Enabling Economic Recovery Through Innovation

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The incoming Obama administration and the new 111th Congress will have a historic opportunity to boost U.S. economic competitiveness and broad-based economic growth through targeted reforms of our country’s patent system and scientific research-and-development and workforce development programs. Our patent system and today’s federal programs were designed to address 20th-century problems, not the new challenges posed by globalization and worldwide economic distress.

The latest edition of the CAP’s Science Progress journal presents the results of two roundtables convened to consider ways to reform our patent system and encourage the growth of regional centers of innovation around the country. Those recommendations will be unveiled in Science Progress along with two panel discussions on the topics. Please join our distinguished panelists, including participants of our two roundtables and authors of some of our new policy recommendations.

9:30 a.m.
Regional Centers of Innovation Panel:

Robert Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Maryann P. Feldman, Heninger Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina
Thomas Kalil, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
Richard Seline, CEO and Principal of New Economy Strategies

Discussion moderated by:

James K. Turner, former Chief Democratic Counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology

11:00 a.m.
Featured Speakers on Patent Reform:

Bruce A. Lehman, Chairman of International Intellectual Property Institute
Paul R. Michel, Chief Circuit Judge
Arti K. Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law at Duke University
Rick Weiss, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

Discussion Moderated by:

Daniel P. McCurdy, CEO of Allied Security Trust and Chairman of PatentFreedom

Location

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005