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The Effect of Supreme Court Decisions on Patent Reform Legislation

A PFF Congressional Seminar
June 22, 2007
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B369
Washington, DC 20515

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  • John Duffy (Moderator), Professor of Law, George Washington University
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  • Andy Culbert, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
  • Philip Johnson, Chief Patent Counsel, Johnson & Johnson
  • Hans Sauer, Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • John Squires, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Goldman Sachs
  • John Whealan, General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Solicitor, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, currently on detail to the Senate Judiciary Committee

The Progress & Freedom Foundation presented a panel discussion focusing on how certain Supreme Court Decisions such as eBay v. MercExchange, MedImmune v. Genentech and KSR v. Teleflex have affected current legislative proposals for patent reform and how the possibility of further action at the Supreme Court may affect the ongoing legislative process. Experts addressed: the enhanced possibility for declaratory judgments on patent validity, the current litigation process, granting the PTO a substantive rulemaking authority, and whether proposed legislative changes may “reform” patent law.

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