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What's the big idea? UDMLaw Review Symposium looks at the future of IP law

By Steve Thorpe

Legal News

It seems that whatever international issue is raised today, China tends to step to the forefront.

"China is going to play a more assertive role in the international IP (intellectual property) regime," said Prof. Peter K. Yu. "If you are interested in international IP development, you want to ask questions about China."

The Law Review Symposium on the Future of Intellectual Property Law was hosted by the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law on March 9 at the Detroit Athletic Club. Four panels discussed the topics of The Future of Patent Law, The Future of Trademark Law, The Future of Copyright, and The Future of International Intellectual Property Law.

Panelists at the all-day event included U.S. District Judge Avern L. Cohn, Timothy Gorbatoff, Chief IP Counsel for General Motors, U-M Prof. Jessica Litman and Marybeth Peters, Former United States Register of Copyrights.

During the Future of International Copyright Law segment panelists talked about sweeping changes occurring in the realm of global intellectual property.

Disagreements on international intellectual property law in the past have often seen developed nations arrayed on one side of the argument and developing nations on the other. China is a particularly interesting case because it's in the process of crossing that fence. Currently a haven for "borrowed" IP and trademarks, it now is becoming interested in protecting those things.

"The traditional discussion about China is about piracy," Yu said. "But there are also some interesting developments in China on the trademark front."

Yu, founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, then showed a series of outrageous -- and sometimes amusing -- examples of ripoffs of trademarks in China.

"Here's a 'Blockberry,' not a Blackberry, and it's endorsed by President Obama. 'KFG Chicken' is popular as is 'O'McDonald's' with its famous three golden arches. 'Pizza Huh,' 'Buckstar Coffee' and Apple ... without the bite. Oddly, sometimes you actually get more features than the regular product, but much of the time it's just a low-quality replica."

But Yu said the Chinese appear to be serious about change.

"What's really interesting is that China is now actively building an intellectual property system, focusing on its own technological development," Yu said.

Although the focus in such discussions is often on protecting the rights of intellectual property holders like inventors, authors and composers, there is now a trend toward a more flexible approach.

"This idea that the sky will fall if rights holders can't have absolute control over the dissemination of copyrighted works really should be considered with skepticism," said panelist Wissam Aoun, an instructor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and an expert on patents, trademarks, scientific research and experimental development. "Social justice advocates have been speaking out -- including some of the people in this room -- about counter-hegemonic movements around the world. Another significant development in the evolution of international copyright law lies in its recent linkage with fundamental human rights instruments, such as Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

Michele Woods, Senior Counsel for Policy and International Affairs at United States Copyright Office, believes that the U.S. agency strikes the right balance between creators and users.

"Balance ... what does that mean? From the perspective of the U.S. Copyright Office, we reject the idea that balance is copyright vs. free copying of everything," she said. "That is not our idea of balance in the copyright system. We believe we have a strong and balanced copyright system of strong protections but also strong exceptions and limitations."

Woods cited frequent exceptions to copyright as demonstrating the flexibility already present in the current approach.

"For example, in the U.S. when we talk about access to copyrighted works for the blind and visually impaired, we have a copyright exception -- a very strong one -- to allow that access," she said.

Her office assists the Register of Copyrights in advising Congress and executive branch agencies on international copyright issues.

The panelists all agreed that the current "spaghetti bowl" of international trade agreements, treaties and laws will have to be simplified to accommodate the explosion of global trade. As always, the devil will be in the details as competing interests iron out their differences and settle on streamlined rules.

Published: Fri, Mar 16, 2012

EVENTS


Student Bar Association End-of-the-Year Party - Location Undisclosed

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 8:00 pm

The Student Bar Association invites all Detroit Mercy Law students to attend its end-of-the-year party on Thursday, April 28. Please contact SBA Secretary Jessica Cheaib if you have any questions.


Jesuit Day of Service - Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9:00 am

Jesuit Day of Service will be on Saturday, April 30, at Detroit Mercy Law. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, administrators, family, and friends are invited to participate in service projects supporting the Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church and Pope Francis Center for the homeless.

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Murphy Honor Society Dinner - Location Undisclosed

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 6:00 pm

The annual Murphy Honor Society dinner, honoring the top ten percent of the graduating class, will be held on Saturday, April 30. This is an opportunity for the students and their families to celebrate their accomplishments with the faculty and administration of Detroit Mercy Law. For additional details, please contact Pamela Wilkins, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.


American Inns of Court Dinner - Location Undisclosed

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 5:30 pm

The annual year-end celebration of the Detroit Mercy Law American Inns of Court chapter will be held on Tuesday, May 10. Detroit Mercy Law has the only Michigan charter membership in the American Inns of Court Foundation, which has the goal of instilling excellence in advocacy and professionalism. For additional details, please contact Professor Gary Maveal.


Baccalaureate Mass - Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 5:00 pm

The Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2016 will take place on Thursday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church immediately adjacent to the School of Law.  This Mass offers a moment of quiet reflection and thanksgiving for students' educational journey at UDM and an opportunity to ask for God's blessing as they begin their legal career.  Members of all faiths and traditions are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., will preside.

Graduates, faculty, and administrators should wear their academic regalia and gather by 4:30 p.m. in the first-floor hallway opposite the SBA office.  Graduates and guests may park in the Larned and Christ Church parking lots.

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Commencement - University of Detroit Mercy

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Commencement proceedings for the School of Law's Class of 2016 will occur on Friday, May 13, at 5:00 p.m. in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus of the University of Detroit Mercy.  The jubilee class of 1966 will lead the procession. Anthony A. Asher ('65) is the Commencement speaker, and his late brother, George J. Asher, will receive a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) posthumously.

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Canadian and American Dual JD Program Reception in Toronto - Omni King Edward Hotel

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Alumni, current students, and fall 2016 admitted students are invited to attend events co-hosted by Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, at the Omni King Edward Hotel. The afternoon begins at 4:00 p.m. with a Continuing Legal Education presentation by Professors Jeffrey Berryman and Troy Harris, "All the Goods about Good Faith Contracting," followed by a cocktail reception from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. For further details, visit www.dualjd.com

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Alumni Reception in Chicago - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 6:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a reception for Detroit Mercy Law alumni in the Chicago area on Tuesday, June 7. Details will follow soon.


Lunch at the Michigan Bar Exam - East Lansing

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 11:30 am

Detroit Mercy Law will provide complimentary boxed lunches for alumni taking the Michigan Bar Exam on July 26 and July 27. Look for us outside the Breslin Center near Gate C during your lunch break each day. You can sit and relax or grab and go - whichever you prefer. For additional details, please contact Denise Hickey, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations.


Red Mass 2016 - Atrium

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 104th annual Red Mass on Tuesday, September 20, at noon at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium. Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., will celebrate the Mass. Father Kammer is a Jesuit priest, an attorney, and a member of the Southern Province of the Jesuits. He has been director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute since March of 2009. Hon. Victoria Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will lead the Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment.

Red Mass is an opportunity for law students, judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and administrators of all faiths to come together and celebrate the beginning of the new judicial term and academic year. The School has hosted the Red Mass on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit at Saints Peter and Paul since the School opened in 1912.

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