Events Archive

September 20, 2012
IP Center Reception
Welcome to Professor Lea Shaver

Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: IP Center, 350 Canal Walk, Suite B, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Contact: Kyle Galster at

Professor Lea ShaverThe Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation is hosting reception on Thursday, September 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the IP Center on the Canal to welcome another IP scholar, Associate Professor Lea Shaver, to the ranks of our full time IP faculty. (See All students interested in IP are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to meet Professor Shaver, as well as other full time and adjunct IP faculty members.

Professor Shaver is an accomplished scholar writing on topics of intellectual property, innovation, and human rights. A past article, The Right to Science and Culture, 2010 WISC. L. REV. 121 (2010), suggested how international human rights law can offer a philosophical and legal basis to constrain the further expansion of protectionism in international IP law. This work was recently cited and relied upon in a Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, which was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2012. Her most recent work, Illuminating Innovation: From Patent Racing to Patent War, forthcoming from the Washington & Lee Law Review, uses the legal history of Thomas Edison's lightbulb to draw lessons for the modern smartphone patent war. She has also edited three books on IP and innovation. Professor Shaver was also recently quoted in Wired magazine (, where she commented on the implications of the billion dollar jury verdict Apple recently obtained against Samsung.

Professor Shaver joins McKinney from Hofstra Law School, where she taught intellectual property, patent law, and transnational law. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Fellow in Constitutional Law and was the submissions and articles editor for the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersand law school. She also served as a summer clerk to the Hon. David F. Hamilton when he was on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Please join us at the IP Center on September 20 to welcome Professor Shaver.