On Friday September 25, Chicago-Kent hosted the sixth annual SCIPR (Supreme Court IP Review) conference, an event that brings together intellectual property practitioners, academics, jurists and students to review IP cases from SCOTUS’s past term.
Conference Website: https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/scipr
Welcome Remarks & Morning Session
Chicago-Kent’s Dean Harold J. Krent introduced the conference and gave the spotlight to Professor Edward Lee, who reflected on “the impact nine people can have on others” and the ways in which the Supreme Court could change the name “Alice” into something feared (referring to 2014’s Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l case on patent-eligible subject matter). “We’re trying to find this year’s Alice,” he said.
Chicago-Kent professors Henry H. Perritt, Jr. and A. Dan Tarlock have been listed in ScholarRank’s Top 250 Authors. The list was compiled from HeinOnline’s extensive database and averaged citations and number of times accessed in the database’s records. Professors Tarlock and Perritt are listed alongside legal luminaries both past and present.
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Professor Perritt is the author of over 75 law review articles as well as 17 books related to law and technology, international relations, and other fields. He served as Chicago-Kent’s dean from 1997-2002, and has has promoted change and refugee aid through “Project Bosnia” and other programs.
Professor Tarlock, a member of the Chicago-Kent faculty since 1981, is established as an expert in environmental law, the law of the land, and water use. He has published a treatise and co-authored four casebooks, and is a consultant to local, state, federal, and national agencies, as well as private groups and law firms. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.
Read more about Professor Perritt’s work here and Professor Tarlock’s work here.
In Professor Seth Oranburg‘s forthcoming book Social Media Investing, he intends to “weave together ideas from various literature and present new theories in corporate finance, securities regulation, business associations, and entrepreneurship.” In anticipation of the book, Professor Seth Oranburg examined the impact of crowdfunding as an emerging financial model in a guest post on the GoodCrowd blog. Read an excerpt below:
Crowdfunding began as a way for independent musical artists to raise a few thousand dollars to rent a recording studio and release a record. It evolved distinct “rewards” and “donative” models. Rewards crowdfunding promotes consumer projects ranging from the niche (a casebook about zombie law) to the ubiquitous (the Pebble smartwatch). Donative crowdfunding promotes new charitable projects like micro-lending and cancer research. Public crowdfunding is a new model, where mature nonprofits are using portals to fund public goods by offering rewards and challenges.
Public crowdfunding is different from traditional charity fundraising in at least three important ways. First, public crowdfunding is an open call to action on the Internet to all people, not a targeted charity campaign to visitors or former donors. Second, public crowdfunding uses gamification principles like challenges and rewards to attract backers in real time. Third, public crowdfunding highlights and advertises a specific public-good product, instead of promoting a non-profit generally. These three factors, harnessing the power of the Internet, make public crowdfunding a powerful new tool to democratize charities.
Professor Oranburg is also interested in the confluence of crowdfunding and law practice. You can read the rest of his piece at GoodCrowd.