Ten years ago President Obama signed into law the America Invents Act, a sweeping patent reform bill. The Tsai Center marked the occasion this spring by holding a symposium—the law school’s 17th Annual Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues—reflecting on the impact of the AIA on patent law and practice. The event featured federal appellate and district judges, a Regional Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and leading law professors and practitioners.
SMU Dedman School of Law students got a firsthand look at federal appellate arguments—and invaluable advice on what to do (and not do) during those arguments—when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit brought its docket to the Hilltop.
The head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has advice for law students hoping to land their dream jobs after graduation. "First and foremost, study and get good grades. And love what you do. Always stay curious," Andre Iancu said in a 2018 Leadership Lecture sponsored by the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation.
John Carmack has been called "the greatest programmer alive," "the Mozart of computer coding," and a brain on legs." As a co-founder of id Software in the early 1990s, Carmack helped revolutionize the video-gaming industry.
In October 2016, the Tsai Center held the first lecture of its new Leadership Lecture Series. The event featured The Honorable Sharon Prost, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.