Mock patent trial is coming to Purdue

by Emilia Czyszczon | staff writer

Looking all the way back to 500 B.C., the ancient Greeks gave protection to inventors but the first patent law was not put into place until 1474 by the Venetian Republic. The United States first granted a patent to make salt in 1633 to Joseph Winslow. Since then many things have been patented, even many silly things, such as marine mammal communication devices, methods of exercising cats, and motorized ice cream cones among others. In the early 1900’s, the United States granted about 400 patents per year, while in 2010, the number grew to 120,000. As globalization has increased, as a country, the United States ranks only 9th in the number of patents per capita.

This week at Purdue University, the Indiana University Maurer School of Law will be hosting a patent infringement mock trial. The event, sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE), will take a closer look at United States Patent 5,380,090 which is an orthopedic hip implant. The mock trial will be about a fictional case of Pioneer v. ADU and will be tried before a jury of Purdue students, with a real federal judge and witnesses. Indiana University Maurer School of Law students from Bloomington will argue the case while Purdue students will decide which side wins.

The event will take place on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 3:00 PM in the Stewart Center, room 314. The trial will begin promptly at 3:00 PM. Anyone interested in serving on the jury should arrive before 3:00 PM and take a number to be a part of the jury pool. Twelve potential jury members will be selected by the judge and will then be interviewed by the law students for potential jury selection. The trial will last from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Free pizza will be provided to jury members and the audience at 7:00 PM. A decision will be made by the jury at 8:30 PM. The audience is welcome to come in and out as they please, just like a real courtroom. Everyone is invited and this is not an event to be missed by anyone that is interested in technology, business or innovation. If you’re curious about what patent trials are like, this is an event for you. Attend to help decide whether ADU copied Pioneer’s patented orthopedic hip implant, and whether Pioneer deserved a patent.

For more information, contact Allison Hess, allhess@indiana.edu.

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