On May 9th, I attended the International IP Commercialization Council (IIPCC) USA Chapter second annual program at the United States Capitol. The topic of the event was Meeting the Threat to America’s Economic Future: US IP & Innovation Policy where representatives from IBM, Qualcomm, Personalized Media Communications, the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Michigan, as well as a Who’s Who of IP Leaders and policymakers, shared their real-world perspectives on the state of the US Patent System, and the effects it has and will have on the economy.
And IPWatchdog was there! Following is a photo diary of the event.
The first distinguished panel included former Chief Judges of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Paul Michel and Randall Rader, former USPTO Director David Kappos, and former General Counsel for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Dick Thurston, and was moderated by Philip Johnson, Founder, and Principal of Johnson-IP Strategy & Consulting. The panel discussed where the US stands in the global innovation context, and how the US can better protect and incent innovation going forward.
The second panel included Chief Patent Counsel for IBM, Manny Schecter, Director of Licensing for the University of Michigan, Bryce Pilz, Vice President and Counsel of Government Affairs for Qualcomm, Laurie Self, Vice President of Personalized Media Communications, Aaric S. Eisenstein, and Counsel for the Cleveland Clinic, Jeffrey Cicarella. The panel was moderated by the CEO of LES USA & Canada, Kim Chotkowski. This panel discussed the impact of current US IP policy on their organizations.
A special “fireside chat”-style session, which allowed for opening statements and then interaction among the panelists and with the audience. The panel included Senator Chris Coons(D-DE), Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH), and the Hon. Andrei Iancu, Director, USPTO with former USPTO Director Q. Todd Dickinson moderating.