Federal Trade Commission holds “Evolving IP Marketplace” hearing on Friday, April 17, 2009

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting another meeting in a series entitled “The Evolving IP Marketplace.”  The series of hearings (says the FTC website) will “explore changes in intellectual property law, patent-related business models, and new learning regarding the operation of the IP marketplace since the FTC issued its October 2003 report, To Promote Innovation: The Proper Balance of Competition and Patent Law and Policy A Report by the Federal Trade Commission.”

Two panels will discuss “Markets for Intellectual Property” this Friday, April 17. Click here for the April 17 meeting agenda.

The final hearing in Berkeley, CA (May 4 -5 , 2009) will “explore how markets for patents and technology operate in different industries, whether those markets operate efficiently, and how patent policy might be adjusted to respond to problems in those markets in order to better promote innovation and competition.”

Visit http://www.ftc.gov/bc/workshops/ipmarketplace/ to view information and presentations from the entire series.

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