Do patents promote innovation? Judge's UNL lecture to address issue

Released on 02/12/2013, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013

WHERE: Hamann Auditorium, College of Law, East Campus Loop and Fair Street

Lincoln, Neb., February 12th, 2013 —

            U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall R. Rader will deliver the Cline Williams Jurist-In-Residence Lecture at noon Feb. 14 in the Hamann Auditorium at the University of Nebraska College of Law.

            The lecture, "Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks -- Promoting the Progress of Science or Impeding It?" is free and open to the public.

            "We are delighted to have Chief Judge Rader visit the College of Law to engage with our community," said Susan Poser, dean of the College of Law. "The Law College recently enhanced its curriculum in the area of intellectual property, particularly patent law. Our students are putting this curriculum into action in our new Entrepreneurship Clinic by advising local startup businesses on a host of issues, including intellectual property.

            "The timing for his visit could not be better."

            While on campus, Rader will also visit classes and interact with students.

            A Hastings native, Rader received a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School. He was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, and assumed duties of the chief circuit judge in Washington, D.C., on June 1, 2010.

            Earlier in his career, Rader was appointed to the U.S. Claims Court -- now the U.S. Court of Federal Claims -- by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Prior to this appointment, he served as minority and majority chief counsel to subcommittees of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Writer: Molly Brummond