» 2015 Chapman Law Review Symposium


Friday, January 30, 2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Presented by the Chapman Law Review

Chapman University is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 5.5 units of general MCLE credit.


Introduction to the 2015 Chapman Law Review Symposium by Professor Samuel F. Ernst
There are few areas of patent law more contentious than the dispute over the social utility of “non-practicing entities,” or (if you will excuse the expression) “patent trolls.” Generally speaking, patent trolls are companies that acquire patents, not for the purpose of developing new technologies and creating jobs, but for the sole purpose of demanding royalties (through litigation if necessary) from those companies that do release products on the market. The 2015 Chapman Law Review Symposium will seek to advance the discussion of non-practicing entities in three ways: (1) by expanding on the scholarly debate surrounding patent trolls; (2) by expanding on the perspectives informing this debate beyond academia by inviting the views of practitioners from both sides of the patent troll divide; and (3) by expanding on the scope of this topic by considering the nature and possibility of copyright and trademark trolls. View the entire introduction.


Symposium Schedule

Check-in & Registration (9 - 9:45 a.m.)

Opening Remarks (9:45 - 10 a.m.)

Panel I: The Scholar’s Perspective: Theories of Patent Trolling (10 - 11:30 a.m.) (View webcast)
Moderator: Professor Samuel Ernst, Chapman University Fowler School of Law

Lunch & Keynote: Standing Sentinel Over Innovation: The Importance of a Balanced and Effective IP System (11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.) (View webcast
Andrew Byrnes, Chief of Staff, The United States Patent and Trademark Office (download presentation)

Panel II: The Practitioner’s Perspective: The Effect of Patent Non-Practicing Entities on Industry (1:30 - 3 p.m.) (View webcast)
Moderator: John B. Sganga, Jr. – Partner, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP, Orange County

Panel III: Copyright and Trademark Trolls: Fable or Fact? (3:15 - 4:45 p.m.) (View webcast)
Moderator: Professor Mary Lee Ryan, Chapman University Fowler School of Law

Closing Remarks (4:45 - 5 p.m.)

"En Banc" Reception: Cocktails and appetizers for all guests, panelists, faculty and students (5 - 7 p.m.)

Disability Services will be provided upon request. 

For more information, please contact Senior Symposium Editor, Rachel Baker at baker184@mail.chapman.edu

Andrew Byrnes

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Byrnes, Chief of Staff, The United States Patent and Trademark Office

Parking Information

The law school is located on the corner of W. Sycamore Avenue and N. Glassell Street.