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The First Amendment Salon
in association with the
Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at Yale Law School
Washington, DC | New York | New Haven
Invites you to a March 9th dialogue featuring
Trolls and Tribulations: The Road to Patent Reform
ABSTRACT: When the America Invents Act was passed in 2011, many predicted it would be decades until the next significant piece of patent legislation. Yet, only three years later, over a dozen bills were working their way through Congress. Patent trolls got patents back onto the agenda. But trolling is best seen as a symptom of a deeper problem - the flood of low quality software patents. Unfortunately, most of the proposed legislation deals with the symptom of patent trolling, rather than the underlying patent quality problem. Nazer will discuss the status of legislative reform, recent Supreme Court decisions (especially Alice, Nautilus, and Octane), and the push for changes at the Patent Office.