Patent Trolls: one more time

On Friday December 8, 2006 a conference will be held in London (Crowne Plaza Hotel), organised by IBC UK Conferences, Informa UK Ltd.

Patent trolls: a pejorative or deserved epithet? Examining the phenomenon from both sides”.

Speakers are:

  • Ken Adamo, partner, Jones Day, US
  • Robert S. Bramson, Bramson & Pressman , US
  • Dr. George M. Calhoun, Executive-in-Residence, Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management
  • Peter Detkin, Cofounder and Managing Director, Intellectual Ventures (formerly Patent Counsel, Intel), US
  • Dr. Elliot Fishman, Industry Associate Professor, Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management
  • Charles P. Gilliam, former General Counsel, Content Guard, UK
  • Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Jacob, Court of Appeal, UK
  • Toshimoto Mitomo, Vice President, Intellectual Property Department, Sony Corporation of America, US
  • Louis Lupin, General Counsel, Qualcomm, US
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Osterrieth, partner, Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft, Germany
  • David Perkins, partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, UK
  • Jan Willems, Enlarged Board of Appeal, EPO, Germany
  • Severin de Wit, partner, Simmons & Simmons, Netherlands

(see blog posts on Sisvel and Sandisk about IFA seizures)
“Aside from the mythology involved, one way to look at the troll situation is that you have ‘bad patent trolls,’ on the one hand, and ‘bad patent thieves,’ on the other.” (source:

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