The Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice today announced that their joint hearings on "Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy" will begin on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. The primary focus of the hearings will be to 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 and view the proceedings. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis with an overflow room provided for hearings at the FTC. Written comments from interested parties may be submitted to the FTC. Available information on the initial hearing sessions, scheduled for February and March, follows below:
|2:00 p.m.|| |
FTC - Room 432
Timothy Muris, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
|9:00 a.m. to |
|Concurrent Sessions |
These sessions will lay the foundation for all future hearings discussions. They will provide essential background information and identify critical issues.
|9:00 a.m. |
12:30 p.m. and
|FTC - Room 432 |
These sessions will explore what economic learning reveals, and does not answer, regarding the relationships between intellectual property and innovation, and between competition and innovation.
February 25 - 28:
|Thanks to the Competition Policy Center and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology of the University of California at Berkeley, hearing sessions will take place at the Haas School of Business on the Berkeley campus. |
Daily sessions will focus on business and other testimony regarding the "real-world" experience with patents and competition, as well as explore economic and business perspectives on intellectual property, competition, and innovation.
March 19 - 20:
|Similar to the Berkeley sessions, these sessions will focus on testimony regarding the "real-world"experience with patents and competition.|
Further information about these and subsequent hearings, expected to extend through June, will be posted on the FTC web site www.ftc.gov/opp/intellect/index.htm as it becomes available.
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