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This archive page celebrates the scholars and luminaries who visited Houston for a decade and a half to deliver the Spring Lecture.  The information below provides the detailed information for each spring lecture, under the event invitation, and photos for the event and celebratory dinner associated with it.  The UH Law Center and IPIL also thank the commentators over the years who enhanced the experience for our audience and for the lecturer.  The event invitation in a given year shows the generous sponsor for the spring lecture for that year.

2018 PAUL OHM, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Forthright Code

2018 PAUL OHM, Georgetown University Law Center
Forthright Code

Commentator: Sharon A. Israel

2017 CHRISTOPHER JON SPRIGMAN, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Copyright and Creative Incentives: What We Know (And Don't)

2017 CHRISTOPHER JON SPRIGMAN, New York University School of Law
Copyright and Creative Incentives: What We Know (And Don't)

Commentator: Bob McAughan


2016 MARK LEMLEY, Stanford Law School
Rethinking Assignor Estoppel

Commentator: Ed Fein


2015 JEANNE FROMER, New York University School of Law
Should the Law Care Why Intellectual Property Rights Have Been Asserted?

Commentator: Richard Phillips

Julie Cohen

2014 JULIE E. COHEN, Georgetown University Law Center
Post-Industrial Property

Commentator: Bart Showalter

David McGowan

2013 DAVID MCGOWAN, University of San Diego School of Law
The Unfallen Sky: Assessing the Relative Effectiveness of Legal and Market Adaptations to Technological Change

Commentator: Jacqueline Lipton

R. Anthony Reese

2012 R. ANTHONY REESE, University of California - Irvine School of Law
What Does Copyright Law Owe the Future?

Commentator: Paul R. Morico

Paul Goldstein

2011 PAUL GOLDSTEIN, Stanford Law School
Copyright on a Clean Slate

Commentator: Phillip Page

Douglas Lichtman

2010 DOUGLAS LICHTMAN, University of California – Los Angeles School of Law
Pricing Patents: The RAND Commitment

Commentator: Gordon White

William O. Hennessey

2009 WILLIAM O. HENNESSEY, Franklin Pierce Law Center
Thirty Years (and More) of IP in China: A Personal Reflection

Commentator: Margaret (Meg) Boulware

Robert Merges

2008 ROBERT MERGES, University of California School of Law – Boalt Hall
The Concept of Property in the Digital Age

Commentator: Henry N. Garrana

Joel Reidenberg

2007 JOEL REIDENBERG, Fordham University School of Law
The Rule of Intellectual Property Law in the Internet Economy

Commentator: Jeff C. Dodd

Arthur Gajarsa

2006 THE HONORABLE ARTHUR J. GAJARSA, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Patents in a Changing Economy

Commentator: Scott F. Partridge

Scott Kieff

2005 F. SCOTT KIEFF, Washington University in St. Louis-School of Law
Theory & Practice in Commercializing Innovation


Commentator: John D. Norris

Jane Ginsburg

2004 JANE C. GINSBURG, Columbia University School of Law
The Right to Claim Authorship after Dastar

Commentator: Paul E. Krieger