Northwestern IP Professor David Schwartz to speak on patent litigation

As published by CNBC

David L. Schwartz, a Northwestern University law professor, will speak at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago on August 31 about patent litigation.

The lecture, “Predicting Settlement and Adjudication: Empirical Evidence from Patent Litigation,” will use empirical data to examine what factors contribute to settlements in patent litigation and to the length of litigation.

In his talk, Schwartz will examine the evolution of patent disputes starting from the complaint, using benchmarks drawn from the rules of civil litigation and accounting for a range of dispositions including settlement, summary judgment and trial. His analytical framework will examine key predictors including the types of litigants, their counsel, judges, judicial districts and the underlying patents.

Professor Daryl Lim, the director of John Marshall’s Center for Intellectual Property, Information Technology & Privacy Law, said, “Dave is an outstanding example of someone who marries theory and practice in a way that makes his scholarship both academically rigorous and relevant to the practice of patent law.”

CLE credit is available and a reception will follow.

Schwartz is one of several notable legal professionals who have spoken this year at John Marshall about intellectual property. Others include Kirkland & Ellis partner Ken Adamo (LLM ’89); Director of Intellectual Property for the Americas and Deputy General Counsel for Continental Automotive Themi Anagnos (JD ’00); Chief Judge Sharon Prost of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Probir Mehta, Assistant US Trade Representative; Director of the Midwest Regional Patent & Trademark Office Christal Sheppard; former Federal Trade Commission Chairman William Kovacic; Professor Hugh Hansen, founder and director of the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute; Acting Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Nathan Kelley; and Chief Judge Ruben Castillo and Judge Edmond Chang of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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