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Patent reform: innovation or litigation meet up in DC

Bloomberg Government is sponsoring a meet up to discuss pending patent legislation on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. For us, we think the issue is more about decreasing the costs of patent disputes, not an expansion of rules that might lead to unintended consequences.

The AIA is not even two years old, so the current legislative experiment is ongoing, yet there continues to be a call for even more laws.  And there's a lot of them.  Patent Progress outlines the twelve patent reform bills currently under consideration.

The lineup of attendees includes:

  • Michelle Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Thomas Massie, U.S. Representative (R-KY)
  • Louis Foreman, Chief Executive, Edison Nation 
  • Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • Honorable Paul R. Michel, Former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit (RET.)
  • John C. Vaughn, Executive Vice President, Association of American Universities
  • David Kappos, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Former Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • John Boswell, Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, SAS
  • Daniel Girdwood, Director & Senior Counsel, U.S. IP Center, Samsung Electronics America Inc.