Patent reform is high on the agenda for the upcoming Congress. Proponents of reform claim the current system produces excessive litigation, particularly on the part of “patent assertion entities,” imposing costs on entrepreneurs and others and deterring innovation. Those on the other side suggest that the litigation explosion is overstated and that patent reform efforts will weaken intellectual property protections to the detriment of innovation. Complicating this issue is that the effects of the America Invents Act, recent court decisions, as well as changes at USPTO are still unfolding.
The Technology Policy Institute is hosting a half-day conference “Patents in Theory and Practice: Implications for Reform” on February 11th to explore the evidence for reform from both sides of the issues. For the agenda and to register, click here.