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'Future of Intellectual Property Law' is topic for experts at SCU conference

Friday, Apr. 20, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-April 20, 2001- The Santa Clara University School of Law today announced a detailed schedule for its national conference next week on law and technology.

The conference, "Law and Technology: The Future of Intellectual Property," will be held in the de Saisset Museum auditorium on the SCU campus on Friday, April 27.

The 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. conference brings together legal scholars, lawyers, and government and industry leaders to discuss intellectual property law as it relates biotechnology, the semiconductor industry, the Internet, and implications of the Microsoft case. Panelists include corporate attorneys from Intel Corporation and Sun Microsystems.

"In the age of the Internet, bioengineering and microdevices, what is the future of intellectual property law?" is one question posed by conference organizers. "What are the challenges that lawmakers, lawyers innovators and society face in balancing protection of intellectual property rights in new technology with affordable access and promotion of the arts and sciences?" is another theme of the SCU conference.

The law school conference is the second day of a two-day "Technology Week" at SCU examining the impact of technology on society. On April 26, SCU's Center for Science, Technology and Society, in a conference sponsored by Applied Materials and Regis McKenna, will bring together leaders in business, higher education, science, and public policy to examine the economic, social, political, and moral implications of the Internet.

Friday's conference on intellectual property law is sponsored by the law school's High Tech Law program. The lunch and keynote speaker will be Q. Todd Dickinson, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the U.S. Patent Office. He served as principal policy advisor to the Clinton Administration and Congress on all domestic and international intellectual property matters.

The conference's closing comments, at 4 p.m., will be from Ronald M. Whyte, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of California, which has one of the most active intellectual property dockets in the country.

The intellectual property law conference has been approved for five hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California.

The day's schedule:

7:30 a.m. Registration.

8:45 a.m. Opening Observations. Donald Chisum, SCU law school, author of the 15-volume reference text on patent law.

9:15 a.m. Panel: "The Future of IP: Semiconductors." Edwin H. Taylor, patent attorney and founding partner of Blakeley, Sokoloff, Taylor and Zafman; C. Randall Bain, patent attorney and foundin partner, Brown & Bain; Peter N. Detkin, vice president and assistant general counsel at Intel Corp.

10:45 a.m. "The Future of IP: Biotechnology." Dorothy J. Glancy, SCU law school, has written on privacy law and electronic signatures, and a research fellow for the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Science; Robert Sapolsky, physician and professor in biological sciences, neuroscience and molecular and genetic medicine; Gerald P. Dodson, partner, Morrison & Foerster, represented the University of California in UCSF v. Genentech regarding ownership of patents to the gene sequences associated with the Human Growth Hormone; Oliver R. Goodenough, intellectual property law professor, Vermont Law School. Noon. Lunch and Keynote. Q. Todd Dickinson.

1:15 p.m. "The Future of IP: The Internet and Networks." Allen Hammon, SCU law school, has written on media regulation and mass media technology; Steve Perlman, founder of Rearden Steel Technologies, inventor of WebTV, and former principal scientist for Apple Computer; Tom Dunlap, vice president/ legal and government affairs, general counsel, Intel Corp.; David Balto, assistant director of the Office of Policy and Evaluation, Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition.

2:45 p.m. "The Future of IP: International Competition after the Microsoft Decision." George J. Alexander, SCU law school, former dean (1970-1986) and current director of the Institute of International and Comparative Law and of the law school's L.L. M programs for foreign lawyers and in international and comparative law; Michael Morris, senior vice president and general counsel, Sun Microsystems; Bryan Ford, SCU law school, has consulted on the Microsoft antitrust case; Thomas Schatzel, patent attorney and senior fellow at the SCU law school; Susan A. Creighton, partner at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati, specializing in antitrust litigation, and most recently represented Netscape Communications in the Microsoft antitrust case.

4:00 p.m. Closing comments, Ronald M. Whyte.

4:30 p.m. Cocktail reception, Adobe Lodge, SCU campus.

The Center for Science, Technology and Society was created in 1997 as an international Center of Distinction at Santa Clara University. It aims to provide guidance and expertise on ways to foster innovations that lead to beneficial, humanistic, and sustainable legacies for society.

The SCU School of Law, founded in 1912, combines a tradition of excellence with a commitment to ethics, diversity, and social justice, and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Its 900 students work in criminal and civil community law clinics, and may earn certificates in intellectual property law, international law or public interest law.

The SCU High Tech Law Program offers a specialty certificate in intellectual property law, and in the fall will admit its first students in a new master's program, offering an LL.M. degree in intellectual property law.

Santa Clara University, located in northern California's Silicon Valley, is a Jesuit university with 7,350 students. Recognized in 2001 by the American Association of Colleges and Universities for its undergraduate programs, and known nationally for its graduate and professional schools, SCU celebrates its 150th anniversary in the 2000-2001 academic year.

To register, call 408-551-1868. Fees are $100 for entire day; $25 lunch only; with panel attendance free for students. Individuals who attend both the CSTS conference and intellectual property law conference pay only $150 for the CSTS Conference and $75 for the law conference.


To obtain press credentials, or to get more information or schedule interviews, contact Barry Holtzclaw in SCU Media Relations at 408-554-5125. For more information about SCU, visit For more information about the High Tech Law program, visit; for more information about the Center for Science, Technology, and Society visit

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