Oct 4, 2011    #169
Contact: Laura Byerley
(816) 235-1592

UMKC School of Law presents "Fueling Innovation: Hot Topics in Patent Law and Policy" on Oct. 14

Kansas City, Mo. - On Sept. 16, President Obama signed into law the Patent Reform Act of 2011, which represents the most substantial change to U.S. patent law in nearly 60 years. From 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 at the UMKC School of Law's E.E. "Tom" Thompson Courtroom, 500 E. 52nd St., Kansas City, Mo., the School of Law will host a symposium titled "Fueling Innovation: Hot Topics in Patent Law and Policy". The symposium will bring together experts from around the country to discuss the impact of this legislation and other hot topics related to patents and technology transfer.

Speakers include Christal Sheppard, who worked on the recently-enacted patent reform legislation as counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, and who recently accepted a position as Professor at the University of Nebraska School of Law. Other speakers include Hans Sauer, patent counsel for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and Mark Rohrbaugh from the NIH Office of Technology Transfer, along with other leading figures from academia and the private sector. Judge Nanette Laughrey of the Western District of Missouri will present her "views from the bench" during the lunch break.

The symposium is sponsored by the law firms of Lathrop & Gage, Hovey Williams LLP, Shook Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P and Polsinelli Shughart PC. Continuing education credits are available. For more information and to register, visit

Following is a schedule of events:

  • 8-8:30 a.m. - Registration and breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. - "Developments in the Courts and Congress"
  • 10:15-11:45 a.m. - "Translating Research into Innovation"
  • Noon-1 p.m. - Lunch and Presentation by Judge Nanette Laughrey, Western District of Missouri
  • 1-2:30 p.m. - "Adapting to an Evolving Global Innovation Environment"

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