Lectures & Events

The Role of Non-Practicing Entities in the Modern Patent System
The LTA Symposium
presented by the Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts

With generous sponsorship from:
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, Premier Level I Sponsor
IP Navigation Group, Premier Level I Sponsor
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Level II Sponsor
FEB 24, 2012
9:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 3.25 hours of in-person CLE credit
$50.00 for Case Law Alumni
$100.00 for all other attorneys

Non-practicing entities (NPE) evoke strong opinions. Even defining them can be controversial. Detractors argue that NPEs are inconsistent with patent law’s mission. By definition, NPEs do not commercialize patented technology, and sustain themselves by aggressively enforcing patent rights against those entities who do bring products to market. In contrast, those with a favorable view of NPEs counter that NPEs are market makers who take unused (or under used) valuable assets and add liquidity to the market through legitimate monetization efforts, while also providing a credible litigation threat on behalf of small entities and individual inventors.

Business people, lawyers, and academics will discuss and argue all sides of the issue, and take feedback and questions from attendees during this interactive symposium. The format for the symposium will comprise four panels, two in the morning session and two in the afternoon. Four topics will be examined. The morning and afternoon panels will – with a moderator – each discuss two topics (provided prior to the symposium) relating to the role of NPEs in the modern patent system. A question and answer session will take place after each panel has had its say on a given issue. Thereafter, the audience – armed with clickers – will weigh in, voting on which panel presented the most convincing arguments on a given topic.
Speaker Information
Professor John Duffy
University of Virginia School of Law

Michael L. Lynch
Shareholder, Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner

Professor Robert Merges
University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Judge Paul Michel
former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

John Paul
Partner, Finnegan , Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Erich Spangenberg
Chairman, IP Navigation Group

Jon Wood
Chief IP Counsel
Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc.

Additional Information
Free and open to the public. Registration required by February 17, 2012.
3.25 hrs. continuing legal education credit available for a $100 Public CLE/$50 Alumni CLE.
At one-hour CLE activities, Ohio Supreme Court regulations require attorneys to be present for the entire hour to obtain credit. Therefore, registration for one-hour lectures will close at the time the event is scheduled to start. Everyone is welcome to attend the lecture, but we cannot submit CLE credit for late arrivals.

At events longer than one hour, we will submit credit based on an attorney’s arrival time and duration of attendance, but no less than the minimum of one full hour of attendance.

We encourage attendees to arrive at registration 20 minutes prior to the start of a lecture to sign in, obtain materials, and be seated.


There is no law school parking, however, public parking, for a fee, is available in the Cleveland Botanical Garden parking underground garage. Also, meter parking might be available.

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