FTC and DOJ to Hold Roundtable Discussions To Conclude Hearings on Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy

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The Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice today announced times, location, and participants for final roundtable discussions in their joint hearings on "Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy." These sessions will explore more fully some of the topics raised in the hearings to date. The general public and press are invited to attend. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis with an overflow room provided.

October 25
FTC - Room 432

Competition, Economic, and Business Perspectives on Patent Quality and Institutional Issues: Competitive Concerns, Prior Art, Post-Grant Review, and Litigation

10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m and 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.:

R. Bhaskar, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Business School

Scott Chambers, Arnold & Porter, and Adjunct Faculty Member at Georgetown Law Center and The George Washington University Law School

Q. Todd Dickinson, Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White, and former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

James B. Gambrell, Visiting Professor, The University of Texas School of Law
Brian Kahin, Visiting Professor & Director, Center for Information Policy, University of Maryland

Jay Kesan, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law
Jeffrey Kushan, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP Jonathan D. Levin, Assistant Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nancy J. Linck, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Guilford Pharmaceuticals, and former Solicitor for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Stephen A. Merrill, Executive Director, Board on Science Technology and Economic Policy, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences

Robert Taylor, Howrey Simon Arnold & White LLP
John R. Thomas, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

October 30
FTC - Room 432

Competition, Economic, and Business Perspectives on Substantive Patent Law Issues:
Non-Obviousness and Other Patentability Criteria

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.:

Mark T. Banner, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd., and Chair, ABA Intellectual Property Law Section

Robert Barr, Vice President and Worldwide Patent Counsel, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Wesley M. Cohen, Professor of Economics and Management, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

John Duffy, Professor of Law, William and Mary School of Law

Mark Janis, Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law
Brian Kahin, Visiting Professor & Director, Center for Information Policy, University of Maryland

Edmund Kitch, Joseph M. Hartfield Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Roderick McKelvie, Fish & Neave, and former U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Delaware

Stephen A. Merrill, Executive Director, Board on Science Technology and Economic Policy, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences

Gerald Mossinghoff, Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks

James Pooley, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

John R. Thomas, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

November 6
FTC - Room 432

Antitrust Law and Patent Landscapes

9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.: Standard Setting Organizations: Evaluating the Anticompetitive Risks Of Negotiating IP Licensing Terms and Conditions Before A Standard Is Set

Joseph Farrell, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Joseph Kattan, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Scott Peterson, Corporate Counsel, Hewlett-Packard Company

Carl Shapiro, Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Earle Thompson,
Intellectual Asset Manager and Senior Counsel, Texas Instruments Paul Vishny, D'Ancona & Pflaum

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Relationships Among Competitors and Incentives to Compete: Cross-Licensing of Patent Portfolios, Grantbacks, Reach-Through Royalties, and Non-Assertion Clauses

Michelle Burtis, LECG, Inc

Joseph Farrell, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
Jeffery Fromm, Former Senior Managing Counsel, Hewlett-Packard Company

Michael McFalls, Jones Day Reavis & Pogue

Barbara M. McGarey, Deputy Associate General Counsel, National Institutes of Health

Janusz A. Ordover, Department of Economics, New York University

Charles F. (Rick) Rule, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

Carl Shapiro, Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Further information about these and other sessions are posted on the FTC web site www.ftc.gov/opp/intellect/index.htm, and the DOJ website, www.usdoj.gov/atr/hearing.htm.

Written comments from interested parties on any of the topics addressed by the hearings should be submitted to the FTC by November 15, 2002.

Written comments from interested parties on any of the topics addressed by the hearings should be submitted to the FTC by November 15, 2002.

The FTC's Bureau of Competition seeks to prevent business practices that restrain competition. The Bureau carries out its mission by investigating alleged law violations and, when appropriate, recommending that the Commission take formal enforcement action. To notify the Bureau concerning particular business practices, call or write the Office of Policy and Evaluation, Room 394, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580, Electronic Mail: antitrust@ftc.gov; Telephone (202) 326-3300. For more information on the laws that the Bureau enforces, the Commission has published "Promoting Competition, Protecting Consumers: A Plain English Guide to Antitrust Laws," which can be accessed at http://www.ftc.gov/bc/compguide/index.htm.

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