Evolving the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and its Patent Law Jurisprudence
Missouri Law Review Symposium 2011 February 25, 2011 John K. Hulston Hall


8:15 a.m.


Dean Larry Dessem and Professor Dennis Crouch of the University of Missouri School of Law

8:30 a.m.

Panel I

Structure and Jurisprudential Approach of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Does the Court have a jurisprudential approach? How does the structure of the Court impact the development of the law? How does intra-circuit competition and factionalism impact these questions?


Lisa A. Dolak
Syracuse University College of Law

Lee Petherbridge
Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Elizabeth Winston
Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America

10:15 a.m.

Earl F. Nelson Lecture

presented by David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

1 p.m.

Panel II

The Court's Role in Developing Patent Law Policy

What should the Court's role be in deciding questions of innovation policy? Where does the Court sit vis-á-vis other potential policymaking bodies such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Congress, the Supreme Court, the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration?


Mark A. Lemley
Stanford University Law School

Peter Menell
University of California Berkeley School of Law

Ryan G. Vacca, '04
The University of Akron School of Law

3:15 p.m.

Panel III

The Court's Impact on Innovation, Industry and the Practice of Law

Do the Court's decisions have an actual impact on the level of innovation in society? How should patent practitioners treat the court when drafting and prosecuting patents that likely will not be enforced for more than a decade? Are we concerned with major fluctuations in the law prompted by the Court?


Christopher Holman
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

Jason R. Mudd, '05
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP

Greg R. Vetter
University of Houston Law Center