Not Patently Obvious: An Innovator's Perspective on Patent Reform
Recorded on March 22, 2007
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
High on Congress' technology agenda this year is reform of the
nation's patent system. Critics say the current system has
been abused, with too many questionable patents being granted,
blocking new technologies and services. Legislation to make
it easier to challenge patents and limit damages for violations is
expected to soon be introduced.
Some innovators, however, think the reforms may go too far,
threatening inventor's property rights in their inventions.
Among these are Dr. Irwin Jacobs. Starting out as an
assistant professor of electrical engineering, Dr. Jacobs pioneered
many of the key technologies behind the cell phone revolution of
the past two decades. He went on to found QUALCOMM, Inc.,
which is now a world leader in wireless semiconductors and software
and one of the largest firms in America.
As one of the world's leading innovators and most successful
entrepreneurs, Dr. Jacobs brings a unique perspective to the debate
over patent reform. We hope you can join us on March 22 as he
discusses his views on this critical topic.