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Friday, March 7 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Clubbing the Patent Trolls: How We Can Fight Back

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Innovators face a growing epidemic of litigation from so-called "patent trolls" - companies that do not make or produce products, but sue those who do. Last year the majority of patent lawsuits were brought by such entities, at an estimated overall cost to the US economy of $20B.
Patent trolls use broad and vaguely-worded patents to bring infringement claims against innovators, and demand payment of a "license" to avoid a lawsuit. They are able to exploit the legal system because they know that the cost of defending a lawsuit can range into the millions of dollars - more than the victim is able to pay.
Once primarily a problem for large companies, today's cost common patent troll targets are small startups that do not have significant resources or legal departments.
This panel presents a leading Member of Congress along with innovators and public policy advocates discussing how we can protect ourselves from the patent lawsuit tsunami.

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Hon Hakeem Jeffries

CongressmanUS House of Representatives
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Michael Petricone

Sr VP, Government AffairsConsumer Electronics AssociationMichael Petricone is the senior vice president of government affairs for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). In his position, Michael has been responsible for representing the CE industry's position before Congress and... Read More →
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Julie Samuels

Exec DirEngine AdvocacyJulie Samuels, a Staff Attorney and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents at EFF, focuses on intellectual property issues. Before joining EFF, Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases in Chicago at Loeb & Loeb and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal... Read More →
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Alan Schoenbaum

SVP, General Counsel & SecretaryRackspace

Friday March 7, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm CST
Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB

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