Role of the Courts in Patent Law and Policy


Friday, November 4, 2011


Georgetown Law Gewirz Ctr
600 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States




9 am-4:45 pm

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On Friday, November 4, two leading universities in intellectual property law from both coasts -- Georgetown Law and Stanford Law School -- will join together to host a unique conference on the role of the courts in patent law. The seminar is at Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW in Washington, DC. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.

The focus of the conference is on the central role of the courts in shaping patent law policy. Panelists will analyze what the federal trade Commission’s 2011 Patent Report has to say about the courts’ role in defining patent scope and awarding appropriate relief. Speakers will examine the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and its impact on how courts handle patent cases. Panelists will also take a look at key patent cases decided by the Supreme Court and the federal circuit in the past year and those coming in the near future.

This year’s event features federal circuit and district court judges known for their patent expertise, thought leaders from the patent and antitrust enforcement agencies, leading academics, and others. This seminar will offer attendees an unmatched opportunity to learn how patent doctrine affects innovation and competition, and to explore the courts’ role in shaping patent doctrine.

Among the speakers are David J. Kappos, under secretary of commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Stuart Graham, chief economist, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Suzanne Michel, senior patent counsel, Google, and former deputy director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission; Carl Shapiro, member, Council of Economic Advisors; and chief judge James Spencer, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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