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Longtime register of copyrights to speak at Drake

March 17, 2008
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Ralph Oman

Ralph Oman, former register of copyrights, will headline the
Drake Intellectual Property Law Center's first distinguished lecture in
intellectual property law Tuesday, April 22. The talk is free and open to the
public and will begin at 4:30 p.m. in room 201 of Cartwright Hall.

In his lecture, Oman will discuss the role of the U.S. Copyright Office and the possibility of a
major revision of the copyright law

Oman, a member of the District of Columbia and the Supreme
Court bars, began his career as a law clerk for a U.S. District Court judge for
the District of Maryland. He then became a trial attorney with the Antitrust
Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

In 1975, Oman moved to the U.S. Senate, where he worked as
chief minority counsel, senior lawyer and chief counsel for the Subcommittee on
Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights.

Oman was register of copyrights from 1985-93. His highest
priority was increasing the international protection of American copyrights. He
established the International Copyright Institute to train foreign copyright

He was counsel for the intellectual property practice group
of the law firm Dechert, LLP and is currently the Pravel, Hewitt, Kimball and
Kreiger Professorial Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Patent Law at The
George Washington University Law School, for which he has been an adjunct
professor since 1993.

Oman holds a Doctor of Law degree from Georgetown University
and a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College.

Drake's Intellectual Property Law Center will also host
these upcoming events:

  • a
    one-of-its-kind summer institute on intellectual property, biotechnology
    and agricultural sciences on May 19-20;
  • a major conference in Hong Kong on the latest
    Internet developments in China on June 13-14.
  • an international conference in Turku, Finland on
    innovation and communications law on July 17-18.

The Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University
offers an innovative curriculum, providing students with a solid foundation in
both the theoretical and practical aspects of intellectual property law.

Read more about the center and its director online.