On May 26, 2010, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held a joint public workshop to address ways in which careful calibration and balancing of patent policy and competition policy can best promote incentives to innovate.
For more information, contact Frances Marshall, Special Counsel for Intellectual Property, Legal Policy Section (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-305-2520).
Overview of the Workshop
In recent years, Federal agencies and the courts have recognized that patents and competition share the overall purpose of promoting innovation and enhancing consumer welfare. Timely, high-quality patents promote investment in innovation. The competitive drive of a dynamic marketplace fosters the introduction of new and improved products and processes. By contrast, delay, uncertainty, and poor patent quality can create barriers to innovation. Additionally, where standards for violating antitrust law are unclear, or where the threshold for antitrust violations is set too low or too high, innovation can be stifled. This workshop addressed ways in which careful calibration and balancing of patent policy and competition policy can best promote incentives to innovate.
May 26, 2010 – Alexandria, Virginia
The workshop was held at the USPTO's campus at 600 Dulany Street, Madison Building Auditorium, Alexandria, Va. The general public and press were invited to attend and view the proceedings.
This panel examined how challenges posed by the patent backlog affect the competitive strategies of patent applicants and innovators.
This panel examined the impact of the Supreme Court’s 2006 opinion in eBay Inc. v. MercExchange L.L.C. on permanent injunctions for patent infringement in district courts and at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC).
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This panel evaluated the role of patents in connection with industry standards and the impact such standards have on competition.
May 10, 2010
Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Hold Workshop on Promoting Innovation - Workshop on May 26 to Explore the Intersection of Patent Policy and Competition Policy and its Implications for Promoting Innovation