Patent+Policy Forum: Current Proposals to Amend U.S. Patent Law


November 8, 2013 | 8:45 – 1:30 | Room 603
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC, 20016
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Briefing Paper on Current Proposals to Amend U.S. Patent Law

Join us for the first in a series of expert roundtables that will explore key issues of patent law and policy.  Leading experts from government, industry, law practice and academia will assess current legislative proposals and agency initiatives in the areas of patent assertion entities, software and business method patents, and FRAND-encumbered and standards-essential patents. How will these initiatives affect current litigation and business practices?  Will they reduce perceived problems with the patent system, or do more harm than good?  Who stands to benefit and lose, and what are the chances that such changes will be enacted in today’s political environment?


8:45 Breakfast and Registration
9:15 Welcome and Introduction
9:30 Patent Assertion Entities

  • Moderator: Jonas Anderson, Assistant Professor, Washington College of Law
  • Scott Burt, Senior Vice President & Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Conversant Intellectual Property Management
  • Andy Gavil, Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission and Professor, Howard University Law School
  • Gail Levine, Vice President Intellectual Property & Public Policy, Verizon Communications
  • Matt Levy, Patent Counsel, Computer & Communications Industry Association
  • Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law, Co-Director of Academic Programs and Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
10:35 Software and Business Method Patents

  • Moderator: Megan LaBelle, ‎Associate Professor of Law, Catholic University Law School
  • Caroline Dennison, Deputy Director, Office of Patent Legal Administration
  • David Jones, Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy, Microsoft
  • Michael Meurer, Professor and Abraham and Lillian Benton Scholar, Boston University School of Law
  • Suzanne Michel, Senior Patent Counsel, Google
11:40 FRAND-Encumbered Patents (See also: PIJIP’s Page on SEP and FRAND Patents)

  • Moderator: Jorge Contreras, Associate Professor, Washington College of Law
  • Clark Cheney, Attorney Advisor, U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Fabian Gonell, Vice President and Division Counsel, Qualcomm
  • Darren Tucker, Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP
  • Nicholas Widnell, Deputy Assistant Director, Anticompetitive Practices Division, Federal Trade Commission
12:45 Lunch


Speaker Biographies

Sponsored by Google, Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

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