Innovation is risky:  the inventor takes on many risks:  The technology of his invention may fail.   The technology may not be commercially successful.  It may be overtaken by a better innovation.

In the face of these uncertainties,  the inventor should be entitled to enjoy a stable legal environment.  There should be little risk that the legal rights associated with the inventor’s patent; its exploitation; and its enforcement are subject to frequent, abrupt change.  The inventor should benefit from well settled rules applied by neutral courts and by the patent office and other neutral expert government agencies.

But now it seems that patent stability is lost:  patent rules and policy are influenced by election returns and turnover at regulatory agencies.  And impacted by political concerns about national security, industrial policy and  national sovereignty,  In some territories counterfeiting and other forms of IPR piracy have reappeared.


The panel “How the different policy orientations influence the patent and litigation eco-system” moderated by Mr. Roberto Dini, founder of Metroconsult will explore these issues and – if possible – propose solutions!

Speakers in the panel are:

  • Andrei Iancu, Partner, Irell & Manella (and former Director, USPTO)
  • Carter Eltzroth, Legal Director, DVB Project
  • He Jin, Partner & Counsel, GenLaw