Conference: Solutions to the Software Patent Problem

Organizers: Law Professors Colleen Chien and Eric Goldman

Friday, Nov 16, 2012        

The home page for this event is here. The registration page for this event (which includes an IEEE discount) is here.

Normally, an academic-oriented conference would debate the merits of software patents. This conference is different. Rather than having another debate, this conference will use a premise–that software patents are a problem–as a springboard for discussing ways to address those problems.

In rapid succession, patent experts at the conference will present innovative proposals (ranging from abolishing software patents to company/industry self-help), debate their relative merits, and discuss how they might be implemented. To extend the discussion, many of the speakers and other interested experts will publish short essays in describing their proposed solution and advocating for its adoption.

We hope conference attendees and readers will embrace the best proposals and catalyze real action towards solving the software patent problem.

About the speaker,  Organizers: Law Professors Colleen Chien and Eric Goldman

The following are the confirmed speakers and moderators:

  • John Allison, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Keith Bergelt, Open Innovation Network
  • James Bessen, Boston University School of Law
  • Colleen Chien, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Andrew Chin, University of North Carolina
  • John Duffy, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Hon. Paul Grewal, Northern District of California
  • Andrew Hirschfield, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Amy Landers, McGeorge College of Law
  • Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School
  • Brian Love, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Peter Menell, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Jason Mendelson, Foundry Group
  • Michael Meurer, Boston University School of Law
  • Christina Mulligan, Yale Law School
  • Kristen Osenga, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Arti Rai, Duke Law School
  • Hon. Edith Ramirez, Federal Trade Commission
  • Dan Ravicher, Public Patent Foundation
  • Michael Risch, Villanova Law School
  • Julie Samuels, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Pam Samuelson, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Wendy Seltzer, Yale Law School
  • Ted Sichelman, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation
  • Jennifer Urban, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Samson Vermont, University of Miami School of Law
  • Kent Walker, Google


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