2015 Chapman Law Review Symposium

TROLLS OR TOLL-TAKERS:

DO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY NON-PRACTICING ENTITIES ADD VALUE TO SOCIETY?

Friday, January 30, 2015
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 Introduction to the 2015 Chapman Law Review Symposium

By Professor Samuel F. Ernst 

There are few areas of patent law more contentious than the dispute over the
social utility of “non-practicing entities,” or (if you will excuse the expression) “patent
trolls.” Generally speaking, patent trolls are companies that acquire patents, not for the
purpose of developing new technologies and creating jobs, but for the sole purpose of
demanding royalties (through litigation if necessary) from those companies that do
release products on the market. Whether non-practicing entities add value to society is a
topic of much debate and the focus of this conference.

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Symposium Schedule

Check-in & Registration (9 – 9:45 a.m.)
Opening Remarks (9:45 – 10 a.m.)

Panel I: The Scholar’s Perspective: Theories of Patent Trolling (10 – 11:30 a.m.)
Moderator: Professor Samuel Ernst, Chapman University Fowler School of Law

  • Professor Robin Feldman – Harry & Lillian Hastings Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Innovation Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law
  • Professor Brian L. Frye – University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Professor Ryan Holte – Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • Professor Amy L. Landers – Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program and Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Lunch & Keynote: Standing Sentinel Over Innovation: The Importance of a Balanced and Effective IP System (11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.)
Andrew Byrnes, Chief of Staff, The United States Patent and Trademark Office

Panel II: The Practitioner’s Perspective: The Effect of Patent Non-Practicing Entities on Industry (1:30 – 3 p.m.)
Moderator: John B. Sganga, Jr. – Partner, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP, Orange County

Panel III: Copyright and Trademark Trolls: Fable or Fact? (3:15 – 4:45 p.m.)
Moderator: Professor Mary Lee Ryan, Chapman University Fowler School of Law

Closing Remarks (4:45 – 5 p.m.)

“En Banc” Reception: Cocktails and appetizers for all guests, panelists, faculty and students (5 – 7 p.m.)

For more information, please contact Senior Symposium Editor, Rachel Baker at baker184@mail.chapman.edu