From the Federalist Society. It’s very interesting. Richard Espstein’s utilitarian approach seems very flawed to me, but it’s interesting to hear his take–it exemplifies a lot of mainstream thinking about IP policy. It’s unfortunate that the legitimacy of IP seems to be taken for granted by most (?) legal thinkers in the conservative/”libertarian” Federalist Society. At least Epstein mentions that his former student (?) Tom Bell has an anti-IP view (see his Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good). Gigi Sohn of Public Knowledge was, I think, the best and most IP- and state-skeptical on the panel.
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 18, 2010
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Intellectual Property: Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Reward: IP as Regulatory Policy or Property Right?
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Prof. Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
- Prof. Brett M. Frischmann, Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
- Prof. Mark F. Schultz, Southern Illinois University School of Law
- Prof. Gigi Sohn, President and Founder, Public Knowledge
- Moderator: Hon. Paul R. Michel (ret.), United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
The Mayflower Hotel