Featuring Remarks by Congressman Darrell Issa and USPTO’s Michelle Lee
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
February 11, 2015
National Press Club
529 14th St. NW
Pre-Registration is now closed. Please join us at the event, we’ll be happy to register you onsite.
Patent reform is high on the agenda for the upcoming Congress. Proponents of reform claim the current system produces excessive litigation, particularly on the part of “patent assertion entities,” imposing costs on entrepreneurs and others and deterring innovation. Those on the other side suggest that the litigation explosion is overstated and that patent reform efforts will weaken intellectual property protections to the detriment of innovation. Complicating this issue is that the effects of the America Invents Act, recent court decisions, as well as changes at USPTO are still unfolding.
The Technology Policy Institute is hosting a half-day conference “Patents in Theory and Practice: Implications for Reform” on February 11th to explore the evidence for reform from both sides of the issues.
The event will open with remarks from Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. The closing luncheon will feature a “fireside chat” with Michelle Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO. More details on discussion panels will be announced in coming weeks.
“Patents in Theory and Practice: Implications for Reform” will be held Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the National Press club, located at 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, in Washington, DC. Lunch will be served. Registration can be performed on the TPI website. Questions should be directed to Ashley Benjamin at [email protected]. Members of the press should contact Amy Smorodin at [email protected].
The Technology Policy Institute
The Technology Policy Institute is a non-profit research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at https://techpolicyinstitute.org/.