PatCon 2 at Boston College

PatCon 2, the annual Patent Conference, will be held May 11-12 at Boston College Law School. The Conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 11th, and conclude around noon on Saturday, May 12th.

The Patent Conference, or Patent Con, is a cooperative effort between the University of Kansas School of Law, the Chicago-Kent College of Law, the University of San Diego School of Law, and Boston College Law School to hold an annual conference where patent scholars in law, economics, management science, and other disciplines can share their research.

In 2010, the founders of PatCon, (David Olson, Dave Schwartz, Ted Sichelman, and Andrew Torrance) realized that the growth and importance of research in the area of patents required an exclusive forum that would enable participants to share their research with other experts and explore links across the legal and business side of patents. The first PatCon was held April 8, 2011, at the University of Kansas. Link. PatCon II will be hosted by Boston College Law School on May 11-12, 2012. Future annual conferences will rotate among the member institutions.

PatCon II will take advantage of its location in Boston, a leading center of public and private research and development. The 2012 Conference will offer a special plenary panel featuring general counsel from leading Boston-area companies that engage in cutting-edge research and development. These attorneys will discuss recent patent law and business developments and their practical effects, with a special emphasis on the life sciences. A Federal Circuit judge, who will also give a keynote speech during lunch, will moderate this panel.

Please note a change from last year’s format. This year we will be hosting both plenary and concurrent paper presentation sessions. The plenary panels will allow scholars to present current, well-developed work, while the concurrent sessions will be appropriate for less-developed drafts and works in progress.

If you would like to present your patent research at the 2012 Patent Conference, please submit an abstract to David Olson at by March 16th, 2012. If you’d like to attend without presenting, please also notify me by March 16th. Please specify if you’d like your paper to be considered for a plenary panel. Full papers for plenary sessions are due by April 27th. We welcome scholarship from not only from legal academics, but also from scholars in other fields, such as economics, business, management science, policy, public health, engineering, and technology studies.

Presenters will need to cover their own travel and accommodations expenses, but there will be no registration fee, and meals and refreshments during the conference will be provided. Dave, Ted, Andrew, and I look forward to your participation in PatCon2.