Photo Diary: Meeting the Threat to America’s Economic Future: US IP & Innovation Policy

On May 9th, I attended the International IP Commercialization Council (IIPCC) USA Chapter second annual program at the United States Capitol.  The topic of the event was Meeting the Threat to America’s Economic Future: US IP & Innovation Policy where representatives from IBM, Qualcomm, Personalized Media Communications, the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Michigan, as well as a Who’s Who of IP Leaders and policymakers, shared their real-world perspectives on the state of the US Patent System, and the effects it has and will have on the economy.

And IPWatchdog was there! Following is a photo diary of the event.


[From L to R] Chief Judge Randall Rader, Dick Thurston, David Kappos, and Chief Judge Paul Michel

Moderator: Phil Johnson

The first distinguished panel included former Chief Judges of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Paul Michel and Randall Rader, former USPTO Director David Kappos, and former General Counsel for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Dick Thurston, and was moderated by Philip Johnson, Founder, and Principal of Johnson-IP Strategy & Consulting.  The panel discussed where the US stands in the global innovation context, and how the US can better protect and incent innovation going forward.



(L-R) Manny Schecter, Bryce Piz, Aaric Eisenstein, Laurie Self, and Jeff Cicarella


Moderator: Kim Chotkowski

The second panel included Chief Patent Counsel for IBM, Manny Schecter, Director of Licensing for the University of Michigan, Bryce Pilz,  Vice President and Counsel of Government Affairs for Qualcomm, Laurie Self, Vice President of Personalized Media Communications, Aaric S. Eisenstein, and Counsel for the Cleveland Clinic, Jeffrey Cicarella.  The panel was moderated by the CEO of LES USA & Canada, Kim Chotkowski.  This panel discussed the impact of current US IP policy on their organizations.



A special “fireside chat”-style session, which allowed for opening statements and then interaction among the panelists and with the audience. The panel included Senator Chris Coons(D-DE), Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH), and the Hon. Andrei Iancu, Director, USPTO with former USPTO Director Q. Todd Dickinson moderating.


[From L to R] Q. Todd Dickinson and USPTO Director Andrei Iancu

[From L to R] Q. Todd Dickinson, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

[From L to R] IIPCC Deputy Director, Jeffery Langer, IIPCC Founding member, Johnson Kong, IIPCC Director, Rob Arnoff, Senator Chris Coons, Congressman Steve Stivers, and USPTO Director Andrei Iancu

[From L to R] Chief Judge Randall Rader, David Kappos, IIPCC Deputy Director, Jeffery Langer, Chief Judge Paul Michel, Manny Schecter, Q. Todd Dickinson, IIPCC Director, Rob Arnoff, IIPCC Founding member, Johnson Kong, and Dick Thurston.

[From L to R] Chief Judge Paul Michel, Q. Todd Dickinson, IIPCC Founding Member, Johnson Kong, Manny Schecter, IIPCC Director, Rob Arnoff, David Kappos, and James Edwards


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5 comments so far.

  • [Avatar for Night Writer]
    Night Writer
    May 13, 2018 02:57 pm

    Of course, Rader is the one that started Alice. The man was doing great and then self-destructed and took the patent system with him.

  • [Avatar for Larry Glaser]
    Larry Glaser
    May 13, 2018 10:59 am

    So how now do we teach our children….? “My dear child, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, and follow your dreams, goals and ambitions” but in the fine print…” because, if it involves an invention, its not yours even before you think of it, it’s the public(S). And you are very, very unlikely to be able to sell it for more than it costs to get the protection/Patent, but do not let that stop you. And if it is a consumer product and you make your first million, that’s going to be about it….CHINA will see to it 100 knock offs arrive just in time thereafter” Like Poker, you will have to be the ultimate in knowing when to press forward, and then, run. Tell them the truth. The Chinese proverb would read “Even the best mountain bike stops at the vertical cliff and knows when to turn”.

  • [Avatar for Larry Glaser]
    Larry Glaser
    May 13, 2018 10:54 am

    Any of these *people* ever invent something at the individual level, then sell the Patent? Ehhh??? LOL

  • [Avatar for Eric Berend]
    Eric Berend
    May 13, 2018 06:54 am

    While I refrain here from any assertion which might seem controversial; note that once again, in an event or proceeding in which matters of essential import regarding IP protection and law are discussed; no inventor, nor even a valid representative of their interests, is present.

    When will the august groups and organizations holding these fora, bother to ask an inventor or bona fide representative organization operating on inventors’ behalf, what will “support innovation”? As one would naturally and normally hope and presume, for some kind of input from the *actual IP creators*, themselves? Are we not to be regarded as a “stakeholder” in the process of ‘commercialization’?

    What kind of capitalists are you, to be gerrymandering such pseudo-legitimacy with such a glaring omission based upon mere sentimental condescension; when the challenge presented by said “Threat”, is fully in an operational sphere; and demands of all those concerned, to shear away their conceited biases?

    Is this ‘all hands on deck’ – or not?

    Without even a principled resort to the intent and designs of the Founding Fathers, which current U.S. jurisprudence makes a mere mockery of – again, I say: what sort of capitalists are you?

  • [Avatar for Pro Se]
    Pro Se
    May 12, 2018 05:55 pm

    Iancu and Kappos in the same room… can’t get any better than that.

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