The ESADE Alumni Law Club, the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute and the ESADE Law School are pleased to announce their forthcoming talk ‘Patent Wars? A debate about the role of patents for entrepreneurs’.
Patents are ubiquitous in contemporary life. Practically everything we use incorporates one or more patented inventions, and recent years have witnessed epic disputes about such matters as the patenting of human genes, the control of smartphone design and technology, the marketing of patented drugs, and the conduct of “patent trolls” accused of generating revenue from nuisance litigation. But what exactly is a patent? And what role do they play for entrepreneurs?
In this event, Professor Thomas Cotter, one of America’s leading patent law scholars, will offer an accessible, lively, and up-to-date examination of the current state of patent law, showing how patents affect everything from the food we eat to the cars we drive to the devices that entertain and inform us. He will focus on patenting in various parts of the economy including genes, medical procedures, software, and business methods.
Following that, a panel of experts will discuss how patent law affects entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs can use patents to their advantage.
Thomas Cotter, University of Minnesota Law School
Miquel Montaña, Partner at Clifford Chance Spain and lecturer at ESADE Law School
Cheryl Fragiadakis, Technology consultant and formerly head of technology transfer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California.
George Chondrakis, Assistant professor of strategic management at ESADE Business School.
Carles Puente, Co-founder and VP of Innovation at Fractus Antennas and professor at UPC
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