Professor of Law
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
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One Hour of CLE Credit
Anatomy of an Intellectual Property Movement:
The Open COVID Pledge
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, ten scientists, engineers and lawyers in the U.S. and UK created a legal platform for sharing patent and copyright rights in response to the pandemic. Their goal was to help overcome bottlenecks in the development, manufacture and distribution of COVID-critical technologies. The resulting Open COVID Pledge (opencovidpledge.org) went live in April, 2020, and has attracted pledges from a number of large technology companies including Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, Uber, AT&T and Facebook as well as two national laboratories and several small companies. The organizers estimated that within a few months, more than 250,000 patents and other IP rights were pledged to the cause. Yet notably absent from this effort were any biotechnology or pharmaceutical firms or major universities conducting biomedical research. This lecture will describe the genesis, design and implementation of the Open COVID Pledge, placing it within the larger context of intellectually property rights sharing movements in the software, environmental and health areas. This includes assessing the successes and potential shortcomings of the Open COVID Pledge given its role in the broader fight against COVID-19 and its potential as a model for sharing IPR in response to future crises.
2020 JORGE L. CONTRERAS, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Anatomy of an Intellectual Property Movement: The Open COVID Pledge
2019 SARAH BURSTEIN, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Toward a Normative Theory of Design Patents
2018 TIMOTHY R. HOLBROOK, Emory University School of Law
3D Printing, Digital Patent Infringement, and Its Implications
2017 JOHN R. THOMAS, Georgetown University Law Center
The End of Patent Medicines? Exploring the Rise of Regulatory Exclusivities
2016 DANIEL C.K. CHOW, The Ohio State University - Moritz College of Law
Trademark Squatting in China
2015 RUTH OKEDIJI, University of Minnesota Law School
Inventing Intellectual Property: Source Disclosure for Genetic Patent Rights?
2014 DENNIS D. CROUCH, University of Missouri School of Law
Clarifying Patent Scope
2013 ELIZABETH A. ROWE, Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Intellectual Property and Information Control
2012 THE HONORABLE JIMMIE V. REYNA, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Immediate and Future Challenges
2011 ROBERT BRAUNEIS, George Washington University Law School
Trademark Infringement, Dilution, and the Decline in Sharing of Famous Brand Names
2010 JANE K. WINN, University of Washington School of Law
Information Security as a Governance Challenge
2009 GREGORY N. MANDEL, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Patently Nonobvious: The Impact of Hindsight Bias on Patent Decisions
2008 MARGO A. BAGLEY, University of Virginia School of Law
Illegal, Immoral, Unethical… Patentable? Issues in the Early Lives of Inventions
2007 CLARISA LONG, Columbia University School of Law
The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Law
2006 JOHN F. DUFFY, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.
The Invention of Invention: A History of Nonobviousness
2005 DAN L. BURK, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis
The Problem of Process in Biotechnology
2004 DAVID J. FRANKLYN, University of San Francisco School of Law
The Anti-Free Rider Principle in American Trademark Law
2003 WILLIAM F. LEE, Hale & Dorr LLP, Boston
Attorney-Client Privilege and Willful Infringement
2002 HON. PAUL MICHEL, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.
Predicting the Scope of Patent Protection: Construing Literal Claim Scope and Determining Available Equivalents
2001 YSOLDE GENDREAU, Université de Montreal, Quebec
The Exportation of Copyright Models: The Retransmission Right and the Internet
2000 JERRE B. SWANN, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, Atlanta
Trademark Dilution for the Year 2000
1999 JOSEPH STRAUS, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law, Munich
Multinational Patent Enforcement: Problems and Solutions
1998 JOHN R. THOMAS, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.
Transnational Patent Litigation
1997 HON. NANCY LINCK, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, D.C.
Patent Prosecution for the New Millennium
1995 DONALD S. CHISUM, CHISUM ON PATENTS
The Allocation of Decisional Responsibility Between Judge and Jury in Patent Trials
1994 JOHN PEGRAM, Davis, Hoxie, Faithfull & Hapgood LLP
Complexity and Cost in Patent Litigation