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This Week in Washington IP: Antitrust in the Ninth Circuit, Shaping Artificial Intelligence and Promoting Security in 5G Networks

https://depositphotos.com/12633480/stock-photo-washington-capitol-with-sky-and.htmlThis week in Washington IP events, the House of Representatives remains quiet during district work periods, while the Senate focuses this week on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Various tech related events will take place at policy institutes this week, including several at the Center for Strategic & International Studies exploring efforts to maintain American leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and innovation in the intelligence community. The Hudson Institute is hosting a virtual event this week to discuss the impacts of the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision to overturn Judge Lucy Koh’s injunction against Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices.

Monday, October 12 

The Hudson Institute 

Antitrust in the 21st Century: The Ninth Circuit’s Decision in FTC v. Qualcomm

At 12:00 PM on Monday, online video webinar.

In early August, a panel of circuit judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a unanimous 3-0 decision in favor of Qualcomm in its appeal against Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which featured an injunction against Qualcomm for its patent licensing practices in the semiconductor industry. While the FTC pursues en banc review of the Ninth Circuit’s decision, this event will explore the FTC’s chances for success on that petition as well as current guiding principles for those operating at the intersection of intellectual property rights and antitrust law. Speakers at this event will include Judge Paul R. Michel (Ret.), Former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Richard A. Epstein, Professor of Law, New York University, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Professor Emeritus and Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago; Dina Kallay, Head of Competition (IPR, Americas, and Asia-Pacific), Ericsson; and Urška Petrov?i?, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute.

Tuesday, October 13 

Center for Strategic & International Studies

American Leadership in Semiconductor Manufacturing

At 2:00 PM on Tuesday, online video webinar.

This June, Representatives Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced H.R. 7178, the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act. If enacted, the bill would create a tax credit for entities investing in semiconductor manufacturing facilities, among other incentives meant to support domestic chipmakers. This event, which will focus on the importance of maintaining dominance in the semiconductor sector in the face of growing challenges from China, will feature a discussion between Rep. McCaul, who is also Co-Chair, House Semiconductor Caucus & Lead Republican, House Foreign Affairs Committee; and James Andrew Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director, Technology Policy Program.


Wednesday, October 14

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation 

How Will Quantum Computing Shape the Future of AI?

At 9:00 AM on Wednesday, online video webinar.

The power of quantum computing to compute algorithms more quickly than classical computing relies in large part upon the nascent technology’s ability to model extremely complex problems, giving quantum computers the ability to create stronger forecasts in sectors where many variables come into play, such as weather predictions. In artificial intelligence (AI), quantum algorithms could be a great boon in solving complex problems like climate forecasts and discovering novel drug compounds, so those nations which can take the lead in quantum computing will also likely have an edge in AI development. This event will feature a discussion with a panel including Hodan Omaar, Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation, ITIF; Freeke Heijman, Director, Strategic Development, QuTech Delft; Joseph D. Lykken, Deputy Director of Research, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; Markus Pflitsch, Chairman and Founder, Terra Quantum AG; and moderated by Eline Chivot, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation, ITIF.

The Hudson Institute 

The Future of American Spectrum Policy: Is DoD’s Request for Information the Best Direction?

At 3:00 PM on Wednesday, online video webinar.

In early August, the White House and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced a plan to devise a spectrum sharing framework that frees up 100 megahertz (MHz) of continuous mid-band spectrum currently held by the DoD to be auctioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for supporting the growth of 5G networks across the U.S. A request for information (RFI) issued by the DoD on September 18 to identify innovative solutions for dynamic spectrum sharing which effectively supports national security while freeing up additional spectrum to be used by the 5G industry. Speakers at this event will include Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Director, Center for the Economics of the Internet; Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, FCC; Robert McDowell, Former Commissioner, FCC; and Grace Koh, Ambassador and Special Advisor, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.

Thursday, October 15

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Hear From USPTO Experts at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Intellectual Property Litigation Course

At 9:00 AM on Thursday, online video webinar.

On Thursday morning, the USPTO kicks off a two-day series of intellectual property litigation workshops being offered in partnership with the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. USPTO experts speaking at this event will include Molly Kocialski, Director, Rocky Mountain Regional Office; Miriam L. Quinn, Administrative Patent Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board; Todd J. Reves, Office of Policy and International Affairs; and Megan Hoyt, Dallas Regional Outreach Officer. 

Center for Strategic & International Studies 

Innovation in the Intelligence Community

At 3:00 PM on Thursday, online video webinar.

The U.S. intelligence community is careful to maintain secrecy in its operations but this can come at a cost to that sector’s ability to support the development of innovative technologies like quantum computing and artificial intelligence. However, a recent report on the innovation race in the intelligence community issued by House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Subcommittee on Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research provides several recommendations for the intelligence community to support tech development in areas crucial for national security. This event will feature a discussion on the report between Representative Jim Hines (D-CT), Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Subcommittee on Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research; and James Andrew Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director, Technology Policy Program.

Friday, October 16 

Center for Strategic & International Studies

Sharpening America’s Innovative Edge

At 11:00 AM on Friday, online video webinar.

Although the United States lept to the forefront of global tech dominance thanks in large part to federal investment in R&D programs, the nation’s research funding continues to follow an outdated Cold War-era funding model for research. This event coincides with a report released by CSIS’s Trade Commission on Affirming American Leadership which outlines a national strategy for developing important technology sectors so that the U.S. can remain ahead of its global counterparts in those fields. This event will feature a discussion with a panel including Ajay Banga, CEO, Mastercard; Richard Levin, Former President, Yale University; Kavita Shukla, Founder and CEO, The FRESHGLOW Co.; and moderated by Matthew P. Goodman, Senior Vice President for Economics and Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS.

The Heritage Foundation 

5G: The Emerging Market’s Trojan Horse

At 1:00 PM on Friday, online video webinar.

The United States and several governments across Europe have sounded the alarm in recent years over the risks of foreign surveillance of domestic networks enabled by the use of network infrastructure hardware developed by growing Chinese telecom firms like Huawei and ZTE which have close ties with the Chinese communist government. While these developed nations have taken steps to prevent such issues in the 5G supply chain, governments in Africa and other developing areas of the world are forced to choose between protecting national security and building these crucial networks. Speakers at this event will include Bonnie Glick, Deputy Administrator, United States Agency for International Development; Joshua Meservy, Senior Policy Analyst, Africa and the Middle East; and hosted by Klon Kitchen, Director, Center for Technology Policy.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

2020 Patent Public Advisory Committee Annual Report Discussion

At 1:00 PM on Friday, online video webinar.

On Friday afternoon, the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) will convene a meeting to discuss the annual report that the committee will prepare on the agency’s policies, performance and user fees which will be delivered to the White House and Congress by the end of the fiscal year.

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