Intellectual Property, Private Law, and the Supreme Court

How has the Supreme Court been applying principles of private law —from property, contract, tort, equity, and remedies —to decide intellectual property cases? How should it do so in the future?

The conference will feature four panels:

  • The Nature of IP
  • Infringement and Defenses
  • Licensing and Exhaustion
  • Equity and Remedies


8:30 am: Breakfast & Registration

9 am: Opening Remarks

  • Hon. F. Scott Kieff, U.S. International Trade Commission

9:15 am: The Nature of IP


  • Prof. Ruth Okediji, University of Minnesota Law School


  • Aaron Cooper, Business Software Alliance, former Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Prof. Robert P. Merges, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Prof. Henry E. Smith, Harvard Law School
  • Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Munger Tolles & Olsen LLP, former Solicitor General of the United States

10:30 am: Break

10:45 am: Infringement And Defenses


  • Prof. Michael B. Abramowicz, The George Washington University Law School


  • Prof. Dmitry Karshtedt, The George Washington University Law School
  • William F. Lee, WilmerHale LLP
  • Malcolm L. Stewart, Deputy Solicitor General of the United States
  • Prof. Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown University Law Center

Noon: Lunch

1 pm: Post-Lunch Remarks

  • Q. Todd Dickinson, Polsinelli, former Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

1:30 pm: Licensing And Exhaustion


  • Prof. Robert Brauneis, The George Washington University Law School


  • Sarang V. Damle, U.S. Copyright Office
  • Prof. John F. Duffy, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Aaron M. Panner, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC
  • Eric Reifschneider, The Marconi Group

2:45 pm: Break

3 pm: Equity And Remedies


  • Prof. John M. Golden, University of Texas School of Law


  • Hon. Susan G. Braden, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Prof. Douglas Laycock, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Prof. A. Douglas Melamed, Stanford Law School
  • Carter G. Phillips, Sidley Austin LLP

4:30 pm: Closing Remarks

  • Hon. Kimberly A. Moore, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

5 pm: Reception

This conference is co-organized by the Project on the Foundations of Private Law at Harvard Law School and the Intellectual Property Law Program at the George Washington University Law School, sponsored by Qualcomm Inc. and Intel Corp.