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October 4, 2006

Conference Contact: Ronald Mann, (512) 232-1357 or
Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or

UT Law to Host Conference on the Frontiers of Intellectual Property, Nov. 10-11

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AUSTIN, Texas—In the 21st Century, as economic activity shifts from physical goods to intangible assets, Intellectual Property (IP) has become more central to the success of businesses in all sectors of the economy. Yet, with billions of dollars at stake, IP systems are struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of innovation. New technologies – including software, biotech, and digital media – present new challenges for existing legal systems.

The University of Texas School of Law in conjunction with the Texas Law Review will host a conference on Nov. 10-11, to consider the role of IP in the exciting decades to come. This conference collects a diverse group of academics who cut across the conventional disciplinary boundaries — law, business, economics, and political science — and puts them on panels with sophisticated executives and lawyers. Among the institutions represented will be the law schools at Arizona, Berkeley, Duke, George Washington University, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Texas.

The conference includes sessions on the challenges copyright law faces as it confronts new technologies; administrative and substantive reforms of the patent system; and studies of patents in the software and biotech industries. Each session will feature papers by leading law-school academics, followed by discussion from scholars in other disciplines, knowledgeable executives from the private sector, and experienced practicing lawyers, selected to represent as many divergent perspectives as possible. The conference is organized by Texas faculty member Ronald Mann, and Professors Oren Bracha, John Golden, and R. Anthony Reese from Texas’s faculty also will speak. Dr. Robert Sutor, IBM’s Vice President for Standards and Open Source, will present a keynote address.

The Conference, funded in part by contributions from Microsoft Corp. and the Texas Law Review Association, will be held at the Law School and at the Barton Creek Country Club.

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