|Did someone say "Patent Troll"?|
On November 19, three Attorneys General who are outspoken about patent trolls - Bill Sorrell from Vermont, Chris Koster of Missouri, and Jon Bruning from Nebraska - will join corporate general counsels in a roundtable on how the business practices of patent trolls affect local businesses. This roundtable event is free and open for registration here.
According to the press release invitation from sponsoring law firm Dickstein Shapiro:
The panel will feature the Attorneys General of Missouri, Nebraska, and Vermont speaking about their recent efforts to combat harmful business practices involving “patent trolls” in their states.
The panel also will feature the General Counsels of DuPont, Rackspace, and Walmart US who will speak about the effect patent trolls have had on their businesses. The panel will be moderated by Bernie Nash, Practice Leader of Dickstein Shapiro’s State Attorney General Practice.
Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell was the first AG to use his State’s consumer protection law to combat these abusive practices and his case marks a potential watershed moment and the beginning of a new front to combat frivolous patent suits while preserving the important function of the patent system.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is the co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General’s Intellectual Property Committee, and is engaged in litigation against “patent trolls” and their attorneys under Nebraska’s Consumer Protection Act.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is actively engaged in investigating the impact of trolls on Missouri businesses.
The roundtable will take place on November 19, 2013 from 1:30 – 4:00 pm at the Intercontinental New York Barclay, 111 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017. Please join us for a buffet lunch from 1:00 – 1:30 PM and a networking reception with the AGs and other panelists from 4:00 – 5:30 PM.Interested attendees should register soon, as the event is sure to draw a crowd and there is limited space available. This Kat will be in attendance and, in her first foray into live speed-blogging, plans to blog about the discussions raised during the roundtable for the benefit of Kat readers.