Akron Law Teams with Federal Judicial Center to offer Patent Course for Federal Judges


The University of Akron School of Law is once again teaming up with the Federal Judicial Center to offer a course for federal district court judges on patent litigation. The program will be held June 30-July 1, 2014 in Menlo Park, California.  A similar, highly successful, program was held last April in Charleston, South Carolina.

The course is designed to provide federal trial judges with a better understanding of the many issues they will face in presiding over patent infringement suits.  The program includes sessions on the legal and economic issues in patent litigation, settlement, case management conferences, claim construction, discovery, helping the jury, and post-trial proceedings. The curriculum was designed by Professor Robert C.

Kahrl, the Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the University of Akron School of Law, and is taught by leading patent litigators from around the country, as well as by retired jurists with long experience in presiding over patent suits and appeals.

Approximately 50 federal judges have been invited to participate in the upcoming program, many of whom are participating in the current pilot program that allows judges to elect to preside over patent suits.

The Federal Judicial Center is the research and education agency of the federal judiciary.