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Past Events and Lectures Around Town

Seminars Around Town:
George Washington School of Engineering and Applied Science - November 17, 6:30 pm.

GW is providing an online information session about the Spring 2011 semester in graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering as well as masters degrees in Telecommunications & Computers.

March 2010
Washington College of Law Visit to the USPTO
Friday, March 26, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30pm, Madison South Auditorium

Please join American University, Washington College of Law’s Intellectual Property Law Society in a panel discussion with distinguished guests from the USPTO. Our panelists will discuss the roles they play at the USPTO and the career paths they took to attain their positions. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and speak informally with the panelists.

Panelists include: 

Robert McManus Solicitor's Office
Gregory Morse Central Re-Examination
Judge Lance Barry Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences
Kathleen Fonda Office of Patent Legal Administration
Anthony Knight Office of Petitions
Susan Wolski Office of PCT Legal
Paul Salmon Office of External Affairs
Benjamin Allen
Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks
Janice O'Leary Trademark Examining Attorney
Tamara Teslovich Patent Examiner










National Inventors Hall of Fame - March 31, 2010
1:30pm, Department of Commerce

The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) hosts the 38th Annual Induction Ceremony. This ceremony will feature 16 inductee inventors who "have invented lifesaving methods of slowing cancer, devices that let us explore the undersea world, one of the worl's best known office products, and the technology that lead to the multi-billion dollar video game industry, among others." Actual names of the inductees will be announced at this ceremony. This event is free and is open to the public, but please be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend. Click the link below for more information. This event recommends business attire.
To RSVP, follow this link:

January 2010

Bilski Oral Argument, available for download
The Bilski case has understandably generated an enormous wealth of commentary, including eight-plus amicus breifs, dozens of thoughtful articles, and hundreds of blog posts, CLE seminars, etc. The Supreme Court has released a transcript of the Bilski oral argument but has not yet released actual audio of the event. Listen to the arguments the parties actually made and hear questions that Chief Justic Roberts and his colleagues actually posed. UCLA law students stage a reading of the transcript. Hosted by law professors Doug Lichtman.


5th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute,  January 21-22, 2010
Collaboration of Geore Mason School of Law, USPTO, and The University of Texas School of Law

Registration Required
USPTO - Madison Building, Main Auditorium


Weird Animals: Genomes and Sex
Jenny Graves, The Australian National University, Research School of Biological Sciences
January 28, 2010, Carneige Institution for Science - Capital Science Lecture Series,

Comparisons between distantly related mammals and other vertebrates – including kangaroos and platypuses, devils (Tasmanian) and dragons (lizards) – can help explain how human sex chromosomes evolved and explain why they are so weird. The human X chromosome is full of “brains-and-balls” genes that were important in the rapid evolution of humans, while the human Y is a pathetic little chromosome that lost most of its genes, other than a sex determining gene. It is degrading rapidly and may be entirely lost in the next few million years, with unexpected consequences to the human race.

1530 P St. NW, Washington DC

November 2009

Beyond TRIPS: The Current Push for Greater International Enforcement of Intellectual Property

November 5, 2009, Thursday, 1-4pm, Room 603
American University Washington College of Law

1:00 – 2:30  PANEL 1 – Strengthening IP Enforcement Through TRIPS and Other Multilateral Initiatives
Moderator: Padideh Ala'i, Washington College of Law

Daniel Gervais, Vanderbilt University
Peter Yu, Drake University
Michael Geist, University of Ottawa

2:30 – 4:00  PANEL 2 – American Efforts to Strengthen International IP Enforcement
Moderator: Susan Sell, George Washington University

Sean Flynn, Washington College of Law
Eric Smith, International Intellectual Property Alliance
Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge
Stanford McCoy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Reception to follow.

Registration is free and open to the public. More information is available at, and a webcast will be available at this address. WCL is in the process of applying for CLE accreditation. Please rsvp for registration purposes: For a printable PDF flyer:

American University, 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington DC 20016
More Information and WEBCAST:


George Washington Law School, Fall 2009 IP Workshop Series 

November 5, 2009, Thursday    1:30pm, Faculty Conference Center
"The Nature and Scope of the PTO's Regulatory Power"

November 19, 2009, Thursday  1:30 pm, Faculty Conference Center
"The Folly of Early Filing in Patent Law"


What Can We do About Fossil Fuel CO2?
Wallace Broecker, Columbia University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
November 12, 2009, Thursday    6:45pm, Carneige Institution for Science, Captial Science Lecture Series

Balzan Lecture Reversing the rise of atmospheric CO2 will be a monumental task. Despite  our best efforts to conserve energy, to substitute non-fossil fuel sources, and to capture CO2 produced in power plants, the level of CO2 will almost certainly reach double its pre-industrial value. Halting the CO2 buildup will require direct capture of CO2 from the atmosphere. Once the CO2 level has stabilized, there will almost certainly be a drive to reduce it. Fortunately, it appears that CO2 capture can be achieved at an acceptable cost. If we fail to act aggressively, however, we will be faced with risky remedial measuresCo-hosted with the Embassies of Italy and Switzerland
1503 P Street NW, Washington DC 20005

September 2009

How the Ear Hears, and Sometimes Doesn't
Paul Fuchs, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology
September 24, 2009 - 6:45 PM  Carneige Institution for Science, Capital Science Lectures

A remarkable set of molecular mechanisms converts sound waves into electrical signals and encodes frequency content within the inner ear. “Feedback” by tiny cellular amplifiers can cause the ear to produce sound, while the brain employs a unique mode of neuronal inhibition to partially deafen the ear. These and other observations have led to important insights into how we hear, how this process can go wrong, and what we hope to do about it.