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The State of U.S. Patent Reform

July 6, 2015 • 3:00 – 4:30 pm EDT

Rapid innovation has long been at the heart of a strong American economy and our ability to compete globally. To harness this creativity, the U.S. government is trying to maintain a patent system that rewards innovators, while also protecting them from patent infringers and abusers of the patent system, often called "patent trolls."

Under Secretary Michelle K. Lee, a principal advisor to President Obama on intellectual property matters, will provide remarks at CSIS on the challenges the patent system faces today and what reforms are still needed. She will be joined in this conversation by Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of The Software Alliance (BSA) and former first Assistant United States Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation, and Michael Waring, Director of the Washington, DC Office and Executive Director of Federal Relations for the University of Michigan.

Keynote Address :

Michelle K. Lee
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Discussants :

Victoria A. Espinel
President and CEO
BSA | The Software Alliance

Michael A. Waring
Executive Director, Federal Relations
University of Michigan

Moderated by :

James A. Lewis
Director and Senior Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program

James Andrew Lewis
Senior Vice President; Pritzker Chair; and Director, Strategic Technologies Program

Denise E. Zheng