The Patent Bargain: Innovation’s Past, Present and FutureView Description
The Patent Bargain: Innovation’s Past, Present and Future
The original patent bargain, which was between an inventor and society, gave inventors a limited monopoly in exchange for disclosing inventions that promote the progress of science and useful arts. While this bargain spurred groundbreaking innovation for hundreds of years, today many question whether the pact is unraveling because of limits on injunctions, litigation cost shifting, post grant IPR and PTAB challenges, and a debilitating lack of clarity about what is even eligible for patent protection. Looking ahead, there are even more difficult issues on the horizon, such as how the original bargain applies when a human creates AI technology that then creates its own inventions. Our panel of creators and protectors of intellectual output will discuss and debate the best way to secure the future of the bargain.
The Allure of Trade SecretsView Description
The Allure of Trade Secrets
In an uncertain patent environment, trade secret protection is gaining momentum. It’s confidential, unlimited in time, low cost, and immediately effective. However, the recent lawsuit between Waymo and Uber and the growing litigation in the domestic energy industry highlighted some drawbacks. Specifically, that the level of protection granted to trade secrets can be weak as compared to patents, that other companies may be able to reverse engineer the secret, and that there is a growing risk of employees changing jobs and taking trade secret knowledge with them. This experienced panel will discuss the analysis that must be undertaken, and the strategic choices companies must make, to best protect their intellectual output.
The View from the Halls of CongressView Description
The View from the Halls of Congress
With the current uncertainty in the US around patent eligibility and other controversial issues, many are looking to Congress for a legislative solution. This session brings government and industry together to discuss proposals for creating more certainty in the system, and thoughts on how to pass meaningful patent legislation in the current political environment.
Closing the Gender GapView Description
Closing the Gender Gap
According to a recent study by the Yale School of Management, only ten percent of US patent holders are women, even though women in the US earn half of the doctoral degrees in science and engineering and more than half of new PhD’s. The study also concluded that the patent disparity between men and women dips when a woman has a “rare name,” such that gender is not easily discernible. Other studies, including a 2019 USPTO study, cited progress, but ultimately acknowledged that there is still much work to be done. Our esteemed group of speakers will discuss ways to level the playing field to spur more innovation, and stronger economic growth globally.
Quantity vs Quality in Portfolio ManagementView Description
Quantity vs Quality in Portfolio Management
Patents are undeniably valuable, but they are also expensive. With limited budgets, what are the best strategies for getting the most bang for the buck? How does the strategy change as a company grows? What tools, such as data analytics and AI, can be used to make more informed, more strategic and more cost-effective decisions? And when does it make sense to sell (or buy) patents? This panel brings business and legal teams together to discuss the best ways to balance innovation management and cost management in an increasingly competitive environment.
Assessing the Impact of the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility GuidanceView Description
Assessing the Impact of the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance
Published on January 7, 2019, the new subject matter eligibility guidance was the first step taken by PTO Director Andrei Iancu to increase clarity and consistency in how Section 101 is applied. The broad consensus is that the initial changes were positive, as evidenced by the response of the U.S. Chamber International IP Index (which moved the US back into a tie for 2nd place from being tied at 12th place in 2018). But there is still much work to be done. A diverse group of panelists will discuss the impact of the guidance, court rulings interpreting the guidance, whether the goal of clarity and consistency has ultimately been met, and, if not, what more needs to be done.
IoT Interoperability and SecurityView Description
IoT Interoperability and Security
While there are numerous legal and business issues associated with the emergence of IoT-enabled technology, the issues around interoperability and data security loom particularly large. Join a diverse panel as they discuss standards organizations, SEPs, FRAND licensing, litigation concerns caused by the convergence of technologies, legislative proposals, data security, and other issues that must be addressed before IoT can realize its full potential in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Patent Case Law Year in ReviewView Description
Patent Case Law Year in Review
Join your colleagues for a review of the most noteworthy patent and trade secret cases of the past year!