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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.  

Meeting Materials

Monday, February 11, 2013

6:30-8:30 pm


Dinner and Keynote Address
"Evolving Systems of the United States Patent and Trademark Office"

  • Dr. Stuart Graham, Chief Economist, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • 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
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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

  • 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
10:15-11:15 am 

Patent Investing By Patent Assertion Entities  

  • Mr. James Bessen, Lecturer in Law, Boston University and Fellow at the Berkman Center on Internet and Society, Harvard University
  • 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 
  • Mr. Dan L. Burk, Professor and Founding Faculty Member, University of California, Irvine School of Law         
12:45-1:45 pm The Patent System: Judicial Perspective 
  • Judge Pauline Newman, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 
  • Chief Judge Paul Michel, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
1:45-2:30 pm Novel Approaches to IP and Patents 
  • 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
  • Mr. J. Christopher Ramming, Director, University Collaboration Office, Intel Labs                
2:30-3:00 pm

GUIRR Project Updates 

  • University-Industry Demonstration Partnership
  • Federal Demonstration Partnership, FDP
  • International Research Collaborations (I-Group)
  • GUIRR Webinars
3:00 pm

Keynote Presentation by Dr. Stuart Graham
Chief Economist for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Evolving Systems of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from The Academies on Vimeo.