The Art and Science of the IP Deal

April 7 - 8, 2017
William H. Gates Hall
University of Washington School of Law
CLE Credits: 11.50 CLE Credits Approved (10.25 Law & Legal Procedure Credits; 1.25 Ethics Credits)



Agenda and Directions


The Art and Science of the IP Deal gathers more than forty internationally renowned scholars and practitioners who work either in corporate law or in IP and innovation policy, to address the theories, structures and societal impact of deals, from licensing and assignments to mergers and acquisitions where IP is a key asset. Join us April 7-8, 2017 for a cutting-edge conversation on the state of IP deals in 2017, with panelists covering antitrust, open-source, termination and exhaustion, non-competes, global tax, right of publicity, and the ethical aspects of deals. 11.0 CLE credits (1.25 ethics CLE) available.

We are especially pleased to announce four highly respected speakers who will be presenting to conference participants.

The Honorable Marco A. Hernandez, United States District Court for the District of Oregon

Don McGowan, General Counsel, Pokémon

Mark McKenna, University of Notre Dame Law

Steven Davidoff Solomon, University of California, Berkeley



Steven Davidoff Solomon, of the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver an opening Keynote Address setting the stage for our conversation. What is a deal, definitionally, and what are some of the theories for how deals can and should be structured? What makes an IP deal unique or exceptional, if anything? What does the corporate law expert think IP folks most need to know about deals? April 7, 8:40–9:30 a.m.

Mark McKenna, of the University of Notre Dame Law, will deliver a lunchtime keynote address delving into substantive issues in the law of design, including the problem of how to determine the scope of the protected interest in a thing. Insofar as the scope of protection is unclear, transactions relying on the thing protected are likely to cause concern, they may create misalignment in the parties’ expectations, and they may be likelier to result in litigation or threats thereof. April 7, 12:20–1:10 p.m.

The Honorable Marco A. Hernandez, United States District Court for the District of Oregon, as the 2017 Shefelman Jurist-in-Residence, will deliver a Distinguished Lecture drawing on an important recent patent case he decided. Judge Hernandez will revisit his opinion in Tranxition v. Lenovo, which was affirmed by the Federal Circuit earlier this year. April 7, 5:20–6:30 p.m.

In his “Presentation from Practice,” Don McGowan, General Counsel, Pokémon, will share some of the valuable lessons he has learned about licensing and IP deals through his work in-house, most recently in connection with the Summer 2016 launch of Pokémon Go. April 8, 12:40–1:20 p.m.