Wealth increasingly results from the application of research, knowledge and information to meet human needs and wants. Whether it be the design of the latest hand-held device or a company’s strategic marketing plan, who owns the skills developed and the information possessed by employees? Two areas of law - intellectual property law and employment law - converge to address these fundamental questions:
- How are employers’ legitimate interests and intellectual property rights balanced with the employees’ liberty to change their employment or strike out on their own?
- How do the laws of trade secrets, employee duty of loyalty, and non-competition agreements approach the legitimate interests of both employers and employees?
- As global free trade and information technology expand product, service, and employment markets, how have these areas of law evolved and how are they likely to evolve in the future?
This forum brings together distinguished legal scholars, commentators from the corporate world, experienced jurists, and practicing attorneys to offer reflective insights and practical perspectives into these questions. Join us for a unique opportunity to explore the cutting edge ideas in the increasingly important areas of intellectual property and employment law.
This program has applied for 5.5 General MCLE credits through the Oregon State Bar.
This program is made possible by a generous grant from Libby and Michael McCaslin and the Keller Family Foundation, Adidas and Markowitz Herbold PC.
Previous Fall Forum Topics:
2014 19th Annual- Educating the Transactional Business Lawyer
2013 18th Annual- Success & Failure in Professional Sports
2012 17th Annual- Balancing Investor Protections, the Environment, and Human Rights
2011 16th Annual- The Protected-Class Approach to Antidiscrimination Law: Logic, Effect, Reform
2010 15th Annual- Taxation and the Environment
2009 14th Annual- Intellectual Property Remedies
2008 Spring Symposium- Indigenous Economic Development: Sustainability, Culture and Business
2007 13th Annual- Nonobviousness- The Shape of Things to Come
2006- 12th Annual- The Aging of the Baby Boomer and America’s Changing Retirement System
2005- 11th Annual- Intellectual Property Remedies
2004- 10th Annual- Markman v. Westview Instruments: Lessons from a Decade of Experience
2003- 9th Annual- Economic Development
2002- 8th Annual- The Role of Law in Small Business Transactions
2001- 7th Annual- Deciding ICANN Domain Name Disputes - Questioning Delegation, Fairness & Consent
2000- 6th Annual- The Regulation of Small and Emerging Business
1999- 5th Annual- Intellectual Property in the New Millennium: Keeping Pace With Change
1998- 4th Annual- World Wide Labor Markets and Employment Law in the 21st Century
1997- 3rd Annual- Financing Innovation: The Future of Capital Formation for Small and Emerging Business
1996- 2nd Annual- Business Enterprises: The Next Century
1995- 1st Annual- Taxation and the Family