John Marshall Hosts Former FTC Chair, Fordham Law Professor to Address Issues Influencing IP and Antitrust Law

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Two of the world’s most respected experts in intellectual property and antitrust law will discuss the most pressing issues affecting the intersection of the two fields on Nov. 13, at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Two of the world’s most respected experts in intellectual property and antitrust law will discuss the most pressing issues affecting the intersection of the two fields on Nov. 13, at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Professor William Kovacic is a former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy and director of the Competition Law Center at The George Washington University Law School. Professor Hugh Hansen is the founder and director of the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute. Their conversation will touch on the role antitrust law will play in the ongoing battle to limit IP protection, recent developments in smartphones and pharmaceuticals, and the relevance of antitrust institutions.

The Nov. 13 discussion continues John Marshall’s tradition of leading the conversation about the future of IP law. John Marshall is ranked 17th in IP law by U.S. News & World Report and is one of just 42 law schools in the country to participate in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Law School Clinic Certification Program. It is the only law school in Illinois whose USPTO program focuses on both patent and trademark practice areas.

From 2006 to 2011, Kovacic was a member of the FTC and chaired the agency from 2008 to 2009. He was the FTC's General Counsel from 2001 to 2004. In 2011 he received the FTC's Miles W. Kirkpatrick Award for Lifetime Achievement. Since 2013, Professor Kovacic has served as a Non-Executive Director with the United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority. From 2009 to 2011, he was Vice-Chair for Outreach for the International Competition Network. He has advised many countries and international organizations on antitrust, consumer protection, government contracts, and the design of regulatory institutions.

Hansen has a background in both antitrust and IP law. He has been teaching IP law for more than 30 years and is the founder and director of both the Fordham IP Institute and the Fordham IP Conference. Hansen has also worked on antitrust cases including the Department of Justice’s monopolization case against AT&T. His article, Robinson-Patman Law: A Review and Analysis, 51 Fordham L. Rev. 1113 (1983), is still recognized as a leading work in the area and has been cited more than 80 times, in secondary sources as well as by trial and appellate courts. Managing IP Magazine named him on three occasions as “one of the 50 most influential people in IP in the world.”

With more than 50 specialized IP courses, John Marshall's program draws students from around the U.S. and across the globe. It has partnered with IP lawyers in the People's Republic of China for 20 years. It also conducts an ABA-approved summer program in China directed exclusively to IP issues.

What: William Kovacic and Hugh Hansen on the IP-Antitrust Interface: A Conversation
When: Noon – 1:30 p.m., Nov. 13, 2015
Where: The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago

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About The John Marshall Law School
The John Marshall Law School is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago's legal district. U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools 2016 edition ranks John Marshall's Legal Writing Program fifth, its Trial Advocacy program 16th and its Intellectual Property Law program 17th in the nation. The law school was named one of the top-rated schools for practical training in Illinois by National Jurist Magazine in 2015. John Marshall’s innovative distance education offers more online J.D. courses than any other ABA-accredited law school in the country and was ranked second in the nation by The New York Law Journal for its online LLM programs. John Marshall offers several clinical experiences, including the nationally recognized Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic and the Fair Housing Legal Clinic.

For more information about this event or The John Marshall Law School please contact Christine Kraly at ckraly(at)

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