About UW Law CLE Events

UW Law hosts a number of seminars, symposiums and conferences designed to provide updates on recent developments in the law, assist in increased understanding of substantive areas of the law and provide opportunities to enhance legal skills for constituents of both the public and private sectors. Many of the Friday events listed below are part of the UW Law "Second Friday CLE in Alaska" series. Lawyers licensed in Washington and Oregon may call in to the Alaska program for CLE credit, as may Alaska lawyers outside of Anchorage.

Upcoming CLE Events

  1. Winter 2019 Distinguished Shidler Lecture: Patent Quality - What is It and Why is It Essential for Patent Holders?
    When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30pm PST
    Where: William H. Gates Hall (LAW)
    Patent Quality - What Is It And Why Is It Essential For Patent Holders?
    a Lecture by Prof. Christoph Ann, Technical University of Munich (TUM)

    Patents are only as good as they are enforceable; that is what patent quality means. Prof. Ann’s presentation will show that patent quality is not only about the patent system at large, but first and foremost about the interests of patent holders, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Startups need quality patents to exclude competitors, to raise venture capital, to license out their patents, and to successfully enforce them in court or obtain preliminary injunctions to cease and desist.
    However, as this lecture will demonstrate, not all stakeholders are incentivized to prioritize patent quality.

    Professor Christoph Ann holds the chair of Corporate and IP Law at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), School of Management.  In 2018, he was nominated for elevation to the bench of the German Federal Court of Justice. He declined the honor in order to stay in academia, where he teaches IP Law at both TUM and the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC).  Prof. Ann’s academic focus is Patents & Trade Secrets; his publications include 7 books and more than 150 contributions to books and journals.  His Patentrecht (Patent Law) is the most comprehensive German treatise on patent law.  

    1 CLE credit pending
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