The Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice today announced topics, times and locations, and participants for the March sessions of their joint hearings on "Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy." The hearings primarily will examine the implications of competition and patent law and policy for innovation and other aspects of consumer welfare. The general public and press are invited to attend. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Written comments from interested parties may be submitted to the FTC.
|9:15 am - noon:||Diverse Perspectives on Patents
F. M. Ross Armbrecht Jr., President, Industrial Research Institute
|1:30 - 4:45 pm:||Business Perspectives on Patents: Biotech and Pharmaceuticals
Robert A. Armitage, Vice President and General Patent Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company
|9:30 am - noon:||Business Perspectives on Patents: Hardware and Semiconductors
George B. Brunt, Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary, Alcatel USA
|1:30 - 4:00pm:||Business Perspectives on Patents: Software and the Internet
Dean Alderucci, Chief Counsel of Intellectual Property, Walker Digital
Further information about these and subsequent hearings, expected to extend through June, will be posted on the Antitrust Division's web site www.usdoj.gov/atr/hearing.htm and the FTC's web site www.ftc.gov/opp/intellect/index.htm as it becomes available.
Copies of documents are available from the FTC's web site at http://www.ftc.gov and also from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. To file a complaint, or to get free information on any of 150 consumer topics, call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), or use the complaint form at http://www.ftc.gov. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.