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UGA to host symposium on patents

UGA will host a symposium on James Bessen and Michael J. Meurer’s book, Patent Failure: How Judges, ­Bureaucrats and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk, on March 29 from 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. in Dean Rusk Hall.

This event is presented by the School of Law, the Terry College of Business and its department of economics and the University of Georgia Research Foundation.

The symposium will consist of three panel sessions providing reactions to Bessen and Meurer’s book from the viewpoints of legal scholars, industry specialists and economists.

Key panelists will include Robert Armitage, senior vice president and general counsel for Eli Lilly and Co.; Robert Hunt, senior economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; Mark Lemley, Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School; Ronald Mann, professor of law at Columbia Law School; F.M. Scherer, professor of public policy and corporate management in the Aetna Chair Emeritus at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government; and John Squires, vice president, chief patent counsel and associate general counsel for Goldman Sachs.

The event is free for UGA faculty staff and students, and $50 for the general public.  Registration is required before March 26. For more information or to register, contact Lisa Mathis at (706) 542-5075 or with the subject line “patent conference.”