Stanford Patent Litigation Symposium

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Leading experts from the public sector, private practice, and academia will gather at Stanford on May 10th and 11th, 2017, to address the phenomenon of the patent assertion entity (PAE) and the state of patent law reform. The first Stanford Patent Litigation Symposium inaugurates the public release of the Stanford NPE (Non-Practicing Entity) Litigation Dataset, the first comprehensive dataset to categorize patent plaintiffs. Over the past three-and-a-half years, the Stanford Patent Litigation Symposium has classified nearly 50,000 patent plaintiffs as practicing (e.g., Google or Pfizer) or as NPEs (e.g., universities, pre-production startups, PAEs, etc.). Fifteen experts have now developed empirical findings based on the Dataset, which will inform the debate about the role of NPEs in our patent system. Most of the discussion focuses on PAEs, whose business model has been highly scrutinized as existing solely to monetize their patents. In addition to aiding Congress and the Patent Office in developing effective laws and policy, the Symposium will help private sector stakeholders, policy makers, judges, litigators, scholars, and researchers better understand the nature of the entities filing patent suits.

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Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology

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