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Fenwick & West Lecture: Developments in Patent Law: Thoughts from the Bench

Patent law has seen some extraordinary upheaval in recent years. Join Vanderbilt Law School’s Intellectual Property Program in welcoming Judge Kathleen M. O’Malley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as she discusses her views of patent law from a judicial perspective as the 2015-16 Fenwick & West guest lecturer.

Kathleen M. O’Malley was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack Obama in 2010. Prior to her elevation to the Federal Circuit, Judge O’Malley was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by President William J. Clinton on October 12, 1994.

During her sixteen y​ears on the district court bench, Judge O’Malley presided over in excess of 100 patent and trademark cases and sat by designation on the United States Circuit Court for the Federal Circuit. As an educator, Judge O’Malley has regularly taught a course on patent litigation at Case Western Reserve University Law School; she is a member of the faculty of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology’s program designed to educate Federal Judges regarding the handling of intellectual property cases.

This annual lecture series was endowed by Fenwick & West founding partner Bill Fenwick '67 to support the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program.

A limited reception will follow the lecture in the North Lobby.​​