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2023 Three Rivers Intellectual Property and Technology Law Colloquium

The Sixth Annual Three Rivers Intellectual Property and Technology Law Colloquium

Produced by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, carrying on a partnership to which the Duquesne University Thomas R. Kline School of Law expects to return in 2024. Both law schools are in Pittsburgh, PA, home of the famous meeting of three rivers: the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers converging to form the head of the Ohio River.

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, January 27, 2023, preceded by an informal welcome dinner for in-person participants on Thursday evening, January 26, 2023


We’ll meet in a hybrid format. In-person participation is welcome; those can’t attend in person or who would prefer to participate remotely will Zoom in. The in-person portion of the colloquium will take place in the “Eberly Room,” on the Fourth Floor of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law)


Michael Madison, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

RSVPs and for more information:

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

Participants (alphabetical):


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. Formal presentations are strongly discouraged. Presenters should expect to have at most 5 minutes of time to lay out one or two key initial notes or questions about the work. There will be no slides! The host will intervene as appropriate to preserve time for participant questions and conversation.

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.


8:45 am to 9 am: Gather and chat

  1. 9 am – 9:05 am: Welcome
  2. 9:05 am – 9:50 am: Martin Skladany, “The Right to be Remembered (R2BR)”
  3. 10:05 am – 10:50 am: Christa Laser, “Legal Issues in Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)”
  4. 11:10 am – 12:00 noon: Sean Tu, “The Long CON: An Empirical Study of Pharmaceutical Continuation Practice”

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm: Lunch


  1. 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm: Dan Brean and Camilla Hrdy, “The Patent Law Origins of Science Fiction”
  2. 2:05 pm – 2:55 pm: Amy Semet, “An Empirical Examination of Venue in Patent Law”
  3. 3:10 pm – 4:00 pm: Aman Gebru, “Communal Authorship”

Departure. Drinks. Or Whatever is Next

Hotel information

In-person attendees should 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):

Parking information

If you’re coming from outside of Pittsburgh, need to park in the Oakland neighborhood, and don’t plan to stay in a nearby hotel, here are the best parking options, in order of size:

  • Soldiers and Sailors Parking Garage
  • Forbes Semple Garage, at 210 Meyran Avenue, between Forbes Avenue and Sennott Street
  • UPMC – Forbes Tower Garage, at 215 Meyran Avenue, between Forbes Avenue and Sennott Street
  • Forbes Surface Lot, on Sennott Street at Atwood Street

Dinner – Thursday, January 26

In-person attendees are welcome to join a pre-colloquium dinner hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, at Eleven, a wonderful Pittsburgh restaurant.

Dinner will be at 7:30 pm.

Eleven is located at 1150 Smallman Street, in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.