From the Alliance

Dec. 2, 2016

Inventing America and IPWatchdog Event: The Supreme Court’s Section 101 Jurisprudence


Recent debates around patent policy have missed an important issue: Section 101 of the Patent Act.  Since 2012, a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions related to Section 101 have left innovators in industries like biotech and software unable to secure patent protections for many of their inventions.  Since patents play a critical role in driving innovation, these decisions have potentially far-reaching implications for the U.S. economy.

To shed light on this issue, and on possible solutions, Inventing America and IPWatchdog will host a conference on Section 101, with remarks by U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and panel discussions on the impacts of the judicial interpretations and the corrections needed from policymakers.  Participants will include industry leaders and patent law experts.


U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

Jeff Birchak, Associate General Counsel and VP, Fallbrook Technologies

Dr. Ananda M. Chakrabarty, Distinguished University Professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago

Valerie Gaydos, Founder, Angel Venture Forum

David Kappos, Former Director, USPTO

Former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

Jeff Lefstin, Professor, University of California Hastings College of Law

Amy Mills, Vice President for Intellectual Property, Juno Therapeutics

Robert P. Taylor, Founder, RPT Legal Strategies PC

Henry Hadad, SVP & Deputy General Counsel of IP, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Honorable Paul Michel, Former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Adam Mossoff, Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

Ami Patel Shah, Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group

Marian Underweiser, Senior Counsel – IBM Research IP Law, IBM


Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET


Offices of Covington & Burlington LLP, 850 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20268


Media interested in attending should contact Kat Maramba at (202) 827-9678,