The Innovation, Business and Law Center

The Innovation, Business and Law Center at The University of Iowa College of Law is an interdisciplinary teaching and research venture bringing together a faculty who teach and study problems of business, technology, innovation, regulation, and legal policy from diverse perspectives. The purpose of the Center is twofold. First, it seeks to offer an innovative curriculum and outstanding legal training in the areas pertaining to government regulation of entrepreneurship, innovation, and management of resources. Second, it seeks to encourage creative individual and collaborative interdisciplinary research in these areas.



Iowa wins first place in National Giles Sutherland Rich Patent Law Competition


Dear all,


I am delighted to share the news that the Iowa patent moot court team of Josh Galgano and Michelle Wallace have won the national AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Patent Law Moot Court competition! Michelle and Josh competed against a team from Suffolk in the final round, and also succeeded teams from Columbia, University of Washington, University of Utah, University of Houston, Michigan State, and others in the national rounds, as well as winning the Midwest regional competition in Chicago earlier this academic year.


The national competition was a great experience for our team. They argued in front of several PTAB judges in the earlier rounds, and then argued the final round in front of Federal Circuit Judges Chen, Lourie, and Tarranto. The competition was held in the beautiful courtrooms of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, next to the White House. My colleague Jason Rantanen blogged about the win on the Patently-O website:






I want to give special thanks to those of you who helped our Patent, Copyright, Trademark, or IP Transactional teams this year, as well as those of you who have participated in the past.


More importantly, aside from the competition victories, our program provides an opportunity for Iowa law students to transition to practice by applying the law they have learned and challenging themselves to do the very best work they can do.


Best regards,

Christina Bohannan


Professor Christina Bohannan selected to receive 2013 Mark T. Banner Award.


Professor Christina Bohannan has been selected to receive the 2013 the American Bar Association’s Mark T. Banner Award. Recipients of this award are chosen for their impact on intellectual property law and their passion for its advancement via extraordinary contributions to teaching, scholarship, innovation, legislation, advocacy, or to the judiciary. Professor Bohannan is both the youngest person to receive this prestigious award and the first academic to do so.

Also receiving the 2013 Mark T. Banner Award is Hon. Pauline Newman from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Past recipients include Hon. James Holderman (Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois), Marybeth Peters (former Register of Copyrights), and Judge Richard Linn (U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit.)

Professor Bohannan will be receiving the award at the Banner Award Luncheon during the ABA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Saturday, August 10 at the InterContinental Hotel, San Francisco.


U of I Students Win Trademark Moot Court Competition


The University of Iowa College of Law Trademark Moot Court teams won the 22nd annual Saul Lefkowitz competition in Chicago this past weekend. Students Alex Johnson, Ravi Narayan, and Sam Young won First Place overall and Best Brief. Students Abram Carls, Justin Kalemkiarian, Trong Le, and Iftekhar (Ifti) Zaim won Third Place overall.


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U of I Faculty Appointed to Task Force


Professor Hovenkamp has been appointed to the ABA's Transition Task Force whose charge is "to make recommendations to the next administration (whether a returning incumbent or new) concerning antitrust and consumer protection."


Supreme Court Relies on new book by Professors Bohannan and Hovenkamp


The U.S. Supreme Court relied on Professor Bohannan and Hovenkamp’s new book Creation Without Restraint in its recent decision in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories (2012), which narrowed the right to obtain patents based on medical processes if the patents apply a law of nature.


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