The Decline of IP Protection in America:

Did We Go Too Far To Eradicate Weak Patents?

May 10-12, 2017


Is it time to abolish Section 101? Consider this: U.S. patent applications increased by 1.8% in 2015. Meanwhile, patent applications in China and the European Patent Office increased by a whopping 18.7% and 4.8% respectively.

Companies struggle to secure new patents in the U.S., while the validity of their existing patents continue to be challenged. Our ability to obtain and defend patents under Section 101 was frustrated by the Supreme Court's decisions in Mayo, Myriad and Alice. While the Enfish decision has offered some relief, we still face much uncertainty around patent-eligible subject matter.

What does it mean to have a truly strong patent system?  What are the unintended consequences of the effort to eradicate weak patents in the U.S.? What are the implications for our global IP strategy, particularly as patent value creation continues to accelerate in Asia and Europe? Don't miss this opportunity to find out how companies are tackling this new patent landscape. Click here to see the agenda.

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