Amanda Gray | December 2, 2019
Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Intellectual Property & Technology Law hosted the inaugural Design Law Scholars Roundtable at the Notre Dame Law Chicago space on November 15 and 16. The roundtable, created in partnership with the Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Center for Design, Law & Technology, brings together leading minds to discuss fundamental and emerging topics in design law, an inherently interdisciplinary field that spans several intellectual property regimes.
“We created this roundtable to recognize and support the growing community of design law scholars, and to develop a space for serious reflection on major topics in the field,” said Mark McKenna, John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and faculty director for the Program on Intellectual Property & Technology Law. “Since scholars working on design law come from a variety of backgrounds, and because design law is itself a sort of amorphous field, our goal for the first roundtable was to start broadly and understand the range of different things that might qualify as ‘design,’ so that we could focus on the scope of the field. We were particularly glad to host that conversation.”
The two-day roundtable featured three sessions, focusing on the changing definition of design, particularly the increasing emphasis on process, the forms of legal protections for design, and the nature and limits of those protections.
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