Drinker Biddle and NERA Economic Consulting Hold Joint Program to Discuss Abusive Patent Troll Practices and Effective Responses to Them

01 April 2013

Los Angeles, CA -- Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and NERA Economic Consulting are co-sponsoring a luncheon on May 8, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto to discuss effective responses to patent infringement claims and threats of such claims from patent assertion entities -- also known as patent trolls. The Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley is located at 2050 University Avenue, East Palo Alto.  The luncheon will be held from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. PT.

The luncheon program will provide insights on both patent law and antitrust law responses to patent troll practices -- including discussion of challenges to portfolio acquisitions from operating companies that retain roles in subsequent enforcement actions against their rivals, proposed United States Patent and Trademark Office actions and potential legislative solutions.

Featured speakers include:

Cynthia Bright, Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation & Public Policy,
Hewlett-Packard Company

Michelle Lee, Director, USPTO Silicon Valley Office

Fiona Scott Morton, Professor, Yale School of Management and former Chief Economist of the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Other speakers include Drinker Biddle’s Bob Skitol and NERA’s Alan Cox.

This complimentary program will also be available via webcast and 1.5 CLE credit will be offered for in-person attendees.

To register, click here. Please RSVP by Friday, May 3, 2013. Contact Meredith Brusca, Client Events Supervisor at (215) 988-3344 or Meredith.Brusca@dbr.com with any questions.

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is a national law firm with 650 lawyers in 11 offices providing client service in areas such as intellectual property, commercial litigation, communications litigation, corporate and securities, corporate restructuring, employee benefits and executive compensation, environment and energy, government and regulatory affairs, health care, insurance coverage, investment management,  labor and employment, life insurance and annuities, products liability and mass tort litigation, private client services, and real estate.

About NERA

NERA Economic Consulting (www.nera.com) is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For over half a century, NERA's economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world's leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real world industry experience to bear on issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation.

NERA's clients value our ability to apply and communicate state-of-the-art approaches clearly and convincingly, our commitment to deliver unbiased findings, and our reputation for quality and independence. Our clients rely on the integrity and skills of our unparalleled team of economists and other experts backed by the resources and reliability of one of the world's largest economic consultancies. With its main office in New York City, NERA serves clients from more than 25 offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.