Patent Institutions Summit at Stanford

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology
proudly present

Patent Institutions Summit:

Bringing Together the PTO, Federal Circuit, District Courts and the ITC

Monday, May 21, 2012

8:20 am – 5:30 pm

Stanford University

Paul Brest Hall, Munger Graduate Residences (map)

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Now that the America Invents Act (AIA) has been signed into law, many of the most promising opportunities for continued progress in improving the patent system lie in PTO initiatives and improvements in dispute resolution. Under Director Kappos’s leadership, the Patent Office has instituted a wide range of administrative reforms and data-driven initiatives aimed at better aligning the patent system. The Federal Circuit has taken a much more active role in addressing perceived weaknesses in patent jurisprudence. The district courts – led by the Northern District of California – have made substantial strides in improving patent dispute resolution. And the ITC has emerged as a major player in patent enforcement. The Patent Institutions Summit brings together key officials from the principal patent institutions to discuss and exchange ideas on the next era of patent system evolution. With significant patent reform unlikely for the foreseeable future, the PTO, Federal Circuit, district courts, and ITC will play critical, front-line roles in improving the patent system. Coordinating their activities and measuring/evaluating their progress will be essential to the next phase of progress.

Join us for this unique event featuring patent system leaders from government, the bench, industry and academia.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Hon. David J. Kappos
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
and Director of the USPTO

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Hon. Katherine O’ Malley
Circuit Judge

U.S. District Courts

Hon. Jeremy Fogel
Director, Federal Judicial Center and U.S. District Judge

Hon. Lucy H. Koh
U.S. District Court Judge (N.D. Cal)

Hon. Ronald M. Whyte
U.S. District Judge (N.D. Cal)

U.S. International Trade Commission

Hon. Shara Aranoff

Hon. Charles E. Bullock
Chief ALJ

Steve Carlson
Fish & Richardson

Prof. John Duffy
University of Virginia School of Law

Michelle Lee

Prof. Mark Lemley
Stanford Law School

Chip Lutton
former Chief Patent Counsel (2001-2011), Apple

Prof. Peter Menell
BCLT and Berkeley Law, Stanford Law School (visiting 2011-12)

Prof. Robert Merges
BCLT and Berkeley Law

Matthew Powers
Tensegrity Law Group

Arti Rai
Duke University School of Law

Edward Reines
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Stefani Shanberg
Wilson, Sonisini, Goodrich & Rosati

Laura Sorto

Lee Van Pelt
Van Pelt, Yi & James, LLP

Mallun Yen
RPX Corporation

Hon. Ronald Whyte
United States Court of the Northern District of California