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A Patent System for a New Innovation Ecosystem

Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable Meeting

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC  20418
02/11/2013 - 02/12/2013

Cooley partner Heidi Keefe will be speaking on a panel at the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable Meeting.

When scientific and technological innovations are conceptualized or made, a common step for inventors is to seek protection of their intellectual property. Such protection is sought primarily to incentivize further development and to reward innovation. The most common intellectual property form for scientific and technological innovations is a patent. However, there is a prevailing sentiment that the U.S. patent system is not operating in a way that optimizes innovation and productivity in today's technological and economic environment. There is ongoing debate about whether patents are essential for technology development and commercialization in certain industries but an innovation inhibitor in others. These dynamics and how they influence America's new innovation ecosystem will be the focus of this GUIRR meeting.
Featured Agenda Item | Tuesday, February 12 | 8:45 AM
Cooley partner Heidi Keefe will co-present with Justin McCarthy, Head of R&D Legal for Pfizer on the following topic:  The Patent System:  Industry Perspective
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