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Contreras speaks at National Science Foundation workshop

On January 20-21, Professor Jorge Contreras participated in a National Science Foundation (NSF) agenda-setting workshop entitled “Mega-Regionalism – New Challenges for Trade and Innovation” held at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Contreras spoke about the interface of patents, technical standards and international borders at this invitation-only roundtable of international economists, trade experts and legal scholars.

Contreras files Amicus Curiae brief in Altera Corp. v. Papst Licensing GmbH

Professor Jorge Contreras, together with Paul Gugliuzza of Boston University and Megan LaBelle of Catholic University, led the preparation and filing of an Amicus Curiae brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today in Altera Corp. v. Papst Licensing GmbH (N.D. Cal. 2015).  The case concerns the ability of a business in […]

Contreras publishes article, “Sharing by Design: Data and Decentralized Commons” in Science

S.J. Quinney College of Law professor Jorge Contreras, together with professor Jerry Reichman of Duke Law School, have published an article entitled “Sharing by Design: Data and Decentralized Commons” in the Dec. 11, 2015 issue of Science.  The article addresses common legal and organizational pitfalls faced by researchers who seek to combine and share large pools […]

Utah Board of Regents grants permanent approval to Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences

The state Board of Regents today granted permanent approval of the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. The move positions the center at the University of Utah to offer permanent resources and academic support on issues tied to improving the law as it relates to the rapidly evolving […]

When is a Covenant just a Covenant? Of Meso, Newman and Transactions with Patents

Originally posted on New Private Law blog by Jorge Contreras. A petition for certiorari was recently filed with the Supreme Court in Meso Scale Diagnostics LLC v. Roche Diagnostics GmbH (Del. 2015). In it, Petitioner poses the following question: “Whether a covenant, promise, or agreement not to sue for the infringement of a federal patent is a license of that patent as […]

Contreras Among SSRN’s Top 150 Law Authors of 2015

S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Jorge Contreras is ranked by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) as No. 143 in terms of downloads during the last twelve months among all legal scholars posting their work to the popular scholarship sharing site.  Approximately 3000 legal scholars publishing in the English language are ranked by SSRN.  Prof. Contreras […]

Contreras submits comments to Chinese National Development and Reform Commission

On October 14, 2015, Professor Jorge Contreras submitted expert comments to the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) relating to its proposed Antimonopoly Law Intellectual Property Guidelines.  Much of Prof. Contreras’s research relates to the intersection of intellectual property, antitrust law and technical standardization, and he has specifically studied the impact of Chinese firms […]

Contreras to Present on the IPXI Exchange

On October 6, 2015, Jorge Contreras presented the results of a recent study of the IPXI Exchange at the 9th International Conference on Standardization and Innovation in Information Technology in Sunnyvale, California.  He will lectured on the same topic on October 12, 2015, at the Law and Economics Workshop at Columbia Law School in New York. The […]

3L Bossard Attends Weeklong Intellectual Property Law Institute in Washington, D.C.

In June 2015, rising 3L Justin Bossard participated in the HNBA/Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Institute in DC, a week-long intensive IP event for 25 Hispanic law students from across the country. Jorge Contreras, an Associate Professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, also teaches each year at the event. In the […]

Contreras Publishes Two Patent-Related Articles

Jorge Contreras, an associate professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, has recently published two articles:  A Brief History of FRAND: Analyzing Current Debates in Standard-Setting and Antitrust through a Historical Lens, 80 Antitrust L.J. 39-120 (2015), This article offers a comprehensive history of the development of commitments to license patents […]