SIIA will host the House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) for the first event in its new Tech Policy Speaker Series in Washington, DC. The timely discussion will focus on the growing need for legislative action that addresses abusive patent litigation. Chairman Goodlatte will discuss his new discussion draft patent reform legislation (publicly released on May 23) along with his perspective on the problem of patent trolls and their impact on the U.S. economy.
The event will also feature a panel discussion with Aaron Cooper, Senator Leahy’s Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property and Antitrust on the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with experts from SAS, Oracle, the National Retail Federation and Public Knowledge.
It is estimated that abusive patent litigation has cost the U.S. economy $500 billion over the last 20 years, and the annual costs of these patent assertions has increased 500 percent since 2005 to more than $29 billion each year. SIIA, the principal association representing the software and digital content industries, has been playing an active role in seeking legislative solutions to this growing problem.
SIIA Tech Policy Speaker Series: Chairman Goodlatte on Legislative Solutions to Patent Troll Abuse
Time: Wednesday, June 4; 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Location: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2226
12:00 pm Introduction by SIIA President Ken Wasch
12:05-12:30 Remarks and Q&A with Chairman Goodlatte
12:30-1:30 pm Panel Discussion with:
- Aaron Cooper, Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property and Antitrust to Senator Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee
- John Boswell, Senior VP, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for SAS
- Charles Duan, Patent Reform Project Director, Public Knowledge
- Mallory Duncan, Senior VP, General Counsel for the National Retail Federation
- Jason Mahler, VP, Government Affairs for Oracle (Moderator)
Keith Kupferschmid is General Counsel and SVP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.