Yesterday, the USPTO announced that it will hold a workshop on promoting innovation. The workshop will explore the affect of U.S patent policy and competition policy on innovation.
The morning session will include a panel of academics discussing PTO pendency issues. Other sessions will address injunction practice post Ebay, and the impact of standard setting on patent policy and innovation. Director Kappos as well as other high ranking officials will be in attendance and are scheduled to speak on various topics.
The workshop presents a rather eclectic mix of topics and speakers. Although there is nothing on the agenda relating to post grant issues, perhaps reexamination will be touched upon during the injunction discussion (see our earlier post on this topic).