IP & Technology at the center of annual law gathering

Aman GebruAman Gebru, assistant professor of law, recently hosted the "Three Rivers IP & Technology Law Colloquium." The annual event-in its fourth year- is a collaboration between the law schools of Duquesne University and University of Pittsburgh. The event draws technology law professors from across the region to discuss current papers and projects that focus on intellectual property (IP) and technology.

The call for papers was sent in mid fall 2020, and Gebru selected papers, and moderated the panels. The colloquium follows a unique format designed to provide detailed discussion. Participants read the selected papers ahead of time, presenters are given 5-10 minutes to provide background information, and most of the time (30-45 minutes) is spent on discussing the papers. In last year's colloquium, which was hosted by Professor Michael Madison (Pitt Law), Gebru shared his work "Intellectual Property Ownership of Collectively Developed Innovation" which was one of eight papers discussed at the event.

In this year's colloquium, nineteen participants from more than ten law schools were present and discussed eight papers selected for discussion.

Gebru continues to participate in this conference because he likes the collaborative nature of the event, with scholarly discussions of emerging trends and trailblazing work. It also corresponds with his commitment to provide law students with innovative information.

"Events like this allow intellectual property and technology law experts to share their cutting-edge scholarly work, which in turn informs the broader community of trends in the governance of innovation. Since Pittsburgh is emerging as an innovation-hub, these conversations are indispensable parts of the ecosystem," he said.

The colloquium was created as a collaboration between Duquesne School of Law and the University of Pittsburgh Law School. The inaugural event in 2018 was held at the University of Pittsburgh and the 2019 event was hosted at Duquesne. The place alternated each year, with this event year's event being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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