Other Conferences

Other Conferences

Public Policy Forum on the Patent Assertion Entity Activity: An FTC Study

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Top of the Hill Conference Center, Washington D.C.

Agenda (pdf)

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law hosted a Public Policy Forum on Patent Assertion Entity Activity: An FTC Study at Top of the Hill in Washington D.C. on Thursday, October 13, 2016.  There is no registration fee for this widely attended event that is sponsored by the Searle Center.

The goal of this forum is to examine the legal, regulatory, and economic implications of the recently released FTC report on Patent Assertion Entities. The panelists will delve into the policy implications of the report’s findings, as well as the report’s methodology and the inherent strengths and limitations of the findings.


 


Participants included:

  • Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg, Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
  • Mark A. Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Suzanne Drennon Munck, Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property, Deputy Director, Office of Policy Planning, U.S. Federal Trade Commission
  • Anne Layne-Farrar, Vice President, Charles River Associates
  • Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • David L. Schwartz, Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (moderator)
  • Matthew L. Spitzer, Howard and Elizabeth Chapman Professor, Director, Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Public Policy Conference on Disruptive Technologies and Over-the-Top Services

Monday, April 27, 2015

National Press Club, Washington D.C.

Agenda and Participant List (pdf)

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern Law presented a Public Policy Conference on Disruptive Technologies and Over-the-Top Services to be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Monday, April 27, 2015. 

This conference is organized by Matthew L. Spitzer, Howard and Elizabeth Chapman Professor of Law and Director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law.

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum for economists, legal scholars, industry reps, and government regulators to engage in panel discussions on the issues surrounding the delivery of video entertainment and VOIP via over-the-top services.

Topics that were explored include:

  • Existing and future regulatory structures for ISPs, cable companies, and over-the-top services.
  • Vertical integration with entertainment studios
  • FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: OTT video providers as multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs)
  • Mismatch with Legacy Regulatory, Antitrust and Taxation Systems
  • Privacy