Lunch Events This Week: "Congressional Patent Wars" & "Copyright Protection for Perfume"

Oct 12: Congressional Patent Wars: Innovation Policy, Politics, and the Public Interest

Lunch with Christopher Gallagher

American University Washington College of Law
Oct. 12, 2010 (Noon – 2pm)
Room 528
Lunch provided by IP Law Society and PIJIP

Registration 

Everyone favors "Innovation", while few think well of Congress. Viewed by economists as the savior of our nation's competitive edge in the global economy, "innovation" is heralded daily in the press and countless new books. The unique by-product of our mix of capitalism and democracy, America's innovation eco-system is the envy of the world. Congress, on the other hand, is favored by very few, even in DC. In fact however, neither innovation nor Congress are well understood and understanding  both is more important than ever.


 

Oct 14: A Fracas about Fragrance: Copyright’s Application to Perfume

Lunch with Charles Cronin (WCL ’85)

American University Washington College of Law
Oct. 14, 2010 (Noon – 2pm)
Room 528
Lunch provided by IP Law Society and PIJIP

Registration

Over the past thirty years courts in France and the Netherlands have considered whether manufactured fragrances may be considered expressive works of authorship eligible for copyright protection.  Decisions in these European cases have been wildly inconsistent, prompting debate among European intellectual property scholars and practitioners on this question.  Charles Cronin will discuss his views on this matter -- which he recently published in an article for the Journal of the Copyright Society – wrapping up by airing a few perfume samples and a round of “name that fragrance”.

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