The IP Mosaic Conference has named its annual works-in-progress lecture in honor of late John Marshall Professor Benjamin Liu. Liu, who was a presenter at the first IP Mosaic Conference in 2014, died in December 2014 at age 38.
The Second Annual IP Mosaic Conference was held March 18 and 19, 2016, in Milwaukee, co-sponsored by the intellectual property law program at Marquette University Law School and the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice. The conference brings together a broad spectrum of IP scholars, policy makers, and activists to examine the role of IP in social justice.
John Marshall Professor Maureen Collins, who announced the lecture series at this year’s conference, said that “this honor is particularly appropriate given how generous Ben was with his intellect and time when any of his colleagues had a draft article that needed a second look. It is a wonderful way to extend his legacy.”
Liu joined the John Marshall faculty in 2011. He served as director of the law school’s Chinese Intellectual Property Resource Center and taught IP specialty courses. He graduated from Harvard University with degrees in biochemistry and cellular biology, and earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. Before coming to John Marshall, he practiced IP law, first with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York and then in private practice in Chicago.