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HOUSTON, THE NATION’S FOURTH LARGEST CITY, STANDS TODAY AS A LEADING INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR CREATIVITY in computer technology, biomedical technology, petrochemical technology and space technology.

At the legal epicenter of Houston’s contributions to the technologies of tomorrow stands the Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law (“IPIL”) at the University of Houston Law Center.

IPIL is recognized throughout the world for the strength of its faculty, scholarship, curriculum, and students. Its contributions to the study of law have earned both respect and an enduring reputation for excellence.

Leading·Legal·Learning—in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and information law. That’s what we do at the UH Law Center. Come join us.




The Twelfth Annual Spring Lecture

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Spring 2015 ArtShould the Law Care Why Intellectual Property Rights Have Been Asserted?

Jeanne Fromer
Professor of Law
New York University School of Law

Monday, March 2, 2015
The Coronado Club

919 Milam Street
Houston, Texas

Reception 5:30 p.m.
Lecture 6:15 p.m.

One Hour of CLE Credit
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For more information, call 713.743.2180


Prior Spring Lectures

Julie E. Cohen, Georgetown University
Post-Industrial Property
David McGowan, University of San Diego School of Law
The Unfallen Sky: Assessing the Relative Effectiveness of Legal and Market Adaptations to Technological Change
R. Anthony Reese, University of California-Irvine, School of Law
What Does Copyright Law Owe the Future?
Paul Goldstein, Stanford Law School
Copyright on a Clean Slate
Douglas Lichtman, UCLA School of Law
Pricing Patents: The RAND Commitment
William O. Hennessey, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Thirty Years (and More) of IP in China: A Personal Reflection
Robert Merges, University of California Berkeley School of Law
The Concept of Property in the Digital Age
Joel Reidenberg, Fordham University School of Law
The Rule of Intellectual Property Law in the Internet Economy
Hon. Arthur J. Gajarsa, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Ret.)
Patents in a Changing Economy
F. Scott Kieff, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
Theory & Practice in Commercializing Innovation
Jane Ginsburg, Columbia University School of Law
The Right to Claim Authorship

Julie E. CohenProfessor Jeanne Fromer teaches in the areas of intellectual property and contracts. She specializes in intellectual property and information law, with particular emphasis on unified theories of copyright and patent law.

Before coming to NYU, Professor Fromer served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also worked at Hale and Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale) in the area of intellectual property. In addition, she was an Alexander Fellow with the New York University School of Law and a Resident Fellow with Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. Fromer has served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and taught at Fordham Law School.

Professor Fromer received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, serving as Articles and Commentaries Editor of the Harvard Law Review and as Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. She earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in Computer Science from Barnard College, Columbia University. She also received an S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for research work in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics and worked at AT&T (Bell) Laboratories in those same areas.

Representative publications include: An Information Theory of Copyright Law, 64 Emory L.J. 71 (2014); The Audience in Intellectual Property Infringement, 112 Mich. L. Rev. 1251 (2014) (with Mark Lemley); Expressive Incentives in Intellectual Property, 98 Va. L. Rev. 1745 (2012); Patentography, 85 NYU L. Rev. 1444 (2010); and A Psychology of Intellectual Property, 104 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1441 (2010).

Should the Law Care Why Intellectual Property Rights Have Been Asserted?

The American legal system has standard justification stories for our intellectual property systems. Copyright law exists to stimulate the creation and dissemination of creative and artistic works valued by society. Patent law does the same for scientific and technological inventions. These laws offer to creators time-limited exclusive rights to foster these valuable creations without imposing too much cost on society’s use of these creations. The intellectual property laws do so by affording rightsholders an opportunity to vindicate certain interests in their covered works—that are directly related to these laws’ purpose—vis-à-vis third parties. More and more, however, there are reports of copyright, patent, and other intellectual property owners asserting their rights against others for reasons seemingly unrelated to the justifications of the intellectual property rights themselves. For example, there are copyright infringement suits that appear to be brought to protect against grey markets, to vindicate privacy interests, or even to protest American immigration policy. And there are patent infringement suits brought by some nonpracticing entities that appear to be motivated only by extracting settlements, not by the aim of creating or disseminating innovation. Should the law care when rightsholders’ intentions do not fit the justifications for the legal system? Drawing from the case law, I will set out how these intentions sometimes can influence case outcomes. Moreover, I will assess whether misuse, remedies, or other doctrines ought to come into play to size up and restrict rightsholders with ill-fitting intentions.

The Spring Lectures
A Service and Tribute to
Houston’s Distinguished
Intellectual Property Bar


THE INSTITUTE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & INFORMATION LAW at the University of Houston Law Center acknowledges the generosity of the following sponsors and supporters:

Adolph Locklar
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Andrews Kurth LLP
Arnold, Knobloch & Saunders, L.L.P.
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Hughes Incorporated
BMC Software
Boulware & Valoir
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Conley Rose, P.C.
Data Foundry Colocation
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Giganews Usenet
Golden Frog Internet Technology
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Heim, Payne & Chorush, L.L.P.
Katz Family Foundation Fund
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals
Locke Lord LLP
Mayer Brown LLP
Nielsen IP Law LLC
Norton Rose Fulbright
Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP
Osha Liang LLP
Porter Hedges LLP
Shell Oil Company
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Susman Godfrey LLP
Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC
Thompson & Knight LLP
Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc.
Univation Technologies
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Wong, Cabello, Lutsch,
      Rutherford & Brucculeri, L.L.P.

Meg Boulware • Ed Fein • Sarah Harris • Craig Joyce • Ronald and Madelyn Katz
Steve Koch • Irene Kosturakis • Paul Krieger • Bill LaFuze • Raul Montes
Peter Strand • Bill Walker • Russell Wong

Accommodations on the basis of disability are available
by calling IPIL at 713.743.2180 by February 26, 2015.

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public
research university and an EEO/AA institution.

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