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Tuesday, March 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Patent Reform: It Is Time to Finish the Job

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After the House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act this year, a bill aimed at halting abusive patent litigation, Senator Reid failed to bring the issue to the floor of the Senate. Until patent reform is passed, the U.S. economy will continue to suffer, resulting in job loss and decreased innovation not to mention an annual loss of $80 billion. During this panel, you will hear from both a patent assertion entity and a victim of patent trolling. This panel will discuss the efforts to reform the law, what true patent reform looks like and what the 2015 Congress may do to finish the job it started this year.
Presented by Glen Echo Group

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Austin Carson

Policy Advisor, Rep Blake Farenthold's Office
Austin Carson is the Policy Advisor for Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27). He staffs the Congressman on his Judiciary assignment, focusing on the Intellectual Property and Regulatory Reform subcommittees.
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Van Lindberg

VP of Intellectual Property, Rackspace Hosting
Van Lindberg has worked professionally as an engineer, as a lawyer, and as an executive. He currently has a dual legal/technical role at Rackspace, and has worked out of both the legal department and the Office of the CTO. In April 2012, the American Bar Association Journal named... Read More →

Katie McAuliffe

Exec Dir, Digital Liberty
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Russ Merbeth

Chief Policy Counsel, Intellectual Ventures
Russ Merbeth serves as Intellectual Ventures’ Chief Policy Counsel in Washington, DC. Russ leads Intellectual Ventures’ government relations strategy, manages its public policy operations, and oversees the Washington, DC office. As Chief Policy Counsel, he works with government... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkside Restaurant Upstairs 301 E 6th St

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