FTC/DOJ Hearings to Highlight Additional Business and Economic Perspectives on Competition and Intellectual Property Policy

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The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division today announced topics, updated times and locations, and participants for sessions in their joint hearings on "Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy" on April 9 through April 11. 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, with an overflow room provided. Written comments from interested parties may be submitted to the FTC.

 

April 9
FTC - Room 432

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Cross-Industry Perspectives on Patents

[Panelists to be listed on the DOJ Web site www.usdoj.gov/atr/hearing.htm and the FTC Web site, www.ftc.gov/opp/intellect/index.htm.]

April 10
FTC - Room 432

9:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.: Substantive Standards of Patentability
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.:

Patenting Procedures, Presumptions, and Uncertainties

Introductory Speaker: Kenneth M. Frankel (Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner), speaking on behalf of the American Intellectual Property Law Association

Panelists:

Mark D. Janis, Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law
Salem M. Katsh, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Jay P. Kesan, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law
F. Scott Kieff, John M. Olin Senior Research Fellow in Law, Economics, and Business, Harvard Law School, and Associate Professor, Washington University School of Law
Roger W. Parkhurst, Member, Parkhurst & Wendel, L.L.P., and President, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Stephen G. Kunin, Deputy Commssioner for Patent Examination Policy, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Arti K. Rai, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Suzanne Andersen Scotchmer, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
John R. Thomas, Associate Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

April 11
FTC - Room 432

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:

Patentable Subject Matter - Business Method and Software Patents

Mark D. Janis, Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law
Jeffrey R. Kuester, Partner, Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley
Jeffrey P. Kushan, Partner, Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy LLP
Rick D. Nydegger, Shareholder, Workman, Nydegger & Seeley
Suzanne Andersen Scotchmer, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
John R. Thomas, Associate Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
Robert Young, Chairman, Center for Public Domain, and Chairman, Red Hat, Inc.

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.:

Patent Criteria and Procedures - International Comparisons

Danielle M. Bush, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Mark D. Janis, Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law
Rick D. Nydegger, Shareholder, Workman, Nydegger & Seeley
Robert L. Stoll, Administrator for External Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office
John R. Thomas, Associate Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

Further information about these and subsequent sessions in April, May, and June will be posted on the Antitrust Division's Web site www.usdoj.gov/atr/hearing.htm and the FTC Web site www.ftc.gov/opp/intellect/index.htm as it becomes available.

Contact Information

Media Contact:
Derick Rill, FTC
Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2472

Gina Talamona, DOJ
Office of Public Affairs
202-514-2007
Staff Contact:
Susan DeSanti, FTC
Policy Planning Division
202-326-2167

Robin Moore, FTC
Policy Planning Division
202-326-3133

Frances Marshall, DOJ
Antitrust Division
202-305-2520