May 4, 2016 – Intellectual property professionals recently gathered at the University of Houston Law Center to discuss a wide range of related issues in commemoration of 2016's World IP Day.
Professor Jacqueline Lipton, the keynote speaker, discussed literary works, creativity, and popular culture along with comparing copyright infringement and plagiarism.
"Plagiarism is not illegal," Lipton said. "It's an honor code violation at universities. It's a social construct more than anything else – taking credit for work other people have done. Often accusations of plagiarism are actually more damaging in the marketplace than threatening a copyright suit. People usually don't go through with litigation, but if you say someone is plagiarizing you, it goes all over the Internet and really tarnishes your reputation."
Lipton then led a panel discussion on a wide variety of issues, including digital technology and fair use policies. Panelists included Professor John Harvey, director of the Center for Creative Work for the University of Houston's Honors College, Saima Kadir, digital strategies and virtual library services manager at the Houston Public Library, and Law Center alumnus, Jeff Dodd '79, a partner at Andrews Kurth.
"We're very fortunate in the city of Houston in many ways," Law Center Professor Greg Vetter said. "One of our good fortunes is to have such a strong intellectual property presence in the city. The city has an incredibly strong, talented group of lawyers in intellectual property and information law. We're fortunate to have a strong program in IP at the University of Houston Law Center."
The StoneTurn Group was a Diamond sponsor of the event, and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, the JL Salazar Law Firm, McKool Smith, and Patterson Sheridan were Platinum sponsors. Gold level sponsors included Andrews Kurth, Blank Rome, Conley Rose, Mayer Brown, Thompson & Knight, Vinson & Elkins, and Winstead. Ramey & Schwaller and the Law Center's Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law were operational sponsors.
"This all occurred because of the support that comes from the community of Houston from a variety of persons all across Houston who care about innovation and care about technology," Vetter said. "The group of attorneys who made this happen deserves special thanks."