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OverviewThe purpose of this Symposium is to provide students with a firsthand opportunity to meet practitioners who are respected in their field and to discuss potential career paths in intellectual property. By having one panel with partners and a second with associates, we hope to provide a broad perspective on the opportunities available to students within the field of intellectual property law at various stages of their legal career. This event is geared towards first and second year law students looking for guidance as they begin their career in law, and third year students seeking mentorship in their career trajectory. The associate panel will explore the experience of associates in a law firm. Topics will involve discussion around choosing a firm and practice area, the associates’ experiences, and interesting IP matters they have worked on. This is a great opportunity to showcase the various options a firm can offer associates who are just getting started in their careers from the perspective of attorneys who have already accumulated a few years of experience in the IP field. The partner panel will feature more established attorneys who will discuss their career trajectory and the most compelling matters they have participated in recently and during their career. Panelists will discuss Careers in IP from the perspective of those who have been in the practice the longest and will offer complex insight into the demands of an ever-changing legal field like IP. The panel will explore the unique challenges the most senior attorneys face as they manage, oversee, mentor, and train attorneys in their practice, while also remaining in the forefront of developing IP matters.
Panel OutlinesPanel 1: Associates in IP Moderator: Katherine Strandburg; Alfred B. Engelberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law Panelists:
- Alexandra Awai; Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher
- Dash Cole; Associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
- Alyssa Monsen; Associate at Sidley Austin
- Joshua Simmons; Associate at Kirkland & Ellis
- Nao Takada; Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
- Arlene Hahn; Partner at White & Case
- Stuart Levi; Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
- Christopher Noyes; Partner at WilmerHale
- Tamir Packin; Partner at Desmarais
- Claudia Ray; Partner at Kirkland & Ellis
OverviewThe purpose of the symposium was to address the underlying policy concerns supporting intellectual property regulation in light of varying industry norms and market forces suggesting that such regulation may not be the only source of protection. By establishing a wide-ranging board of presenters, we hoped to provide varying perspectives on the application of intellectual property theories in various creative fields. Our panelists included academics, active practitioners, and creative professionals. The symposium specifically focused on fields either attempting to gain protection under Intellectual Property regulation or operate outside of regulatory protection.
Panel OutlinesPanel 1: Creative Fields Resisting IP Moderator: Christopher Sprigman; Professor of Law at New York University School of Law Panelists:
- Orin Snyder; Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
- Jim Mendrinos; Comedian and Writer
- Daniel Dardani; Technology Licensing Officer at M.I.T.’s Technology Licensing Office
- Jason Schultz; Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law
- Lee Sporn; General Counsel at Michael Kors
- Brandon Sun; Fashion Designer and Founder of Brandon Sun
- Charles C. Valauskas; Founding Partner of Valauskas Corder LLC
- Rebecca Charles; Owner and Head Chef at Pearl Oyster Bar
Supplemental Materials“The Piracy Paradox” by Profs. Raustiala & Sprigman An excerpt from Knockoff Economy by Profs. Raustiala & Sprigman In addition to these two documents, an excerpt from Jessica Silbey’s upcoming book, The Eureka Myth, was made available in hard copy at the event.