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Third Annual Patent Symposium to Examine Non-Practicing Entities

APRIL 22, 2014—The University of Minnesota Law School and Briggs and Morgan are co-sponsoring the Third Annual Patent Symposium, "Non-Practicing Entities: Abusive 'Patent Trolls' or Free Enterprise Drivers of Innovation?" from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, in Lockhart Hall (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. The experienced panel will help business and legal professionals better understand this critical public policy debate and how it directly affects their business and decision making.

Speakers and panel members are: Thomas Cotter, Briggs and Morgan Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School; Michael Lafeber (’93), Shareholder at Briggs and Morgan; Karen McDaniel, Shareholder at Briggs and Morgan; Ruth Okediji, William L. Prosser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School; and Dan Rosenberg, Shareholder at Briggs and Morgan.

Topics at the symposium will 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

There is no charge to attend the symposium. Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 14, to Dena Edmiston at rsvp@briggs.com or 612-977-8581. Complimentary parking at Seven Corners Parking Ramp will be provided by Briggs and Morgan. 3.5 CLE credits have been approved. For more information, visit http://www.briggs.com/seminar-non-practicing-entities/.