Duke Symposium to Address IP’s Impact on Adoption of Clean Technologies

The Duke Law IP & Cyberlaw Society’s 8th Annual “Hot Topics” in Intellectual Property Law Symposium is being held on Friday, February 6, 2009 at Duke Law School and will include a discussion on how IP affects efforts to address global climate change.  The keynote speaker will be Carl Horton, Chief IP Counsel for GE, whose talk is entitled “Current Challenges Facing IP Practitioners.”

The all-day event will have a morning session focusing on the effects of intellectual property protection on the adoption of clean technologies, including in developing economies. 

I will have the honor of being on the morning panel, which will include individual presentations followed by a panel discussion moderated by Duke Law School Professor Jerome Reichman.  My talk is entitled “Keeping the LEDs on and the Electric Motors Running:  Clean Tech in Court After eBay.”  

The other clean tech IP panelists and their presentations are:

Dr. Bertin Martens, Deputy Chief Economist for the European Commission Trade Directorate, “Do Intellectual Property Rights Affect the Transfer of Climate Change Technology to Developing Countries?”

Dr. Keith Maskus, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean at the University of Colorado at Boulder, “Economic Perspectives on Encouraging Transfer of Green Technologies: Problems and Prospects”

Dr. Douglas H. Pearson, Associate at Jones Day, “Intellectual Property Rights in Clean Tech, a Patent Practitioner’s Perspective”

The afternoon panel discussion relates to developing a legal regime for generic biologics and will be moderated by Duke Law School Professor Arti Rai. 

North Carolina attorneys can earn 5 CLE credits, and out-of-staters get certificates of attendance.  More info on the symposium can be found here, and online registration is here.

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Eric Lane

Eric Lane, the founder and principal of Green Patent Law, is an intellectual property lawyer and registered U.S. patent attorney in New York and is a member of the bar in New York and California. Eric has more than two decades of experience working with wind, solar PV, CSP, biofuels, and geothermal, energy storage technologies, carbon capture and sequestration, medical devices, data communications, mechanical, chemical, internet and software.