Cooley IP Program faculty and alums gather at the Grand Hotel during the IPLS 2014 Summer IP Institute on Mackinac Island. William Coughlin, adjunct professor for Thomas M. Cooley Law School's Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law (GPIPL).May 4-5, 2013 - Prof. Tschura was a lecturer
 at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Academic Course on International Trademark Law, held in Dallas, Texas in conjunction with the INTA Annual Meeting. Cooley IP Law professors, school officials and attorneys attended the Grand Opening Gala at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, to officially open the Elijah J. McCoy USPTO – the first-ever Patent and Trademark Office outside of Washington, DC.

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Alums and Faculty Attend 40th Annual State Bar IP Summer Institute

On July 18-19, 2014, the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section ("IPLS") presented its 40th Annual Summer IP Institute program at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. [read more ]

Cooley Hosts USPTO Officials, PTAB Judges At April Roundtable Program

On April 24, 2014, Cooley’s Auburn Hills Campus hosted a public roundtable presented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The program featured panels discussing new proceedings before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including procedures for inter partes review proceedings under the America Invents Act. Speakers included James Donald Smith, Chief Administrative Patent Judge, and USPTO and Janet Gongola, USPTO Special Advisor. [read more ]

Professor and Expert on Patent Law, David C. Berry, Discusses Importance of U.S. Supreme Court Software Patents Case

On Monday, March 31, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a patent case that could be critical to the computer software and related industries.

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Professor Berry Joins National Patent Pro Bono Advisory Council

On October 25, 2013, at the invitation of Chief Judge Randall Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Prof. David C. Berry signed the inaugural AIA Pro Bono Advisory Council Charter on behalf of the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section. The signing ceremony was held at the Federal Circuit courthouse in Washington, D.C. [read more ]

Prof. William Coughlin Named Entrepreneur of the Year

October 22, 2013 - William Coughlin, adjunct professor for Thomas M. Cooley Law School's Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law (GPIPL), has been recognized as Automation Alley's "Entrepreneur of the Year." He was presented the award during the Automation Alley Award Gala on Sept. 13, 2013.

Coughlin has taught at Cooley since 2003, teaching graduate-level courses, including Trade Secret Law and eCommerce Law. He also serves as chair on the advisory committee for Cooley's Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law. He is president and CEO for Ford Global Technologies, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company, and is responsible for managing all intellectual property matters on a global basis.

IP Program Director Delivers Keynote to Expanding Businesses

On September 20, 2013, Professor Gerald Tschura was the keynote speaker at an event entitled Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace, hosted by the United States Department of Commerce, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the East Michigan District Export Council.  The program was aimed at providing companies of all sizes and industries with the tools necessary to develop an IP strategy to support expanded export sales and global business activities.  The title of Professor Tschura's speech was "It’s a BRAND New World, Requiring Brand New Strategies: A Few Sea Stories from Choppy Waters"

Prof. Tschura Presents at USPTO Detroit Office Program

On September 7, 2013, Professor Gerald Tschura gave a presentation entitled "Trademarks – The Value of Branding Your Invention" at the Elijah J. McCoy Satellite U.S. Patent Office in Detroit, as part of the office's "Saturday Seminar" series. The USPTO presents Saturday Seminars several times a year, featuring USPTO staff and local experts discussing a range of IP topics important to inventors and entrepreneurs.

Cooley Professor David C. Berry discusses the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Myriad

June 18, 2013 - The Legal Broadcast Network ... Quoted: David C. Berry, professor and director of Cooley's Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law

Cooley IP Law Celebrates Successful First Year of Michigan IP Inn of Court

On May 22, 2013, Cooley Law School IP faculty, students, and alumni attended the inaugural annual dinner of the Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court at the Gem Theatre in Detroit.

IP Events

Why an LL.M. In IP Law? 

Intellectual Property law is one of the most rapidly expanding field of legal practice. Once confined to "niche" practices, IP law now permeates the affairs of corporations and organizations of every size and description. Cooley's Graduate Intellectual Property law Program prepares practitioners to launch their
career as an iP lawyer, or to focus an existing practice on intellectual property law.

Distance Ed and Online IP Option

The Program is designed both for attorneys with scientific or engineering background seeking to gain the skills necessary to practice patent law, including succeeding on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Registration Examination, and for attorneys with non-technical backgrounds seeking to become
proficient in copyright, trademark, licensing, and e-commerce issues.

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IP Notes

Supreme Court Rules That A Patentee Bears Burden Of Proving Infringement, Even If It’s A Defendant.

Posted Jan. 29, 2014, by Prof. Berry
The U.S. Supreme Court kicked off its patent-related work for the September 2013 term on Tuesday with a unanimous decision in Medtronic, Inc. v. Mirowski Family Ventures, LLC, No. 12-1128 (Jan. 22, 2014). In a 9-0 decision, the Court reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and held that in a declaratory judgment action, the patentee always bears the burden of proof on the issue of patent infringement.
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Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine in Imported Textbook Case

Posted March 26, 2013, by Prof. Tschura
In a much anticipated decision, the Supreme Court ruled (6-3) that the first sale doctrine which permits the owner of a lawful copy of a copyrighted work to resell such copies without the permission of the copyright holder, applies equally to owners who have acquired or imported legitimate copies manufactured and sold abroad. [read more ]

Supreme Court Limits Federal Court Role in Patent-Related Disputes

Posted March 13, 2013, by Prof. Berry
In February's 9-0 decision in Gunn v. Minton, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a state law action that includes a substantive issue of federal patent law must be heard in state court, not federal court. [read more ]

Cooley Patent Law Courses Focus On Changes Resulting From AIA

Posted July 18, 2012, by Prof. Berry
On September 16, 2011, President Barrack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act ("AIA"). The AIA was the culmination of efforts over many years to pass legislation to reform the U.S. patent system. [read more ]


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