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Monday, March 10 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
How to Fix Patents: Trolls, Innovators, & Reform

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The Constitution calls for a patent system to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”
Unfortunately, our current patent system frequently stifles innovation the Constitution sought to protect, and at an economic cost of tens of billions a year.
So-called “patent trolls” are entities that hoard overly broad patents, but do not use them to make goods or services. Instead, these entities maliciously threaten small businesses, inventors, and even consumers through rampant and costly litigation abuse.
Since litigating a single patent case costs several million dollars, and plaintiffs have the advantage in court, most targets of patent trolls are forced to settle even when the infringement claim against them is spurious.
Join our panel of experts, including an alleged patent troll, for a discussion of how to make the patent system work better.

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Lee Dunn

Sr CounselGoogleLee Carosi Dunn is Senior Counsel at Google's legal and policy office here in Washington, DC focusing on technology issues and regulatory policy before the United States Senate and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Prior to her work at Google, Lee spent... Read More →
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Julie Hopkins

Intellectual Property Practice Chair & PartnerTydings & Rosenberg LLPJulie A. Hopkins is a Partner at Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP in Baltimore, Maryland and is the Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. She practices all aspects of intellectual property law, domestically... Read More →
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Erich Spangenberg

CEOIPNavOne of the most respected (and feared) people in the patent monetization business

Monday March 10, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon G 500 E 4th St

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