Annual Nies Lecture

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

2022
Jessica Sibley
Professor of Law and Yanakakis Faculty Research Scholar
Boston University

Questions of Intellectual Property and Fundamental Values in the Digital Age

Jessica Sibley

2019
Mark P. McKenna
John P. Murphy Professor of Law
University of Notre Dame

The Rise of Property and Decline of Equity in Trademark Law

Rebecca S. Eisenberg

2018
Rebecca S. Eisenberg
Robert & Barbara Luciano Professor of Law
University of Michigan Law School

Opting for Regulation When Patentability Is In Doubt

Rebecca S. Eisenberg

2017
Brad Smith

President & Chief Legal Officer
Microsoft Corp.

A Cloud for Global Good: The Future of Technology—Issues for Wisconsin and the World

Brad Smith

2016
Ted Ullyot

Partner
Andreessen Horowitz

Innovation, Disruption, and Intellectual Property: A View from Silicon Valley

Ted Ullyot

2015
Henry E. Smith

Fessenden Professor of Law and Director of the Project on the Foundations of Private Law
Harvard Law School

Semicommons in Fluid Resources

Henry E. Smith

2014
Hon. Kathleen M. O'Malley

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The Intensifying National Interest in Patent Litigation

Hon. Kathleen M. O'Malley

2013
Arti K. Rai

Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law
Duke University

Patents, Markets, and Medicine in a Just Society

Arti K. Rai

2012
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

The Author's Place in the Future of Copyright

Jane C. Ginsburg
2011
Mark Lemley

William H. Neukom Professor of Law
Stanford Law School

Can the Patent Office be Fixed
Professor Mark Lemley
2010
John F. Duffy

Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law
The George Washington University Law School

Recovery and the Patent System
Professor John F. Duffy
2009
Professor Jessica Litman

John F. Nickoll Professor of Law and Professor of Information
University of Michigan

Real Copyright Reform
Professor Jessica Litman
2008
Professor Jerome Reichman
Bunyan S. Womble Professor of Law
Duke University School of Law

The Uncertain Status of Clinical Trial Data in International Intellectual Property Law: From Private to Public Good?
Jerome Reichman
2007
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

Patent Law's Peerless Appellate Architecture
Craig A. Nard
2006
Dr. Michael Geist

Professor of Law
University of Ottawa Law School

All Rights Reserved? Cultural Monopoly and the Troubles with Copyright
Dr. Michael Geist

2005
Hon. Richard A. Posner

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Do We Have Too Many Intellectual Property Rights?

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

The Trademark Jurisprudence of the Rehnquist Court

Article

Graeme B. Dinwoodie

2003
Dan L. Burk

Oppenheimer, Wolff and Donnelly Professorship in Law
University of Minnesota Law School

Tailoring Patent Policy to Specific Industries

Article

Dan L. Burk

2002
Hon. Arthur J. Gajarsa

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Quo Vadis?

Article

Arthur J. Gajarsa

2001
Hon. Randall R. Rader

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: the Promise and Perils of a Court of Limited Jurisdiction

Article

Randall R. Rader

2000
Sheldon W. Halpern

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

Copyright Law in the Digital Age: Malum In Se and Malum Prohibitum

Article

Sheldon W. Halpern

1999
Donald S. Chisum
Phil and Bobbie Sanfilippo Professor of Law
Santa Clara University of Law

The Supreme Court and Patent Law: Does Shallow Reasoning Lead to Thin Law?

Article

Donald S. Chisum

1998
Marshall A. Leaffer

Distinguished Scholar in Intellectual Property Law, and University Fellow
Indiana University School of Law

The New World of International Trademark Law

Article

Marshall A. Leaffer

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