November 15, 2011 14:26 Age: 2 yrs

Holbrook to Deliver Distinguished Professor Lecture in Chicago

By: Holbrook, Timothy

Professor Tim Holbrook will deliver the Distinguished Professor Lecture at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL, from Noon - 2 p.m. on Nov. 18. His lecture, entitled "Patent Law's Audience," is based on his current work-in-progress, co-authored with Mark Janis of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

The talk will discuss issues of public notice in patent law. Specifically, one of the most difficult issues in patent law is to afford proper notice of the scope of patents to the relevant audience. Yet courts and commentators have failed to evaluate exactly who is the relevant audience for patents and patent law. In other words, who is the “public” when issues of “public notice” arise?

This lecture will review patent doctrine to assess who the relevant audiences may be, whether current doctrines are directed to the appropriate audiences, and what prescriptive steps could be taken as a result of the potential disconnect between the law and the proper audience. Information on the lecture is available at:

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