Washington, D.C. – Please join the Center for American Progress on Tuesday, November 20, for a discussion and question-and-answer session with United States Patent and Trade Office Director David Kappos on high-tech innovation and the role of software patents in that innovation. Director Kappos will also address some of the criticisms of software patents as well as some proposed reforms, providing context on how the debate fits in the larger picture of intellectual property protection and economic growth.
Mr. Kappos will examine how software came to be patented; how those patents are featured across the innovation landscape; and how the USPTO in the last three years has taken concrete steps to ensure the highest level of quality in issued patents while providing avenues for re-examination of existing patents.
David Kappos, Director, US Patent and Trademark Office
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Center for American Progress
November 20, 2012
10:00am – 11:00am ET
Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center