Cooley Law School Professor David Berry has gone from practicing patent law at a private Boston firm to teaching intellectual property courses to law school students.
wouldn't have it any other way.
Now after seven years of being involved with the International Trademark Association
has been recognized for his
service with that legal trade organization, having been awarded the Volunteer Service Award for the Advancement of the Association.
announced Berry's award in November.
Berry is the Director of Cooley's Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law and he works out of the school's Auburn Hills campus.
"I found out about it about a month before the announcement and it came as quite a surprise," said the Flint native.
The award recognizes individuals who provide exemplary volunteer service to INTA
during the past year, and often for long-term service spanning multiple years.
efforts to increase the participation of academic members in association programs.
played a key role in initiating the annual INTA Trademark Scholarship Symposium, open to intellectual property professors and scholars worldwide, and a special "Academic Day" of programming at INTA's annual meeting.
Both projects have succeeded in increasing the involvement of professors and law students in INTA
"The association has decided back in 2003 when I first jointed that it needed to have a stronger involvement with law school professors from around the country," Berry
"The symposium allows professors and scholars to present papers and get comments from peers and people representing clients in trademark issues."
One challenge with being a law school professor is that it can be difficult to keep current with what is happening in the real world, especially without regular client contact, Berry said.
The INTA's annual symposium, of which Berry
has played a major role for the last seven years, allows law school professors to have an opportunity for continuing education on a variety of IP-related topics.
That is particularly critical in a specialty where ongoing changes with the Internet and social media lead to evolving legal issues and statutes.
is an international organization that before the early part of the 21st Century was considered more as a lobby for IP brand owners.
But over time it became more of an organization that reflects trademark and brand needs from a legal perspective, Berry
"We try to support professors who are working on research," Berry
made the decision to focus on teaching law nearly a decade ago.
was looking for lawyers with corporate experience for its then brand-new Auburn Hills campus.
"I had done (the private practice job) and I just thought that I needed to do something that was a little more for me -- something that piqued my interests," Berry
"I wanted interaction with students and looked forward to building something from the ground level.
I can truly say that I haven't looked back on that decision -- at least on most days," he
added with a chuckle.
And during that time local and national interest in IP law among law school students has increased, said Berry
, a University of Michigan Law School graduate
One reason is simple demand -- more professionals encounter IP issues in businesses.
"Entrepreneurs are becoming more innovative so we have to worry a lot about IP," Berry
That was very rare 10-15 years ago, Berry
Now the school caters to these professionals, who have technical backgrounds.
"Many of them are entering the IP field and law schools are forced to expand these programs to remain current with the trends," Berry