CONVERSATIONS WITH: Patent Licensing And The U.S. International Trade Commission
Topic: Intellectual Property
In this edition of Washington Legal Foundation’s Conversations With, former Attorney General of the United States and Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh leads a discussion with Deanna Tanner Okun, a partner with the law firm Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP and former Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and Paul Roeder, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation and Disputes Group, of Hewlett-Packard. The participants delve into the ITC’s consideration of patent infringement claims, with a particular focus on complaints lodged with the Commission by patent-holders which primarily engage in licensing activity, rather than the production of products or services. Ms. Okun and Mr. Roeder also discuss and debate whether the ITC and the federal courts have opened the door too widely to patent-assertion entities or non-practicing entities.