Second Annual University of San Diego School of Law Patent Law Conference: The Future of Patent Law

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Date and Time

Thursday, January 19, 2012 — Friday, January 20, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




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Conference Overview

Patent Law Conference imageThe University of San Diego, School of Law, is pleased to present “The Future of Patent Law,” which will address the America Invents Act and other landmark changes in patent law taking place at the Federal Circuit, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and globally.

The opening evening of the event on Thursday evening, January 19, at the House of Blues in downtown San Diego, will be a musical performance by Chief Judge Randall Rader of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and his band DeNovo, with an introduction by Dean for IP Studies, George Washington University Law School & former solicitor general of the USPTO, John Whealan.

The conference is sponsored in part by the generous support of:

  • QUALCOMM, Inc.
  • DLA Piper
  • Kilpatrick Townsend
  • Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
  • Pfizer
  • San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association (SDIPLA)
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

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Thursday, January 19, 2012, Opening Night

House of Blues image5:30-10:00 p.m. Dinner and a musical performance by DeNovo (featuring Chief Judge Randall Rader, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals; Matthew Bryan, Esq., World Intellectual Property Organization; Professor Sean O’Connor, University of Washington School of Law, and others).

Introduction of DeNovo by Dean for IP Studies, George Washington University Law School & former SG of the USPTO, John Whealan.

House of Blues, Downtown San Diego
1055 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
In conjunction with the San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association (SDIPLA)

Parking for the House of Blues

There is no parking available at the House of Blues. Concert parking is available after 5:00 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Building garage on the Southeast corner of 4th and B. The entrance to the garage is on the left side of 4th, immediately after B street. Cost - $10 per car.

House of Blues Event Entrance

Please use the 6th Street entrance to the House of Blues.

Friday, January 20, 2012, The Future of Patent Law

9:00-9:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:30-11:05 a.m. Judges' Perspective
Commentary by John Whealan, Dean for Intellectual Properties Studies at George Washington University Law School and former deputy general counsel for intellectual property law and solicitor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Attorneys' Perspective

12:30-1:30 p.m. Keynote Address

1:45-2:05 p.m. International Perspective

2:15-3:35 p.m. Professors' Perspective

3:50-4:45 p.m. Empirical Research in Patent Law Panel

Saturday, January 21, 2012, Professors’ Patent Law Workshop

Saturday panels are by invitation only. Professors who have been invited to these panels can click here for event details.

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Registration Information

Registration categories are listed below.

Registration Category Fee
Premium Registration (Thurs. & Fri.) $ 250
   USD Students and Professors $ 25
Friday-Only Registration $ 195
   USD Students and Professors Free
Thursday-Only Registration - "I.P. ROCKS S.D." $ 75
   USD Students and Professors $ 25


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The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Board of California-approved MCLE provider, and certifies that the events listed for Friday, January 20, are approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 5.5 hours of general credit.

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Location & Directions

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
Peace & Justice Theatre
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110

From the North From the South From the East
> Use I-5 South
> Exit Sea World Dr. &
Tecolote Rd.
> Proceed left at stoplight
toward Morena Blvd.
> Turn right on Morena Blvd.
> Left on Napa
> Left on Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Marian Way
for West Entrance
to campus
> Use I-5 North
> Exit Morena Blvd.
(signs will say: Morena
Blvd. use I-8 East)
> Stay to the right and follow
signs for Morena Blvd.
> Take the first right onto
Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Marian Way
for West Entrance
to campus
> Use I-8 West
> Exit at Morena Blvd.
> Go right onto
Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Marian Way
for West Entrance
to campus

From all directions, once you enter the west entrance, stop by the parking kiosk for a complimentary visitor permit, then:

  • Proceed up the hill to the Institute for Peace & Justice, which will be the first building on your right side (across from Mother Rosalie Hill Hall)
  • Then make a right on Camino Way (first 4-way stop).
  • Turn right in the first driveway for parking.
  • After you park, go to the 1st floor.
  • Check-in is located in the Rotunda.
  • Campus Map. Look for building #12 on the map.

Mass Transit
For attendees wishing to use mass transit, please be advised that schedules and services are limited; consulting schedules in advance is highly recommended. The most convenient hub is the Old Town Transit Center, which is served by bus, the San Diego Trolley, and the Coaster commuter train. The Old Town station is served by USD shuttle buses.
Click here for USD shuttle bus information.
Click here for Old Town Transit Center information

Hotel Partner
The University of San Diego’s lodging partner is Bartell Hotels. Shuttle service from Bartell Hotel’s The Dana on Mission Bay will be available to and from the symposium.

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