Examining the debate over drug patent policy, the future of Section 230 protections for online speech, and global collaboration on quantum computing

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This week, in Washington IP news, both houses of Congress remain relatively silent during their scheduled working hours. On Thursday, the Foundation for Information Technology and Innovation is partnering with the Center for Regulatory Studies at George Washington University to host a day-long conference exploring the potential of dynamic viewpoints on innovation adopted by Joseph Schumpeter to have a greater impact on the current wave of antitrust enforcement against Big Tech. Elsewhere, the American Enterprise Institute discusses the future of Section 230 limited liability provisions protecting online platform operators, and the Center for Strategic & International Studies examines efforts by national governments to establish networks devoted to improving research and development in quantum computing.

monday april 11

American Institute of Enterprise

The Future of Speech and Online Regulation: Section 230 and Beyond

At 9:30 a.m. on Monday, online video webinar.

The market power of online platforms operated by big tech companies has caught the eye of lawmakers in recent years seeking to hold these companies accountable for excessive censorship of political viewpoints and the ability of malicious account owners to selling counterfeit items or fomenting disinformation campaigns. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects online platforms from legal liability for content posted by third parties, has been a favorite target of lawmakers on either side of the political aisle, and anti-censorship laws have also been adopted at the state level. This event will discuss the balance between content moderation concerns and safeguards preserving an open internet with a panel including NetChoice Board Member Chris Cox; Daniel Lyons, Nonresident Principal Investigator, AEI; Jeffrey A. Rosen, Nonresident Scholar, AEI; Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; and moderated by Shane Tews, Nonresident Principal Investigator, AEI.

tuesday april 12

US Patent and Trademark Office

Trademark Basics Training, Module 2: Overview of the Registration Process

At 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, online video webinar.

This workshop, the second module of the USPTO’s eight-part Trademark Basics Boot Camp, is designed to give small business owners and entrepreneurs an overview of the trademark registration process, from filing to registration. ‘registration. Topics covered during this workshop include Application Workflow, Schedule Overview, and Post-Registration Schedule Overview.

Wednesday April 13

New America

The technology that comes next: how changemakers, technologists and philanthropists can build an equitable world

At 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, online video webinar.

The recently published book The technology that comes next explores the world of technological innovation, from the companies that finance this development to the end users affected by consumer technologies, and suggests models of equitable technological development that benefit a larger part of society. This event includes a conversation with the authors of this book: Afua Bruce, Adjunct Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy; and Amy Sample Ward, CEO, NTEN. This conversation will be moderated by Dr. Latanya Sweeney, Daniel Paul Professor of Government and Technology Practice, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard School of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Charlton McIlwain, vice provost for faculty engagement and development, NYU.

Thursday April 14

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

George Washington University Center for Regulatory Studies

Joint Conference on Dynamic Competition and Public Policy: Reflecting on the Way Forward for Schumpeterian Antitrust

8:30 a.m. Thursdays at ITIF, 700 K Street NW, Suite 600.

Twenty years after the publication of Jerry Ellig’s book Dynamic competition and public policy, a landmark work examining the intersection of antitrust and innovation, DC is working harder than ever to pass legislation strengthening antitrust enforcement against Big Tech. This one-day conference, jointly organized by the Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy at ITIF and the Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University, will focus on issues raised by Ellig’s work and on the how the views on dynamic innovation espoused in the early 20th century by German-Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter should be incorporated into the growing wave of antitrust regulation. The keynote address for this conference will be delivered by Patty Brink, Senior Counsel, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice. The conference will also include several panels addressing topics such as dynamic competition and regulatory authority from the United States Federal Trade Commission, a dynamic approach to mergers, precautionary antitrust versus dynamic antitrust, and innovation, intellectual property and antitrust tools reconsidered. This event will conclude with a keynote address by Mark Meador, Deputy Chief Counsel for Antitrust and Competition Policy, Senate Judiciary Committee.

Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Future of Quantum – A Closer Look at Global Collaboration

At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, online video webinar.

The importance of quantum computing technologies to national security, particularly given the potential of quantum to transform encryption technologies, has made this area of ​​innovation a priority among international security alliances. Recently, the AUKUS trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States established working groups focused on improving R&D in quantum computing. In Europe, many EU member countries also participate in the International Quantum Technology Cooperation Network to facilitate a collaborative environment for the development of quantum technologies. This event will feature a discussion on opportunities for global collaboration in quantum innovation with a panel including Zaira Nazario, Quantum Theorist, IBM Research; Andrew Houck, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Princeton University; Travis Humble, acting director, US Department of Energy Quantum Science Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and James Andrew Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director, Strategic Technologies Program, CSIS.

US Patent and Trademark Office

Trade secret protection in the United States

At 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, online video webinar.

This USPTO workshop provides a presentation on the state of trade secret protection under US law, with a focus on how enforcing trade secret rights can help small and medium businesses businesses. This presentation will be given by Jennifer Blank, Senior Counsel, Office of Policy and International Affairs, USPTO.

US Patent and Trademark Office

The Path to a Patent, Part II: Drafting Provisional Patent Applications

At 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, online video webinar.

This workshop, the second in the USPTO’s eight-part Path to a Patent series, is designed to teach potential patent applicants the basics of writing provisional patent applications. Topics covered during this workshop include key differences between provisional and non-provisional patent applications, filing requirements for provisional patent applications, and filing fees.

US Patent and Trademark Office

What You Need to Sell Your Arts and Crafts Online: An Introduction to E-Commerce for Native American Visual Artists and Crafters

At 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, online video webinar.

The availability of physical and online marketplaces provides economic opportunities for arts and crafts creators from Native American tribes. However, a strong shift towards online sales and the move away from live trade shows during the COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges making commercial success difficult for those who create works from artistic materials and techniques. traditional. This workshop, organized by the USPTO in partnership with the Indian Arts and Crafts Board and the Indian Dispute Resolution Services, will discuss the various online channels available to Native American artisans to market their wares, including online auction sites, artisanal e-commerce sites and social networks. like facebook.

friday april 15

Hudson Institute

Pharmaceutical patents and evidence-based policymaking in patent law

At 10:00 a.m. on Friday, online video webinar.

The potential impact of drug patents on health care prices has been a favorite punching bag among DC lawmakers looking for ways to reduce the cost of medical care. Many of these conversations were informed by data reported by the Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK), which has been criticized for a lack of transparency in its datasets as well as factual discrepancies in the data. published by I-MAK. On April 1, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) renewed requests to the directors of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United States Food & Drug Administration to review the alleged discrepancies. This event will feature a discussion of the Congressional policy debate on drug patents with a panel including David Kappos, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO; Erika Lietzan, William H. Pittman Professor of Law and Timothy J. Heinz Professor of Law, University of Missouri School of Law; Adam Mossoff, Chair, Forum for Intellectual Property and Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, and Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University; and moderated by Urška Petrov?i?, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute.

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