Law, Technology & Arts
The Law, Technology & Arts Group (LTA) delivers education, research, and outreach
on the law's role in promoting and regulating innovation in technology and arts.
Both the UW and Seattle have well developed technology and arts communities that
already intersect in significant ways. Seattle is a destination city for the creative
class who often move seamlessly between technology and the arts. The practicing
bar is highly sophisticated with many firms specializing in emerging growth tech
companies across the spectrum of the life sciences, information technology, and
new media/digital arts.
LTA is deeply connected to this community through its directors,
staff, and adjunct faculty.
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Prof. Sean O'Connor: the “chain” of IP has become the foundation of our modern technology economy - Intellectual Ventures Blog (video)
O'Connor discusses his take on the role patent licensing plays in the development of today’s highly complex consumer technologies.
Prof. Sean O'Connor Awarded Two Fellowships from the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason Univ. School of Law
O'Connor received the Leonardo da Vinci Fellowship for his forthcoming book "Metho+ology and the Means of Innovation", and the Thomas Edison Fellowship awarded for his research on patent law leading to his forthcoming article "Sales, Servitudes. or Services".
LTA Connections: Alumni connect UW Law with industry
Read stories of five LTA alumni with careers as technology, arts, and biotech industry leaders.
Prof. Toshiko Takenaka to speak at Information Technology, Innovation and Competition Law conference
Takenaka presents U.S. and Asian cases involving enforcement of standard essential patents at a conference sponsored by University of Rome Tre and UW CASRIP on July 15, 2013.
UW law students travel to London to argue licensing terms for standard essential patents before highly regarded international intellectual property judges
The Hon. Chief Judge Randall Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit presided over a U.S. trial, Dr. Klaus Grabinski, Federal Supreme Court of Germany over a German trial, and the Honourable Mr. Justice Arnold, High Court of England and Wales over a UK trial. The Judges were then joined by Dr. Gabriella Muscolo, Rome IP Court and Lord Hoffmann, Honorary Professor, Queen Mary University of London for an international appeal. James Barker '14 who argued before the appeals court said, “All of the people were incredible - Judges, Faculty and Classmates. We got to argue a mock trial directly to the top IP judges in the world! I never expected that I'd get to do that as a student.”
The mock trials were a highlight for the students and their European partner school colleagues after a week of comparative law lectures and a license negotiation. Janice Goh '13 who argued against James said, "I can't think of a better way to learn international and comparative IP law than to be surrounded by faculty, students, attorneys, and judges from different countries. The curriculum allowed us to contextualize theory with practice through our participation in contract negotiation, mock trial, and appellate advocacy. Not to mention, I made a lot of good friends through the program."
A message from Dean Kellye Testy
integrates and administers all of the UW School of Law's education, research, and
outreach in the areas of tech law, art law, and intellectual property. Our distinguished
faculty Directors oversee a robust J.D. and LL.M. curriculum, the
Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic, the
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC), an
established journal, an internationally renowned set of
annual conferences and a speaker series.
We hope you will join us as we build on the world class art and technology communities
centered at the UW and in Seattle to establish LTA as the hub of dialogue on the
intersection of law, technology, and arts. Innovation in the law is needed to ensure
that innovation in technology and arts is vibrantly promoted and properly regulated.
LTA's mission is to simultaneously consider both of these sides to the law's role
in creativity through outstanding teaching, research, and service.