Patent licensing has become a subject of much debate and contention. Controversies include concerns about the licensing of patents that are essential to the use of technological standards (i.e., standard essential patents or SEPs); debate over the role of companies that monetize the value in patent portfolios solely through licensing; and the increasingly common practice of awarding royalties instead of injunctions since the Supreme Court’s decision in eBay v. MercExchange. Patent licensing is currently under scrutiny by the FTC, the U.S. Department of Justice, and even potentially in Congress, with legislation seeking to limit the ability of patent licensing companies to seek redress for infringement. This teleforum addresses questions concerning patent licensing, such as: Is there a patent licensing problem that requires a legislative, judicial, or regulatory response? What role has patent licensing played in the American system of innovation, both historically and today? Do business models based on patent licensing have a role in the system of dynamic innovation that patents are intended to promote? Our experts discuss these and other issues on this previously recorded conference call.
- Mr. Barney Cassidy, President, Tessera Intellectual Property Corp.
- Prof. Adam Mossoff, Senior Scholar & Co-Director of Academic Programs,Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University School of Law
- Prof. Michael Risch, Villanova University School of Law
- Moderator: Prof. Mark Schultz, Southern Illinois University School of Law and Senior Scholar & Co-Director of Academic Programs,Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University School of Law