2012 State of the Net Conference

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
2:00 pm Patent Warfare: Will Your Next Smartphone Get Caught in The Crossfire?


- Raymond Chen, Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) [bio] *
- The Honorable Theodore Essex, Administrative Law Judge, International Trade Commission (ITC) [bio]
- Amy Hammer, Assistant General Counsel, Verizon Communications Inc. [bio]
- Eric Hinkes, Legal Policy Fellow, Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (Moderator) [bio]
- Sascha Segan, Lead Analyst, PCMag Mobile [bio]

A focused panel discussion on the recently enacted America Invents Act, which brought about sweeping reform of the nation's patent laws for the first time in nearly 60 years and the Mobile device (e.g. smartphones & tablets) market, in which companies continue to spend billions of dollars to acquire massive portfolios of patents through mergers and acquisitions. With patent infringement litigation occurring at a frenetic pace in multiple countries and jurisdictions around the globe, companies are readily using these lawsuits to force competitors to remove their products from the global market. In the U.S., the International Trade Commission has emerged as a central battleground in the patent wars, raising questions about the role of that tribunal in patent litigation. Patents have become technological currency at the same time they've become weaponized. The emergence of "patent trolls" has only further changed the market landscape and dynamic. How will the public be affected by these litigations as new mobile devices continue to rollout? Will a competitor force your favorite mobile device off the market? Our panel of experts will debate how effective the America Invents Act will be in the midst of this maelstrom as well as share their thoughts on what patent issues lie on the horizon, yet to be addressed.

* Due to extraordinary circumstances, The Honorable David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was unable to participate in this discussion. [bio]

* Subject to change. More panels and keynotes may be added. Contact Cat Matsuda for more information.

This is a widely attended event hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and industry leaders. The diversity of ICAC membership ensures that all educational events and initiatives are fair and balanced forums for Internet-related discussion. The ICAC does not promote any particular policy position.