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Washington, D.C., Chapter
The Constitutional Foundations of IP - A Natural Rights Perspective
Presentation and Appetizers Event
Thursday, July 20
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Eastern
Heavy appetizers and drinks will be served.
Through July 18 After July 18
LES Member: $20.00 LES Member: $35.00
Non-Member: $30.00 Non-Member: $45.00
Stud. Member: $10.00 Stud. Member: $25.00
Sidley & Austin
1501 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
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Despite the value of intellectual properties to the United States, there have been numerous efforts of late to curtail those rights, rights which were enacted by our Founders to encourage inventors and creators. The Constitutionality of some of these rights is now in question, particularly now at the Supreme Court. Randolph May, writer of the recent book "The Constitutional Foundations of Intellectual Property," will discuss this critical issue from the natural law perspective. Raymond Van Dyke, IP practitioner and educator, will speak about the importance of IP to society then and now.
President - The Free State Foundation
Randolph J. May is President of The Free State Foundation. Prior to founding The Free State Foundation, he served as a Senior Fellow and Director of Communications Policy Studies at the Progress and Freedom Foundation from October 1999-May 2006. From 1978 to 1981, Mr. May served as Assistant General Counsel and Associate General Counsel at the Federal Communication Commission, and he subsequently practiced communications and administrative law. He has held numerous leadership positions in bar associations. He is a past Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Mr. May also has served as a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and currently is a Senior Fellow at ACUS. He is the author of a book on communications policy reform, co-author of a book on intellectual property, and the editor or co-editor o f four other books on communications law and policy, and he has published more than two hundred articles and essays on communications, administrative and constitutional law topics. In the past, Mr. May wrote regular columns on legal and regulatory affairs for Legal Times and the National Law Journal, leading national legal periodicals. Mr. May served as an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University School of Law. He received his B.A. from Duke University and his J.D. from Duke Law School, where he serves as a member of the Board of Visitors. He has a long list of publications in the legal and public policy fields. A list of Mr. May's long-running series of Legal Times and the National Law Journal columns on various constitutional, regulatory, and administrative law topics is available at The Free State Foundation website.
Raymond Van Dyke
Founder and Principal - Van Dyke Law
Raymond Van Dyke has been an intellectual and technology attorney for 27 years. He is licensed to practice in DC, MD, NJ, NY, TX, and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Court of Appeals for the Federal, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Circuits, as well as the Federal Court of Claims and the Court of International Trade. He is also sworn before the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of NY, District of NJ, District of Maryland, and the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Ray has served as a delegate to the United Nations, WIPO Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. He teaches at Southern Methodist University, Texas Tech University, and formerly at American University College of Law, and as a visiting professor at the University of Strasbourg, European Intellectual Property Institutes Networ k, Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriete Industrielle (CEIPI). He has also taught at Peking University Law School in Beijing as well as many other universities in China and elsewhere throughout the world. After years in large firms, he started his own firm in 2010 and provides a variety of IP services to his domestic and international clients.
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