November 2012 Solutions to the Software Patent Problem



Solutions to the Software Patent Problem

November 16, 2012
Locatelli Center
Santa Clara University

Normally, an academic-oriented conference would debate the merits of software patents. This conference is different.  Rather than having another debate, this conference will use a premise–that software patents are a problem–as a springboard for discussing ways to address those problems.  In rapid succession, patent experts at the conference will present innovative proposals (ranging from abolishing software patents to company/industry self-help), debate their relative merits, and discuss how they might be implemented.  To extend the discussion, many of the speakers and other interested experts will publish short essays in describing their proposed solution and advocating for its adoption.  We hope conference attendees and readers will embrace the best proposals and catalyze real action towards solving the software patent problem.

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Organizers: Santa Clara Law Professors Colleen Chien ( and Eric Goldman (


The Speakers:
Confirmed speakers and moderators include (as usual, subject to change without notice):


John Allison, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin

Keith Bergelt, Open Innovation Network

James Bessen, Boston University School of Law

Colleen Chien, Santa Clara University School of Law

Andrew Chin, University of North Carolina

John Duffy, University of Virginia School of Law

Hon. Paul Grewal, Northern District of California

Andrew Hirschfeld, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Amy Landers, McGeorge College of Law

Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School

Brian Love, Santa Clara University School of Law

Peter Menell, UC Berkeley School of Law

Jason Mendelson, Foundry Group

Michael Meurer, Boston University School of Law

Christina Mulligan, Yale Law School

Kristen Osenga, University of Richmond School of Law

Arti Rai, Duke Law School

Hon. Edith Ramirez, Federal Trade Commission

Dan Ravicher, Public Patent Foundation

Michael Risch, Villanova Law School

Julie Samuels, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Pam Samuelson, UC Berkeley School of Law

Wendy Seltzer, Yale Law School

Ted Sichelman, University of San Diego School of Law

Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation

Jennifer Urban, UC Berkeley School of Law

Samson Vermont, University of Miami School of Law

Kent Walker, Google