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Friday 5 December 2008 Federal Trade Commission: First Workshop in a Ser
Friday 5 December 2008 Federal Trade Commission: First Workshop in a Series on Regulation of Practices wrt Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks
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Subject: 2008 FTC Workshop: The Evolving Intellectual Property Marketplace
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The Evolving IP Marketplace
December 5, 2008
9:30am - 4:45pm
FTC Conference Center
601 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
The Federal Trade Commission will hold a series of public hearings
beginning on December 5, 2008, in Washington, D.C., to explore the
evolving market for intellectual property (IP). The hearings will
examine changes in intellectual property law, patent-related business
models, and new learning regarding the operation of the IP marketplace
since the FTC issued its October 2003 report, To Promote Innovation:
The Proper Balance of Competition and Patent Law and Policy A Report by
the Federal Trade Commission (October 2003) [PDF].
The Commission seeks the views of the legal, academic, and business
communities on the issues to be explored at the hearings. In its
Federal Register Notice the agency set out a list of specific questions
on which it is particularly seeking comments. The agency will consider
any comments received as it prepares for the hearings.
Prior to each hearing the Commission will publish a detailed agenda on
this website. The hearings will be transcribed; the transcript will be
placed on the public record; and any written comments received will
also be placed on the public record
The patent system has experienced significant change since the FTC
released its IP Report in October 2003, and more changes are under
consideration. The courts and patentees are exploring the full
implications of Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions on
injunctive relief, patentability and licensing issues. Congress has
considered sweeping legislative patent reform, and new debates on the
appropriate methods for calculating infringement damages have engaged
the patent community. New business models for buying, selling and
licensing patents have emerged and evolved since 2003. In addition,
there is new learning regarding the operation of the patent system and
its contribution to innovation and competition.
Changes and proposed changes in the law, together with evolving
business models for buying, selling and licensing IP, could
significantly influence a patent's economic value and the operation of
the IP marketplace. The extent and cumulative impact of these changes
and proposed changes on the patent system are poorly understood. They
could potentially significantly influence a patent's economic value and
a patentee's compensation. If patentees were systematically
under-compensated due to legal doctrines that drive down the value
received through remedies and licensing, patents would be devalued.
This would undermine the patent system's incentives to innovate, to the
detriment of consumers who benefit tremendously from innovation. On the
other hand, if the relevant legal rules operate to systematically
overcompensate patentees, supra-competitive prices for technology would
unduly dampen future innovation, and prices for products incorporating
patented inventions would increase unjustifiably. Both under- and
overcompensation of patentees present the potential for consumer and
competitive harm. The hearings will consider the impact of these
changes on innovation, competition and consumer welfare.
DECEMBER 5^th HEARING
* Agenda [PDF]
* Press Release (November 6, 2008)
* Panelist Bios [PDF]
* Webcast (A live webcast will be available on the day of the event.
Bookmark this page and come back on December 5 to link to the
The event is free and open to the public. All attendees will be
required to display a current driver's license or other valid form of
photo identification. The Conference Center is accessible to people
with disabilities. If you need an accommodation related to a
disability, please call Carrie McGlothlin at 202-326-3388.
Pre-registration for this workshop is not necessary, but is encouraged,
so that we may better plan for the event.
To pre-register, email your name and affiliation to
NOTE: When you pre-register, we will collect your name, affiliation,
and your email address. This information will be used to estimate how
many people will attend. We may use your email address to contact you
with information about the workshop.
FILING A COMMENT
The Commission invites interested persons to submit written comments on
issues related to this workshop. All comments in response to the
Federal Register Notice or to inform discussion at the workshop must be
received by February 5, 2009.
Comments should be captioned "Evolving IP Marketplace - Comment,
Project No. P093900" and submitted according to the instructions below.
To File Electronically:
Follow the instructions and fill out the form at
To File in Paper Form:
A comment filed in paper form should include the reference to "Evolving
IP Marketplace - Comment, Project No. P093900" in both the text and on
the envelope, and should be mailed or delivered to the following
Federal Trade Commission
Office of the Secretary
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Room H-135 (Annex I)
Washington, DC 20580
Because postal mail in the Washington area and at the Commission is
subject to delay, please consider submitting your comments in
electronic form, as described above. The FTC requests that you send any
comment by courier or overnight service, if possible.
To Request Confidential Treatment:
To request confidential treatment, you must file in paper form and
clearly label the first page of the document with "Confidential" and
comply with Commission Rule 4.9(c). 15 C.F.R. § 4.9(c).
Under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") or other laws, we may be
required to disclose to outside organizations the information you
provide when you pre-register. The Commission will consider all timely
and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic
form, and as a matter of discretion, we make every effort to remove
home contact information for individuals from the public comments
before posting them on the FTC website.
The FTC Act and other laws we administer permit the collection of your
pre-registration contact information and the comments you file to
consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. For additional
information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Office of Policy and Coordination,
Bureau of Competition,
601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20580
or e-mail, IPMarketPlace@ftc.gov
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