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“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


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. Read more about Professor Osborn here:

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.

On April 29, 2016, the Privacy Foundation at Denver Law hosted a “Privacy (PII) Data Transfers: Domestic & International” panel event and lunch.

On April 4, 2016, Professor Bernard Chao and Amy Mapes (JD’17) published An Early Look at Mayo’s Impact on Personalized Medicine in the Patently O Law Journal. The essay assesses the impact that recent Supreme Court jurisprudence has had on the ability of inventors to obtain patents on personalized medicine technology. The essay has already been cited in a Supreme Court amicus brief. Read the brief here: Amicus_Brief.pdf

That brief also cites to USPTO Rejecting Life-Saving Inventions, another work by Professor Chao and Denver Law alumnus, Lane Womack (JD’13). The amicus brief was filed in support of a petition for certiorari in Sequenom v. Ariosa. The controversial lower court opinion found that an invention for accessing fetal DNA without creating a major health risk for the unborn child covered subject matter that was not eligible for patenting because it was drawn to an unpatentable law of nature.

On February 4 & 5, 2016, the Denver Law Review hosted “Future World IP: Legal Responses to the Tech Revolution”, a symposium which addressed the role of intellectual property law in bringing new technologies to fruition and to the market.

We were excited to work with the Denver Law Review to present the opportunity to examine this timely and complex field of law with highly distinguished scholars, practitioners and members of the judiciary from around the country. Individual panel topics addressed cybersecurity and privacy; exhaustion; policy standards and patents; post-grant review procedures; and patent thickets. Learn more at:


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:

- 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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