Patent Pledges Symposium 2015


Presented by AU Washington College of Law and the University of Utah – S.J. Quinney College of Law

June 12, 2015 | Room 603 |  8:30am-6:15pm
American University Washington College of Law
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Patent holders are increasingly making voluntary, public commitments to limit the enforcement and other exploitation of their patents. The best-known form of patent pledge is the so-called FRAND commitment, in which a patent holder commits to license patents to manufacturers of standardized products on terms that are “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory.” But patent pledges have been appearing in fields and environments well beyond technical standard-setting, including open source software, green technology and the biosciences. Pledges include FRAND commitments, as well as commitments not to assert patents against specified technologies or entities, and not to transfer patents to non-practicing entities. This one-day symposium brings together leading voices from government, industry and academia to consider and debate the effect and future of patent pledges in the modern economy.”

An overview of patent pledges can be found here.

Read the bios and paper abstracts of our guest speakers


8:30  Registration and Breakfast
9:00  Welcome and Introduction – Prof. Jorge Contreras
9:15 Industry Panel:  Pledging Patents – Why We Did It
Moderator: Greg Vetter – University of Houston
Thaddeus Burns – General Electric
Tim Kowalski – Google, Inc
Mark Bohannan – Red Hat
10:15  Coffee Break
10:30 Scholars Panel 1:  Theory and Empirical Data
Moderator: Amelia Rinehart – University of Utah
Clark Asay – Brigham Young University
Patents as Informational Tools
Jonathan Ashtor – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Patent Enforcement Value: Non-Pledged Patents in U.S. District Court Litigation
Matthew Callahan – New York University
Is Patent Reform via Private Ordering Anticompetitive?
Liza Vertinsky – Emory University
The Hidden Costs of Free Patents
Elizabeth Winston – Catholic University
Patent Pledges at the International Trade Commission
12:00  Lunch
1:15 Scholars Panel 2: Beyond ICT
Moderator: Andrew Torrance – Kansas University & MIT
Bassem Awad – University of Western Ontario
Patent Pledges in Green Technology
Dov Greenbaum – Yale University
Learning from Trolls: Patent Sharing in Biotechnology
Nicole Shanahan – CodeX Stanford Center for Legal Informatics
Transparency Barriers Affecting Patent Pledges in an Informal, Decentralized System and Proposed ICT Solutions
Amanda Brock – Queen Mary University of London
Open Source and Patent Non-Assertion Pledges: A Comparative Analysis
2:45 Government Perspectives Panel
Moderator: Arti Rai – Duke University
Neal Hannan – Federal Trade Commission
Tim Simcoe – Council Economic Advisors & Boston University
Stuart Graham – Georgia Institute of Technology & United States Patent & Trademark Office
Henry Wixon – National Institute of Standards and Technology
4:15  Coffee Break
4:30 Scholars Panel 3: International Perspectives
Moderator: Sean Flynn – American University
Mariateresa Maggiolino – Bocconi University – Italy
Pledges and Covenants: The Keys to Unlock Patents
Tania Sebastian – Gujarat University – India
Patent Pledges and Developing Countries: The Tryst with India’s Destiny
Ricardo Sichel – Brazilian Patent Office
Patent Pledge and Antitrust Law
Rafal Sikorski – Adam Mickiewicz University – Poland
Enforcing Patent Pledges in EU Law
6:00  Closing Remarks
6:15  End

Partial financial support for this program has been provided through a generous gift by Google, Inc.

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