Andrew P. Morriss, University of Illinois College of Law; Craig A. Nard, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

An Interest Group Perspective on Patent Law's Development

Wed, 11/11/2009
4:30 PM, Lewis Library 120
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

This lecture focuses on the evolution of patent law from the time of 15th c. Renaissance Italy to the late 19th c in the United States. The role and influence of various stakeholders and the question of institutional choice provide insights into how and why patent law developed during this period and offers guidance on current controversies surrounding patent law's role throughout the world.

Craig Nard, who joined the Case Western Reserve School of Law faculty in 2001, serves as Co-Director of the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy at the University of Torino, Italy. Professor Nard practiced intellectual property law in Dallas, Texas prior to becoming the Julius Silver Fellow in Law, Science, and Technology at Columbia University School of Law. After his fellowship, he clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. for the Honorable Helen W. Nies, and then the Honorable Giles S. Rich. Before joining the Case law faculty, he was an Associate Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School and a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law at Camden. He teaches in the areas of intellectual property and patent law. B.A. 1987 (Washington & Jefferson), J.D. 1990 (Capital), LL.M. 1995, J.S.D. 1999 (Columbia).

Andrew P. Morriss is the inaugural H. Ross and Helen Workman Professor of Law & Professor of Business. He is also a Research Fellow of the NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law, a Senior Fellow at the Property & Environment Research Center, Bozeman, Montana; a Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and a regular visiting professor at Universidad Francisco MarroquĂ­n, in Guatemala. Prior to coming to the University of Illinois, he served as Galen J. Roush Professor of Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, where he was also associate dean from 2000 to 2003. He received his A.B. degree from Princeton University, his J.D. and a masters degree in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. (Economics) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After law school he clerked for U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders in the Northern District of Texas and worked for two years at Texas Rural Legal Aid in Hereford and Plainview, Texas.

Cosponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions