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It’s certainly not news that IP law is ever-evolving.  For the past decade, Congress and the courts have continued to grapple with issues ranging from what it means to “copy” in a digital environment to what constitutes patent-eligible subject matter.  As law tries to address those issues, technology and markets continue to change, impacting not only on how the law applies, but on how both lawyers and clients do business.  What lies ahead?

At the 2011 AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute, top-flight speakers from the bench,  private practice and academia will address how the changes in the law and technology affect you and the clients you serve.  Our panels will provide you with both theoretical considerations to shape your practice and nuts and bolts discussions to address concrete issues for today’s practice.  Dress is casual,  but expect a lively and rigorous discussion of issues essential to all IP practitioners.

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Thursday Lunch Speaker David A. Wolf, NASA Astronaut ​


     David A. Wolf, M.D.  is a senior Extravehicular Activity Spacewalk Instructor with NASA , and in this capacity, consults at all levels of NASA management in the development of spaceflight policy and program execution.   Selected as a NASA astronaut in January 1990, Dr. Wolf qualified for space flight in July 1991 and has conducted a total of seven (7) spacewalks, including extravehicular activity.  Dr. Wolf began his career with NASA in 1983 in the Medical Sciences Division, responsible for development of the American Flight Echocardiograph which is utilized in space for investigating cardiovascular physiology in microgravity. He later became Program Manager of the Space Bioreactor, a biotechnology based tissue engineering and cancer research system now widely used for both commercial and research purposes on earth.  Dr. Wolf has served as a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon in the Air National Guard from 1983 to 2004. 
     Dr. Wolf is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal  (1990), was NASA Inventor of the Year in 1992 and has received four (4) Spaceflight Medals.   He is an inventor on 15 U.S. Patents, published over   forty (40) technical publications, and received over twenty (20) Space Act Awards primarily for 3-dimensional tissue engineering technologies for which he received the Texas State Bar Patent of the Year in 1994.
     Dr. Wolf received his bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1978 and graduated "With Distinction" from the Honors Curriculum. He then went on to receive a Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University in 1982  and was awarded an Academic Achievement Award upon graduation from I.U. Medical School (combined research program) and later, an additional Honorary Doctorate from I.U. Medical School.