2014 Patent Reform in Congress and the Courts

Austin Lawyers Chapter


  • Art Gollwitzer, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Mr. Gollwitzer will present an overview and explanation of the busy year in patent reform in Congress and the Supreme Court. More than a dozen bills were proposed in both Houses of Congress. In the end, the House passed a broad reform bill, but that bill and other measures died in the Senate. Nevertheless, patent reform is still alive in this Congress and may get a second-wind after the upcoming election.

At the same time, the Supreme Court issued a record number of patent-specific decisions in the past year. Therefore, we will review the history of current legislative efforts, summarize the various reform proposals that are on the table, analyze the prospects for success, and assess the Court’s impact on legislative reform.

Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members

Lunch and 1-hr CLE is included. The event is also on Facebook here.

Register at the Eventbrite page, or RSVP to reagleton@ij.org (pay at the door option).