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Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable Meeting
February 11-12, 2013
National Academy of Sciences Building 
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20418

When scientific and technological innovations are conceptualized or made, a common step for inventors is to seek protection of their intellectual property.  Such protection is sought primarily to incentivize further development and to reward innovation.  The most common intellectual property form for scientific and technological innovations is a patent.  However, there is a prevailing sentiment that the U.S. patent system is not operating in a way that optimizes innovation and productivity in today's technological and economic environment.  There is ongoing debate about whether patents are essential for technology development and commercialization in certain industries but an innovation inhibitor in others.  These dynamics and how they influence America's new innovation ecosystem will be the focus of this GUIRR meeting.   

Monday, February 11, 2013

Location:          National Academy of Sciences Building
5:30-6:30 PM         Cocktails
6:30-7:30 PM         Moderator:  Dr. C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr, Former President and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of 
                                 Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park; GUIRR Co-Chair
                                 Evolving Systems of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (view video recording; no slides available but remarks 
                                 based on this article)
                                 Dr. Stuart Graham, Chief Economist, United States Patent and Trademark Office
7:30-8:30 PM         Dinner


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

National Academy of Sciences Building

7:30-8:00 AM         Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15 AM         Welcome Remarks
                                 Dr. Uma Chowdhry, Chief Science and Technology Officer Emeritus, DuPont; GUIRR Co-Chair          
8:15-8:45 AM         Improving Patent Law to Promote Innovation     (no slides available)
                                 Dr. Suzanne Michel, Senior Patent Counsel, Google     

8:45-9:45 AM         The Patent System: Industry Perspective 
                                 - Mr. Justin McCarthy, Head of R&D Legal, Pfizer
                                 - Ms. Heidi Keefe, Partner - Litigation Department, Cooley LLP     (no slides available) 

9:45-10:15 AM       Break
10:15-11:15 AM     Patent Investing By Patent Assertion Entities  
                                 - The Economic Impact of Patent Assertion Entities
                                 Mr. James Bessen, Lecturer in Law, Boston University and Fellow at the Berkman Center on Internet and 
                                 Society, Harvard University
                                 - PAEs, IPRs and Improving the Patent System
                                 Dr. Jay P. Kesan, Professor, H. Ross & Helen Workman Research Scholar, and Director, Program in 
                                 Intellectual Property and Technology Law, University of Illinois College of Law
11:15-11:45 AM    The Patent System: University Perspective
                                 Policy Levers in the Academy
                                 Mr. Dan L. Burk, Professor and Founding Faculty Member, University of California, Irvine School of Law
11:45 AM-               Lunch
12:45 PM
12:45-1:45 PM      The Patent System: Judicial Perspective 
                                 - Judge Pauline Newman, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit     
                                 (no slides available)
                                 - Chief Judge Paul Michel, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit     (no slides available)
1:45-2:30 PM        Novel Approaches to IP and Patents
                                - The Defensive Patent License: A New Approach to Protecting Open Innovation
                                Mr. Jason Schultz, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology, &
                                Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law
                                - Intel Labs' Open Collaborative Research Model
                                Mr. J. Christopher Ramming, Director, University Collaboration Office, Intel Labs
1:45-2:30 PM        Updates and Discussion on Current GUIRR Projects

                                Moderator:  Ms. Susan Sloan, Director, GUIRR
2:30-3:00 PM        Proposal of New Topics and Projects for GUIRR + Other Member Announcements     ·        

3:00 PM                  Adjourn