Each year, a nationally recognized expert in intellectual property law presents a lecture on a cutting-edge intellectual property law issue. The Nies Lecture is the flagship event in a year-long series of educational programs on Intellectual Property Law.

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Annual Nies Lecture from 2022

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Questions of Intellectual Property and Fundamental Values in the Digital Age, Jessica Silbey

Annual Nies Lecture from 2019

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The Rise of Property and Decline of Equity in Trademark Law, Mark P. McKenna

Annual Nies Lecture from 2018

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Opting for Regulation When Patentability Is In Doubt, Rebecca S. Eisenberg

Annual Nies Lecture from 2017

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A Cloud for Global Good: The Future of Technology - Issues for Wisconsin and the World, Brad Smith

Annual Nies Lecture from 2016

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Innovation, Disruption, and Intellectual Property: A View from Silicon Valley, Ted Ullyot

Annual Nies Lecture from 2015

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Semicommons in Fluid Resources, Henry E. Smith

Annual Nies Lecture from 2014

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The Intensifying National Interest in Patent Litigation, Hon. Kathleen M. O'Malley

Annual Nies Lecture from 2013

Patents, Markets, and Medicine in a Just Society, Arti K. Rai

Annual Nies Lecture from 2012

The Author's Place in the Future of Copyright, Jane C. Ginsburg

Annual Nies Lecture from 2011

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Can the Patent Office be Fixed, Mark Lemley

Annual Nies Lecture from 2010

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Innovation and Recovery, John F. Duffy

Annual Nies Lecture from 2009

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The Copyright Revision Act of 2026, Jessica Litman

Annual Nies Lecture from 2008

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Rethinking the Role of Clinical Trial Data in International Intellectual Property Law: The Case for a Public Goods Approach. Law: From Private to Public Good?, Jerome Reichman

Annual Nies Lecture from 2007

Patent Law's Peerless Appellate Architecture, Craig A. Nard

Annual Nies Lecture from 2006

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All Rights Reserved? Cultural Monopoly and the Troubles with Copyright, Michael Geist

Annual Nies Lecture from 2005

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Do We Have Too Many Intellectual Property Rights?, Richard A. Posner

Annual Nies Lecture from 2004

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The Trademark Jurisprudence of the Rehnquist Court, Graeme B. Dinwoodie

Annual Nies Lecture from 2003

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Tailoring Patent Policy to Specific Industries, Dan L. Burk

Annual Nies Lecture from 2002

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Quo Vadis?, Arthur J. Gajarsa

Annual Nies Lecture from 2001

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: The Promise and Perils of a Court of Limited Jurisdiction, Randall R. Rader

Annual Nies Lecture from 2000

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Copyright Law in the Digital Age: Malum In Se and Malum Prohititum, Sheldon W. Halpern

Annual Nies Lecture from 1999

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The Supreme Court and Patent Law: Does Shallow Reasoning Lead to Thin Law, Donald S. Chisum

Annual Nies Lecture from 1998

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The New World of International Trademark Law, Marshall A. Leaffer