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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

Outlook for the U.S. Patent System

Without innovation, nothing of consequence happens, or matters, in any technology sector. And without strong patents, much of that innovation will never happen.  

The innovation we most want for the benefit of society is paradigm-shifting, disruptive innovation that leaps forward. These forward leaps lead to the formation of new start-up companies and frequently to the birth of entirely new industries, creating enormous job growth and economic prosperity as well as social and societal advancement.  

Unfortunately, innovation is being hampered. Inventors are being infringed. Patent rights are being weakened and risk-taking innovators are being cut off from the resources necessary to flourish. How and why is this happening?

Join IPWatchdog on Thursday, October 28, at 1 PM ET, for a conversation on how stronger patent laws drive economic progress and the key problems holding back our patent system today.  IPWatchdog President & CEO, Gene Quinn, will moderate a panel discussion with patent experts and attorneys, including Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen M. O’MalleyEddie Lazarus, General Counsel of Sonos, and Professor Jonathan M. Barnett. 

In addition to taking questions from the audience, in this wide-ranging conversation, the panel will tackle the following critical issues facing the patent system:

  • The role of efficient infringement and lack of injunctive relief.
  • How the Biden Administration will likely view SEPs, patent licensing, and antitrust enforcement.
  • The importance of the next USPTO Director and the role of the PTAB moving forward.
  • Patent Reform: Will anything get done on patent eligibility? What are the prospects for the STRONGER Patent Act?
  • The TRIPS Waiver: Will the waiver really happen, and what long-term damage to IP rights could be expected?
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President, IPWatchdog, Inc.

Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. Mr. Quinn has twice been named one of the top 50 most influential people in IP by Managing IP Magazine in both 2014 and 2019. From 2017-2020, Mr. Quinn has also been recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the top 300 IP Strategists in the World  and in 2021 he was recognized by IAM in their inaugural Strategy 300 Global Leaders list. Mr. Quinn founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999, and he is currently President & CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc. According to IAM Magazine, Mr. Quinn “has reshaped the IP debate in the United States in a way that has forced policy makers to carefully consider the macroeconomic effects of IP law and its potential to drive innovation and economic activity.”

Gene Quinn

Professor of Law

Jonathan M. Barnett is the Torrey H. Webb Professor of Law at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California, and director of the law school's Media, Entertainment and Technology Law Program.  He is the author of Innovators, Firms, and Markets: The Organizational Logic of Intellectual Property (Oxford University Press 2021) and has published on intellectual property and antitrust topics in leading scholarly journals.  Prior to academia, Barnett practiced corporate law at Cleary Gottlieb in New York, specializing in private equity and mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Jonathan M. Barnett

Chief Legal Officer at Sonos

Eddie Lazarus serves as the Chief Legal Officer at Sonos. He leads the company’s legal, corporate governance, SEC reporting, government affairs, regulatory and compliance activities.
Eddie comes to Sonos after a distinguished career as an attorney, including most recently as General Counsel and Chief Strategy Officer for Tribune Media Company from 2013 to 2019. Lazarus served as the Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from June 2009 to Feb. 2012. At the FCC, he oversaw policy development and implementation, strategic planning, communications, legislative and intergovernmental affairs, and agency management. Before working at the FCC, Eddie was a partner and member of the Management Committee at the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he chaired the firm’s national litigation steering committee. Prior to entering private practice, Eddie served as a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles. In addition to his career as an attorney, Eddie is the author of two highly acclaimed books: “Black Hills/White Justice: The Sioux Nation Versus the United States, 1775 to the Present” and “Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court.”

Eddie Lazarus

Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Kathleen M. O'Malley was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Obama in 2010. Prior to her elevation to the Federal Circuit, Judge O’Malley was appointed to the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by President Clinton in 1994. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge O’Malley served as First Assistant Attorney General, Chief of Staff, and Chief Counsel to the Attorney General for the State of Ohio, Lee Fisher. Judge O’Malley was also in private practice with Jones Day and Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, practicing complex litigation. Judge O’Malley began her legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Nathaniel R. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  She received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1982, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, her A.B. from Kenyon College in 1979, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and also received an honorary LL.D. from Kenyon in 1995. Among other awards for her service on the bench, Judge O’Malley has been awarded the Sedona Conference Lifetime Achievement Award, the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association Jefferson Medal, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association Outstanding Public Service Award, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s 2020 Distinguished IP Professional Award, and was named to the Globe Business Media Group’s IP Hall of Fame. Judge O’Malley is a member of four American Inns of Court chapters, including the Kathleen M. O’Malley Inn of Court in Cleveland, Ohio, named in her honor.

Kathleen M. O'Malley