Sesquicentennial Professor of Law
University of Richmond School of Law
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November 17, 2022
6:15 P.M. LECTURE
7:00 P.M. RECEPTION
The Houston Club
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One Hour of CLE Credit
James Gibson is the Sesquicentennial Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law. He is also founder and former director of the School of Law’s Intellectual Property Institute. His scholarship has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Texas Law Review, and UCLA Law Review, among other venues.
Professor Gibson is also a frequent commentator in the media and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal, Slate, and Chronicle of Higher Education. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and is a recipient of the University of Richmond’s 2007 Distinguished Educator Award.
Prior to becoming a law professor, Professor Gibson served as attorney-adviser to Commissioner Michael Goldsmith for the U.S. Sentencing Commission and clerked for the Hon. Karen Nelson Moore, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He received a B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Selected Publications Include: Convergence and Conflation in Online Copyright, 105 Iowa Law Review 1027 (with Chris Cotropia) (2020); Rights Accretion Redux, 60 IDEA 45 (2019); Boilerplate’s False Dichotomy, 106 Georgetown Law Journal 249 (2018).
Uncoupling Trademark & Reputation
Reputation is sacrosanct in trademark law. If not for trademark’s exclusive rights, a company’s competitors could use its mark on their inferior products—and there goes both the company’s good reputation and the incentive to produce high-quality products in the first place. That’s the theory. In reality, however, the quality of a business’s goods and services is only one input into its reputation. And the other inputs, such as crowdsourced product ratings, advertising, lifestyle marketing, and disinterested-but-not-really influencers, are both widely used and rife with distortions. This talk catalogs the effects of these distortions and examines the consequences for trademark law of the uncoupling of reputation and quality.
2021 AMELIA SMITH RINEHART, West Virginia University College of Law
Navigating Multiplexed Technology Transfer
2020 JORGE L. CONTRERAS, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Anatomy of an Intellectual Property Movement: The Open COVID Pledge
2019 SARAH BURSTEIN, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Toward a Normative Theory of Design Patents
2018 TIMOTHY R. HOLBROOK, Emory University School of Law
3D Printing, Digital Patent Infringement, and Its Implications
2017 JOHN R. THOMAS, Georgetown University Law Center
The End of Patent Medicines? Exploring the Rise of Regulatory Exclusivities
2016 DANIEL C.K. CHOW, The Ohio State University - Moritz College of Law
Trademark Squatting in China
2015 RUTH OKEDIJI, University of Minnesota Law School
Inventing Intellectual Property: Source Disclosure for Genetic Patent Rights?
2014 DENNIS D. CROUCH, University of Missouri School of Law
Clarifying Patent Scope
2013 ELIZABETH A. ROWE, Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Intellectual Property and Information Control
2012 THE HONORABLE JIMMIE V. REYNA, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Immediate and Future Challenges
2011 ROBERT BRAUNEIS, George Washington University Law School
Trademark Infringement, Dilution, and the Decline in Sharing of Famous Brand Names
2010 JANE K. WINN, University of Washington School of Law
Information Security as a Governance Challenge
2009 GREGORY N. MANDEL, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Patently Nonobvious: The Impact of Hindsight Bias on Patent Decisions
2008 MARGO A. BAGLEY, University of Virginia School of Law
Illegal, Immoral, Unethical… Patentable? Issues in the Early Lives of Inventions
2007 CLARISA LONG, Columbia University School of Law
The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Law
2006 JOHN F. DUFFY, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.
The Invention of Invention: A History of Nonobviousness
2005 DAN L. BURK, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis
The Problem of Process in Biotechnology
2004 DAVID J. FRANKLYN, University of San Francisco School of Law
The Anti-Free Rider Principle in American Trademark Law
2003 WILLIAM F. LEE, Hale & Dorr LLP, Boston
Attorney-Client Privilege and Willful Infringement
2002 HON. PAUL MICHEL, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.
Predicting the Scope of Patent Protection: Construing Literal Claim Scope and Determining Available Equivalents
2001 YSOLDE GENDREAU, Université de Montreal, Quebec
The Exportation of Copyright Models: The Retransmission Right and the Internet
2000 JERRE B. SWANN, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, Atlanta
Trademark Dilution for the Year 2000
1999 JOSEPH STRAUS, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law, Munich
Multinational Patent Enforcement: Problems and Solutions
1998 JOHN R. THOMAS, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.
Transnational Patent Litigation
1997 HON. NANCY LINCK, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, D.C.
Patent Prosecution for the New Millennium
1995 DONALD S. CHISUM, CHISUM ON PATENTS
The Allocation of Decisional Responsibility Between Judge and Jury in Patent Trials
1994 JOHN PEGRAM, Davis, Hoxie, Faithfull & Hapgood LLP
Complexity and Cost in Patent Litigation
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