Professors Jeanne Fromer and Christopher Sprigman
Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208
The Colloquium on Innovation Policy focuses each year on different aspects of the law’s role in promoting creativity, invention, and new technology. This year, we will examine the topic of design in intellectual property law. Starting with theories of intellectual property law, we will go on to study the legal regimes that allow and/or restrain protection of aspects of design (copyright and its useful-articles doctrine; utility patent; design patent; trademark, trade dress, and their functionality doctrine; and sui generis protections); industries in which design is important (such as fashion, industrial design, and marketing generally); the value of design in society and legal and non-legal incentives to produce valuable designs; the role of norms in design; and issues of competition as they relate to design. We will draw on legal sources as well as related work in economics, sociology, history, and disciplines in which design is particularly important, such as engineering, fashion, home furnishings, and marketing.
Schedule of Presenters
Thursday, JANUARY 18
Mark McKenna, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Thursday, JANUARY 25
Jorge Contreras, James T. Jensen Endowed Professor for Transactional Law, University of Utah College Of Law
Thursday, FEBRUARY 8
Christine Haight Farley, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
Thursday, FEBRUARY 29
Derek Bambauer, Irving Cypen Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of law
Thursday, MARCH 7
Jeanne Fromer, Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Intellectual Property Law, NYU School of Law
Christopher Sprigman, Murray and Kathleen Bring Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
A Theory of Legal Protection for Industrial Design
Thursday, MARCH 14
Scott Hemphill, Moses H. Grossman Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Thursday, MARCH 28
Sarah Burstein, Professor of Law, Suffolk Law School
Thursday, APRIL 4
Madhavi Sunder, Frank Sherry Professor of Intellectual Property, Georgetown Law School
CLE: Pending approval, two New York CLE credits in the Areas of Professional Practice category are available to both experienced and newly admitted attorneys (those admitted to the New York Bar for less than two years) who record their attendance for the full duration of the event.
Questions about the Colloquium should be addressed to Nicole Arzt. Email if you plan to attend any of the talks.