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March 28, 2007

Antitrust Expert To Speak To Law School's Innovation, Business and Law Program

Rob Youle, a University of Iowa law school alumnus and a distinguished antitrust practitioner, will speak this week to students in the law school's Innovation, Business and Law program.

Youle, a partner in the Denver law firm of Sherman & Howard, will speak to students Thursday, March 29. He will discuss issues that arise when firms attempt to use intellectual property rights to "capture" technological standards. High tech firms -- especially in the electronics industry -- adopt standards to ensure that their products are compatible. For example, firms might adopt technical standards for DVDs so that DVDs work in all firms' DVD players.

Youle, a 1976 UI law graduate, is one of several top experts in intellectual property and antitrust law meeting with students in a UI law course designed to train students to grapple with the complex legal issues that confront innovators in many business sectors. The course is a capstone experience in the Innovation, Business and Law program that 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.

"I'm delighted that Rob Youle is able to take time away from his busy law practice to share his experience and expertise with us," said Janis.

Youle is also a member of the Law School Foundation board of directors, and is the benefactor and namesake of a recently established chair in antitrust law and trade regulation in the College of Law.

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