Ideas into Action: Implementing Reform of the Patent System

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Event Description

The FTC, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology co-sponsored a conference to address patent reform and how it might be implemented. The event brought together government officials, business representatives, scholars, lawyers, and leading members of the patent community to discuss the most significant recommendations of two recent reports on patent reform ‰Û" one from the FTC and one from the NAS that was issued the week of April 12. In October 2003, the FTC issued a report on how to promote innovation by finding the proper balance of competition and patent law and policy. The FTC report contained ten recommendations to reform the patent system, including legislative and regulatory changes to improve patent quality. FTC Commissioner Mozelle W. Thompson and Deputy General Counsel for Policy Studies Susan S. DeSanti participated in the conference, along with government representatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office. Industry participants included representatives from CISCO, Chiron, eBay, Eli Lilly, Genentech, Google, Inflexion Point Strategy, Intel, and Microsoft. Representatives from the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association also participated.

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