Patent Trolls: Greasing the Wheels or Grinding the Gears?

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On Friday, July 26, 2013 the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy, a division of the Law & Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law, held a public policy briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building to discuss a new White House…


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On Friday, July 26, 2013 the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy, a division of the Law & Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law, held a public policy briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building to discuss a new White House initiative to combat so-called “patent trolls.” Questions were raised as to:
What role do these specialized entities play in innovation and competition? Do they hold up the flow of new technology or do they provide a useful right-of-way?

Panelists included: Logan M. Breed, Partner, Hogan Lovells; Philip Johnson, Senior Vice President & Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Johnson & Johnson, Legal Department; and Lisa Kimmel, Attorney Advisor, Office of Chairwoman Ramirez, Federal Trade Commission. Satya P. Thallam, Assistant Director, Research, Law & Economics Center served as moderator.

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