By Angela Hooks C’14
On March 20, Penn Law’s Intellectual Property Group held its 7th annual symposium, titled ‘Patent Law: The New, The Disruptive, & The Debate.’ With leaders on intellectual property and design patents as speakers and panelists, those in attendance were treated to a robust exploration of the changing landscape of patent law.
Panel Two looked at the ‘Disruptive Forces in American Patent Practice.’ Panel members consisted of Jacques DeLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Penn.; Jannie Lau, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for InterDigital, Inc.; and Robert Katz, Attorney for Banner & Witcoff, Ltc.
Discussion was structured around a list of topics that the panelists, as a group, had identified to be disruptive practices of patent law. The moderator, Patrick Coyne, partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LP and President of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, introduced a topic and gave each panelist a few moments to express his or her opinion and interact with the thoughts of others. Topics included patent enforcement, FRAND, secondary markets, Chinese patent law, digital patents, and what innovation means to the future of patent law.
The panel ended with each member, in fifteen seconds or less, stating the most disruptive force in their life. The general consensus was all of them.
If Lourie could change any aspect of the patent system, inventions would not be adjudicated by lay judges/juries, but by specialists #pipg7— CTIC (@pennlawctic) March 20, 2014
“You’re getting a lot of things that are patented because there are a lot of incentives in the bureaucratic system.” - J. DeLisle #pennlaw— angela (@hooksangela) March 20, 2014
Panel two concludes to enthusiastic applause. Next up, the Oxford Debate, moderated by The Hon. Kent A. Jordan of the Third Circuit. #pipg7— CTIC (@pennlawctic) March 20, 2014