Intellectual Property Law Certificate

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After the GDPR--California's CCPA's Response: Other States, Federal Efforts, and What Lawyers Need to Know

April 19th, 2019
Room 290

Given the increased attention privacy is now receiving, lawyers need to be up to date on what the states are doing, with California leading the charge. Congress is also looking at passing privacy regulation on the federal level, which would pre-empt all state privacy laws. These recent Privacy developments will provide an active subject area for our spring privacy seminar.

See the schedule for more information, including panelists and specific location details. Three CLE credits are pending. The seminar will be free to DU Faculty/Staff/Students/Mentors, and $30 for the general public; additional contributions to the Privacy Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, are always welcome. You can find all this information and register online at:

2019 Venture Law Summit

Venture Law Summit 2019Registration for the 2019 Venture Law Summit is open! The VLS is happening on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 8:00am to 1:00pm at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. This year's VLS boasts expert panelists and keynotes in startup capital raising, marijuana ventures, legal ethics, impact investing and social enterprise, and intellectual property. Kevin Saunders, the General Counsel of Accion International, and Rachel Carlson, the CEO of Guild Education, will keynote the VLS.

Registration fees are $50 for attorneys seeking CLE credits, $25 for all other attendees, and free for all college and graduate students in Colorado. CLE credits (including ethics credits) are pending approval.

For more information and registration, please visit this link: If you have any questions, please email Becky Stifter (


IP Law Society - LawTech Panel

On Wednesday, February 27th in room 290 at 12pm, the IP Law Society is hosting a panel on LawTech. The panel will discuss the new emerging technologies that law firms are and will be deploying in the near future. The participants are:

Jason Adaska, Director of Software Engineering and Innovation Lab at Holland & Hart LLP,

Andy Elson a co-founder of Alexius Solutions, and

Kylie Schmidt, an attorney with Leventhal Trial Lawyers.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): Impact on the U.S.

The University of Denver Law School will be hosting a discussion on European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the morning of Friday, October 26, 2018. Join Liz Harding (Polsinelli), Professor Margot Kaminski (University of Colorado) Nicole Tachbiana (Oracle), David Zetoony (Bryan Cave) and our own Professor John Soma as they discuss how GDPR is and will affect U.S. businesses. Register here

European Patent Office Talk

The University of Denver is hosting a talk from the European Patent Office. The EPO will be represented by a number of its patent examiners and they will discuss what the European Patent Office is and why it matters to U.S. innovators. Their talk will also cover basics for applying for patents in Europe and how that process differs from the process in the United States. The event is free to the public. Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday May 1, 12:00 p.m.
Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) building, Room 510
2155 E Wesley Ave., Denver, CO 80210

Workplace Privacy and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

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

Spring Privacy seminar – Friday, April 20

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 here for a slideshow.

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