Tsai Events


Each year the Tsai Center organizes and holds various conferences and symposia directed to the intersection of law, science, and innovation.  In addition, the Tsai Center welcomes various groups holding their own conferences at the SMU Dedman School of Law. 


Annual Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues

For the last fourteen years, the SMU Dedman School of Law has held an annual “Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues.” On September 29th, 2017, the Symposium addressed "The Value of Intellectual Property".  6 hours of CLE credit. Registration included breakfast, lunch and a networking reception. 

View the complete schedule and featured speakers

To join our mailing list and receive updates regarding the 2017 Symposium and other Tsai Center events, please click HERE.


Annual SMU Science and Technology Law Review Symposium

The SMU Science and Technology Law Review also holds an annual symposium addressing a hot topic in the field of law and technology.  In 2014, the symposium addressed the law of social media.  2015's symposium focused on cyber security.  In 2016, the SMU Science and Technology Law Review co-hosted a Food Law Forum with Strasburger & Price, LLP and Michigan State University.  To join our mailing list and receive updates for upcoming events and symposia, please click here.

Other Conferences and Symposia

The Tsai Center also welcomes outside groups wishing to hold their own conferences at the law school.  These groups have included the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which has held multiple events at the law school, and the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (AIPLA), which held an Electronic and Computer Patent Law Summit at the law school in the summer of 2015.  Another recent example of a conference held at the law school is the Food Law Forum held in the spring of 2015 and a forum on the Patent Prosecution Highway in 2016. The Tsai Center was proud to co-sponsor a panel discussion on cyber security, liberty, and privacy in February 2017 with the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute. 



The “Leadership Lecture Series” will contribute to the Tsai Center’s mission by bringing thought-provoking and dynamic speakers to the law school, serving as a platform for faculty, students, alumni, and practitioners to engage with distinguished leaders in the area of law, science, and innovation. The inaugural Leadership Lecture in October 2016 was given by the Honorable Sharon Prost, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has exclusive jurisdiction over appeals in patent infringement litigation.  To read more about this lecture and other Tsai Center events, click here. 


  • 11/02/17 Tsai Talk: Advice for Practicing Technology Law In-House
    Irwin Barnes, SVP and Deputy General Counsel, Fidelity Investments (ret.)
  • 10/26/17 Tsai Talk: Technology and Data Protection in the Aviation Industry
​       Donald Broadfield, Jr., Chief Intellectual Property & Data Counsel, American Airlines, Inc. 

       Michael Henry '12, Principal, Henry Patent Law Firm

For more information on upcoming conferences and symposia, see the NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS and EVENTS portions of the Tsai Center’s website.


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