a material portion of the components especially adapted for use in a patented invention.

Welcome to Lucas Osborn, our fall 2016 visiting associate professor. Professor Osborn is an expert in the area of intellectual property law, with a focus on patent law.

On May 20, 2016, the IPLP and the Constitutional Rights & Remedies Program (CRRP) hosted a joint reception for spring 2016 graduates at Professor Chao’s home. Click herefor a slideshow.


Professor and Associate Dean Viva Moffat:

- Published “Trademark Laundering, Useless Patents and Other IP Challenges for the Marijuana Industry” (with Professor Sam Kamin) in the Washington & Lee Law Review(March 2016).

Professor Bernard Chao:

- Served on a panel discussing patent remedies at the Ninth Annual Georgetown Law-Berkeley Law conference on the Role of the Courts in Patent Law and Policy in Washington D.C (November 3, 2017).

- Presented “Testing the White Hat Effect in Patent Litigation” at PatCon 7, Northwestern University Law School, Apr. 7, 2017,

- Presented “The Disruptive Effects of Virtual Juries, Internet Law” at Internet Works-in-Progress Conference, Santa Clara University Law School, Mar. 4, 2017.

- Served as paper commentator for “Jury Instructions for Patent Damages” by Lee and Melamed at the University of Texas Law School PatDam Conference, Feb 17, 2017.

- Presented “Measuring the Mayo Effect” at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference at Stanford Law School (August 11, 2016).

- Moderated “Extraterritoriality, Multi-Party Liability, and Insurance, Conference on Patent Damages” at University of Texas Law School (June 9, 2016).

- Published “Causation and Harm in a Multicomponent World “ in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online 61 (2016).

- Presented “Horizontal Innovation and Interface Patents” at PatCon 6 at Boston College Law (April 8, 2016).

Visiting Professor Lucas Osborn (2016-17):

- Publishing “Intellectual Property Channeling for Digital Goods” in the Cardozo Law Review.

- Publishing “Trademark and Digital Goods” (ca-authored with Mark McKenna) in the Notre Dame Law Review.

- Publishing “Trademark Boundaries and 3D Printing” in the Akron Law Review.

- Publishing “The Limits of Creativity: Copyright, CAD Files, and Lockout Codes” in the Texas A&M Journal of Property Law.

- Presented “Intellectual Property Channeling for Digital Works” at Works-In-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium, Boston University School of Law, February 12, 2017.

- Presented “Trademarks and Digital Goods” (co-authored with Mark McKenna) at the Notre Dame Law Review 2016 Symposium, Notre Dame Law School, November 12, 2016.

- Presented “The Limits of Creativity: Copyright, CAD Files, and Lockout Codes” at the Texas A&M Journal of Property Law Symposium on 3D Printing, Texas A&M Law School, November 10, 2016.

- Presented “Intellectual Property Channeling for Digital Goods” at the University of Akron Law School IP Scholars Forum on IP Limits, Akron Law School, September 23, 2016.

- Presented “Digital Intellectual Property Exceptionalism” Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, August 5, 2016.

- Presented “Patent Law and 3D Printing” at the US Patent & Trademark Office Conference on the Legal and Policy Considerations of Intellectual Property in 3D Printing, Alexandria, Virginia, June 28, 2016.

- Presented “Intellectual Property Law and 3D Printing” at General Electric (GE), Houston, Texas, June 21, 2016.

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