Software Patents at Santa Clara

The High Tech Law Institute is pleased to announce its Fall 2012 conference, “Solutions to the Software Patent Problem,” on November 16, 2012 at Santa Clara University School of Law. Please save the date.

Rather than debating the merits of software patents, the conference will start with the premise that software patents are in need of reform. Presenters will be asked to select an aspect of software (including internet and related high-tech) patents that they believe needs attention, present a proposed fix (which could be legislative, administrative, judicial, or market-based), and explain why it would help. Key stakeholders will be at the event to evaluate the proposals for their content, feasibility, and impact.

In addition, presenters will prepare a short essay (less than 1,000 words) recapping their proposal and its merits for a general audience. has expressed interest in publishing the compilation of
essays. Between the presentations and the papers, we hope to make tangible progress towards ameliorating the problems associated with software patents.

We invite your expressions of interest to present your solution at the event. In addition to presenting the proposal in person, presenters will be expected to submit their short essay a few weeks prior to the event. SCU will cover reasonable travel costs for selected presenters. If you would like to participate, please submit a description of your proposal by May 1, 2012.

Contact: Colleen Chien ( and Eric Goldman (