Second Annual Symposium on Hot Topics in Patent Law

On July 15, 2003, George Mason School of Law hosted its Second Annual Symposium on"Hot Topics In Patent Law," co-sponsored by the intellectual property law firm of Banner & Witcoff. The speakers at this day-long event included four federal judges, as well as James Rogan, the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Over seventy people attended from law firms and corporations across the mid-atlantic region. Below are photographs from the event, presented together with a list of speakers. For the complete Symposium Program, see Hot Topics in Patent Law 2003 (PDF).

Honorable Edward Damich and Bradley C. WrightBradley C. Wright (on the right) served as Symposium Coordinator for the Second Annual Hot Topics in Patent Law. Wright was also the day's first speaker, presenting the Mid-Year Developments in Patent Law. He graduated from the George Mason University School of Law in 1994.

Pictured on the left is the Honorable Edward Damich, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Judge Damich presented an afternoon session entitled Litigating Patent Cases in the Court of Federal Claims.

Honorable James RoganThe Honorable James Rogan (pictured on the left), Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Rogan delivered the lunch address during the symposium. Seated in the right of the photo is Wayne Paugh (GMU Class of 2000), Rogan's Chief of Staff.


Honorable Pauline Newman
Honorable Pauline Newman, Circuit Judge, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University moderated an afternoon panel discussion on the topic of Best Practices for Litigating Patent Cases.
Honorable William C. Conner
Honorable S. Jay Plager
Honorable William C. Conner (to the left), Senior Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of New York was on the panel together with the Honorable S. Jay Plager, Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University.
Following is a list of the speakers at the event:

Hon. Pauline Newman
    Circuit Judge
        U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Hon. S. Jay Plager
    Senior Circuit Judge
        U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Hon.William C. Conner
Senior Judge
        U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y.

Hon. Edward Damich
    Chief Judge
        U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Hon. James Rogan
     Under Secretary of Commerce and Director
        U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

David Hricik
     Professor of Law
        Mercer University School of Law

R. Danny Huntington
    Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis, L.L.P.

F. Scott Kieff
    Professor of Law
        Washington University School of Law

Geoffrey R. Myers
     Hall, Priddy,Myers & Vande Sande

Bradley C.Wright
     Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.