IP Osgoode event: The Discursive Structure of Patent Law by Professor Dan Burk

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On November 25th, 2016, the Chancellor’s Professor of Law Dan L. Burk of the University of California, Irvine is providing a lecture entitled The Discursive Structure of Patent Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. The event will be held between 12:30 and 2:30pm in Room 2027 IKB. According to the event description, the lecture will cover the following:

Patents are widely believed to offer a crucial legal predicate to technical innovation, but their actual function remains poorly understood. Unlike other forms of intellectual property, the exclusive rights entailed in patents are textually and intertextually defined. By examining the structure of the patent text, we see that patents are deeply embedded in particular communities of composition, interpretation, and practice. We also see that the patent text as artifact serves as a passage point between these communities. Such rhetorical studies of the patent point the way to better outcomes in current jurisprudential debates over patent use and patent reform.

Please ensure you RSVP by November 21, 2016 with the code word “Burk” at the following link: www.iposgoode.ca/rsvp

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