PATCON 12 - USD School of Law

PATCON 12 - USD School of Law

Date and Time

Friday, April 12, 2024

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  • Friday, April 12, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The Patent Conference (“PatCon”) is the largest annual conference for patent scholars in the world. The conference is a cooperative effort among the University of Kansas School of Law, Northwestern Law School, University of San Diego School of Law, and Boston College Law School to hold an annual conference where patent scholars in law, economics, management science, and other disciplines can share their research.

In 2024, PATCON will be held at the University of San Diego School of Law, in conjunction with its annual conference. In addition to numerous patent law professors, the conference will feature prominent judges, government leaders, and local attorneys.


  • Agenda ( updated 04-05-24)

    Friday, April 12


    8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

    Registration and Continental Breakfast


    9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

    Welcome and Introductions


    9:30 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.

    Judges Panel (Theatre)

    • Judge Ryan Holte, United States Court of Federal Claims
    • Judge Marilyn Huff, United States District Court for the Southern District of California


    10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.



    11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

    Industry & Scholars Panel 1 (Theatre)

    • Chris Longman, VP & Legal Counsel, Qualcomm
    • Ken Weatherwax, Co-Managing Partner, Lowenstein & Weatherwax
    • Alicia Umpierre, Associate, Wilson Sonsini
    • John R. ("Jay") Thomas, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
    • Milan Patel, IP General Counsel, Volvo Cars


    12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Lunch, Extraordinary Achievement Award & Keynote Speech (Room ABC)


    1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.



    1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Industry & Scholars Panel 2 (Theatre)

    • David Henry, Partner, Munck Wilson
    • Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Deane F. Johnson Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
    • Joseph Reisman, Partner, Knobbe Martens; Adjunct Professor, USD School of Law
    • Matthew Stephens, Associate, Morrison & Foerster
    • Lily Zhang, Partner, Jones Day


    3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


    3:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Scholars Concurrent Session - AI & Patents (Theatre)

    • Brenda Simon, California Western School of Law , Patenting AI-Generated Inventions      
    • Krzysztof Czub, The University of Gdansk, Should AI Be a Subject of Rights Derived from Creativity?        
    • Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Stanford Law School, How Will AI Affect Patent Disclosure? 
    • Michael Burstein, Cardozo Law School, Toward a Theory of Inventorship in Patent Law 

    3:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Scholars Concurrent Session - Empirical Studies in Patent Law (Room D)

    • Adam Mossoff, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Injunctions for Patent Infringement
    • James Hicks, Columbia Law School, What's a Patent Worth? The Monetary Value of Patent Term (w/ Sukhatme)               
    • Nikola Datzov, University of North Dakota School of Law, Predictable Unpredictable (with Rantanen)     
    • Paul Rogerson, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Technological Progress and Patent Law’s Standard of Invention


    Saturday, April 13

    8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

    Breakfast, Room AB

    9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

    Scholars Concurrent Session - Patent Scope & Validity (Room C)

    • Jay Thomas, Georgetown University Law Center, The Scope of the Prior Art          
    • Tim Holbrook, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Relative and Absolute Invalidity             
    • Norman Siebrasse, University of New Brunswick, Doctrinal Mechanisms for Controlling Overbreadth

    9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

     Scholars Concurrent Session - International & Overseas Patenting & Litigation (Room D)

    • Andrew Torrance, University of Kansas Law School, Offshore Patenting:  The Who, What, and Why of Cayman Island Registration
    • Dietmar Harhoff, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, To Opt Out or Not – Strategic Decisions at the Unified Patent Court 
    • Michael Doane, University of Akron School of Law, The U.S. International Trade Commission’s Role in the Startup Economy

    10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.

    Break, Room AB

    11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Scholars Concurrent Session -- Empirical Studies of the Federal Circuit (Room C) 

    • Jeremy Bock, Tulane University Law School, Are Designations Subjective? An Empirical Look          
    • Paul Gugliuzza, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Expertise, Ideology, and Dissent (with Rantanen)
    • Jason Rantanen, University of Iowa College of Law, Improving Access to Data From Empirical Legal Studies

    11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Scholars Concurrent Session -- Patenting, Gender & Ethnicity (Room D)

    • Colleen Chien, UC Berkeley School of Law, Unpacking the Innovator-Inventor Gap: Evidence from Engineers
    • Tabrez Ebrahim, Lewis & Clark Law School, Examining Potential Ethnicity & Gender Bias in Patenting at the USPTO
    • Tim Hsieh, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Diversity Considerations in The Five Elements of Patent Law Practice

    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Lunch, Room AB

    1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Scholars Concurrent Session -- Empirical Studies: Patent Examination & Challenges (Room C)

    • David Schwartz, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law,  Patents Used in Patent Office Rejections as Indicators of Value
    • Richard Gruner, University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, Dilution and Pollution of Applicant Prior Art: Evidence from Examiner and Applicant Patent Citations          
    • Shawn Miller, USD School of Law, Balancing the Scales? The Impact of Discretionary Denials on Patent Assertion and Defense          
    • Gabriel Faria Bernardes, Stanford Law School
    • VinHuy Tran Lee, Stanford Law School


    Scholars Concurrent Session -- Pharmaceutical Patents (Room D)

    • David Olson, Boston College Law School, Are Patents to Blame for Excessive Drug Pricing? A Review of the Evidence to Date
    • Emily Michiko Morris, The University of Akron School of Law, Weak Patents  
    • Jacob Sherkow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law, Infringement by Label

    3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


    3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

    Scholars Concurrent Session -- The Functions of Patents (Room C)

    • Ted Sichelman, USD School of Law, Patents as Hedges        
    • Derek Bambauer, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Consumers and Patent Signals
    • Gavin Milczarek-Desai, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Consumers and Patent Signals 
    • Neel Sukhatme, Georgetown University Law Center, Perception Pending: What Do Patents Signal to Consumers? 

    3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

    Scholars Concurrent Session -- Patent Law Grab Bag (Room D)

    • Oskar Liivak, Cornell Law School, The Incoherence of Funkrabarty            
    • Daniel M Traficonte, Syracuse University College of Law, Government Research
    • Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Credible Commitment and New Major Questions: The Patent Office as a Case Study
  • Registraton

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    * After March 15, 2024, the price for Premium Registration will be $365; the price for Friday-only Registration will be $295; and the price for Saturday-only will be $95.

  • MCLE

    The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider.

    6.75 general credit hours for Fridy, April 12
    6.00 general credit hours for Saturday, April 13

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