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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.

March 19
(FTC - Room 432)

9:15 am - noon:Diverse Perspectives on Patents

F. M. Ross Armbrecht Jr., President, Industrial Research Institute
Makan Delrahim, Republican Chief Counsel, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Joanne M. Hayes-Rines, Vice President, United Inventors Association
Brian Kahin, Visiting Professor & Director, Center for Information Policy, University of Maryland
James Love, Director, Consumer Project on Technology
Ronald Myrick, Chief Patent Counsel, General Electric; President-Elect, American Intellectual Property Law Association

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
Monte R. Browder, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Ivax Corporation
Barbara Caulfield, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Affymetrix, Inc.
David Coffin-Beach, President, Torpharm, Inc.
Gregory J. Glover, Partner, Ropes & Gray, Counsel to Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Nancy J. Linck, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Guilford Pharmaceuticals
Rochelle K. Seide, Partner, Baker Botts, LLP
Edward A. Snyder, Dean and Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

March 20
(FTC - Room 432)

9:30 am - noon:Business Perspectives on Patents: Hardware and Semiconductors

George B. Brunt, Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary, Alcatel USA
Daniel McCurdy, President and Chief Executive Officer, ThinkFire
Richard L. Thurston, [Statement] Vice President and General Counsel, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
Harry Wolin, Vice President of Intellectual Property, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Gary Zanfagna, Associate General Counsel for Antitrust, Honeywell International
Rosemarie Ziedonis, Assistant Professor of Management, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

1:30 - 4:00pm:Business Perspectives on Patents: Software and the Internet

Dean Alderucci, Chief Counsel of Intellectual Property, Walker Digital
Edward J. Black, President and CEO, Computer & Communications Industry Association
Scott Sander, President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, SightSound Technologies
Mark Webbink, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Red Hat, Inc.

Further information about these and subsequent hearings, expected to extend through June, will be posted on the Antitrust Division's web site and the FTC's web site as it becomes available.

Copies of documents are available from the FTC's web site at 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 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.

Contact Information

Media Contact:
Cathy MacFarlane
Public Affairs
Staff Contact:
Susan DeSanti

Robin Moore