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Mizzou forums feature Thompson Coburn partners

March 12, 2012

Kit Bond
Kit Bond
Jason Schwent
Jason Schwent

This week, Thompson Coburn attorneys are participating in two-high profile events at the University of Missouri-Columbia that highlight the firm’s stature as a national leader in patent law and international affairs.

On March 13, partner and former U.S. Senator Kit Bond, will kick off a University of Missouri symposium on the intersection of politics and science. During his time in the Senate, Bond was an ardent supporter of investing in science and technology, providing more than a billion dollars in biotechnology research nationwide and more than $500 million in federal dollars for research and capital projects at MU. Bond will deliver the keynote address at the symposium, “Engineering Connections between Politics and Science for the 21st Century.” He will discuss the effect of scientific and technological advancement on our everyday lives, its importance to our economy, and its promise as a possible solution to global problems like hunger and disease. In addition, the senator will highlight the challenges the U.S. faces as it tries to retain its status as the world’s leader in science and technology.

Later in the day, Thompson Coburn partner Jason Schwent will be a featured speaker on the forum’s Patent Law panel, which will focus on how the America Invents Act affects innovation and research.

Schwent has experience in litigating complex patent, trademark, and copyright matters in both administrative proceedings as well as in state and federal courts. Schwent also is experienced in drafting and reviewing open source and proprietary software licenses, counseling clients regarding media licensing and technology transfer, and advising clients about maximizing the protection for their intellectual property assets.

Recognized for his work in these areas, Schwent will specifically address the changes in joinder and marking law. As a litigator, Schwent says he’s already seen how adjustments to joinder law have changed the way lawsuits are filed by non-practicing patent-holding entities. 
On March 14, Thompson Coburn will be prominently represented at the inaugural Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Lecture Series event. The lecture series was funded by a $1.3 million endowment, to which Thompson Coburn generously contributed. Thanks to donations from Thompson Coburn and others, the lecture series will provide a forum for national and international experts to explore issues of contemporary significance, including economics, politics, science, and global security.

This year’s event will focus on the global issue of food security and will feature Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States; Dr. Roger Beachy, the founding president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; and high-ranking representatives from the Vietnamese and Philippines Embassies. Bond, who is widely recognized for his work with Southeast Asian leaders and his experience in food security issues like biotechnology, will moderate the discussion.