PatCon 3: The annual Patent Conference

April 12-13, 2013

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661

About the Conference

The Patent Conference is a cooperative effort among the University of Kansas School of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, University of San Diego School of Law, and Boston College Law School to hold an annual conference where patent scholars in law, economics, management science, and other disciplines can share their research.

In 2010, the founders of PatCon—law professors David Olson, David Schwartz, Ted Sichelman and Andrew Torrance—realized that the growth and importance of research in the area of patents required an exclusive forum that would enable participants to share their research with other experts and explore links across the legal and business side of patents.

"The Changing Landscape of Patent Law: At the USPTO, the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit?"
9:00-9:30 a.m.
Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium
The Honorable Judge Richard Linn, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
(Introduction: Bob Surrette, Shareholder, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.)

"A Conversation with Industry"
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium

  • Jim Trussell, Associate General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, BP America
  • Karen Nelson, Litigation Senior Counsel, AbbVie
  • Jon Wood, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Bridgestone Americas
  • Paul Rodriguez, Vice President & Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, RR Donnelley
  • Moderator: Stephen Auten, Vice Chair, ANDA & Biologics Practice Group, Cozen O'Connor

The views expressed by the panelists represent their personal opinions that are not necessarily those of their employers.

Plenary Presentations
10:50 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium

  • Prof. Mark Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford Law School: "Why Do Juries Decide If Patents Are Valid?"
  • James Malackowski, Chairman and CEO, Ocean Tomo, LLC: "IP Market Development"
  • Prof. David Abrams, Assistant Professor of Law, Business Economics, and Public Policy, University of Pennsylvania Law School: "Understanding the Link Between Patent Value and Citation: Creative Destruction or Defensive Disruption?"

"Debate About the Patent System"
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium

  • The Honorable Judge Richard Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Prof. Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law, and James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Law and Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School
  • Moderator: Olivia Luk, Niro, Haller & Niro