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John Whealan, Deputy General Counsel and Solicitor at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, to speak at Case Western Reserve University School of Law

"The Role of the Solicitor's Office in Shaping Patent Policy" will be the subject of the 2006 Distinguished Intellectual Property Lecture at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The lecture is sponsored by the school's Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts.

Speaking will be John Whealan, deputy general counsel for Intellectual Property Law and solicitor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The lecture will take place Wednesday, February 1 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room A59 of the law school, 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland. It will be broadcast live on the Internet. Viewing information is available at The lecture is free and open to the public and one hour of CLE credit is available at no charge.

"It is an honor to host Deputy General Counsel Whealan," said Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy Professor of Law. "We look forward to his sharing with our students and faculty the unique perspectives made possible by his many years of practice in this important area of the law."

Whealan has held his current position since January, 2001. Prior to joining the patent and trademark office he worked as staff attorney for the U.S. International Trade Commission. He is an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law and Franklin Pierce Law Center. Whealan holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduate and undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering from Drexel University and Villanova University, respectively. He worked as a design engineer for General Electric before attending law school.

In his lecture, Whealan will go beyond trademarks and copyrights to discuss how to effect legislative change on intellectual property issues. In addition, he will take a close look at the primary responsibilities of the Solicitor's Office at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The Distinguished Intellectual Property lecture is presented annually by the Case School of Law's Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts. The center focuses on innovative teaching, research, and programs on intellectual property, technology development and transfer, the intersections between science and the legal system, legal issues of the emerging biotech field and computer technologies, and the law relating to the creative arts.

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