Patent Troll Panel Important for Competition Policy

CCIA is hosting an important event on Thursday, February 28th entitled “How Patent Trolls are Harming Innovation.”  The event will take place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and will feature six prominent panelist offering different but harmonious opinions on the current state of the patent troll environment:

  • Julie Samuels, Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Alan Schoenbaum, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Rackspace
  • Tim Sparapani, Vice President of Law, Policy and Government Relations, Application Developers Alliance
  • Edward Goodmann, Policy and Research Manager, Engine Advocacy
  • Seth Brown, Head of Litigation, LivingSocial
  • Erik Lieberman, Regulatory Counsel, Food Marketing Institute

This is a critically important event for anyone immersed in the high-tech competition, regulatory or policy-making discussion.  The panelists will discuss the contours of the patent assertion entity problem with an emphasis on identifying the true nature of the problem and crafting meaningful, practical solutions.

During the course of the event the panelists will explain the history of software patents and how the rise of PAEs occurred; the destructive effect on start-ups; the real-life impact on companies that do not traditionally operate in the high-tech space and the precise nature of how the current patent system often has the paradoxical effect of incentivizing litigation instead of innovation.

PAEs are a concern for a multitude of companies, trade associations, and policy-makers.  For those in the competition and antitrust arena this event is an absolutely vital opportunity to learn about the problem and start thinking about ways that we can craft solutions.

 

David Balto

David Balto

David Balto is a public interest antitrust lawyer in Washington, DC.  He has over 15 years of government antitrust experience as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and in several senior level positions at the Federal Trade Commission. David was the Policy Director of the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission (1998-2001) and attorney advisor to Chairman Robert Pitofsky (1995-1997). He was a senior advisor in all aspects of the FTC’s merger and non- merger enforcement program and helped litigate the challenges to the Staples/Office Depot, Drug Wholesalers, and Heinz/Beechnut mergers, the Intel monopolization case, and the challenges to anticompetitive conduct by several pharmaceutical companies.