SLST Firm Career Panel: Intellectual Property and Technology Law in Practice
The Columbia Law School Society for Law, Science, and Technology (SLST) will host a career panel and dinner reception on “Intellectual Property and Technology Law in Practice” on Monday, November 22 from 7-8:30pm in William and June Warren Hall Room 103.
Our aim is to educate students about job opportunities and career paths in science, technology, and intellectual property related law prior to the December start date for 1L summer applications and Columbia’s Early Interview Program next year. Speaking on the panel will be attorneys from Ropes & Gray, Kirkland & Ellis, and Morrison & Foerster. The panel will be followed by a Q&A. There will also be a reception afterward allowing students to speak one-on-one with the panelists and any other associates of the firms who attend.
Dinner will be served and all students are welcome. If you have any questions, please email Ashley Fry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“First to Invent versus First Inventor to File”
The Patent Reform Act of 2010 (also referred to as the 2009 bill),
which Senator Orren Hatch will seek to pass following the November 2nd
elections, would change the unique US system of granting a patent to
the first inventor to a system that grants a patent to the “first
inventor to file.” The first to invent system leads to many
“interference” proceedings where two independent inventors try to
prove when they conceived of the invention, that they were diligent in
reducing the invention to practice, and that they did not abandon,
suppress, or conceal the invention. A first inventor to file system
would eliminate the traditional interference proceeding, but would
also create an entirely new system of administrative procedures for
determining who in an inventor and if he treated his invention
properly prior to filing. Currently, the US is the only major country
that employs a first to invent system. All other countries use a
simple first to file system, relying only on the filing date of the
Should the US change to a first inventor to file system?
Summary of the Patent Reform Act of 2010
Academic Paper on the First Inventor to File System
Basic Comparison of First to Invent v First Inventor to File
PTO Director Kappos Commenting on the First to Invent System