Panel convening at LSU to discuss state of US patent system

    A bipartisan bill seeking to address the unintended consequences of congressional actions and court decisions that some say have weakened the U.S. patent system is the subject of a roundtable discussion on the state of technology and patent legislation taking place at LSU today.

    The discussion will be held at 2 p.m. at LSU’s Digital Media Arts & Engineering Theater on the corner of East Parker and West Lakeshore Drive.

    Representatives from LSU, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baker Donelson and the Innovation Alliance—a national coalition of research and development-based technology companies representing patent holders—will take part in the event. David Winwood, chief business development officer at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, is the moderator.

    “We wanted to bring awareness and education to the Stronger Patents Act as a whole,” says Korey Ryder, one of the event’s organizers. “What better way to do that then host it at LSU.”

    The Stronger Patents Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate last year by Democratic senators Chris Coon of Delaware, Dick Durbin of Arkansas, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Republican Tom Cotton of Arkansas.  

    The bill takes aim at the post-grant review proceedings of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board created by America Invents Act of 2011, which patent advocates say undermine the patent system by making it easier to challenge patent applications.

    “The patent system is the backbone of invention,” says Matthew Shapanka, an associate at Covington Burling who represents Innovation Alliance. “The Stronger Patent Act tries to bring back some of the fairness to the patent system.”

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