Antitrust, IP Issues in Technology, Communications Will be Focus of ABA Conference

CHICAGO, Sept. 27, 2011 – Antitrust and intellectual property law issues in the technology and communications sectors that lie at the heart of the U.S. economy, such as the debates surrounding Google, will be the focus of an _ conference Oct. 6 at Stanford Law School.

Speakers at the Antitrust Intellectual Property Conference will include two members of the Federal Trade Commission, a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, the U.S. Department of Justice’s special counsel for intellectual property and other experts.

The conference will offer the latest insights on how the increasingly competitive and global race to acquire and assert IP rights affects corporate and legal strategies, and how antitrust enforcers respond.

Participants will examine key questions that bear directly on the technology industry: Should Google be considered a dangerous monopoly, or is competition just “a click away?” How will antitrust and IP rules apply to Open Source? What lies ahead for antitrust and IP in China? What is the future direction of the global market for patents? What are the latest antitrust challenges facing mergers in the technology and communications industry?

A highlight of the conference will be an Oxford-style debate on a central question that has captured the attention of Congress and antitrust enforcers worldwide: Does Google hurt competition? The debate will feature teams of experienced lawyers on both sides of this issue and an electronic vote by the audience before and after the debate.

The event is sponsored by the _ Section of Antitrust Law, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law and Stanford Law School.

Antitrust Intellectual Property Conference: Antitrust and IP in Silicon Valley and Beyond

Oct. 6

Stanford Law School, Paul Brest Hall, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, Calif.

Speakers include:

  • William Kovacic, FTC commissioner
  • Edith Ramirez, FTC commissioner
  • Carl Shapiro, President’s Council of Economic Advisors
  • Frances Marshall, special counsel for intellectual property, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Peter Detkin, founder and vice-chairman, Intellectual Ventures
  • Dana Wagner, general counsel, Square
  • Mallun Yen, executive vice president and general counsel, RPX Corp.
  • Steve Mutkoski, director of standards and interoperability, Microsoft Corp.

The conference brochure provides a complete list of programs and speakers.

There is no charge for media covering this event. For media credentialing and conference materials, or to interview speakers, please contact Ira Pilchen, , or .

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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