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Antitrust Section Symposium on Innovation


May 20, 2010 - May 21, 2010

Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

    The ABA Section of Antitrust Law and Stanford Law School's Program in Law, Science & Technology have assembled a first-rate group of leading scholars, current and former enforcement officials, and practitioners to examine the role of antitrust policy in fostering innovation. Particular focus will be placed on discussion and analysis of (1) the extent to which competition policy affects the direction and rate of innovation, and (2) the ways in which current antitrust policies in the United States and other jurisdictions are likely to further or hinder the widely-accepted policy goal of encouraging innovation and dynamic competition.

    The Antitrust and Innovation Symposium will be a one and one-half day event with five panels, each exploring different aspects of the above-described topics.

    The Symposium will include keynote speeches by Professor Herbert Hovenkamp and Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith. In addition, the Symposium will include the following five panels.

    • Panel I. Innovation Policy and Economics—What Drives Innovation?
    • Panel II. Merger Enforcement and Innovation
    • Panel III. Unilateral Conduct, Licensing, and Innovation
    • Panel IV. Standard, Patent Pools, and Innovation
    • Panel V. Reconciling Patent Policy and Competition Policy

    The conference will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at Stanford Law School, and will continue all day Friday, May 21, 2010 (from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). We look forward to welcoming you to the Silicon Valley, California – the birthplace of so much innovation and so many leading technology companies – and engaging with you and your peers in a productive and enjoyable exploration of these challenging issues.

    For more information and to register, please visit the ABA event website for the Antitrust and Innovation Symposium.

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