It Starts with an Idea: Fostering Innovation in a New Era of Global Challenges
Fifth Annual Intellectual Property Summit
October 8, 2008 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, D.C.
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Lobby and Briefing Center
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Hall of Flags
Thomas J. Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Intellectual Property: Barrier to Progress or Fuel of Innovation?
IP advocates hold that intellectual property protection fuels economic development and innovation and allows for and encourages the development of the solutions of tomorrow – from rising energy prices and climate change, to food shortages and health care. On the other hand, anti-IP non-governmental organizations and academics around the world are attempting to portray the modern intellectual property regime as outdated and ineffective, unable to cope with the demands of the 21st century economy. And they are actively pursuing policies at norms-setting institutions aimed at subverting this system. This panel will examine this critical issue, moving beyond myth and misinformation to look at the facts.
o Carl Horton, Chief IP Counsel, General Electric
o Rich Bagger, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Public Affairs and Policy, Pfizer
o Marc Boutin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Health Council
o Patricia Sherman, Vice President, Government Affairs, Siemens
Moderated by: Victoria Espinel, Assistant Professor, George Mason University
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fred Hassan, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Schering-Plough
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Transparent Discoveries: How Patents Recognize Inventors and Make Knowledge and its Benefits Available to All
Critics speak of IP as a monopoly right used by powerful corporations to limit access to knowledge, and the real role of patents in disseminating information and driving innovation by non-right holders is less well known. Patents also foster innovation by providing an incentive to invest in research and development. This panel will highlight how small inventors, businesses and universities have benefited from IP, used information disclosed through patents to build on inventions by others, and transferred valuable technologies through licensing. This panel will also focus on the various challenges facing the global patent system.
o Ney Lopes, former member, Chamber of Deputies of Brazil and author of the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Law
o Jon Soderstrom, President, Association of University Technology Mangers
o Dr. Keith Caserta, Associate Director and Head, Health Care R&D Information and Decision Solutions, Procter & Gamble
Moderated by: John Murphy, Vice President, International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Frontiers of Innovation: Protecting IP in the Digital World
The digital world is emerging as the cornerstone for innovation, with new products, applications, and platforms being launched daily. This new frontier allows the business community endless opportunities to get consumers what they want, how they want it, almost instantaneously. At the same time, the Internet provides seemingly endless opportunities for bad actors to steal intellectual property and deceive, and sometimes harm, consumers. This panel will examine how innovation on the Internet can be fostered while protecting intellectual property more effectively.
o Rick Cotton, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, NBC Universal
o Susan Mann, Senior Director, Intellectual Property Policy, Microsoft
o Rick Lane, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, News Corp
o Mark McKinnon, Co-Chairman, Arts+Labs
Moderated by: Robert Shapiro, Co-Founder and Chairman, Sonecon, LLC
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mark Esper, Executive Vice President, Global Intellectual Property Center, U.S Chamber of Commerce