8/21/2014

UW Law Hosts Patent and Intellectual Property Law Summer Institute


The University of Washington School of Law's Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) held the annual Patent and Intellectual Property Law Summer Institute from July 17 to August 1, 2014, welcoming distinguished faculty and experts from around the world.

The CASRIP Summer Institute, widely regarded as the benchmark for intellectual property summer programs in the United States, teaches the fundamentals of patent prosecution, patent litigation and technology licensing and management from a comparative law perspective. Faculty included distinguished visiting professors, UW Law faculty members, officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and litigators from Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Close to 90 patent professionals from across Asia and Europe, including patent court judges, patent office examiners, in-house counsel of major high tech companies and practicing attorneys, attended this year's Summer Institute.

The Summer Institute included a two-day High Technology Protection Summit where nearly 250 attendees heard experts from around the world discussing cutting-edge legal issues in intellectual property law and innovation. The Honorable Randall Rader, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, delivered the summit's keynote address. The topics of this year's summit included "Software and Biotech Patents and International Competitiveness," "Patent Enforcement Strategy," "Ownership of Inventions Made by Employees and University Researchers" and "Ethical Issues in Patent Licensing."

The Summer Institute was first offered in 1994 and is CASRIP's hallmark program. CASRIP aims to improve discussion and encourage dialogue between professionals from around the world, particularly those countries that have major and mature intellectual property systems, such as Japan, European nations and the United States. CASRIP fosters discussion of differences in the intellectual property regimes of various countries and studies the impact of those differences on technological innovation and international trade. In addition to the Summer Institute, CASRIP holds conferences and lectures throughout the year, as well as sponsoring visits of intellectual property legal scholars to various countries.