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Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Presents Conference on Patent Reform
In the past year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Academy of Sciences (NAS) have issued reports suggesting that the U.S. patent system is in need of significant reform--generating heated debate among the bench, the bar and Congress. On April 15 and 16, the authors of these important reports, as well as scholars, lawyers, industry leaders and policy-makers, will convene in Berkeley for a conference titled Ideas into Action: Implementing Reform of the Patent System. Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT), the conference will feature an analysis of the most significant reforms and proposals for future action.

On Thursday, April 15, from 12-1 p.m., Mark Myers from NAS, FTC Commissioner Mozelle Thompson and Boalt Hall Dean-designate Christopher Edley will begin the conference by addressing questions about the reforms at a press conference. An overview of the patent system and the FTC proposal for reform will follow the press conference.

The event will continue on Friday, April 16, with panels exploring the key proposals, a roundtable discussion with industry leaders, and remarks on patent reform by Judge Ronald Whyte of the Northern District of California. All sessions will be held at the Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. Registration and a list of panels and topics are available on the BCLT website. The conference is sponsored by BCLT, FTC, NAS, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, the Competition Policy Center at Haas School of Business, and the Center for E-Commerce at Stanford Law School. For more information, please contact Erin Campbell at 510-643-8010 or







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