Patent Policy and Metaphors at Colorado

Patents: Home on the Range or Wild Frontier?
University of Colorado Law School
Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship
Co-sponsored by Colorado Bar Association IP Section
Tuesday, April 24, 2012; 2:00–6:00 PM
University of Colorado, Boulder; Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom

The role of patents in our economy is becoming more critical as we move toward an economy where value is represented by intangible assets rather than tangible ones. The America Invents Act was enacted to update the Patent Act and enable the Patent Office to grapple with an increasing number of patent applications. Even with the reforms embodied in that law, commenters and practitioners have offered a series of differing analysis from economic, ethical or technological perspectives. At this conference, we will bring together some of the leading thinkers on patent policy and examine the arguments and metaphors about the future of patent policy.

Nina Wang, Partner, Faegre & Benson LLP
Phil Weiser,
University of Colorado Law School;
Executive Director,
Silicon Flatirons Center

David Kappos,
Under Secretary, Commerce for Intellectual Property; Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Panel 1: Are Patents Fences or Landmines?
Thomas R. Cech, University of Colorado
Natalie Hanlon-Leh. Faegre Baker Daniels
Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm
John Thorne, Verizon Communications Inc.
Paul Ohm, Law
University of Colorado

Panel 2: The Evolving Patent Landscape
Aaron Brodsky, Oracle Corporation
Bernard Chao, University of Denver
David St. John-Larkin, Merchant & Gould PC
Mallun Yen,
Daniel Sherwinter, Marsh Fischmann & Breyfogle

Panel 3: Patents as the Modern-Day Gold Rush
Stan Dempsey, Royal Gold
Patty Limerick, University of Colorado
Keith Maskus, University of Colorado
Lee Osman, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Phil Weiser, University of Colorado

CLE: 4 General Credits & 4 Ethics Credits