Experts Explore the Latest in Patent Law

November 11, 2015 —

What role do courts play in patent law and policy? Practitioners found out firsthand at the seventh annual Patent Law and Policy Conference on November 6. Judge S. Jay Plager of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit discussed the current state of patent law and what the future might look like. Later in the day, attendees heard from James Smith, former chief judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. 

Berkeley Law Professor Menell also weighed in. “We’re bringing inside the beltway the judges, the practitioners who are out there in the trenches — so that those of you who are involved in many policy-related issues can understand how the patent system functions on a day-to-day basis,” he told the audience, noting that a federal judge might have 400 cases on the docket in the patent area alone. “Each litigant may think that they are the only case … so getting an understanding and appreciation of that is really important to this whole policy process.”

Georgetown Law Professor John R. Thomas led an afternoon panel exploring nine recent patent cases from the Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals from the Federal Circuit, including Teva v. Sandoz, Commil USA v. Cisco and Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises. Suzanne Michel, senior patent counsel at Google, helped explore cutting-edge issues in patent remedies.

Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor opened the day’s events by noting the extraordinary amount of student interest surrounding law and technology issues, which are a focus of the Law Center’s 21st-century goals. “Your presence here really resonates with the central role of the school,” he told attendees.

For a complete list of participants and sponsors, click here.





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