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Patent Resources Group Announces Unique Panel Discussion on Reforming or Abolishing the U.S. Patent System
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Alexandria, VA -- Patent Resources Group (PRG), the nation's leading patent educator, will be hosting a panel discussion on "The Future of U.S. Patent Law" on June 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. This in-depth, one-day event, offered in partnership with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, will bring together some of the best minds in intellectual property to inform, discuss, and debate the future of U.S. patent law. The one-of-a-kind program will include brief lectures, lively panel discussions, and audience participation.
Major topics will include:
- U.S. patent reform
- Latest developments at, and tensions between, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Approaches to improve pendency and efficiency at the USPTO
The discussion will be moderated by Michael Meurer, Professor of Law at Boston University and co-author of Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk.
The esteemed panel will include:
- Michele Boldrin, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, Washington University in St. Louis and co-author ofAgainst Intellectual Monopoly
- Tom Irving, Partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
- Patrick C. Keane, Shareholder and Chair of Intellectual Property Section, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
- Samuel C. Miller, III, Counsel, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
"Our highly respected panel of intellectual property experts will debate issues affecting the careers of every patent practitioner in the country," says Vanessa Brown, PRG's Vice President. "Participants will benefit from a discussion that we guarantee will be challenging and thought-provoking." Panelist Michele Boldrin argues that, "The current U.S. patent system does little or nothing to promote innovation, causes more harm than good, and should be drastically reduced and eventually abolished." Not so, responds panelist Tom Irving: "The U.S. patent system is a powerful force in the U.S. economy. Court rulings in the past few years have weakened it to the detriment of innovation and business. Rather than be abolished or further undermined, it needs to be bolstered and supported given its role in the global marketplace."
Interested customers can visit the PRG website at www.patentresources.com to learn more about this program and register online.
About Patent Resources Group
Patent Resources Group provides courses and publications in all aspects of patent practice for professionals at all levels of experience. Patent Resources Group offers patent training programs in major cities, over the Internet, and on-site at companies and law firms, and attracts attendees from around the world.
Patent Resources Group was established in 1969 by Professor Irving Kayton, Professor of Law Emeritus, George Mason University, and founder of the Patent and Intellectual Property Law Program at George Washington University. Since its inception, the company has taught patent law and related courses to 40,000 patent attorneys, agents, engineers, and scientists.
About Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC is a national law firm with a significant intellectual property section. More than 60 attorneys and patent agents offer a full range of services in all aspects of patent, trademark, and copyright law and litigation. In addition, Buchanan is one of the very few law firms in the United States with a practice group dedicated to the highly specialized disciplines of patent interferences, reexaminations, and reissues.
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