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November 5, 2003
CONTACT: David Fish
(202) 289-8928

Competition v. Patent Law:
Finding the Balance

Friday Hill Seminar Includes FTC Report Author & Top Experts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Innovation, economic growth, competitiveness and, ultimately, consumer welfare could all be enhanced by the reform and modernization of patent law. Last week, headlines announced the latest development – the release of a major new Federal Trade Commission report on the subject. This week, on Friday, November 7, a panel of top experts that includes the report’s lead author will discuss potential patent law changes at a Progress & Freedom Foundation Congressional Seminar from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in Longworth House Office Building, Room 1539.

The Foundation’s panel includes: Susan S. Desanti, deputy general counsel for policy studies at the FTC; Michael Kirk, executive director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association; Steven A. Merrill, executive director of the National Academies’ Board of Science, Technology and Economic Policy; and the Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff, senior counsel, Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt and former Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks. William F. Adkinson, Jr., senior policy counsel at the Foundation, will moderate.

The FTC report, To Promote Innovation: The Proper Balance of Competition and Patent Law and Policy, advocates improvements in policies, procedures and funding at the Patent and Trademark Office, as well as significant legislative changes for Congressional consideration. It specifically addresses the importance of reform in key high-tech industries, including medical, biotech, pharmaceuticals, Internet, software and computers. The panel will examine these and similar proposals now under consideration. It will also examine the FTC's stated goal, “to promote innovation through balancing competition with patent law policy,” and look beyond the headlines to consider the impacts of patent reform action (or the lack thereof) on consumers, industry and the economy.

Those interested in attending the Congressional Seminar should register by contacting Stefannie Bernstein at 202-289-8928 or Lunch will be served.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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