Bloomberg Businessweek Editorial Calls for Reduction of IP Laws

Yesterday, Bloomberg Businessweek published a piece by Charles Kenny calling for the reduction of IP, particularly patent. An interesting component of Kenny’s argument is that patent is now a drag on GDP, and that trimming patent protection would raise GDP and – by extension – help raise tax revenue to solve the deficit problem. It’s an interesting argument, though I doubt it will get much traction in the present political environment. For better or worse (probably worse), we’re in times where more IP is seen as pro-business and pro-job, even if growing numbers of business executives are reaching the opposite conclusion.

Dreyfuss at American – Oct. 20, 2009

What the Federal Circuit Can Learn from the Supreme Court — and Vice Versa

Professor Rochelle C. Dreyfuss, the Pauline Newman Professor of Law at New York University Law School, will deliver the Fifth Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property on October 20, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. EDT. For those outside the DC area, live and on demand webcast of the talk will be available.


For over a quarter century, the Federal Circuit has been in the business of using its special expertise to revise key aspects of both procedural and substantive patent law. In the court’s early years, the Supreme Court largely refrained from reviewing its jurisprudence. However, in the last decade, the two tribunals have engaged in a vibrant dialogue. In this presentation, Professor Dreyfuss will examine their interaction, asking questions about the role that specialists should be permitted to play in tailoring law to the needs of technologically complex and emerging industries, and the extent to which generalists can helpfully intervene to keep this law in the mainstream and attuned to other social values and related developments, such as open innovation.

When: October 20, 2009, 5:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Lecture
Where: Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Room 603
or call 202-274-4445
Webcast: Live and On Demand: