Tsai Center Hosts USPTO "PTAB/TTAB Stadium Tour"
 
On February 24, 2016, the Tsai Center hosted the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's "PTAB/TTAB Stadium Tour."  The highlight of the event were live proceedings of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).  As part of this event, the law school welcomed eight PTAB and TTAB judges and the attorneys representing the parties in those proceedings.  The event also included several educational sessions, with Board judges sharing tips for successful advocacy and experienced Board practitioners discussing strategies for winning cases before the PTAB and TTAB.  The Tsai Center welcomed a distinguished list of judges and speakers, including:
 
  • The Honorable Georginna Braden, Administrative Patent Judge, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
  • The Honorable Dan Galligan, Administrative Patent Judge, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
  • The Honorable Francie Gorowitz, Administrative Trademark Judge, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
  • The Honorable Susan Hightower, Administrative Trademark Judge, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
  • Mackenzie Martin, Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • David L. McCombs, Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • The Honorable Lorelei Ritchie, Administrative Trademark Judge, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
  • Hope Shimabuku '05, Texas Regional Office Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
  • Peter G. Thurlow, Polsinelli
  • The Honorable Stacey White, Administrative Patent Judge, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
  • The Honorable Ben Wood, Administrative Patent Judge, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; and
  • The Honorable Michael Zecher, Administrative Patent Judge, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 
Tsai Center Sponsors SMU Science and Technology Law Review's Symposium on Cyber Security
 
The SMU Science and Technology Law Review held its second annual symposium on October 23, 2015.  The focus of the symposium was cyber security.  The keynote speaker was Frederick R. Chang, who is the Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security, and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU.  For more information, go here.
 
Tsai Center Holds Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues: The Future of Innovation and Intellectual Property
 
On September 18, 2015, the Tsai Center held its inaugural event, the Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues: The Future of Innovation and Intellectual Property.  The Tsai Center welcomed over 250 registrants to hear from a distinguished list of speakers, including:
 
  • The Honorable Scott R. Boalick, Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
  • The Honorable Rodney Gilstrap, District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas;
  • The Honorable Faith S. Hochberg, District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (Retired);
  • Professor Timothy Holbrook, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law;
  • David J. Kappos, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and former Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
  • Professor Mark A. Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor and Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science, and Technology, Stanford Law School;
  • The Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn ’76, District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas;
  • The Honorable Paul R. Michel, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Retired);
  • Professor Melissa F. Wasserman, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law;
  • Mark Werbner ’78, Co-Founder of Sayles Werbner, who argued in one of the Supreme Court’s patent cases this past term, Commil v. Cisco; and
  • Peter Yu, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law. 
 
Tsai Talks


Tsai Talks brings leaders from both the legal community and various industries under the umbrella of law, science, and innovation to provide an informal opportunity for those leaders to discuss current issues in their respective industries with law students at the SMU Dedman School of Law.  The 2015-2016 lineup of speakers included:

 
Michael Walsh Strasburger & Price LLP Food, Drugs, and Rock and Roll – The FDA and the Evolution of Deference, Due Process, and the First Amendment 9/9/15
Ashley Duffie Celanese Corporation Legal Issues Arising During the Construction of a Methanol Plant 9/15/15
Max Ciccarelli Thompson & Knight LLP InnovationThoughts on a Lawyer's Role 9/22/15
Frederick Addison Munsch Hardt
Kopf & Harr, PC
Recent and Significant Issues in Environmental Law: A Potpourri 9/29/15
Michael Byrd ByrdAdatto Technology's Role in the Changing Face of Healthcare 10/6/15
Mina Saifi Hewlett-Packard Company Recent Invalidation of U.S. Safe Harbor Laws: Data/Privacy Implications for Certified Companies 10/21/15
Christa Brown-Sanford Baker Botts LLP Patent Litigation Reform: Are We There Yet? 11/3/15
Jamie Sorley U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services The Role of Privacy in Emerging Technologies 11/11/15
Lisa Evert Hitchcock Evert LLP What Every Intellectual Property Associate Needs to Know 2/3/16
Martin Merritt Friedman & Feiger Healthcare Employment Contracts 2/17/16
Brian McCormack and Sreenivas Vedantam Baker & McKenzie LLP Oh, There Goes Gravity...The Effects of Alice on a Software-Focused Patent Practice 3/2/16
Brianna Hinojosa-Flores Blackberry, Inc. From a Single Patent to a Corporate Strategy: How Companies Use IP Assets to Further Business Goals 3/23/16
Vincent Allen Carstens & Cahoon LLP The FAA's New Drone Regulations 3/30/16

SMU Dedman Dean Collins Appoints Executive Board of Tsai Center
 
Upon the recommendation of Tsai Center Co-Directors Robinson and Taylor, SMU Dedman School of Law Dean Jennifer M. Collins formally appointed five members of the law school faculty to the inaugural Executive Board of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation.  The newly appointed members of the Executive Board include the following professors whose teaching and research focus on the intersection of law, science, and innovation:  Lackland H. Bloom, Jr., Nathan Cortez, Jeffrey M. Gaba, Thomas W. Mayo, and Meghan Ryan.
 
Professor Bloom teaches courses and writes in the areas of constitutional law and copyright law.  He has written articles and given lectures regarding the relationship between copyright law and the First Amendment, including in the context of security breaches.  Following a clerkship with Chief Judge John R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Professor Bloom associated with the Washington D.C. firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.  He obtained his undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University and his law degree at the University of Michigan.
 
Professor Cortez focuses his teaching and research in the areas of health law, administrative law, and FDA law.  His research focuses on emerging markets in health care and biotechnology.  He has become one of the world’s leading legal scholars on medical tourism and other cross-border health markets.  His research also addresses mobile health technologies.  Professor Cortez previously practiced with the Washington D.C. law firm Arnold & Porter, as part of its pharmaceutical, health care, and biotech practice.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from Stanford University.
 
Professor Gaba teaches environmental law, property, and administrative law.  His research specializes in environmental law; he has publishing numerous articles, treatises, and books on environmental law.  Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Edward Pringle of the Colorado Supreme Court and then as an attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund and with the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Professor Gaba holds his bachelor’s of arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara, his juris doctor from Columbia Law School, and his masters in public health from Harvard University.
 
Professor Mayo teaches courses related to bioethics and healthcare law.  He has given nearly 300 public lectures on health-law-related subjects and been quoted in over 1,000 media stories around the world.  Following graduation from law school, Professor Mayo was an associate with Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle (now Nixon Peabody, LLP), served as a law clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then practiced with the Washington, D.C., firm of Covington & Burling in the areas of antitrust, securities fraud, election law, and communications.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law.
 
Professor Ryan teaches and writes at the intersection of criminal law and procedure, torts, and law & science.  Her current research focuses on the impact of evolving science, technology, and cultural values on criminal convictions and punishment, as well as on civil remedies.  After law school, Professor Ryan clerked for the Honorable Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  She also worked as an associate in the trial group at the Minneapolis-based law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, where she focused her practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation, as well as on white collar defense and compliance.  She received her A.B., magna cum laude, in chemistry from Harvard University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School.
 
With these appointments, the Executive Board of the Tsai Center consists of these five faculty members, Tsai Center Co-Directors Robinson and Taylor, and Dean Collins, who serves on the Executive Board ex officio.
 
SMU Provost Formally Approves Tsai Center and Names Profs. Robinson and Taylor as the Inaugural Tsai Center Co-Directors
 
Following a spring of planning and preparation for the official launch of the Tsai Center, Paul W. Ludden, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Southern Methodist University, formally approved the formation of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation at the SMU Dedman School of Law.  As part of the formal approval of the Tsai Center and upon the nomination of SMU Dedman School of Law Dean Jennifer M. Collins, Provost Ludden also appointed the Tsai Center’s inaugural Co-Directors, SMU Dedman School of Law Assistant Professors W. Keith Robinson and David O. Taylor.
 
The approval of the Tsai Center sets in motion a slate of events, conferences, and symposia scheduled for the Tsai Center’s first year.  These events will include the Tsai Center’s inaugural event, the 12th Annual Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues, which this year will focus on “The Future of Innovation and Intellectual Property.”
 
Professor Robinson teaches and writes in the areas of property, intellectual property, patent law, and technology law.  His current research focuses on analyzing the challenges small firms face in obtaining patent rights in the U.S. patent system.  Professor Robinson practiced law at Foley and Lardner LLP as a member of the electronics practice group in Washington, D.C.  Professor Robinson is a cum laude graduate of Duke University School of Law, and he holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering.  Prior to practicing law, Professor Robinson was a technology consultant for Ernst & Young LLP and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young LLC.
 
Professor Taylor teaches and writes in the areas of contracts and patent law.  His scholarship focuses on patent law, patent policy, patent litigation, and civil procedure.  Prior to joining the law school, Professor Taylor clerked for the Honorable Sharon Prost of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and he practiced law in the intellectual property department of the law firm of Baker Botts LLP in its Dallas office.  Professor Taylor earned his juris doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University.  Prior to law school, Professor Taylor worked as an applications engineer at National Instruments Corporation. 
 
New SMU Dedman Law Academic Center to Provide Legal Research in Science and Technology
 
A $3.125 million gift will launch the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation in SMU’s Dedman School of Law.  The combined $2.5 million endowment and $625,000 in operational funding for the first five years provides a platform for collaboration among legal, science, engineering and business students, scholars and professionals.  For more details, read the entire press release here.
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