Fordham Law

Professor Hugh Hansen Honored by Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit

October 24, 2007

Fordham Law's Professor Hugh Hansen was honored by Chief Judge Paul Michel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit at a dinner hosted by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association at the Waldorf=Astoria on October 3. The award, a crystal cube with an artist's rendition of the court's seal, marked Professor Hansen's contribution to the development and understanding of international and U.S. intellectual property law.

"This is a timely and well deserved honor," noted Fordham Law Dean William Michael Treanor. "Professor Hansen is the driving force behind Fordham Law's Annual Conference on International Intellectual Property and Policy. This is the world's largest and best known annual conference in IP law. Each year the conference brings hundreds of legal academics, judges, and practitioners from around the world to Fordham."

The thing that distinguishes Professor Hansen's conference now in its 16th year "is the sheer intensity of its focus," wrote Jeremy Phillips, a prominent British IP professor, author and consultant in 2004. "Prominent speakers drawn from the judiciary, legal policy makers and academics as well as IP owners and private practitioners were forced to justify their views in front of critical panels of their peers. Papers, often no more than 10 to 15 minutes in duration, became the subject of vigorous and often dramatic debate as big name IP experts came under sustained fire and were required to defend their IP beliefs. This conference is the brainchild of Professor Hugh Hansen, whose enthusiasm, drive and personality do so much to make this a unique event in the annual IP calendar."

The dinner marked the visit of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to New York City. The Court hears cases outside of Washington, D.C., once each year. Fordham Law was among the New York venues that the Court chose to hear cases. Three judges, Pauline Newman, Randall R. Rader, and Timothy B. Dyke, heard cases in Fordham's Moot Courtroom on October 3. Following the court session, the three judges and court personnel attended a reception at the school hosted by Dean Treanor. The reception allowed the judges to meet and talk with students and faculty.