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Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011

FTC chairman to speak at IU Maurer School of Law

Feb. 25, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission will deliver a lecture at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law on Thursday, March 3, at 12:15 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. The lecture is titled "Public Sector Lawyering: A Conversation with FTC Chair Jon Leibowitz," and is one of a series sponsored by the law school's Center for Intellectual Property Research.

Jon Leibowitz

Jon Leibowitz

"Corporate and IP law are traditionally thought of as private-sector fields," said Mark D. Janis, Robert A. Lucas Chair of Law and Director of the law school's IP Program. "But there are also rewarding public-sector opportunities in those arenas. As the highest ranking official at the FTC, Chairman Leibowitz is in an excellent position to discuss the role of the Commission and the public sector advocacy opportunities it offers."

While at the IU Maurer School of Law, Leibowitz will also give a presentation in an advanced patent law seminar. The topic will be "pay-for-delay" settlements in patent infringement lawsuits.

An FTC commissioner since 2004, Leibowitz was designated to serve as its chairman on March 2, 2009, by President Barack H. Obama. He was the Democratic chief counsel and staff director for the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee from 1997 to 2000, where he focused on competition policy and telecommunications matters. He served as chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism and Technology from 1995 to 1996 and the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice from 1991 to 1994. He has also served as chief counsel to Senator Herb Kohl (D.-WI) and has worked in private practice.