CASRIP Newsletter - Spring 2009, Volume 16, Issue 2
CASRIP and CEIPI Host 2009 Transnational IP Program in Strasbourg, France March 23-27
While most law students were enjoying spring break from their studies, intellectual property students from the University of Washington and its European partner schools convened in Strasbourg, France to attend classes on patent exhaustion, legal protection for computer software, and forum shopping as well as topics of particular interest in France, such as moral rights and geographical indicators. The program was co-hosted by the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (“CASRIP”) at the University of Washington School of Law and the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (“CEIPI”) at the University of Strasbourg.
In addition to attending classes, the students worked in international teams to negotiate IP transactions for a videogame featuring soccer star Michael Ballack. The highlight of the program for many, however, were mock trials before Judge Randall Rader of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Judge Gabriella Muscolo of the Rome District Court-IP Division, and attorney Emmanuel Gougé, who participated as a judge for France. The students argued facts similar to the Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics case. Even though the judges applied the law from their respective jurisdictions, the patent owner and licensor won in each mock court.
This is the third year that CASRIP has sponsored the Transnational IP Program. In 2007 the inaugural program was co-hosted by Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, and in 2008 the program was co-hosted by Roma Tre University in Rome, Italy. In 2010 the program is tentatively scheduled for the Dresden University of Technology in Dresden, Germany.
CASRIP would like to thank CEIPI and its outstanding faculty for making the Transnational IP Program such a success this year. CASRIP would also like to thank Barry Bretschneider for his financial contributions, which have enabled it to award scholarships to IP students for travel expenses.