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Feb. 19, 2007

Law School Course To Explore Legal Issues In Business Innovation

Leading experts in intellectual property and antitrust law will meet with students in a University of Iowa law course that is designed to train law students to grapple with the complex legal issues that confront innovators in many business sectors.

The course is a capstone experience in the College of Law's Innovation, Business and Law program. The program combines studies in intellectual property law, antitrust law, and corporate and securities law, taking advantage of the College of Law's substantial expertise in those areas.

UI law professors Herb Hovenkamp and Mark Janis are co-teaching the course and coordinating the visits of a number of experts from government, academia, and private law practice. The first visitor, Suzanne Michel, is chief counsel for Intellectual Property at the Federal Trade Commission. She will visit the College of Law on Feb. 22 to discuss a variety of patent issues that arise in the FTC's antitrust enforcement and policy work.

Additional visiting experts include Jessica Litman, a professor of law at the University of Michigan, who will discuss concepts of user rights in copyright law, on March 1; Michael Carrier, professor of law at Rutgers University-Camden, who will discuss how intellectual property and antitrust laws affect pharmaceutical innovation markets, on March 22; Rob Youle, a distinguished UI law alumnus and partner in the Denver law firm of Sherman & Howard, who will discuss issues that arise when high-tech businesses seek to comply with industry standards that may be subject to intellectual property rights, on March 29; and Tom Cotter, professor of law at the University of Minnesota, who will discuss how intellectual property law doctrines can preserve competition independently of antitrust regulation, on April 5.

Intellectual property and antitrust laws are especially important in an increasingly knowledge-based and technology-driven economy, said Janis, a professor of law and intellectual property specialist. Understanding their ramifications is crucial in building most businesses today.

"These speakers are among the heavy-hitters nationally in exploring the intersection between intellectual property and antitrust law," he said. "They'll provide our students with unique opportunities to learn about how these issues affect the climate for innovation and economic development for business in Iowa and elsewhere."

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