Temple Law School Symposium to Address Green IP


The Temple Journal of Science, Technology, and Environmental Law’s (TJSTEL) 2010 annual symposium will be about legal issues at the intersection of intellectual property and green technologies.

Entitled “The Greening of Intellectual Property,” the symposium will examine

the many points of intersection between the intellectual property field and the green movement and assess the importance of this overlap to the legal community, the nation, and the world

The speakers include Robert Bahr, the Acting Associate Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, who will talk about the USPTO’s Green Technology Pilot Program and Duke Law Professor Jerome Reichman, who will speak about green innovation strategies.

The first panel is entitled “IP Rights:  Helping or Hurting Green Technology? The Effect of Green Energy Patents on Pollution and Emissions Programs in Developing Countries” and will be moderated by Temple Professor Greg Mandel.

The second panel will discuss the effects of recent court decisions such as In re Bilski on green patenting.  An ethics panel will include Daniel Desmond, Pennsylvania’s “Energy Czar,” who has been involved in developing the state’s alternative energy policies.

The symposium will be held on Friday, March 19th at Temple University.  The full schedule is here: schedule-of-events-2010.pdf.  Registration information is available here.

Green IP has become a hot academic topic, with several law schools holding symposia on the subject in the last year or so. 

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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.