The Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property (JTIP) is proud to announce the Tenth Annual JTIP Symposium. Anyone may attend the Symposium for free, but we ask that you please fill out the Registration Form, below.



Up to 5.00 CLE credits (1.25 per panel) may be obtained. Background documents are available to download inside the hyperlinks to each individual panel in the schedule below.


Events on Friday, March 6, 2015, are located 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

For more information, please click on the hyperlinks in the schedule below, or contact Daniel Gross ( or Stephanie Coirin (


Platinum Sponsor: McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Gold Sponsor: Brinks Gilson & Lione

Academic Sponsor: Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth

Academic Sponsor: Northwestern Law School’s Master of Science in Law


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Friday, March 6th
9:00 AM

Check-In and Welcome Coffee

Northwestern JTIP

Thorne Auditorium Hallway

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

10:45 AM

Inter Partes Review (IPR) at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Andrew Williams, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, LLP
Mircea Tipescu, Brinks Gilson & Lione
David Schwartz, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Jay Kesan, University of Illinois College of Law
Hon. James Smith, Chief Administrative Patent Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Thorne Auditorium

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

12:15 PM

Special Luncheon Lecture by Dr. Christal Sheppard

Christal Sheppard, Regional Director of the USPTO Detroit Satellite Office

Thorne Auditorium

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

1:45 PM

Business Method Patents Following Alice v. CLS Bank

Mike Borella, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, LLP
Christal Sheppard, USPTO
Jay Kesan, University of Illinois College of Law
Mark Remus, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Laura Pedraza-Fariña, Northwestern University School of Law

Thorne Auditorium

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

3:15 PM

Special Lecture: The Impact of Teva on U.S. District Court Patent Claim Construction Procedures

Hon. James F. Holderman, Senior District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois

Thorne Auditorium

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

4:45 PM

Pre-1972 Sound Recording Copyright Law

Peter DiCola, Northwestern University School of Law
Thomas Leavens, Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC
Margit Livingston, DePaul University College of Law
Tyler Ochoa, Santa Clara University School of Law

Thorne Auditorium

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

6:00 PM


Northwestern JTIP


6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

7:00 PM

Dinner and Keynote Speech with Retired Chief Judge Paul R. Michel

Hon. Paul R. Michel, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Retired)


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM