USD Law Alumni Brian Fogarty ’01 (JD) and Erin Gibson ’03 (JD) Attend Global Fellows Talks in Munich, Germany

Erin Gibson ’03 (JD), Judge Cathy Bencivengo & Brian Fogarty ’01 (JD)

San Diego (March 28, 2014) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumni Brian Fogarty, '01 (JD), and Erin Gibson, '03 (JD), attended talks in Munich, Germany, March 11-14, continuing their tenure as fellows in the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s 2013-14 Global Fellows Series.

Gibson is a patent litigation partner in the San Diego office of DLA Piper and Fogarty is director of global intellectual property litigation for Nike, Inc.

This year, the Federal Circuit Bar Association selected 12 American and 12 German IP attorneys to attend an intensive learning program taught by leading judges and practitioners from both countries to focus exclusively on patent law and policy in the Europe Union and the United States.

Candidates, who applied to the program last summer, were required to have 8-15 years practice experience, a strong international focus, and achieved recognition as an emerging leader in the global legal community.

Fogarty spent nearly 10 years at DLA Piper in the San Diego office (formerly Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich), becoming partner in January 2009. Nike recruited Fogarty in 2011 to become the company’s assistant general counsel. In February of 2013, he was promoted to director of global intellectual property litigation. He manages and advises Nike, Inc. and its affiliates on significant, complex intellectual property disputes in the United States and around the world, including patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secret and copyright matters.

Gibson, who started at DLA Piper in 2004 and became partner in 20­­12, has tried 10 cases, including eight patent trials in federal district courts and the International Trade Commission. She successfully defended companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, and Apple, Inc. Gibson concentrates in civil trial practice in federal courts with an emphasis on patent litigation in United States federal district courts and International Trade Commission (ITC). Gibson is a member and former officer of the San Diego County Bar Association's Legal Ethics Committee and a member of DLA Piper's Pro Bono Committee in San Diego.

The Global Fellows Series consists of presentations by program faculty, as well as visits to courts, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and other leading IP institutions. Fellows learn about and compare the fundamentals of the U.S. and European patent systems in a conference setting while engaging with judges, leading practitioners and policy makers. The goal of the series is to provide opportunities for future IP leaders to develop enduring professional relationships across international boundaries and legal cultures.

The fellows convened in Washington in October 2013 under the guidance of program faculty that included present and former judges, United States Patent and Trademark Office personnel, and preeminent IP practitioners. Attendees met with United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader, and leaders from the USPTO and the ITC.

At the four-day Munich conference, currently underway, the fellows delve into such topics as public innovation funding, border enforcement measures, and European patent prosecution and defense. The fellows will visit a patent infringement hearing and an EPO Board of Appeal hearing.

For both Fogarty and Gibson, accepting the invitation to a high-level, globally focused discussion concerning intellectual property was exciting.

“I have four cases currently pending in Germany,” said Fogarty. “The Global Fellows Series provides me a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the German court system from the inside. Seeing the inner workings and hearing thoughts on how the system works from German attorneys, judges and policy experts will be useful for pending and future cases.”

“The comparative aspect of the Global Fellows Series initially attracted me to the opportunity,” said Gibson. “Drilling down to learn more about how our patent law system works in the U.S. and then comparing it with two systems in Europe (U.K. and Germany), will be helpful to me in future cases.”

About the Global Fellows Series

Established in 2012, the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Global Fellow Series promotes a higher level of international intellectual property (IP) practice among the next generation of leaders in the global legal community. The series brings together these leaders for an intensive learning program taught by prominent judges and practitioners from both the United States and Germany. In an interactive small-group learning environment, these emerging leaders focus on both policy issues and practical lessons on the operation of the patent systems in Europe and the U.S., enhancing their ability to provide effective legal service to clients. Simultaneously, the Global Fellows develop professional relationships crossing international boundaries and legal cultures that we hope will endure throughout their legal careers.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Celebrating 60 years of alumni success, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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