Panel Today: “Will $Billions in Patent Lawsuits Kill Smartphone and Tablet Innovation?”

Adam Mossoff —  16 October 2012

UPDATE: You can listen to an MP3 of the panel briefing at

http://www.netcaucus.org/audio/2012/20121016mobilepatents.mp3

Today, I’m participating in a Hill briefing on the smart phone wars hosted by the Advisor Committee for the Congressional Internet Caucus.  Here’s the information:

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Program begins promptly at 12:00 pm, check-in starts at 11:30 am. (Box lunch will be served)
Location: Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2226
RSVP: rsvp@netcaucus.org or via phone to 202-638-4370. Note: Registration is complimentary.

Panelists

  • Marvin Ammori – Principal, Ammori Group and Steering Committee, Engine Advocacy [Bio]
  • Jorge Contreras – Associate Professor of Law – Washington College of Law, American University [Bio]
  • Eric Hinkes – Legal Policy Fellow, Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee [Bio] (Moderator)
  • Adam Mossoff – Professor of Law – George Mason University School of Law [Bio]
  • Rob Pegoraro – USA Today/Discovery News [Bio]

Additional Panelists Will Be Announced

You have seen the headlines: Patent litigation continues to roil the exploding smartphone and tablet marketplace with consumers literally caught in the crossfire. Recent high profile smartphone court cases have consumers and policymakers deeply troubled that courts will strangle the incredible pace of mobile innovation and competition. Recent litigation between leading smartphone manufacturers has also caught the attention of Congressional members. The number of smartphone patent lawsuits in multiple countries and jurisdictions around the globe is dizzying and could threaten to keep the best new mobile phones off the market. How will the public be affected by these lawsuits as new mobile devices continue to rollout? Will a competitor force your favorite mobile device off the market?

A diverse set of panelists will tackle important questions including: 1) Can mobile device companies simply innovate around these intellectual property disputes?; 2) Are these constant lawsuits just the natural byproduct of rapid innovation?; 3) Must Congress step in with legislation? The panel will also debate the impact of the recently passed America Invents Act on the smartphone litigation inferno and share their thoughts on what patent issues lie on the horizon in the competitive mobile device space.

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