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2020 Three Rivers Intellectual Property and Technology Law Colloquium

The Third Annual Three Rivers Intellectual Property and Technology Law Colloquium

Produced by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Duquesne University School of Law, both in Pittsburgh, PA.

We invite you to share your papers and projects at a working papers colloquium for and among faculty in intellectual property and technology law. We expect the primary participants to be those teaching at law schools in the Three Rivers region. We define the Three Rivers expansively: central and western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, eastern and northeastern Ohio, and western New York. Other faculty members are welcome to attend, space permitting. The total size of the colloquium is expected to be 12-15 people, divided roughly between people with papers to share and people without.

All participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging expenses. The host institutions will provide the welcome dinner and other meals during the colloquium.


Friday, January 31, 2020, preceded by a welcome dinner for participants on Thursday evening, January 30, 2020


University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Michael Madison, University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Agnieszka McPeak, Duquesne University School of Law.

RSVPs and for more information:

[Participation is closed, as of January 21, 2020. For information about the Colloquium, contact Professor Madison.]

Participants (alphabetical):

  • Mark Bartholomew (Buffalo Law)
  • Dan Brean (Akron Law)
  • Bryan Choi (Ohio State Law)
  • James Dilmore (Duquesne Law)
  • Brian Frye (Kentucky Law)
  • Aman Gebru (Duquesne Law)
  • Richard Heppner (Duquesne Law)
  • Dmitry Karshtedt (George Washington Law)
  • Jacqui Lipton (Pitt Law)
  • Michael Madison (Pitt Law)
  • Mike Mattioli (Indiana Law – Bloomington)
  • Agnieszka McPeak (Duquesne Law)
  • Emily Michiko Morris (Penn State – Dickinson Law)
  • Liam O’Melinn (Ohio Northern)
  • Aaron Perzanowski (Case Western Reserve)
  • Guy Rub (Ohio State)
  • Mark Schultz (Akron Law)
  • Martin Skladany (Penn State – Dickinson Law)
  • Sean Tu (West Virginia Law)


Wide-open discussions are preferred; early stage work is welcome. Participants are expected to have read or reviewed all drafts in advance of the colloquium. Paper presenters should expect to have at most 5 to 10 minutes of initial presentation time to lay out one or two key notes or questions about the work. The moderator will intervene as appropriate.

Formal presentations and slide decks are strongly discouraged.

For guidance as to the format, read: Michael Risch (Villanova Law), “The Virtues of Getting Shredded.”

Hotel information:

All attendees make their own travel and housing arrangements and bear their own related expenses. The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is located in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Hotel options in Oakland have proliferated in recent years, giving attendees several options to choose from if they want to walk from their hotel to Pitt Law. Nearby hotels include (in order of proximity to Pitt Law):

Schedule Overview:

Dinner – Thursday, January 30:

7 pm at The Whitfield, at the Ace Hotel. Address/contact: Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, 120 S. Whitfield, Pittsburgh, PA. 412-626-3090

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Presentation/Colloquium Schedule – Friday, January 31:

The Colloquium will take place in Pitt Law’s Alcoa Room. That’s on the second floor of the Barco Law Building, a/k/a Pitt Law, 3900 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh.

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Papers can be downloaded from the cloud. For access, get the link from Michael Madison.

8 am – 9 am: Continental breakfast.

9 am – 9:45 am: Brian Frye & SJ Morrison, “Toxic Public Goods”

10 am – 10:45 am: Aman Gebru, “Intellectual Property Ownership of Collectively Developed Innovation”

11 am – 11:45 am: Shine Tu, “Protracted and Compact Prosecution: Examiner and Applicant Use of Prior Art”

12 noon – 12: 45 pm (*We’ll have a working lunch, to accommodate as many papers as possible*): Aaron Perzanowski, “Abandoning Copyright” (with Dave Fagundes)

1 pm – 1:45 pm: Mark Bartholomew, “Copyright and the Brain”

2 pm – 2:45 pm: Bryan Choi, “Software as a Profession”

3 pm – 3:45 pm (*We’ll bring in snacks*): Emily Michiko Morris, “Patents, Innovation, and (Unfair) Competition”

4 pm – 4:45 pm: Jim Dilmore, “(D)evolution of 35 U.S.C. § 101 Jurisprudence and How to Fix It”

Those with energy, or needing energy, will adjourn to find refreshments.


Papers can be downloaded from the cloud. For access, get the link from Michael Madison.