Aug. 13, 2020

LIVE WEBINAR SERIES: Recognizing the Growing Economic Impact of Patent Licensing

Join us September 21, 24 and 29, 2020

Patent licensing is a major driver of economic growth in the United States.  Over the course of this three-day webinar, the world’s leading experts in licensing will convene to discuss the methodology used for collecting economic data on licensing and whether it sufficiently highlights its growing contribution to the U.S. economy. Panelists will discuss how investments in research and development are fueled by licensing revenue and the critical role that international licensing plays in driving global innovation. Finally, experts will share insights on the impact of U.S. and international IP policy and regulation of licensing business models.

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Monday, September 21     I      1:00 – 2:15 PM ET

Opening Remarks: Fireside chat between USPTO Director Andrei Iancu and Don Rosenberg, General Counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated

Economists’ Discussion: How to Improve Data Methodology and Communication Around Patent Licensing


Carsten Fink, Chief Economist, World Intellectual Property Organization

Nicholas Rada, Deputy Chief Economist at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Jonathan Barnett, Professor, Gould School of Law, University of Southern California

Moderator: Brian O’ Shaughnessy, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), and Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, and Chair of its IP Acquisitions Practice Group

This panel will discuss U.S. government current practices with respect to patent licensing data, bilateral and multilateral dialogues, WIPO materials regarding tax disincentives to reporting licensing income, academic collaboration efforts, and the role of associations such as the Licensing Executive Society (U.S.A. and Canada), the Global Innovation Policy Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and others in data gathering and communicating about patent licensing.  The panel will also include a case study on the potential empirical impact of resolving China’s indigenous technology policies and losses from China’s intellectual property rights infringement.


Thursday, September 24

Session 1 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM:  

The Economic Contribution of Licensing to the U.S. Economy


John Dubiansky, Director of Intellectual Property and Standards Policy, Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

Hans Sauer, Deputy General Counsel and Vice President for Intellectual Property, Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Eric Victory, Vice President, Global Strategic Marketing, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, and Board Member, Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada)

Dr. Walter Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Moderator: Gene Quinn, President and CEO, IPWatchdog, Inc.

This panel will discuss how and why licensing is such a large contributor to the U.S. economy –the economic multiplier effect of patent licensing, the value chain, and the virtuous cycle of patents in 5G technology, semiconductors, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and other fields. The panel will also describe how licensing revenue is the incentive that fuels innovation, and explain how the economic impact is bigger than just the revenue itself.


Session 2  – 4:00 – 5:00 PM

The Effects of Global Licensing:


Maureen Ohlhausen, Partner and Chair, Global Antitrust and Competition practice, Baker Botts, and former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Walter G. Park, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, American University

Mark Cohen, Senior Fellow, Director and Lecturer, Berkeley Law

Chad Bown, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Allison Campbell, Director, KTI Knowledge Transfer Ireland & Immediate Past Chair AUTM

Moderator: Patrick Kilbride, Senior Vice President, Global Innovation Policy Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

This panel will look at both the opportunities and the challenges that exist in the international licensing landscape. Panelists will discuss opportunities such as making technology available to more participants, driving down consumer costs, and increasing efficiencies through cross-licensing; and challenges such as efficient infringement, enforcing patent rights overseas, misappropriation of technology by state-sponsored entities, and questionable antitrust enforcement to interfere in licensing negotiations.


Tuesday, September 29     I      1:00 – 2:00 PM

Increasing the Visibility of Licensing’s Economic Impact and Addressing the Challenges in Cross-Border Licensing


Laurie Self, Senior Vice President and Counsel, Government Affairs, Qualcomm

David Kappos, Partner, Cravath, Swaine, & Moore, LLP, and former Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Honorable Paul R. Michel, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (ret.)

Deanna Okun, Managing Partner, Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg

Ian D. McClure, Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, University of Kentucky

Moderator: Dana Robert Colarulli, Executive Director, LESI

Our final panel will examine what can be done to increase the visibility of licensing’s economic impact and address the challenges in cross-border licensing.  Panelists will explain how successful innovation requires strong government backing and policy support, and how policymakers need to make sure they do not take innovation for granted, in an increasingly virtual world, as they seek to encourage further invention on 5G, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and medicines and treatments to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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