SGR IP Attorneys Continue Service as Adjunct Professors at Various Law Schools


SGR Partners Greg Kirsch and Matt Warenzak are continuing their service as adjunct professors of patent and intellectual property (IP) law, at various law schools.

Kirsch will be teaching an intensive class on “Intellectual Property Protection for Computer Software”, at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, during this coming weekend of September 6-8, 2019.  The class, which Kirsch has been teaching each Fall since 2011, focuses on how the various types of IP regimes (patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks) can be used to protect different aspects of computer software technology, the procedures used to protect such IP, how the courts have interpreted this type of protection, the limits and advantages of each type of protection, and related real-world examples.  During the long weekend, Kirsch invites guest lecturers from industry and governmental organizations to speak on different subjects, and facilitates debate and discussion within the class on some of the more contentious issues.

In the Spring of 2020, Kirsch will also once again co-teach his “Patent Practice and Procedure” class at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta.  Kirsch has been teaching patent and IP law classes at Emory for 22 years.  The upcoming class teaches practical skills that a patent attorney would encounter when practicing law, including patent application drafting, claim drafting, responding to patent office actions, negotiation techniques with the patent office, opinions, and the like.

Warenzak has been teaching “Patent Prosecution and Procedure” at the University of Georgia School of Law since 2014.  This class focuses on developing the backbone skills necessary to be an effective patent attorney.  Warenzak will next teach this class in 2020.

Kirsch and Warenzak are among numerous lawyers at SGR, across many practice groups and cities, who serve as adjunct professors at law schools, universities, and colleges, in addition to their full-time legal practices.  Teaching these classes, and interacting with students, greatly enhances our abilities to practice law in our respective fields, and we are proud of our tradition of working with different schools in this capacity.

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