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Is the Patent System Working or Broken? A Discussion with Judges Posner and MichelToday, people read almost daily reports about the "broken patent system" in newspaper articles, blogs and at social media websites. Is this true? On the one hand, the high-tech and biotech industries seem awash in patent litigation, and Congress, regulatory agencies, and courts are considering adopting a variety of reform measures. On the other hand, patents are securing property rights in technological innovation once imagined only as science fiction — tablet computers, smart phones, genetic testing for cancer, personalized medical treatments for debilitating diseases, and many others — and these technological marvels are now a commonplace feature of our lives.

To discuss these two conflicting stories about whether the patent system promotes or hampers innovation, we hosted two distinguished jurists: Paul Michel, former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and Judge Richard Posner of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Both judges have unparalleled depth in knowledge about patent policy and the working details of the patent system.  This Teleforum brings them together for the first time to discuss their respective views on whether the patent system today is properly securing property rights in new innovation.


  • Hon. Paul R. Michel, United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit (ret.)
  • Hon. Richard A. Posner, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Moderator: Prof. Adam Mossoff, George Mason University School of Law
  • Introduction: Mr. Dean Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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