Competition and Intellectual Property: Teeing Up the Issues Facing Congress and the Administration


Competition and IP together comprise perhaps the most crucial aspects of policy affecting incentives to innovate, which are key to economic growth and well-being. Congress and the Administration face several challenges whose outcomes are likely to affect innovation incentives for some time to come. This conference will focus on two of these.

The first involves potential new patent legislation. There are conflicting views about the effects of past patent legislation, court decisions, and reforms at the U.S. Patent Office and whether additional Congressional action is needed and, if so, what that legislation should include. The second involves controversial policies regarding standard setting organizations and the licensing of standard-related intellectual property adopted by the Antitrust Division during the last administration. Will Congress and the Administration focus on new legislation and will they change the approach to standards-setting and licensing set by the previous administration? This conference will explore these issues. Lunch will be provided.

Panel 1 – Patent Reform: What Needs Changing?
Tina Chappell, Associate General Counsel and Global Director of Intellectual Property Policy, Intel Corp.
Tyler Grimm, Legislative Director, Darrell Issa, Representative, California
Paul Michel, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (retired)
Jamie Simpson, Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee

Panel 2 – Standard Setting and IP: Competition Policy Considerations
Andrew Finch, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice
Caroline Holland, Tech Policy Fellow, Mozilla Foundation
Tad Lipsky, Adjunct Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Urška Petrovčič, Senior Consultant, Criterion Economics

Video of this event is available here, also check out past events on our YouTube channel.

Date and Time

  • November 7, 2017
    12:00 pm - 2:30 pm


529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia, United States