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Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy Briefing: Patent Trolls: Greasing the Wheels or Grinding the Gears?

Event Date: Friday, July 26 to Friday, July 26, 2013

Location: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2237, Washington, DC

Program Description: Last month the White House announced a new initiative to combat so-called “patent trolls.” Quoting the President as saying they “are just trying to essentially leverage and hijack somebody else’s idea and see if they can extort some money,” they estimate the direct cost of patent trolls were $29 billion in 2011.

However, some experts assert these companies – more formally known as “patent assertion entities” - have a leveling effect, allowing smaller and newer innovators to find commercial access, financing, and indeed assert legitimate patent rights against more established companies.

What role do these specialized entities play in innovation and competition? Do they hold up the flow of new technology or do they provide a useful right-of-way?

Join us for a discussion of these and related issues beginning at noon. Hill Country Barbeque will be served. Please RSVP as space is limited.

Panelists:  

Logan M. Breed, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Philip Johnson, Senior Vice President & Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Johnson & Johnson, Legal Department

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

Moderator:

Satya P. Thallam, Assistant Director, Research, Law & Economics Center

 

 

For More Information, Contact: Michael P. Wilt
Assistant Director, Academy
703.993.9963
mwilt2@gmu.edu

 

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