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The Federal Trade Commission will host a media roundtable discussion on Tuesday, October 28, 2003, to provide background information and answer questions about the agency’s new report, “To Promote Innovation: The Proper Balance of Competition and Patent Law and Policy.” This is the first of two reports that stem from hearings convened in February 2002 by the FTC and the Department of Justice. Each report discusses finding and maintaining the proper balance of free market competition and patent law and policy. This report makes 10 recommendations for the patent system, including legislative and regulatory changes to improve patent quality.



Timothy J. Muris
FTC Chairman

Susan S. DeSanti
Deputy General Counsel for Policy Studies



Tuesday, October 28, 2003
11:00 a.m. EST



FTC Headquarters, Room 432
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Reporters unable to attend the event may call in. The call-in information is as follows:

Dial-in Number: 1-888-777-0937
Confirmation Number: 20019380
Chairperson: Bruce Jennings


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