Non-Practicing Entities: Abusive "Patent Trolls" or Free Enterprise Drivers of Innovation?

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May 21, 2014
University of Minnesota Law School - Room 25

No patent topic has garnered more media attention recently than non-practicing entities (pejoratively referred to as "patent trolls"). They are labeled either abusers of the patent system and a drain on our economy or entrepreneurs using the free enterprise system to compensate inventors and promote innovation. Our experienced faculty will help business and legal professionals better understand this critical public policy debate and how it directly affects their business and decision making.

Topics include:

  • Informed analysis of both sides of the public policy debate.
  • Best practices and practical tips for dealing with NPEs from inside and outside counsel perspectives.
  • Legislative responses: Throwing the baby out with the bathwater?
  • Attorney General action: Proper or a violation of the supremacy clause?
  • The top patent law developments not involving NPEs.

Speakers and Panel Members:

Thomas Cotter, University of Minnesota, Briggs and Morgan Professor of Law
Erik Drange, 3M Office of Intellectual Property Counsel
Michael Lafeber, Shareholder, Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
Karen McDaniel, Shareholder, Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
Ruth Okediji, University of Minnesota, William L. Prosser Professor of Law
Dan Rosenberg, Shareholder, Briggs and Morgan P.A.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 16 to Dena Edmiston at e-mail or 612-977-8581.

CLE credits applied for.

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