Diverse Approaches to Patent Adjudication Across Agencies, Commissions, and Courts

Diverse Approaches to Patent Adjudication Across Agencies, Commissions, and Courts

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | King Hall Room 1001 | 12:00 PM | Open to the Public

Hon. F. Scott Kieff | Commissioner, United States International Trade Commission

In collaboration with colleagues, Commissioner Kieff has been exploring underappreciated differences among the various adjudicative agencies, commissions, and courts that often come into play during the life of a patent; from its birth at the PTO through review at the PTO, DoJ, FTC, ITC, District Court or Federal Circuit, or enforcement at the ITC, District Court or Federal Circuit. In this workshop, he will explore a host of salient characteristics that vary across these venues, including responsiveness to prevailing political and social currents, with a focus on the implications of these differences for choices about a patent system of tomorrow.

Commissioner Kieff is currently on leave from his academic appointment at the George Washington University Law School as the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law. Before starting at the USITC, he was the Ray & Louise Knowles Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where he served as Director and a Member of the Research Team of the Hoover Project on Commercializing Innovation; as a Member of the Steering Committee and Research Team of the Hoover Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity, or IP2; and as a Member of the John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity.

His research, teaching, practice, and consulting work focused on the law, economics, and politics of innovation, including entrepreneurship, corporate governance, finance, economic development, trade, intellectual property, antitrust, bankruptcy, medical ethics, technology policy, and health policy. He was recognized as one of the Nation’s “Top 50 under 45″ by the magazine IP Law & Business in May, 2008, and was inducted as a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in March, 2012.