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May 15

Is It Time for a New Patent Law? - A Debate

Four years after passing a major patent law overhaul, Congress is considering a new law that would affect patent lawsuit procedures, make the losing party bear its opponent’s legal costs, and target “patent troll” abuses. Supporters of legislation claim that it would reduce costly legal burdens, rein in patent abuses, and promote innovation. Opponents of legislation argue to the contrary that it would devalue patent rights and slow innovation. The outcome of this debate will have major significance for the American patent system and the economy. Join us as four experts on patent law and policy debate this important topic.

More About the Speakers

Arguing in favor of legislation
Michael Meurer
Abraham and Lillian Benton Scholar and Professor of Law, Boston University

Jessica L. Halbert
Associate General Counsel, QVC, Inc.

Arguing against legislation
The Honorable Paul R. Michel
Former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Kristen Jakobsen Osenga
Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law

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Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and the John, Barbara, and Victoria Rumpel Senior Legal Fellow Read More