February 12, 2015 – Video of the February 11th event, “Patents in Theory and Practice: Implications for Reform” is now available on the TPI website. Panel presentations have also been posted.
Proponents for patent reform claim the current system produces excessive litigation, 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. Participants in the event “Patents in Theory and Practice: Implications for Reform” explored the evidence for reform from both sides of the issues.
The event featured opening remarks by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and a lunchtime chat with Michelle K. Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO. Panel participants were:
Ron Katznelson, President, Bi-Level Technologies
Jay Kesan, Professor and Director, Program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law and H. Ross & Helen Workman Research Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Diane Lettelleir, Senior Managing Counsel, Litigation, JCPenney
Laurie Self, Vice President and Counsel, Government Affairs, Qualcomm Inc.
Timothy Simcoe, Senior Economist, President’s Council of Economic Advisers and Associate Professor of Strategy & Innovation, Boston University School of Management (on leave)
Daniel Spulber, Elinor Hobbs Distinguished Professor of International Business and Professor of Management Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and Professor of Law at the Northwestern University Law School
Catherine Tucker, Mark Hyman Jr. Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Management Science, MIT Sloan School of Management
Daniel Zadoff, Managing Partner, Nutritionix
The videos from this and past events are also available on the TPI YouTube channel.
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