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March 19, 2009 - Evaluating Software Patents Conference

 

Evaluating Software Patents
March 19, 2009
Wolf Law Building, University of Colorado at Boulder

Co-sponsored by the IP Section and Silicon Flatirons

Over the last several years, the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit have taken a number of steps suggesting that the law governing software patents is still very much in flux. In terms of the scope of patent law's reach (Bilski) to applicable remedies (Ebay), the courts have taken seriously concerns about the state of the patent system and its impact on innovation in the software and information technology sectors. At the same time, Congress has considered a number of reform measures geared to address concerns that the patent system is rewarding bad patents and encouraging inefficient litigation.
In this conference, we evaluated both the premises underlying the call for a reform of software patents as well as some specific suggestions for changing how patents are granted and how patent litigation operates. In particular, we evaluated the role of software patents, whether patent litigation serves a constructive role in facilitating innovation and commercialization of new technologies, and whether patents play an important part in spurring the development of new technologies and enabling start-up firms to attract financing. It concluded with a roundtable of three leading commentators on the role of patents and innovation.
The Debate Over the Proper Scope of Patents
        3:00pm - 4:10pm 
  • John Duffy
    Professor of Law
    George Washington University
  • Damien Geradin
    Professor of Competition Law and Economics
    Tilburg University
  • Geoff Manne
    Director
    LECG
  • Michael Meurer
    Professor of Law
    Boston University
  • Pam Samuelson
    Professor of Law
    University of California-Berkley
The Realities of Patent Litigation: A Search for Truth or Leverage for Patent Holders?
        4:10pm - 5:10pm 
  • Mark Chandler
    General Counsel
    Cisco
  • Natalie Hanlon-Leh
    Partner
    Faegre & Benson
    Adjunct Faculty
    University of Colorado
  • Mark Lemley
    William H. Neukom Professor of Law
    Stanford University
  • John Posthumus
    Partner
    Greenberg Traurig
  • Don Rosenberg
    General Counsel and Executive Vice President
    Qualcomm
 
Patents, Start-up Companies, and Financing Decisions
        5:20pm - 6:20pm 
  • Michael Crawford
    Partner
    Q Advisors
  • Jason Haislmaier
    Partner
    Holme, Roberts & Owen
    Adjunct Faculty
    University of Colorado
  • Jason Mendelson
    Managing Director
    Foundry Group
  • Sean O'Connor
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Washington
  • Bill Vobach
    Partner
    Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP
Roundtable Discussion: Software Patents in Perspective
        6:20pm - 7:00pm 
  • John Duffy
    Professor of Law
    George Washington University
  • Bart Eppenauer
    Associate General Counsel
    Microsoft
  • Mark Lemley
    William H. Neukom Professor of Law
    Stanford University
  • Michael Meurer
    Professor of Law
    Boston University
  • Joshua Wright
    Professor of Law
    George Mason University
Reception 7:00pm - 8:00pm
 
  • General Admission - $50
  • Members of the IP Section of the Colorado Bar Association - $25
  • FCBA Members - $25
  • CU Alums - $25
  • SFC Supporters - Free
  • CU Students / Faculty / Staff - Free