Annual Nies Lecture

Each year, a nationally recognized expert in intellectual property law presents a lecture on a cutting-edge intellectual property law issue.

2018

Opting for Regulation When Patentability Is In Doubt
by Rebecca S. Eisenberg, Robert & Barbara Luciano Professor of Law University of Michigan Law School

Rebecca S. Eisenberg

2017

A Cloud for Global Good: The Future of Technology—Issues for Wisconsin and the World
by Brad Smith, President & Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Corp.

Brad Smith

2016

Innovation, Disruption, and Intellectual Property: A View from Silicon Valley
by Ted Ullyot, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Ted Ullyot

2015

Semicommons in Fluid Resources
by Henry E. Smith, Fessenden Professor of Law and Director of the Project on the Foundations of Private Law at Harvard Law School

Henry E. Smith

2014

The Intensifying National Interest in Patent Litigation
by Hon. Kathleen M. O'Malley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Hon. Kathleen M. O'Malley
2013

Patents, Markets, and Medicine in a Just Society
by Arti K. Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law at Duke University

Arti K. Rai
2012

The Author's Place in the Future of Copyright
by Jane C. Ginsburg, Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law and Faculty Director, Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, Columbia University School of Law

Jane C. Ginsburg
2011

Can the Patent Office be Fixed
by Professor Mark Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Professor Mark Lemley
2010

Recovery and the Patent System
by Professor John F. Duffy

Professor John F. Duffy
2009

Real Copyright Reform
by Professor Jessica Litman, John F. Nickoll Professor of Law and Professor of Information, University of Michigan

Professor Jessica Litman
2008

The Uncertain Status of Clinical Trial Data in International Intellectual Property Law: From Private to Public Good?
by Professor Jerome Reichman, Bunyan S. Womble Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law School; Durham, N.C.

Jerome Reichman
2007

Patent Law's Peerless Appellate Architecture
by Craig A. Nard, Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law; Co-Director of the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts, Case Western Reserve University, Law School; Cleveland, Ohio

Craig A. Nard
2006

All Rights Reserved? Cultural Monopoly and the Troubles with Copyright
by Dr. Michael Geist, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa Law School, Canada

Dr. Michael Geist
2005

Hon. Richard A. Posner, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Article

Richard A. Posner
2004

Professor Graeme B. Dinwoodie, Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar, Associate Dean and Program Director of Intellectual Property, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Article

Graeme B. Dinwoodie
2003

Professor Dan L. Burk, Oppenheimer, Wolff and Donnelly Professorship in Law, University of Minnesota Law School

Article

Dan L. Burk
2002

Hon. Arthur J. Gajarsa, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Article

Arthur J. Gajarsa
2001

Hon. Randall R. Rader, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Article

Randall R. Rader
2000

Professor Sheldon W. Halpern, C. William O'Neill Professor of Law, and Judicial Administration; the Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University

Article

Sheldon W. Halpern
1999

Professor Donald S. Chisum, Phil and Bobbie Sanfilippo Professor of Law, Santa Clara University of Law, California

Article

Donald S. Chisum
1998

Professor Marshall A. Leaffer, Distinguished Scholar in Intellectual Property Law, and University Fellow, Indiana University School of Law

Article

Marshall A. Leaffer