Intellectual Property Law Goes "Green"
By David Gibbs, 3L
On Thursday April 19, 2012, Eric Lane, Of Counsel at McKenna Long & Aldridge, and head of the Intellectual Property & Technology Group and Climate, Energy & Sustainability Group spoke to a group hosted by both the Intellectual Property Law Association and the Environmental Law Society.
The presentation titled “Where Green Meets Tech – The Intersection of Environmental Law and Intellectual Property” was a huge success. Lane compared and contrasted the various green technology fast track programs throughout the world. He broke the programs down into what he termed ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”. Lane concluded with his ideal for a worldwide fast track program which would harmonize each individual nations program, provide certainty in the market place, and eventually lead to more issued patents in the green tech sector. Lane finished with an informative question and discussion session. All in attendance were quite impressed and thoroughly enjoyed the talk. Lane will be teaching a seminar course in Green Technology here at Thomas Jefferson next fall. If you are interested in the field, you should register for what is sure to be a great course.