Cutting-edge policy issues at the intersection of Innovation, Intellectual Property, and Competition.

April 5th, Washington, D.C.

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Scholars, policy makers, and industry experts discussed cutting-edge policy issues at the intersection of Innovation, Intellectual Property, and Competition.

Together they explored broad topics of geopolitical race for technology leadership, the importance of standards leadership for national security, the role of policy pillars such as IP and how they intersect with big-tech and antitrust, and the overlap of IP/R&D leadership with the current semiconductor supply chain focus.

9:30am – 10:45am

Innovation, Standards, and National Security

As the global race to innovation in critical technology areas continues, leadership in key technologies and standards is a high priority for the economic growth and technology sovereignty goals of every major nation-state today.

What are the key challenges the US and other allies are facing in today’s global standards race?

Hon. Judge Paul Michel

Chief Judge (ret.), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
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Hon. Ellen Lord

Former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
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Robert Atkinson

President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
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Hon. Katharina McFarland

Commissioner, U.S. National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence; Chair, National Academies of Science Board of Army Research and Development
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Hon. John J. Hamre

President and CEO, Langone Chair in American Leadership, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense
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11:00am – 12:15pm

Technology Standards: Maintaining a Global Rules Based Ecosystem

For decades, global technology standards have enabled a thriving, innovative, and competitive ecosystem. As the geopolitical race for leadership in critical technology standards expands, it is imperative to maintain an open, consensus-driven, and rules-based approach to developing and maintaining global standards.

Why is it important to maintain our system of global standards development? What are the challenges to these institutions? What is needed to encourage robust continued participation in global standards?

Joshua D. Schmidt

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, InterDigital
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Daniel H. Rosen

Partner, Rhodium Group; Former Senior Adviser for International Economic Policy, White House National Economic Council and National Security Council
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Orville Schell

Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society
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Robert Strayer

Executive Vice President of Policy, Information Technology Industry Council; Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy
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Rama Elluru

Senior Director, Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP)
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Gordon Gillerman

Director, Standards Coordination Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
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1:00pm – 2:00pm

Fireside Chat: The Future of Innovation Leadership, Competition, and Economic Opportunity

Where do the priorities of innovation, economic growth, and diversity intersect with Intellectual Property and Competition goals? Are we on the right path?

Hon. Kathleen O’Malley

United States Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
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Hon. David Kappos

Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for IP, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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Stephen Susalka

Chief Executive Officer, AUTM
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2:00pm – 3:15pm

Competition and Intellectual Property: How to Create a Diverse Innovation Ecosystem?

Recent policy efforts have underscored the priority of enabling innovation from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). At the same time, several policy efforts are also aimed at weakening the Intellectual Property rights that enable SMEs, start-ups, and inventors to protect their ideas and compete.

Why is the relationship between competition and IP so complicated and what can be done to level the playing field?

Maureen Ohlhausen

Partner, Baker Botts; Former Acting Chair and Commissioner, U.S. Federal Trade Commission
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Professor Jonathan Barnett

Torrey H. Webb Professor of Law, Gould School of Law, University of Southern California
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Jorge Padilla

Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon EMEA
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Bob Taylor

Founder, RPT Legal Strategies
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Edward Lazarus

Chief Legal Officer at Sonos
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Hon. Deanna Tanner Okun

Managing Partner, Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP; Former Chair and Commissioner, U.S. International Trade Commission
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3:30pm – 4:45pm

Semiconductor Supply Chain and Intellectual Property: What’s the Nexus?

Just as the world has become more dependent on semiconductors than ever before, global supply chain vulnerabilities and the recent chip shortage have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical conflict.

Building resiliency and maintaining leadership in semiconductor technology is critical. What is the role of IP and R&D in reaching those key objectives?

Hon. Dr. Walter Copan

Senior Adviser (Non-resident) and Co-Founder, Renewing American Innovation Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
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William Reinsch

Scholl Chair in International Business, Center for Strategic International Studies; Senior Adviser, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
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Susie Armstrong

SVP Engineering, Qualcomm
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Kathleen (Taffy) Kingscott

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, IBM Research
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Jessica McBroom

Director of International Economics and Competitiveness, U.S. National Security Council
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Chad P. Bown

Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, the Peterson Institute of International Economics
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