Fall Forum: Intellectual Property Remedies

Date: Friday October 5 and Saturday October 6, 2007
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm (Friday), 8:00am – Conference close (Saturday)
Location: Lewis & Clark Law School, Wood Hall, Room 8 (Map & Directions)

Fall Forum

The nonobviousness requirement, unique to patent law, is the legal principle that reserves patent protection to technologically significant inventions; technologically trivial inventions, even if useful and new, are not patentable. This conference brings together sixteen scholars from law, economics, and psychology (in four panels, over two days) for an unprecedented interdisciplinary look at patent law’s nonobviousness doctrine.

We also have a panel of R&D managers to bring an industry perspective to our discussions. The Supreme Court’s decision this term in KSR v. Teleflex, the most significant nonobviousness decision since Graham v. John Deere (1966), serves as the new baseline for the nonobviousness doctrine. Our panelists look ahead, helping to shape the next decade of thinking about the nonobviousness principle in innovation law and policy. 

This year’s Fall Forum is made possible with the generous support of Microsoft Corp.