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Aspen Breakout Sessions Address Key Policy Issues

Aspen Breakout Sessions Address Key Policy Issues

Topics Include Patents, Copyright and the Digital Economy, and Liberating Government Spectrum

Contact: Amy Smorodin
(202) 828-4405

July 31, 2013 – The Technology Policy Institute has confirmed presenters for the 2013 Aspen Forum breakout sessions. The three informal, off-the-record breakout sessions will cover the pertinent topics of patents and IT, copyright and the digital economy, and clearing or sharing government spectrum for private sector use. The Aspen Forum is scheduled for August 18 – 20.

The session, “Patents and IT – What Needs Fixing?” will be moderated by Technology Policy Institute President and Senior Fellow Thomas Lenard. Participants will discuss issues surrounding software patents, patent assertion entities, and standard essential patents. Participants include:

Vishal Amin, Senior Counsel, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, House Judiciary Committee

Michele Boldrin, Joseph Gibson Hoyt Distinguished Professor of Economics in Arts and Sciences, and Chair, Department of Economics, Washington University in St. Louis

John Duffy, Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law and Armistead M. Dobie Professor of Law, University of Virginia Law School

Peter Detkin, Founder, Vice Chairman, Intellectual Ventures

Lisa Kimmel, Attorney Advisor, Office of Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Federal Trade Commission

Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel, Google

Carl Shapiro, Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy, Walter A. Haas School of Business and Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of California at Berkeley

Copyright and the Digital Economy” will be moderated by Raymond Gifford, Partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. Participants will discuss the recently-implemented copyright alert system and initiatives at the government level pertaining to copyright reform and enforcement. Speakers include:

Cameron Gilreath, Vice President, Public Policy, Time Warner Inc.

Jill Lesser, Executive Director, Center for Copyright Information

Stephanie Moore, Chief Counsel, Democrats, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, House Judiciary Committee

Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Matthew Sandgren, Senior Counsel to Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Senate Judiciary Committee (invited)

Michael D. Smith, Professor of Information Technology and Marketing, Carnegie Mellon University

Joe Waz, Senior Strategic Advisor, Comcast

Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute will moderate the session, “Liberating Government Spectrum.” Topics to be discussed include PCAST report, secondary spectrum markets, incentives to induce agency cooperation, and the role of spectrum sharing. Confirmed presenters are:

Jeffrey Carlisle, Executive Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Lightsquared

Larry Irving, President and CEO, the Irving Group

John S. Leibovitz, Deputy Bureau Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

David Redl, Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, House Commerce Committee

Courtney Reinhard, Legal Advisor, Wireless, Office of Commissioner Ajit Pai, Federal Communications Commission

Gregory L. Rosston, Deputy Director, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and Deputy Director, Public Policy Program, Stanford University

Thomas J. Sugrue, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, T-Mobile

Click here for the most recent Aspen Forum agenda.

Registration for the Aspen Forum can be performed on the TPI website. For additional information, please contact Jane Creel at [email protected]. Members of the press can 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/.

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