Normally, an academic-oriented conference would debate the merits of software patents. This conference is different. Rather than having another debate, this conference will use a premise–that software patents are a problem–as a springboard for discussing ways to address those problems. In rapid succession, patent experts at the conference will present innovative proposals (ranging from abolishing software patents to company/industry self-help), debate their relative merits, and discuss how they might be implemented. To extend the discussion, many of the speakers and other interested experts will publish short essays in describing their proposed solution and advocating for its adoption. We hope conference attendees and readers will embrace the best proposals and catalyze real action towards solving the software patent problem.

CLE: This event will qualify for 6 hours of CLE. Santa Clara Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

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8:50 – 9:00 Welcome/Introduction

9:00 – 9:40 Keynote #1: What is the Problem?

9:40 – 10:50 Panel #1: Legal Reform, Part 1

10:50 – 11:05 Break

11:05 – 12:15 Panel #2: Agency Reform

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 Keynote #2: Views from the Trenches

2:00 – 3:10 Panel #3: Legal Reform, Part 2

  • Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School
  • John Duffy, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Ted Sichelman, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Samson Vermont, University of Miami School of Law
  • Commenters: Suzanne Michel, Google/Heidi Keefe, Cooley LLP

3:10 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:40 Panel #4: Self Help

4:40 – 5:20 Keynote #3

5:20 Conclusion

5:30 – 6:30 Reception

Co-sponsored by Cooley, LLP, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, IEEE Silicon Valley Section and IEEE Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley