Gene & Katy Simonds Lecture

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Gene & Katy Simonds Lecture

Gene and Katy Simonds Lectureship in Democracy

Katy and Gene SimondsThe Gene and Katy Simonds Lectureship in Democracy was established through a gift from Emma K. (Katy) Simonds, a longtime supporter of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the southern Illinois region. The funds support a lecture, symposium or debate each year on a topic of current or recurring public interest, which explores common sense solutions to issues related to the common good by applying the principles of limited government, popular sovereignty, personal liberty, personal responsibility and federalism.


2022 Simonds Lecture

osenga-web.jpgThe Intersection of Antitrust and IP Law:  Stay in your lane!

presented by Kristen Osenga

Austin E. Owen Research Scholar & Professor of Law, University of Richmond, School of Law

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Lesar Law Building

Reception at 4:30 p.m. prior to the lecture in the Formal Lounge

See the invitation here


PROFESSOR KRISTEN JAKOBSEN OSENGA, teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property, patent law, law and language, and legislation and regulation. Some of her recent scholarship focuses on patent eligible subject matter, patent licensing firms, standard setting organizations, patent law reform, and claim construction. She has written numerous law review articles on these and other topics, as well as book chapters and op eds on various aspects of patent law. Additionally, she has spoken on patent-related issues at many academic conferences and bar events. Professor Osenga is an active member of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.  

Professor Osenga received a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. After law school, she practiced at the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner LLP, where she did patent prosecution and litigation. She then clerked for the Judge Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. After clerking, she entered academia, teaching first at Chicago-Kent College of Law and then at the University of Richmond, where she has been since 2006. She has also been a Visiting Professor at Emory University School of Law and at William & Mary School of Law.


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