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2022 Three Rivers Intellectual Property and Technology Law Colloquium

The Fifth Annual Three Rivers Intellectual Property and Technology Law Colloquium

Flyer for the 2022 Three Rivers IP and Tech 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.


Friday afternoon, January 28, 2022 and Saturday morning, January 29, 2022, preceded by an informal welcome online “cocktail hour” for participants on Thursday evening, January 27, 2022


Via Zoom (alas) (in a fully safe world, we would gather at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law)


Michael Madison, University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Aman Gebru, Duquesne University School of Law.

RSVPs and for more information:

[For information about the Colloquium, contact Professor Madison.]

Participants (alphabetical):

  • Lea Bishop (Indiana University – Indianapolis)
  • Dan Brean (independent)
  • Bryan Choi (Ohio State Law)
  • Brian Frye (Kentucky Law)
  • Aman Gebru (Duquesne Law)
  • Camilla Hrdy (Akron Law)
  • Margaret Hu (Penn State Law)
  • Christa Laser (Cleveland Marshall Law)
  • Jacqui Lipton (Pitt Law)
  • Michael Madison (Pitt Law)
  • Emily Michiko Morris (Akron Law)
  • Liam O’Melinn (Ohio Northern)
  • Aaron Perzanowski (Case Western Reserve)
  • Amy Semet (University at Buffalo)
  • Mark Schultz (Akron Law)
  • Dyebo Shabalala (Dayton Law)
  • Martin Skladany (Penn State – Dickinson Law)
  • Sean Tu (West Virginia Law)
  • Anjali Vats (Pitt 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.”

Presentation/Colloquium Schedule

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

Friday, January 28:

11:45 am to 12 noon: Gather and chat

  1. 12 noon – 12:45 pm: Sean Tu, “Technology Changes Drive Legal Changes for Antibody Patents: What Patent Examiners Can Teach Courts About The Super Written Description and Enablement Requirements” (co-author: Christopher Holman)
  2. 1 pm – 1:45 pm: Aaron Perzanowski. “Campaigns, Copyright, and Tarnishment” (co-author: Jake Linford)
  3. 2 pm – 2:45 pm: Amy Semet, “A Data-Driven Analysis of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s First Decade”
  4. 3 pm – 3:45 pm: Margaret Hu, “Self-Coup, Soft Coup, Silent Coup”
  5. 4 pm – 4:45 pm: Martin Skladany, “How Nonprofits Can Help the Public Domain”

Saturday, January 29:

  1. 8:45 am to 9 am: Gather and chat
  2. 9 am to 9:45 am: Aman Gebru, “Owning Collective Innovation”
  3. 10 am to 10:45 am: Christa Laser, “Getting to Many Minds in Patent Law: Eliminating the Federal Circuit’s Exclusive Jurisdiction?”
  4. 11 am to 11:45 am: Camilla Hrdy and Dan Brean, “Futurity”
  5. 12 noon to 12:45 pm: Brian Frye, “After Copyright: Pwning NFTs in a Clout Economy”